LYRA String Quartet

Judith Cox has been 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.

A dedicated educator as well as performing artist, Ms. Cox has served on the faculties of Clayton College and State University, Spelman College, the Hong Kong International Youth Music Camp, the Chamber Music Workshop of the Petrie School of Music in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Madeline Island, Wisconsin Chamber Music Camp, and the Brightstar Chamber Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 has been a member the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since 1992.






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"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