Elizabeth Mendoza

Currently residing in Havertown, PA, Elizabeth Mendoza is prinicpal cellist of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.  She received her B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and her M.M. from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  An avid chamber musician, Ms. Mendoza has been a member of the Chanticleer String Quartet since 1995, bringing chamber music to rural Indiana.  She also enjoys working with young musicians through private teaching and was the director of the chamber orchestra and instrumental chamber music at the Rudolf  Steiner High School of Ann Arbor from 1997-1999.

When not playing the cello, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering in library and literacy programs in the School District of Philadelphia, dining at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, dancing salsa with her family, and crying through movies in the privacy of her own home.

Nancy Stokking

Nancy Stokking has been a free lance cellist and studio teacher in the south Jersey area for many years, and has performed with various orchestra including the Philadelphia Pops, Ocean City Pops, Reading Symphony, Princeton Symphony and the Delaware Symphony.   She was a regular substitute cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the ‘80’s and played under conductorsEugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, and Erich Leinsdorf, among others.   Her free lance work has taken place at various venues including the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.  She has also played in various performances which featured such stars as Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross, Lea Salonga and Johnny Mathis, to name a few. She performed in recital with pianist Norma Meyer, including the Bunker Hill chamber music series, and also the Maurice River Music concerts.  She attended Temple University on a cello/orchestra scholarship where she studied with Elsa Hilger, who was the first woman to be accepted into a major symphony orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she was assistant principal cellist.  She has been involved with several community events as well, and founded two local musical events with husband/cellist William Stokking. An endeavor close to their hearts, they founded the Serenade for Wildlife, a fundraiser for Medford’s Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, a yearly event which spanned 20 years.  They also founded the Cherry Hill Rotary’s fundraiser ‘Rotary Shares’, which has now become one of their top yearly fundraisers.   In these concerts, as in many others throughout the Delaware Valley area, she accompanied her husband on piano. She studied piano with Marian Filar at Temple and Helen Hales of West Chester University. She attended Temple University on a cello/orchestra scholarship where she studied with Elsa Hilger, who was the first woman accepted into a major symphony orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra.    

Fang Fang

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Fang Fang graduated from Arizona State University with a MM in cello performance under Professor Thomas Landschoot. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in cello performance from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Nanjing Art Institute in China. She has also studied with Ray Wang, Zuill Bailey, Yehuda Hanani and Haiye-Ni. Fang began to play the piano when she was 5. She learned to play the cello from her mother, a professional cellist, since she was 7.

She is a professional cellist with 15 years of experience in orchestras as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. For 8 years she was assistant principal cello of Shanghai Orchestra. Fang is currently playing with several local symphony orchestras in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has performed at a variety of concert venues including Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Poly Theater, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Tokyo Suntory Hall and etc. She performed in countries and regions including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, France and America. Fang was the principal cello at Scottsdale Philharmonic in Phoenix while attending ASU. She has appeared in numerous festivals including Red Rocks Music Festival and High Peaks Festival and etc.

Maud Fried-Goodnight

Maud Fried-Goodnight has been a cellist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony since 1984.  As a member of the orchestra, Maud has performed with a long roster of renowned soloists including Hilary Hahn, Clipper Erickson, Yuja Wang, Shai Wosner, Kai Gleusteen, Terrence Wilson, Matt Heimovitz, Susan Starr, Marcy Rosen, and many others.  

She managed the “Joy of Music” Chamber Series for 25 years at Cumberland County College, where the Bay Atlantic Symphony was Orchestra in Residence. She collaborated with the Stockton Chamber Players to offer a coordinated chamber music series with Dr. Leonard Klein, and Dr. Beverly Vaughn, consisting of innovative programs of chamber works by European and American composers.

Maud earned her bachelors degree from the University of Alaska, where she worked with Gordon Wright, conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. She received her Master of Arts from Hofstra University and was a Special Student at the Peabody Conservatory, under the guidance of Mihaly Virizlay, principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony and former principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

Maud completed her doctorate in Education from Rowan University in 2009.