ROGUE COLLECTIVE, based in the Washington DC area, explores "the gap" between classical and popular music through collaboration, original composition, improvisation and performance. RC takes the form of a string quartet—a configuration of instruments that has been at the forefront of music making for centuries—and re-imagines it for a contemporary audience. RC uses the language of their ipods—classical, hip-hop, rock, jazz, soul, and electronic music—to create improvisatory scores and new, vibrantly composed string quartets.
Multifaceted violinist, musician and improviser currently living and working in Washington, DC, Alexa’s playing, in July 2015, was described as “compelling” by the Washington Post. Alexa currently holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland. Alexa's influential teachers include David Salness, James Lyon, and MaryAnn Mumm. Alexa currently holds a position accompanying contemporary dance classes at The University of Maryland, accompanying dance classes based in technique, choreography and improvisation. Alexa frequently performs professionally throughout the DC area with groups such as the Annapolis Chamber Symphony, District Strings, and Celebrated String Quartet and teaches violin locally. Alexa is currently pursuing her interest in Historical Performance Practice and loves performing early 17th century music on her baroque violin. This July, Alexa played baroque violin with the American Bach Soloists and Academy in San Francisco, CA, for the United States premiere of Marais’s Sémélé. Alexa is a founding member of the DC-based chamber and collaborative group, rogue collective (roguecollectivedc.com).
A native Texan, Deanna Said, was introduced to music in the public schools at around the same time she was introduced to line dancing. Her passion for music quickly developed, and at age 16 she began viola lessons. She went on to complete degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory, University of Nevada Reno, and most recently from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She believes in the transformational power of music, and, in the summer of 2015 was performing quartet outreach concerts in neighborhoods throughout Chicago as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. An avid orchestral performer, she has played in dozens of orchestras. Most recently, she was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic (IN) and the Owensboro Symphony (KY). She adores playing chamber music and her festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Roundtop Music Festival among others. She has studied with many wonderful teachers including Catherine Van Hoesen, Ed Gazouleas, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and Jodi Levitz. She currently lives in Washington D.C. and is on faculty for the DC Youth Orchestra Program and the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD.
Kaitlin is a DC based violinist with a performance degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where she served as a graduate ensemble fellow. Kaitlin is dedicated to performing music of our time by collaborating with up-and-coming composers, visual artists, and performers. Most recently, Kaitlin was a fellow at the Bang on a Can festival and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory. She is an active freelance musician and teacher in the DMV, performing with the Fairfax Symphony, Gourmet Symphony, Pan American Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as concertmaster of the Capital City Symphony for their Go Go Symphony series. She is also one of the founding members of rogue collective, a group of musicians, dancers, and visual artists who are interested in creating a dialogue between classical and popular art forms. As a teacher, Kaitlin has received training in the Suzuki method through Book 4 at the Hartt Institute and has an active private studio in the DMV area.
Natalie Spehar has made her mark in classical, rock, and folk music, performing most recently with artists including Disturbed, Roses & Revolutions, Michael Bublé and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Natalie is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland, and is a current member of DC’s Great Noise Ensemble. An avid supporter of new music, Natalie has presented 45 world premiere performances and has traveled to perform & lecture on her work in string performance with electronics. She is also an active composer and studio recording artist, and the Founder & Director of Annapolis Young Artists Program and D.C.’s Urban Initiatives String Project, providing free music instruction to inner city students.