Meet the Quartet
Kylie Ahern, Viola
Kylie Ahern was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma and moved to Flagstaff in 2014 to pursue a Master's of Music degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at Northern Arizona University. She earned her Bachelor's of Music degree in Violin Performance from Oklahoma State University. She began playing the violin at the age of four as a Suzuki student. 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 Strings at Northland Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Flagstaff for grades 6-12. She also teaches violin lessons and Suzuki group classes through the NAU Community Music & Dance Academy. In her free time, Kylie enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her dog Queso.
Emma Riebe, Cello
Emma grew up in Phoenix but after 9 years of Flagstaff residence, considers herself a local. She received a minor in music when she first graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2016, but after a few years of teaching and performing, decided to return for her Bachelor's in Cello Performance. She is entering into her final year of the program. Emma has been a member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for four years, and spent over 5 years performing with a local rock band, TOW'RS. Emma is a local teacher for the NAU Dance & Music Academy as well as her private studio. Outside of all things cello, Emma is an avid practicer of yoga, and she and her husband prioritize time outside as much as possible.
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 of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy (Violin) degree at Northern Arizona University, studying under Dr. Louise Scott and Dr. Karin Hallberg. 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, Schreiber received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, studying under Nobuyoshi Yasuda. Her string quartet in Eau Claire participated in the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy, over the summer of 2017, funded by a grant to explore extended string techniques through living composer compositions. Schreiber has enjoyed teaching violin lessons, playing for churches, and being the violin sectional coach of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony throughout her years in Eau Claire. She currently is assistant concertmaster of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, violinist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Suzuki teacher at Marshall Elementary School, and teaches individual and group violin lessons at the NAU Community Dance and Music Academy. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and running on the beautiful trails in Flagstaff.