Since its founding in 2008, the Wild Rose String Quartet has been active making music in and around the Edmonton area. The current lineup was established in 2012 as a collaboration of graduates of the University of Alberta, and from those roots developed into a versatile group experienced in music ranging from classic Mozart and Beethoven through Beatles covers and everything in between. Along the way the group has been fortunate enough to work with prominent international artists such as Dr. Guillaume Tardif, Dr. Aaron Au and renowned cellist Tanya Prochazka, as well as working in collaboration with other chamber music projects.
The quartet has extensive experience playing publicly for events which have brought the group to play in such cultural fixtures of Edmonton as the Winspear Centre, Hotel Fairmont MacDonald, the Shaw Conference Centre, Convocation Hall and the Muttart Conservatory.
Born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Scott became interested in violin early on after seeing his older cousins excel at the instrument. He began taking violin lessons at the age of five, studying in the Suzuki method for seven years before moving to a conservatory approach under the instruction of Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown for the following six years. Scott was a frequent competitor in music festivals in Regina and joined the University of Regina String Ensemble while still in high school.
Scott received his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Alberta in 2004. Throughout his degree, he studied with Alycia Au and was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Academy Strings under the direction of Juno award winning composer Dr. Malcolm Forsyth and cellist Tanya Prochazka. He was also a member of the Stringbeans String Quartet during this time. Scott is a recipient of the Don Wright Scholarship for Music Education.
Scott has been employed with Edmonton Public Schools since 2007 as a supply teacher where he spends a large amount of time in junior high and high school band programs both teaching and conducting. Scott has been a member of 100 Mile House since 2009 and a member of the Wild Rose String Quartet since 2012.
Amanda Alstad was raised in a musical household in Northern Alberta. Beginning violin lessons at age five and taking up piano shortly after, Amanda’s childhood was centered on music. Following high school Miss Alstad pursued a Bachelor of Music as a violin major, studying with Aaron Au, Tanya Prochazka, and Guillaume Tardif. Throughout her degree she was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, Academy Strings, and the Wild Rose String Quartet.
In April 2012 Amanda completed her Bachelor of Music, graduating with distinction. She is a recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship, the Beryl Barns Memorial Scholarship, and the Dr. Robert and Anna Shaw Scholarship. Miss Alstad is currently employed by the Francis Winspear Foundation coordinating educational outreach projects. This includes the Edmonton Symphony’s newly launched YONA-Sistema program where Amanda, along with teaching artists provides intense after school music lessons to 6-9 year old children five days a week. Miss Alstad would like to express her gratitude to her teachers, friends, and family for their support, enthusiasm, encouragement, and patience.
Born in rural central Alberta, Darrell grew up in a very musical family and community. He began playing the violin at the age of twelve after receiving his first instrument. While growing up Darrell studied the flute in junior high band and began playing the piano. His violin teachers have included Leona Wood and Jennifer Bustin. He has continued to stay involved in his boyhood community by playing for such theatrical productions as ‘Mary’s Veil,’ ‘Lost Apostle’, and ‘The Park Bench.’
Darrell graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta. While attending school Darrell received the Jason Lang Memorial Scholarship, Beryl Barnes Memorial Award, Dale Macmillan Memorial Scholarship, Tony Lefebvre Memorial Scholarship, and the Woodgrove Unifarm Local Scholarship. He studied violin in his first two years with Guillaume Tardif and then with a leap of faith picked up a viola and began studying with Aaron Au and Charles Pilon.
Darrell currently plays in the viola section of the University Symphony Orchestra and Academy Strings Orchestra. He maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule in the Edmonton area and permanently occupies the viola chair in the Wild Rose Quartet, which he founded in 2008.
Born in Edmonton, John Fedor began his cello studies at the age of ten, with Josephine van Lier. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Alberta in 2010, under the direction of cellist Tanya Prochazka. While attending the University of Alberta, John received the Jason Lang Memorial Scholarship, Beryl Barnes Memorial Award, Frantisek Cikanek Memorial Scholarship, and the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. In 2001, John also received the Elizabeth Cerwick memorial String Scholarship from the Alberta College Conservatory of Music.
From 2009-10, John performed as a member of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, studying under Katinka Kleijn of the Chicago Symphony, and Ariel Barnes, principle cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. During his time with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, John studied conducting under the direction of Maestro Arthur Arnold, conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
From 2008-12, John worked with the Edmonton Public School Board Music Enrichment Program as a cello instructor and orchestra conductor. John has also spent 9 years as the music director and conductor for the St. Martin Children’s String Society in Edmonton. In 2014, John received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Since then, he is currently employed by the Edmonton Public School Board as an Elementary Music Specialist and holds a Level II certification in Orff Schulwerk.