ACA Roster


David Rife, a native of South Carolina, received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Mazuko Ushioda, Jerry Lucktenburg, Dennis Bourret, and members of the Cleveland Quartet. David moved to Tucson in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he is presently the Assistant Concertmaster. He is a dedicated violin teacher and first violinist of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and the Southwest String Quartet. In 2005 he was awarded the teacher of the year of the state of Arizona by the American String Teachers Association. His students have won local and statewide competitions and are presently attending major music schools throughout the country.

Wynne is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Distinction, and the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in Violin Performance. She has studied with Peter Salaff, John Ferrell, and Shirley Givens. Currently Ms. Wong-Rife is a member of the second violin section of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. She enjoys teaching violin students of all ages; her students have been winners of several local competitions. Wynne and David are married and have two daughters, Melissa and Molly, who are 'cellists, and four cats.


A native of New York City, Ilona has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1974. She is currently the Assistant Principal Viola, violist in the string quartet and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra young composer instructor. She graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Violin Performance and from Yale University with a Master of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition. She was Principal Viola with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, the Colleguim Academicum de Geneve, and the Arizona Opera. She was also a member of the New College String Quartet. She has studied with Raphael Bronstein and Walter Trampler.


A native of Richmond, Indiana, Mary Beth Tyndall was a Whitinger Scholar at Ball State University where she graduated with a Bachelorís degree in cello performance and music education. She received her Master of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Arizona. Her cello teachers have included Gordon Epperson, Claus Adam, Martha Gerschefski and Hans Jorgen Jensen. She has traveled to many summer Suzuki institutes for teacher training and inspiration. Mary Beth has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1980 and is currently Assistant Principal Cello. Mary Beth maintains a large private cello studio in Tucson and loves to teach students of all ages.


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