The Artisan String Quartet

The Artisan String Quartet, Patrice Calixte and Helen Cooper violins, Bruce Williams viola, and Douglas Harvey cello, is comprised primarily of principal players from the Austin Symphony and has become a fixture around central Texas and beyond. In addition to regular appearances at the Victoria Bach Festival, the Artisans enjoy Quartet in Residence status at the Texas Bach Festival in Georgetown, the Mozart Festival Texas in San Antonio, and the Mason Chamber Music Festival. MidAmerica Productions, Inc. invited the Artisan String Quartet to make its Carnegie Hall debut performing on the Carnegie Hall Weil Recital Hall Chamber Music Series on March 22, 2012. The concert in New York was commemorated by the Texas House of Representatives on March 13, 2013, with HR 703 read into the Texas Congressional Record with the Artisans present.

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Patrice Calixte, violin

Helen Cooper, violin

Bruce Williams, viola

Douglas Harvey, cello

Meet the Guest Artists

Scott Haupert – Viola


Native Iowan and now Mason’s own, Scott Haupert earned his Masters’ degree in viola performance from Yale University in 1991. He studied Chamber Music with the Tokyo String Quartet and has been a member of the Hartford, San Diego Symphonies and Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, notably under the music direction of Placido Domingo.
However, most of Scott’s career was as a world-class and in-demand studio musician in Los Angeles throughout the ’90s. He played on over 300 music scores, including Titanic, Forest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Toy Story, Aladdin and more. He has collaborated on over 100 recordings with artists as varied as Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston and Madonna.
Scott and his partner Manny Silerio, a lifelong Mason resident, settled here in 1998 and founded Santos Taqueria, a much written about Hill Country favorite. In 2004 they expanded their business endeavors with the opening Sandstone Cellars Winery and Gallery. Scott and Manny produce award-winning wines made only from Mason grapes and feature them in the Winery and wine bar alongside world-class art.
Scott Haupert is appearing as an honored guest artist with The Artisan String Quartet during this seasons’ Gala performance at the Odeon Theater.

Elaine Barber – Harp

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Elaine Barber began her study of the harp at the age of ten, and began playing
professionally in her native Mississippi four years later. She earned her
master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, studying with Beatrice Rose. Ms. Barber is Principal Harpist for the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera. She has been a featured soloist at the American Harp Society National Conference, and with the Austin Symphony, the Mississippi
Symphony, the Shepherd Symphony, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Elaine has performed with Spoleto USA, the San
Antonio Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony and Mississippi Opera. She performs with central Texas chamber music groups such as Cactus Pear Music Festival, Chamber Soloists of Austin, Musical Bridges Around the World, Musical Offerings, Round Top Festival, Salon Concerts, Texas Early Music Project, Victoria Bach Festival and Viola By Choice. She has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch and Matador labels, and has premiered solo and chamber works by Peter Stopschinsky, James Sclater, P. Kellach Waddle and Gordon Jones. Elaine maintains a private teaching studio in Austin and has been on the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Abilene Summer Music Festival, the University of Texas Harp Camp, and Mississippi College.

Megan Meisenbach – Flutist

Elaine Megan photo tiff

First place winner of the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition, Megan Meisenbach, flutist, has enthralled concert audiences from Massachusetts to Mexico. Cities such as Milwaukee, Dallas, Kansas City, Mobile, Rockport, Lincoln, Pensacola, and Houston have hosted her in concert. Through the airing of her live classical performances on National Public Radio and her artistic recordings, Meisenbach has developed an international following of avid listeners. Megan has repeatedly been honored with yearly touring grants for her state and regional touring programs, and Megan was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award. Known for her extensive repertoire, she is equally at ease with the masters, Bach to Debussy, as well as talented new composers. Megan has successfully premiered seven exciting compositions, including four commissioned works. Each year she has returned to many communities and greets others for the first time, fascinating concert-goers who hear melodies spun out effortlessly on a gold flute.