We are a String Quartet based in Flagstaff, Arizona -- known as the Skylight City since the 1800s for its incredible night skies! Travis, Kylie, and Rachel are all graduates of Northern Arizona University and Anne is currently working on her Master's degree.
Rachel Butherus - Violin
Rachel Butherus was born in Greeley, Colorado and moved to Flagstaff in 2016 to pursue a Master's degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at NAU. Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under Richard Fuchs and Margaret Soper- Guiterrez. Butherus has toured with orchestras and played in chamber festivals across Italy, Germany, England, and the Czech Republic. She plays with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Philharmonic, and is serving as the Concertmaster of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta. When Rachel is not busy with her music, either performing or teaching, she enjoys baking and practicing the skills she learned as a certified pastry chef from Auguste Escoffier School of Pastry Arts.
Anne Schreiber - Violin
Anne originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, recently moved to Flagstaff to pursue her master’s degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at Northern Arizona University. She began studying piano through the Yamaha program when she was four years old and began playing violin at the age of seven. In May of 2019, Anne received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire studying under Nobuyoshi Yasuda. She also participated in the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy over the summer. Anne has enjoyed teaching violin lessons, playing for churches, and being the violin sectional coach of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony over her years in Eau Claire. She currently is a part of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin lessons at the NAU Community Dance & Music Academy. In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking on the trails and competing in triathlons.
Kylie Ahern - Viola
Kylie Ahern has a Bachelor's of Music degree in Violin Performance from Oklahoma State University and a Master's of Music degree in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from Northern Arizona University. She began playing the violin at the age of four as a Suzuki student in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kylie studied violin and viola with Dr. Laura Talbott at OSU, and with Dr. Louise Scott and Dr. Karin Hallberg at NAU. She also studied viola with Dr. Jacquelyn Schwandt at NAU. She spent summers at Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina and Pierre Monteux School in Maine. Kylie currently plays violin in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Kylie currently teaches Suzuki Violin to Kindergarten students at Marshall Elementary School in Flagstaff, and she is the Strings teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy. She also teaches violin lessons and Suzuki group classes through the NAU Community Music & Dance Academy. In her free time, Kylie enjoys reading, biking, cooking, and spending time with her boyfriend Sean and their dog Rigby.
Travis Brown - Cello
Composer, astronomy teacher, and Colorado River boatman Travis Brown serves as the Principal Cellist for the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, has been playing with the Flagstaff Symphony since 2007, and also performs with the Arizona Philharmonic. He started studying cello in third grade when he was told there were no double basses small enough for him... and he never looked back. He has studied with Debra Pearson of the Arizona Opera, and Dr. Mary Beadell-DiBartolo and Dr. Mary Ann Ramos at Northern Arizona University. Travis has been working at Lowell Observatory for 11 years, helping bring the Skylight to Skylight City.