Bringing a touch of elegance to your wedding or event, Virago Ensemble is a collective of musicians based in Tallahassee, Florida. Members of Virago Ensemble are graduates of the Florida State University College of Music, where they all held graduate assistantships. Being an eclectic group, the ensemble can perform in various configurations and play different styles of music, allowing them to cater to each client’s needs.
Beginning her studies at the age of 4, violinist Megumi Terry has toured throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, performing at venues such as the Statue of Liberty and the Great Wall of China. Terry has performed on The Today Show based in New York City and made her solo, Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. A laureate of the International Stradivarius Competition, Terry took the prize for “Utah Native” and subsequently performed with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, Southwest Symphony, The Orchestra of Southern Utah as well as Pleasant Grove Orchestra. A recent graduate of Brigham Young University, Megumi spent her time under the tutelage of Monte Belknap and performed as concertmaster and soloist with the BYU Philharmonic. Terry’s excellence as a chamber musician resulted in an appointment to the BYU Honor’s Quartet as well as the award of “Presser Scholar” for the 2016-2017 season. Having worked with Josh Groban, the band Train, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, and other artists, Terry enjoyed an established career in the Salt Lake City area as a freelance performing/recording artist, and held an adjunct faculty position at Brigham Young University before moving to Tallahassee.
As a graduate teaching assistant to Professor Corinne Stillwell, Terry is a violin master's student at Florida State University and enjoys coaching chamber ensembles for the undergraduate chamber music class. Megumi was recently appointed as a music instructor at Timberlane Arts and Dance Academy and was awarded the "Audience Prize" for the FSU solo violin competition. Terry is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and plays viola in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Quartet-in-Residence.
DR. TAYLOR GIORGIO
A native of West Virginia, Dr. Taylor Giorgio is recognized as an imaginative performer and teacher. An active orchestral musician, she is a contracted violinist with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Taylor currently maintains a private violin studio in Tallahassee, where her students have received honors at the regional and state level. She recently completed her doctoral studies in Violin Performance at Florida State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant for Professor Corinne Stillwell for her Master’s and Doctoral degrees. An active pedagogue, she presented a session at the 2020 American String Teachers Association National Conference, and served as a violinist and teaching artist in Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s String Quartet-in-Residence from 2018-2020. An avid new music performer, Taylor is a founding member of Invicta Trio, a new music trio comprised of violin, trombone, and piano, and recently released two premiere recordings for Shelter Recordings through the American Composers Alliance.
Taylor graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University, with undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance. While at WVU, she conducted the Morgantown Community Orchestra, won the Young Artist Concerto Competition, and premiered a solo concerto written by a student composer with the WVU Orchestra. Taylor was recently hired as the Orchestra Director at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, and is enjoying this new addition to her musical life.
American violinist Hannah Ruth MacLean is an avid performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has given performances across the United States and Canada. As a devoted chamber musician, Ms. MacLean is a founding member of the Cheng-MacLean duo. Ms. MacLean has performed with a variety of esteemed musicians including Rachel Barton Pine, Philip Chiu, Marina Thibeault, David Kalhous, Lambert Chen, Paul Zafer, and Julie Trudeau. Ms. MacLean serves as the principal second violinist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, section violinist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and was concertmaster of the Florida State University Opera orchestra Spring 2019 production.
Ms. MacLean is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance at Florida State University, where she is a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Shannon Thomas. She holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College where she studied with Violaine Melançon, Felicia Moye, and Paul Zafer.
As a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. MacLean coaches chamber music and teaches undergraduate music students at Florida State University and is a violin sectional coach for the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. In the summers, Ms. MacLean is artist-faculty for the Tutti Chamber Music Summer Festival Program in Wheaton, Illinois.
Pono Santos began to love cello when she was accepted into her school district’s audition orchestra, Evergreen Philharmonic. Since then has played and sat principal in the BYU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra, and Baroque Ensemble before graduating from Brigham Young University with her bachelor’s degree in April of 2017. Since then she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at BYU and has taught at BYU’s Summer Festival. During her summers she has attended Marrowstone and the Brevard Music Festival where she had the opportunity to learn from renowned cellists such as Johannes Moser, Steve Balderston, and Benjamin Karp. Pono has studied with Valerie Doerrfeld, Garrick Woods, Michelle Kesler, and most recently Greg Sauer at Florida State University where she was a graduate assistant and completed her master’s degree in cello performance last May.
During the 2019-2020 season, Pono performed regularly with Virago quartet, Sinfonia Gulf Orchestra’s quartet in residency, whose privilege it was to play outreach concerts at different schools on the Emerald Coast. Pono now teaches regularly and plays with several orchestras in the area such as Tallahassee Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony, and Panama City Pops.