The Signature Quartet
The Signature Quartet performs both as a professional performance ensemble and as the instructor ensemble for the Higher Scale Music Education Partnership with Tulsa Public Schools.
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Eric Samuelson serves as violinist for the Signature Quartet and as Concertmaster for the Signature Pops series. Receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance (with academic honors) from Indiana University, Samuelson was with the Tulsa Philharmonic from 1987-2002. He has performed with the Yamagata Symphony in Japan. Samuelson has also served as Concertmaster with the Fort Smith Symphony. An active chamber musician, Samuelson is also a founding member of the Riverside Trio. His teachers have included Silvian Iticovici, Michael Ma, Jacques Israelievich, Yuval Yaron, and Neil Weintrob.
Paolo Eskitch began studying the Violin in Garden City, Kansas, with Clara Frazier. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas were he studied with Ben Sayevich, and Eric Roseblith. Additional studies include a MM from Brooklyn College with Naoko Tanaka, and monthly master classes with Itzhak Perlman. He is currently a member of many ensembles in Tulsa, including the Signature Symphony at TCC, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, and the Signature String Quartet. Paulo is an adjunct instructor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber music at TCC. He has performed at Chamber music festivals including, The Yellow Barn, IMAI, California Music Festival, and as Concertmaster of Opera in the Ozarks.
Jeffrey Smith serves as violist of the Signature Quartet, as well as Principal Violist of both the Signature Symphony and the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. An instrumental music teacher since 1979, Smith currently serves as Instrumental Music Director for Edison Preparatory School where he teaches more than 200 students in
From left to right, Signature Quartet members are Paulo Eskitch, violin; Jeffrey Smith, viola; Eric Samuelson, violin; and Erica Parker, cello.
three bands and three orchestras. In addition, he has directed the TCC TulsaFest middle school string program since its inception. Named Teacher of the Year (2002) by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), he is also a past president of the Oklahoma Chapter of ASTA, and serves as contest judge, clinician, private instructor, and participant in numerous music festivals. In 1996, he served as Principal Violist of the 25th annual International String Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Smith holds four degrees in music; a Master of Music (Viola) from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music Education from the University of Tulsa, a Bachelor of Music Education (with honor) from the University of Tulsa, and a Bachelor of Music (Viola, with distinction) from the University of Kansas.
Erica Parker. The cellist of the Signature Quartet, Erica received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and completed a Master’s of Music from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. While in North Carolina, she premiered new compositions at the Southeastern Composer’s Conference, won the UNCG concerto competition, performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, and served as the principal cellist with the Greensboro Philharmonic. In addition, she has participated in numerous summer music festivals.