Join us for a night of instrumental music, celebrating world-renown composers, classic rock, our favorite movie scores, and contemporary pop. Crystal Coast Musicians is an ensemble composed of extremely talented, local instrumentalists who will begin your weekend with a fun, relaxing evening that you don’t want to miss.
Tickets will be available to purchase online until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12. If available, tickets may be purchased in-person at the North Carolina History Center until the beginning of the performance.
Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.
Crystal Coast Musicians is a fellowship of professional musicians from all over North Carolina, that prides itself on connecting musicians, and providing music for the people. Since its founding over 10 years ago, Crystal Coast Musicians has performed over 500 events throughout the region, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. With availability on every instrument and combination of instruments, and every genre and style of music, Crystal Coast Musicians has established itself as a favorite among bridal and event planners, restaurants, churches, venues, schools, and teaching studios.
The concert will feature crowd favorites performed by a quartet comprised of four of the groups staple players: founder and booking manager Bonny Shirk of New Bern, NC on First Violin, Chris Ellis of Greenville, NC on Second Violin, Josh Ellis of Greenville, NC on Viola, and Barbara Gates of Fayetteville, NC on cello. All four performers are college degreed professional musicians who also teach music, are actively involved in their communities, and are truly dedicated and passionate about what they do. Their connection as performers and friends adds an element of fun and joy to their playing, and we hope you find that joy as you immerse yourself in today’s performance.
Bonny Shirk has been teaching music since she was in high school and is a lifelong performer. She holds both a BA in Music Performance and a BA in Education from the University of Michigan, is certified to teach music, social studies and language arts in public school, has done graduate studies in education at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and is working on a Masters in Music at Boston University. Bonny has extensive experience teaching private, group and school music to students of all ages and abilities. She has performed and toured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She is now the first violinist and booking manager for the Crystal Coast Musicians; serves as the music director and pianist for the Chapel on MCAS Cherry Point; the music director, accompanist and choir director of Croatan Presbyterian Church; and has a studio of over 80 students at Fuller's Music in New Bern, NC where she lives with her US Navy Chaplain husband, David (who is currently stationed in Boston, MA) and their three beautiful children, Evan, Audrey and Clare.
Barbara Salter Gates, a former “Miss Carteret County”, is originally from Marshallberg, NC. She was introduced to music through the Carteret County School System, and now performs regularly throughout eastern North Carolina as a soloist and chamber musician. Barbara holds both a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University, and a Master of Library Science degree from NC Central University. A former orchestra director for Cumberland County Schools, she is now a freelance ‘cellist and private instructor of ‘cello. Barbara has been a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years and served as Principal for 14 of those years. Other orchestral experience includes the East Carolina University Symphony (Principal), Barton Wilson Symphony (Principal), Carolina Philharmonic, Tar River Philharmonic, and Wilmington Symphony. Ms. Gates is a founding member of the Braxton Quartet and a cellist for Crystal Coast Musicians. By day, Barbara is the half-time Media Specialist at Gray’s Creek Middle School and is a Technology Instructor for Cumberland County Schools. She currently resides in Fayetteville with her sons, Cameron and Ryan Gates.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Music degree at East Carolina University studying with Paul Topper. He later earned a Master of Music degree at Florida State University studying with Karen Clarke and Gary Kosloski. He was a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and has performed with other orchestras including the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Georgia, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Tar River Symphony Orchestra and has been the concertmaster of the Barton College/Wilson Symphony since 2002. Chris lives with his wife and son in Greenville, NC.
A native of Greenville, NC, Joshua Doggett has been playing the violin since the age of six. Initially trained in the Suzuki method he later went on to study with Chris Gawlik for two years. Subsequently, he earned a bachelor’s in violin performance from East Carolina University; where he studied with renowned violinist and chamber musician Ara Gregorian. While at ECU, Joshua was a founding member of the Aeneid String Quartet who performed at the Beethoven Institute in NY, NY and was coached by numerous award winning artists such as Paul Katz and Peter Salaf of the Cleveland Quartet, Emanuel Gruber, Yoram Youngerman, Thomas Sauer, Hagai Shaham, Raman Ramakrishnan, among others. Also during his time at ECU he coached young musicians in the Eastern Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. John O’Brien. Currently Joshua is an active member of the Barton Symphony Orchestra where he sat principal viola for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 season. Additionally he is a violist/ violinist with the Crystal Coast Musicians. Joshua lives in Greenville, NC with his wife Kelsey and their three children.