Rapid City, SD
About the Performers
The Symphony String Quartet is composed of high caliber musicians each with 20 to 30 years professional performance careers.   They have performed extensively throughout the Black Hills as well as worldwide.   They have been performing together for 5 years.

Coral White, violin
Tammy Schnittgrund, violin
Curtis Peacock, viola
Steve Gram, cello

Coral White, violin
After receiving her BA degree from St. Olaf College, Coral has taught school orchestra, as well as private violin lessons for the last 25 years.  She has been a guest soloist with the Black Hills Symphony and the St. Olaf Orchestra.  In addition to 30 years as Concertmaster with the BHSO she has performed in the St. Paul Symphony, Wyoming Symphony, Black Hills Chamber Orchestra, Black Hills Trio and the Black Hills String Quartet.  She has received may local, regional and national awards for her artistic and educational endeavors.

Tammy Schnittgrund, violin  In 1996, upon completing her BS in Education at NorthernStateUniversity in Aberdeen, SD, Tammy Schnittgrund accepted a position in the Rapid CitySchool District, teaching elementary and middle school orchestra.  She has been a member of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra since 1988, and in 1999 was named Principle of the second violin section, a position she maintains.  Leadership roles include Past-President of the South Dakota String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) and Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Rapid City Diocese chapter of National Pastoral Musicians (NPM).  She serves as a cantor and the assistant director of “Chorus Angelorum” at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  In 2007, she completed her MA in Fine Arts from the University of Montana. 


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605-391-4593 or by completing the
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"Coral was so helpful in selecting the perfect music which made the planning so easy.  The strings added that extra touch of elegance to our wedding celebration and made it unforgettable.  Thank you so much." 
Nicole & Jim Parkhill 2005

"Thank you so much for playing our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour music.  To have a string quartet was a dream of dream of ours, one that you helped come true.  Everything was exactly as we envisioned.  Our many thanks to you.
-Vanessa & Rick Kroeger 2007

Thank you for the wonderful performance at the Country Club.  Our clients had wonderful things to say.  You were superb!
Whitesell Financial Group 2007
Curtis Peacock, viola
Mr. Peacock began his musical studies at the age of five years, studying Solfege and piano with Madame Eskorina, a former head of the Warsaw Conservatory.  After taking up violin studies, he studied privately with Abraham Chavez.  As a violin soloist Curtis has performed with Symphonies more than a dozen times.  His performances on the viola include faculty chamber music recitals at the Univ. of Colorado, the Pablo Casals Trio, Wyoming Symphony String Quartet and North Dakota String Quartet.  Curtis taught violin and viola at Casper College for 25 years and served as conductor of the Wyoming Symphony during that time.  He continues to be a sought after conductor throughout the region.

Stephen Gram, cello
Stephen Gram, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire has served as a string music educator for 37 years, currently retired from the Rapid City Area Schools.  He has served as principal cellist of orchestras in Montana, Wisconsin, Colorado, and North Dakota, and is a former member of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.

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