Portland Lyric Strings

Skill. Expression. Art. 

Mastery and Flexibility

As highly trained musicians, we offer high-end repertoire and performances covering a range of events from weddings and receptions to full concerts. For more information, click on the photos below.  Contact us at   [email protected] .

  1. Gwen Sieben
    Gwen Sieben
    Violinist - Violist -- Gwen Sieben has been making music almost all her life, starting piano lessons at an early age with her mother. She added violin at age 9 through the school orchestra program in Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb and continued with both instruments, graduating from St. Olaf College with a degree in Music Education. Beginning her orchestra teaching career in Waterloo, Iowa, she moved back to Illinois and taught orchestra, band and general music in Evanston, Northfield, Morton Grove and Lincolnwood, Illinois. When her husband found a business opportunity in Oregon, she taught music in the Gresham-Barlow School district. Gwen continued to perform on violin through the years she was teaching, studying with George Perlman, a master teacher, composer and arranger. She was able to participate in Chicago area orchestras including the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Gold Coast and Westminster chamber orchestras. Here in Portland she has performed in the Marylhurst Symphony, the Oregon Chamber Players, the Vancouver Symphony and Portland’s outdoor Festival Symphony. Previously, she served in churches as a worship team member and choir director. Since retiring from public school teaching, she has found time to enjoy trio and quartet performance.
  2. Dolores Daigle
    Dolores Daigle
    Violinist -- Dolores is a native Oregonian who first learned the violin in Portland Public Schools, and took piano lessons as a child at Lewis and Clark college. Her college years were in Chicago where she attended Northwestern University on scholarship, was co-concertmaster of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and graduated early with a performance degree in order to start her first job in the Florida Symphony. From there she joined the San Antonio Symphony, and eventually returned to Portland to become Asst Principal Violin of the Oregon Symphony. Meanwhile, she continued studying violin with Stephen Clapp at the Aspen Festival, and Max Rostal in Switzerland. Newly retired from the Oregon Symphony, Dolores continues freelance work, including Principal violin with the Portland Festival Symphony, from which Portland Lyric Strings was formed. Dolores spent many years helping build the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Currently she has a music studio, Lyric Arts, where she teaches violin, piano, viola, organ and music theory. She also works as a church organist, and is Vice President of Local 99, American Federation of Musicians. She has studied German and Hungarian, and is a certified State of Oregon mediator. For recreation, Dolores loves hiking and camping with her dog.
  3. Angela Powers Melo
    Angela Powers Melo
    Cellist -- Angela has over 25 years performing experience in the realms of chamber, orchestral, and solo music. She has played in many genres including standard classical repertoire, renaissance, opera, jazz, pop, and classic rock, as well as gained direct experience playing latino music while living and performing in Brazil. Angela’s primary focus is in playing chamber music and had extensive chamber music training throughout her high school and college years. On numerous occasions, she participated in cello and quartet masterclasses given by professionals from the US and around the world. During her undergraduate degree, she and her quartet competed in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and were semi-finalists. Although her passion lies in chamber music, Angela has played with numerous orchestras and has been principal cellist in a large number of the orchestral settings with which she has performed. In addition to being a performer, Angela is an active teacher. She has worked in various settings as a private and group instructor independently and at the collegiate level, as well as a coach for chamber groups and sectionals in different regions in the United States and Brazil. Her current studio encompasses the Greater Portland area, mainly Lake Oswego, Tigard, West Linn, and Wilsonville. Angela's private cello instruction incorporates the repertoire from the Suzuki Cello Method as well as additional materials which she has used successfully with students of all ages. Angela encourages her students to develop strong music-reading skills and music theory understanding along with developing a solid foundation in cello technique. ​ Angela carries a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance and a Masters degree in Entertainment Business. In addition to her degrees, she has also had further coursework in instrumental methods and teaching, education, and Suzuki pedagogy. In her limited spare time, she loves to learn foreign languages and painting.
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