The Houndstooth Quartet works with contemporary composers and concepts in order to make new ideas into new music.
The members of the Houndstooth Quartet came together in the city of Chicago with a mutual objective of engaging in a career of professional string quartet playing. The group comprises four of the most capable and invested musicians working within the genre and is determined to engage on their ambitious venture in a condition of the most intense and perpetual collaboration.
The Houndstooth Quartet has a unique aptitude for preparing music in collaboration with still-living composers and providing performances of pieces that have been composed in reflection of the current temporal environment. The quartet does not only prefer this genre, but also feels responsible for providing high-quality performances within it.
Min recently graduated from Northwestern University, with degree of MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy under the guidance of Almita Vamos. Before NU, she received BM in Violin from University of Texas at Austin under Brian Lewis and Miro Quartet. She has been in masterclasses with Erin Keefe, Catherine Cho, Donald Weilerstein, and Augustin Hadelich, to name a few. Min is active as a chamber musician as well; she formed Aoide Quartet at Northwestern University and had masterclasses with St. Lawrence Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, and Shumul Ashekanisi, among others. In her spare time, you can find her in bikram yoga classes.
Myra Hinrichs is a violinist and teacher in the Chicago area. She likes to play contemporary chamber music, especially with her friends. When not playing violin you can find her volunteering at the dog shelter.
Eric Hollander is a multidisciplinary artist in search of mind-opening concepts and better methods for the globalization of original ideas. With extensive exposure in classical viola repertoire (especially focused on 20th and 21st century performance practice), traditional Irish and Celtic music, big band jazz, ska, funk, and free improvisation, Eric has found his way into a wide variety of ensemble, composer-collaborative, and creatively driven experiences. Most notably, he has participated in the Midwest Fleadh Chiol (1st place), the Massachusetts 2014 ASTA competition (2nd place), The Bowdoin International Music Festival, Gamper New Music Festival, and The Lucerne Festival Academy. Besides his musical adventures, Eric is deeply involved in poetry writing. He has pieces published in Hidden Channel, Farm Town Magazine, Easy Magazine, and The Garden. He has also released a vast number of commissioned poetry and semiotic scores to performers in America and Europe. His most prized accomplishments include the co-founding of the UB project [an initiative to help impoverished orphans in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia], The Founding of the Haiga Chamber Music Ensemble and concert series, and his recent work with the Houndstooth string quartet. Eric received his BM in viola performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2014 and an MA in writing and publishing at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 2015.
Audrey Q. Snyder
Audrey Q. Snyder is a cellist in Chicago, Illinois, and an advocate of contemporary instrumental music. From 2010 to 2013 Audrey was co-director of RESTisNOISE, a performance organization based at the Eastman School which presented post-1900 works in a variety of spaces throughout Rochester, NY. Currently she plays as part of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective, a new music group founded with the idea of inclusivity (both in programming and performance) at its core.
As a pop and rock musician, Miss Snyder has performed several times with folk artist Emily Mure at venues including Club Passim, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room, and can be heard on Emily's upcoming 2017 album. Audrey also released a selection of her own songs on Melodie EP in June 2015. While living in Rochester, she played as a local musician on The Lion King and Mary Poppins, as well as with solo artists including Idina Menzel and Josh Groban; in 2016, she played with the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. Most recently, Audrey has subbed on Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago.
Audrey holds a B.M. and M.M. (with an Arts Leadership Certificate) from the Eastman School, where she studied with Alan Harris.