Tim Arnold, violin
Tim Arnold grew up in Harvard and began the violin at age six with his grandfather’s violin and his sister as his teacher. It was a musical family, with his mother as the leader on piano, brothers on French horn and trumpet, and sister also on violin. It was a wonderful ‘quartet’. Selected at a young age for the Longy School Young Artist Program with Roman Totenberg, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Youth Ensemble, Tim studied in his formative years with Virginia Gene Rittenhouse of Thayer Conservatory, and Leo Panasevich of the Boston Symphony. The NEYE in particular was a major influence, being a unique group — essentially a youth chamber orchestra with no conductor, providing an unparalleled learning and growing experience for the participants. The NEYE was a travelling orchestra, playing everywhere and anywhere, often in Europe, the Middle East, and behind the Iron Curtain, travelling on overnight buses from one venue to the next. During one memorable tour to Jamaica they scheduled 27 performances in 7 days, and during another tour to Poland Tim was lucky enough to play a solo Command Performance for Gerald Ford during his visit there. The highlight was playing in famous and awe-inspiring cathedrals such as Notre Dame and Chartres cathedrals in France, the Dom in Salzburg and the Karlskirche in Vienna, San Marco in Venice, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields cathedral in London. In college Tim played with the Harvard Radcliff Orchestra and the Bach Society, and more recently with the String Beings Quartet and as a sub for the Reno Philharmonic. After many years focused more on business than music, today Tim has again embraced his instrument, and plays with the critically-acclaimed Eggnog String Quartet, the Concord Orchestra, the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra, the Sounds of Stow, and is concert master of the Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Harvard Messiah Sing, and the Sudbury Savoyards. Tim is an avid chamber musician and orchestra performer, but also tends to his farm in Harvard, plays squash, and accommodates his day job as a small software business owner.
Joe Simcox, viola
Mr. Simcox has been playing viola since the age of 10, when he began playing through the public schools of Oklahoma City. He continued playing through high school in Houston, Texas. With his arrival in New England in 1983, his music blossomed: first as a 22-year member of the Cape Ann Symphony in Gloucester, and then onto a longstanding position as mentor in the Gordon College Orchestra under six different conductors over the years. In 2009, he was principal violist of five different orchestras – the North Shore Philharmonic, Salem Philharmonic, The Reagle Players (Broadway musicals) as well as the Hillyer Festival Orchestra (pops orchestra) and the Sounds of Stow Orchestra.
In 1995, Mr. Simcox formed the Eagle Hill String Trio and Quartet. While mainly playing weddings and corporate events, the group also recorded contemporary Boston-area composer Robert Bradshaw’s Suite for String Quartet in 1999.
Today, Mr. Simcox is a freelance artist in area groups in and around Boston. He resides in Amesbury, Massachusetts, along the shores of Lake Gardner. He is a single father to his 12 year old son Mason, and operates Simcox Appraisal, a real estate consulting and appraisal firm. His responsibilities with his son and business have required him to leave some playing opportunities to others while still maintaining his involvement with the HFO, the Sounds of Stow, the Eagle Hill String Trio and Quartet and various freelance engagements.