Our group is named Pernambuco because of our connections to pernambuco wood, our concern for the environment and our love of the music of South America.
Shirie Leng is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian. She is active in the Boston area amateur music community, and plays principal second violin for the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. She studies with Peter Zazofsky.
Shirie also has an MSN from Yale University School of Nursing and an MD from the University of Connecticut. Now retired, she practiced anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for a number of years. She has three young daughters and lives in Newton.
Jessica Baum studied music at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Viola Performance. She began her intensive study of music in high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she received a Fine Arts Award for Superior Performance and was a finalist in the annual concerto competition. Jessica has studied viola with Andrew Kohji Taylor, John Graham, James Dunham, David Holland and James Van Valkenburg, and klezmer viola with Alicia Svigals.
Judith Glixon received her Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. She studied there with Paul Olefsky and David Wells, and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Her coaches in cello and chamber music have included Carter Brey, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Norman Paulu (of the Pro Arte Quartet), and Phoebe Carrai (baroque cellist).
Michael Goldring studied double bass with Alvin Brehm at Stony Brook University. After graduation he was hired by the North Carolina Symphony and spent three years touring North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the Great Smokies. Subsequently he played with orchestras in Florida, New York, Virginia and Connecticut, and was assistant principal bass of the Caracas Philharmonic.
Daniel Goodman is well known to Boston musical audiences for performances on piano, cello and accordion. He enjoys performing concerts which include classical piano repertoire and improvisations on themes suggested by the audience performed in classical, folk and jazz styles. These concerts have been sponsored by organizations at MIT and scientific societies as well as local churches and synagogues. His concerts have raised funds for worthy causes including Cradles to Crayons, the Lexington Food Pantry, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, the MetroWest Free Medical Program and the Lexington Pops Chorus.