LYRA String Quartet

Judith Cox is also a member the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since 1994. Judith came to Atlanta from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where she served in both violin sections for six years; she was also Principal Second Violin for one season of the Cleveland- based Ohio Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist on several occasions with, among others, the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis and Cincinnati, and performs frequently as a chamber musician throughout the Southeast and annually at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

With husband and fellow ASO violinist Raymond Leung, Judith founded the nonprofit organization LYRA, Inc. in 2000 to serve as a community and educational resource to the city of Atlanta. As a string quartet- based group, LYRA has visited over one hundred schools in eight counties in metropolitan Atlanta, providing chamber music performance, mentoring programs, educational workshops, master classes, lessons and fellowship programs to literally thousands of students. Since LYRA’s Residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center began in 2003, Ms. Cox has helped design numerous educational programs not only through the LYRA Academy, but also Callanwolde’s mentoring program to Midway Elementary School in Dekalb County and annual Adult Chamber Music Workshops. She is also Music director of the CMS of Atlanta.

A graduate of Indiana University, Judith has developed her approach to music- making and teaching from the combined artistry of her teachers: Constantin Kiradjieff, Sally Thomas, Ivan Galamian and Franco Gulli.

Raymond Leung is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s violin section, having held titles both as Section Violin and as Acting Assistant Concertmaster. He is the recipient of the Carolyn McClatchey Endowed Chair, and serves as a Violin Teacher for the ASO's Talent Development Program. He is also a founding member of the LYRA String Quartet, String Quartet in Residence at Clayton College and State University and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Previously, he was First Violinist of the Lockerbie String Quartet, in residence at Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Other affiliations include the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Ensemble.

A native of Hong Kong, Leung began his studies with Thomas Wang, and from an early age won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong School’s Music Festivals. His first visit to the United States was on full scholarship to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, and he returned to the U.S. two years later, again on a full scholarship to the North Carolina School of the Arts

Mr. Leung holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master of Music degree with a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University at Bloomington, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His principal teachers have been Vartan Manoogian, Yuval Yaron and David Cerone.

A regular participant of the Grand Teton Music Festival since 1991, Mr. Leung has been a guest artist at the Brightstar Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was appointed Faculty Member of the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp in Wisconsin in 2002 and 2005, and, has taught at the Chamber Music Workshop at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 1988, he was invited by the Hong Kong Government's Music Office to be on faculty as Principal Overseas Instructor for the HK International Youth Music Camp, and, in April 2007, Leung was invited by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta to be Concertmaster for their three week tour in Hong Kong, La Folle Journee Music Festival in Tokyo as well as the Spring Music Festival in Shanghai. Leung has recorded for Radio Television Hong Kong and National Public Radio in the United States, as well as orchestrally for many of the ASO's GRAMMY® award-winning recordings and a CD by the LYRA String Quartet.


Dona Vellek Klein is Assistant Principal Cello Emeritus of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, under the tutelage of Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet. Following studies, she won a position with the Buffalo Philharmonic and played in this orchestra for 3 years before coming to Atlanta as Assistant Principal Cello in 1981.
Ms. Klein ran two chamber music groups, Sempre Sonare and the Atlanta Quartet, for a number of years; they frequented Oglethorpe and Emory universities, where Klein was an artist affiliate for 11 years.

She ran two chamber music groups, Sempre Sonare and the Atlanta Quartet, for a number of years; they frequented Oglethorpe and Emory universities, where Klein was an artist affiliate for 11 years. Ms. Klein has been a guest artist of such chamber groups as the Georgian Chamber Players, the Atlanta Chamber Players, and LYRA. A highlight of Ms. Klein’s career was a summer at the Robert Shaw Institute and other festivals in France. She loves teaching and works frequently with the ASYO cellists.

Ms. Klein has been a guest artist of such chamber groups as the Georgian Chamber Players, the Atlanta Chamber Players, and LYRA. A highlight of Ms. Klein’s career was a summer at the Robert Shaw Institute and other festivals in France. She loves teaching and works frequently with the ASYO cellists.

"Ms. Cox is a wonderful instructor, and the class has given me the opportunity to learn the cello, an instrument I've been yearning to learn for years!" - Spring 2013 Beginning Strings Student
"This is exactly the type of instruction I have been looking for...It is a familiar format and I for one am extremely grateful." - Spring 2013 Beginning Strings Student