Julie Fox Henson
Julie Fox Henson is the Assistant Concertmaster of the DesMoines Symphony, in addition to performing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the area. Ms. Henson enjoys a successful teaching studio in the Ames/Des Moines area, and was voted the 2010 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year by the Iowa String Teachers Association. Since the summer of 2001, she has been a member of the Belin String Quartet. Ms. Henson performed throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe and South America from 1982 to 1992 as first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet. The ensemble won first place in the Coleman and Monterey Chamber Music Competitions in California, and a prize at the Evian String Quartet Competition in France.
Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn
Violinist Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, a Des Moines native, returned to Iowa in June, 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Ms. Finkelshteyn was a member of the first violin sections of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has served on the faculty of several Universities including Northwestern, St. Olaf College, Carleton College and North Carolina State University. She was also the first violinist of the Aurora String Quartet, based in Minneapolis and of the North Carolina Symphony Quartet. Ms. Finkelshteyn was a member of the Des Moines Symphony from 1978 to 1980 and rejoined the Symphony in 2004 upon her return to Iowa. In 2005, she joined the Belin Quartet. Ms. Finkelshteyn also maintains a vibrant private violin studio.
George Work, professor of cello at Iowa State University, holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees of music and the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music. In 1981, he joined the Ames Piano Quartet, in residence at ISU. The Quartet has performedthroughout North America and has released twelve critically acclaimed recordings. International appearances include engagements in Austria, France, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba and, RussiaWork has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in the U.S., as well as in Taiwan, and Russia. He has taught and performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Schlern International Festival, Madeleine Island, the Texas Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Festival, among others. Work’s recording of the Ibert Concerto for Cello and Winds with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, was released in September of 2012. In addition to concertizing with the Ames (now Amara) Piano Quartet, George Work is also a member of the Belin String Quartet and the Des Moines Symphony.
Benjamin Davis is currently serving as the interim violist for the Belin Quartet’s 2017 season. A Twin Cities-based performer, teacher, and administrator, Benjamin received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Quad City Symphony and a substitute violin-violist for Orchestra Iowa, Des Moines Symphony, South Dakota Symphony and principal substitute for the Mankato Symphony. He is also a member of the Lux String Quartet and an improviser in the improvisatory sting ensembles Wormwood and Improvestra.
Violinist John Helmich, a Davenport, Iowa native, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and his Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. While there, he was awarded the Howard Hanson Scholarship and graduated with High Distinction.
An avid soloist, as well as chamber musician, Mr. Helmich has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the United States. He is currently a member of the Derazey Piano Trio, the Belin Quartet, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Des Moines Symphony. He has served as Principal Second Violin of the Des Moines Metro Opera, and is currently Associate Concertmaster. He is currently a member of the first violin section of the Des Moines Symphony. In addition, Mr. Helmich has collaborated with today’s pop and jazz musicians including Josh Groban, Amy Grant, Max Wellman, and Mannheim Steamroller. He has also performed with numerous national touring Broadway shows.
Sherida Josephson holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where she studied with William Preucil, Allen Ohmes, and Charles Traeger. For the past eleven years, she has been the violist in the Belin String Quartet. Dr. Josephson has taught viola at the University of Iowa and at Drake University. She is the co-director of the Des Moines Area Suzuki Institute and currently serves on the Des Moines Symphony board of trustees. Sherida is currently on leave of absence from the 2017 Belin Quartet.