LYRA String Quartet
Currently in Residence at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, LYRA began as an opportunity for artistry for musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to play chamber music together. It has blossomed in the past decade under the guidance of two of its founding members, Judith Cox and Raymond Leung, into one of the most successful and far- reaching community and educational resources in the city of Atlanta. A string quartet-based group, LYRA promotes chamber music performance, education, and community service throughout the Southeast.

Since the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Chamber Music Series began in 2003, guests have included Violist James Dunham, formerly of the Cleveland Quartet, former Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster Norman Carol, esteemed Violinist and Pedagogue Vartan Manoogian, Ritz Chamber Players Founder, Clarinetist Terrance Patterson, members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Room to Move Dance Company in a creative collaboration of music and dance, partially funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts. From 2003-06, two of the members, Violist John Ravnan and Cellist Kenneth Law, traveled to Atlanta from Converse College in Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina to perform as the Lyra String Quartet. While based in Atlanta, this unique "across state-lines" regional connection allowed LYRA to serve a wider audience and to facilitate a larger educational role in the Southeast. Lyra String Quartet has performed on tour to Brevard College, NC, Converse College, Spartanburg and Greenville, SC; as featured artists of the Brightstar Music Festival in Charlotte, NC; in metropolitan Atlanta at the universities of Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Emory, Reinhardt College and Spivey Hall, and the University of Georgia at Athens; and as guest artists of the Atlanta Music Club, the Atlanta Suzuki Institute, and the Gwinnett Philharmonic Chamber Music Series. Other residencies have included Clayton College and State University, the Gould Room Series at the Cathedral of St. Philips, and at the Chamber Music Workshop on the campus of Converse College.
In addition to its active performance schedule, LYRA is involved in educational outreach throughout metropolitan Atlanta, offering coaching and teaching to thousands of students of all ages in school residencies under the auspices of the Sound Learning Project, Spivey Hall Children’s Series, and through collaborative efforts funded by county sources and by the Georgia Council for the Arts. Since 1998, LYRA has visited over 100 schools in 8 counties in metropolitan Atlanta, has performed on the Spivey Hall Children’s Concert Series for 4 consecutive years, and recently presented a county-wide, all-day outreach for over 200 students in Greenville County, SC.

The musicians of LYRA recorded their first disc in 2001. The group has been heard in performance and interviews on National Public Radio, Georgia Public Radio, WABE and Turner Broadcasting Station, Atlanta. LYRA is a non-profit arts organization that relies on grants and donations as well as the sale of CDs and other items for the necessary support needed to maintain its public service activities.

For more information on their activities and how to contribute, write to: LYRA String Quartet, P.O. Box 15027, Atlanta, GA 30333
"...The Lyra Quartet and George Lucktenberg, through their performance, have added a bright luster to the shining jewels of Dvorak's Bagatelles recordings.

-- Henry Doktorski, The Free-Reed Review, January 2002
"This is what a really first-class string quartet sounds like. They’ll remind us why we love music so much.

-- Monte Nichols, Conductor, Gwinnett Philharmonic, 2003
"Without a doubt that concert was the most motivating event that my students experienced during the school year."

-- Janalyn Lindley, Director, Forest Park HS, Clayton Cty, May 1999