The Woody String Duo is a husband and wife team that formed in 2013. Samuel and Shannon Cho have both been active performers and chamber musicians for many years. In addition to this is their love for teaching and education through music. This has led them to form a unique children’s program that is called StringTime Stories. In addition to this, they are available to perform at weddings, receptions, cocktail events, Christmas functions, and any other special occasion. They like to push the boundaries of what music is available for string duo, and are open to special requests.
Having been involved in numerous string quartets in the past, Samuel and Shannon are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with new musicians. This is also why they are two of the co-founders of a chamber music festival that happens in Topeka, KS.
Located in Hinesville, Georgia, the Woody String Duo is available for events in the Southern region of Georgia and South Carolina.
Samuel Cho/ Cellist serves as the music Minister at First Baptist Church in Hinesville, GA and is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra as well as the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He was previously the music minister at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon, GA. Samuel recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Georgia Southern University in May, 2015 under the instruction of Steven Elisha. He will be pursuing his Master of Music Performance degree at Valdosta State University in the Fall of 2015.
Samuel was born in San Francisco, CA, but grew up and received his education in Taipei, Taiwan. His early musical experiences were primarily in drums, guitar, piano and singing a cappella. However, he found his greatest satisfaction in playing the cello in high school. He made his solo debut with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras soon after he came to study in the States. Since then, he has been performing with orchestras and choirs internationally, as a member of the Fairway Quartet, based in Kansas City and coached by Jackie Lee. They have received fellowships at numerous music festivals, including, Juilliard Quartet Seminar, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Virginia Tech’s Intensive String Quartet Seminar, Accent at Cincinnati Conservatory and Heartland Music Festival.
Samuel was a member of the Yinqi Symphony, Topeka Symphony, as well as the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, he was the orchestra instructor at Seaman School district and also taught at USD 501 Topeka Public Schools in 2011. He served as orchestra conductor at Topeka Bible Church from 2009 to 2011. Samuel is the founder of In the Plains Music Festival in Fairview, Kansas. He has also been a member of the faculty of New Heart String Camp in Houston, Texas, since 2009. Samuel released a Christmas album—Incarnation with pianist Shane Spangler.
Shannon Cho/ Violinist currently is a member of the Chattanooga Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic. Shannon is also a member of the Woody String Duo, which was formed in 2013 with her husband Samuel Cho. In addition to this she helps serve at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon, GA, as well as Bay Branch Baptist Church in Sylvania, GA.
She received her Masters in music performance at Georgia Southern University in 2013, studying with Dr. Larisa Elisha. Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Washburn University, summa cum laude, with a minor in psychology in 2008.
Shannon was a member of the Topeka Symphony 1st violin section from 2005-2011, and was a member of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra from 2005-2007. Shannon is a founding member of the In the Plains Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, KS which began in 2012. Shannon has also taught violin privately since 2001, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others.