Founded in 2006 by adventurous professional musicians in State College, Pennsylvania, we are five musicians on violin, viola, cello, oboe, and English horn. We perform a wide variety of styles ranging from early music to contemporary and popular music. World premieres and new arrangements keep us fresh. We are available for wedding ceremony music, background music for receptions, private parties, memorials, and more in Central Pennsylvania as a quartet, trio, duo or solo. A highlight in 2015 was a full program with jazz pianist Billy Childs and his band.
Our Allegría String Quartet with Sally, Mark, Debbie and Jon clicked at our first reading of music by Cole Porter, Haydn, and Coldplay. Trained teaching artists Robyn and Debbie help guide our outreach work in concerts for new audiences. We are all enthusiastic teachers and enjoy sharing our love of music with new listeners of all ages. We like to explore the intersection of music with art, history, world culture, science, math at venues including libraries, parks, museums, hospitals, colleges, senior communities, coffee cafés, and distilleries.
In spring 2019 our Penn's Woods Music 4 Kids and U were performed at Schlow Library, Bellefonte Children's Garden, Discovery Space, Holt Library, Bellefonte Art Museum, Palmer Art Museum and Millbrook Marsh Nature Centre. We are grateful for grant support from the PA Council on the Arts, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and the Music at Penn's Woods Festival and their generous donors.
Meet Our Musicians
Sally Williams Minnich
performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival, and the Williamsport Symphony. She is half of the innovative Revamped Duo with her husband Mark. Sally is the Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program. Sally composes and arranges music for the Allegría String Quartet.
performs as concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and Penn's Woods Music Festival. He collaborates with Sally in their Revamped Duo projects that include live video and live concerts. Mark teaches at Grier School in Tyrone, PA.
violin and viola
performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and the Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra. Along with his private studio, he is an adjunct violin instructor at Penn View Bible Institute in Penns Creek, PA. Gregory owns a violin shop in his home, where he maintains an active and growing rental program, and performs instrument repair work for many local musicians and students.
Violin and Viola
performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and Penn's Woods Music Festival. She manages the Allegria Ensemble as liaison with clients, writing musical arrangements, and grants for future music projects. A trained teaching artist, she develops programs for new audiences and maintains a private lesson studio. Debbie will retire in 2021 and is pleased that her colleagues will carry on the music making.
also gigs with his UNBANNED group. He performs with Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival. Jon composes and performs for film scores, runs a recording studio, teaches privately, and directs the Central PA Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Robyn Dixon Costa
Oboe and English Horn
is a certified Alexander Technique instructor at the Philadelphia School for Alexander Technique. She performs with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Penn's Woods Music Festival and the Columbus Symphony. She teaches at Penn State University Teaching Artist Initiative Program and the Classical Music Student Ambassador Program.