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Since its beginnings in 1978, the Dakota String Quartet has presented concerts and workshops throughout a five-state region, making strings “a natural resource” for our state. The diverse backgrounds of this group magically meld and create a superior ensemble. The majority of the ensemble’s time is spent on tour, performing at concert halls, colleges, community centers and public schools. Through their individual roles as string principals in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, they bring music enrichment and leadership to people of all ages.
Doosook Kim has been Concertmaster with the SDSO since 1995. Dr. Kim was invited to join the Orchestre des Régions Européennes and performed in Germany and France and regularly travels to Korea to perform and teach. Magdalena Modzelewska has been the SDSO’s Principal Violin II since 1998. She is from Walbzych, Poland and each summer organizes an ensemble and tours Europe. Aaron Tubergen was appointed Principal Viola in April 2013. He received his degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has been a frequent substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Jia Cao was appointed Principal Cello in April 2015. She received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Social Studies from Bard College, and MM and AD from Yale University.