The Atlantic String Quartet
(ASQ) is a versatile and professional chamber ensemble comprised of the principal string players of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO): Heather Kao and Nancy Case-Oates, violins; Kate Read, viola; and Theo Weber, cello. In addition to their work with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and NSO Sinfonia, the quartet produces its own Recital Series each season, presenting a broad selection of works from the rich quartet and small ensemble repertoires. The ASQ is an integral part of the creative life of the community and is known for its versatility and ability to work with music and musicians from all styles and genres. Having shared the stage with such international classical musicians as Anton Kuerti, André Laplante and Martin Beaver, and local artists such as jazz artist Duane Andrews and renowned songwriter Ron Hynes, the members of the quartet also teach privately, and coach and conduct other ensembles. In 2014, members of the ASQ were offered a placement at the prestigious St. Lawrence String Quartet Music Seminar in Stanford, CA.