String Faculty


Charlene Lee

Charlene Lee is an alumni from University of British Columbia for the Bachelor of Music as a violinist. She has studied violin under David Gillham and Erin Dorfer. As a pianist, she has achieved Royal Conservatory of Music level 10, and has studied under Dr. Ronald Morgan and Sarah Bowker. Charlene, along with Caroline Chu, is the co-founder for the string quartet ​16 Strings​ (Vancouver). As a violinist, she has performed in various weddings, receptions, and concerts, both in classical and pop genres. As a teacher, Charlene is enthusiastic and strives to motivate students.


Laine Longton, DMA

Laine Longton is a Doctoral student in her final year at UBC studying with professor Eric Wilson.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria School and a Masters of Music degree from the University of Illinois.  Ms. Longton has studied extensively in both North America and in Europe with Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Dmitry Kouzov, Martin Rummel, Guido Schieffen, and violinist Denes Zsigmondy.

Ms. Longton was a member of the National Academy Orchestra in the summer of 2013.  Currently she is a Principal Cello of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, on the Extra Cellist list with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and is a Core Section Cello member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo.

Ms. Longton’s performance experience is vast, including giving recitals throughout British Columbia with clarinet trio “Trio Dolce” with Clare Yuan, performing with UBC opera for the premiere of Stephen Chatman’s opera “Choir Practice”, performing the premiere of Stephen Taylor’s opera “Paradises Lost” at the University of Illinois, being part of the Jessie nominated pit band for Patrickstreet Production’s “Floyd Collins”, and performing and recording for numerous present-day composers.

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