Maier Hall Concert Series | The Port Angeles String Quartet

Event Date:
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event Location:
Maier Performance Hall

In 2004, four members of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra formed the Port Angeles String Quartet (PSAQ) and performed nearly a dozen concerts in the next year and a half.  Then all four went their separate ways as each member pursued new career paths and interests.

Now, they are back for an eagerly anticipated encore performance on January 4, 2014, as part of Peninsula College’s Maier Hall Concert Series. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Those who remember hearing the quartet perform a few years ago will be delighted by this performance as will others who wish to hear brilliant masterworks by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak.

PSAQ’s members include violinists Christopher Taber and Kate Dean, violist Heather Montgomery and cellist Fred Thompson.

“This concert should have broad appeal for many on the peninsula,” says PC music professor and Maier Hall Concert Series director David Jones. “Concert goers will have a chance to hear some incredible music and renew friendships with some long-time community musical favorites. We expect this to be another very popular concert and one that will likely sell out quickly.”

Taber now lives in Victoria, B.C., where he plays in the Victoria Symphony, teaches and conducts.  Montgomery lives in Spokane, where she is a music educator and conductor. While continuing as a lead violinist in PASO, Dean has retired from her work with a local dentist and moved into global enterprises with her sister. Thompson has retired from teaching at Peninsula College and now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Photo Caption: From left, Heather Montgomery, viola; Fred Thompson, cello; Kate Dean, violin; and Christopher Taber, violin.

Season Subscription:  $50
Concerts: $15
Students: $ 5

Order your tickets online by visiting or by sending a check or money order to:

Peninsula College Foundation
Maier Hall Concert Series
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd
Port Angeles, WA 98362


Kate Dean began studying violin at age nine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her father's profession involved frequent moves, which resulted in Kate's participation in several community and youth orchestras in both northern and southern California and in Hawaii.  She studied violin and viola at Whitman College and graduated in 1975.  That same year she won an audition to attend the Congress of Strings at the University of Washington.  In recent years, Kate has participated as both assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of the Port Angeles Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.  Kate recently retired from her profession in Port Angeles and now works with her sister in global enterprises.

Heather Montgomery grew up in Olympia, Washington, where she began studying violin and viola in the fifth grade.  While in high school, she performed in orchestra and choir, balancing her musical activities between instrumental and vocal roles in numerous concerts and musical theatre productions.  She attended Washington State University, where she majored in Music Education, studying voice and viola.  While living in Port Angeles, Heather taught music and conducted the choir and orchestra at Roosevelt Middle School, was principal viola in the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, and sang in the Peninsula Chamber Singers.  She was also a regular faculty member at the Burton Music Camp on Vashon Island.  Heather now resides in Spokane, where she is a music educator and conductor.

Christopher Taber graduated in 2003 from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Music degree and currently teaches and performs on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula and in Canada.  His credits include concertmaster of the 1996 Washington All State High School Orchestra, principal second violin of the 1996 National High School Honors Orchestra, concertmaster of the Foothill Orchestra, and concertmaster of the San Francisco State University Orchestra.  In 2002, as a member of the Volta String Quartet, he was a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  Christopher has performed extensively in orchestras and chamber groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Santa Cruz Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and the San Francisco Community Orchestra.  He also performed as a guest artist at the Olympic Music Festival near Quilcene, WA.  Christopher now plays in the Victoria Symphony, teaches, and conducts.

Fred Thompson, a native of Minnesota, began studying cello at age seven. He attended Interlochen National Music Camp (MI) and performed with the Eau Claire (WI) symphony after winning a concerto competition. At Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and then at the University of Utah, he studied English and music. After teaching in central Utah, he took a position in English and Humanities at Peninsula College. Later, the Thompsons lived in England where Fred studied English literature at the University of London. He also attended a chamber music workshop in Orvieto, Italy. His second sabbatical focused on the poetry of John Keats and the music of Beethoven. While at Peninsula College Dr. Thompson led five study-abroad tours. Besides being a long-time player in the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra in which he was principal cello, Fred was active as an area recitalist and chamber musician. Fred and his wife, Jean, now live in Portland, Oregon.