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Release: Sept. 30, 2002

First violinist of Maia String Quartet to speak at Finding God at Iowa Forum Oct. 4

Amy Kuhlmann Appold, a founding member and first violinist of UI's Maia String Quartet, will be the speaker at the Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum on Friday, Oct. 4 at noon at the River Room #1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. Now in its 6th year, the series is designed to stimulate participants through brief talks by speakers who desire to share how their faith influences their lives.

Appold began her studies at the age of 10 and has performed in major concert halls throughout the United States, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Clark Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and Harris Hall of the Aspen Music Festival. Her decade with the Maia Quartet has included numerous world premiere performances and recordings, as well as collaborations with noted chamber musicians Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, Peter Zazofsky of the Muir Quartet, flutist Samuel Baron, and pianist Ann Schein. Known as well for her work as a solo violinist, Appold has performed as recitalist throughout the United States and as soloist with the Columbus and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras, as well as the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.

Appold holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She received additional instruction at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and she includes among her major instructors Donald Weilerstein, Masuko Ushioda, Victor Danchenko and the Juilliard Quartet. Appold previously served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, where the Maia Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence since 1999.

Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum is a program of the Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa. It is designed to complement the popular Geneva Lecture Series that brings speakers to the UI campus to speak on a wide range of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective. The forum ends promptly at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jason Chen, 120 N. Dubuque St., or call 341-0007 or e-mail