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We are a group of string instrumentalist that would love to create a beautiful soundscape for your special event. We know that whatever you have planned, it is important to you and we are honored that you are considering the Tempe String Quartet to enhance your special day.
Ajay Patel:

     Ajay Patel holds a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Arizona State University. Ajay has performed with the Arizona Opera, has served as substitute principal cello for the Chandler Symphony, and has been a member of the Symphony of the Southwest and Musica Nova orchestras. Ajay is the Musical Director and Conductor of the East Valley Youth Symphony (

     In addition to performing, he is a full time educator in the Chandler School district, directing the orchestra program at Basha High School. Ajay maintains a high level cello studio from his residence in Gilbert, and his students have participated in Regionals, All State, and high level performance competitions. For more information about studying cello with Mr. Patel, please send an email to

Ajay is a member of the Phoenix String Quartet Association.  Phoenix String Quartet Artist in Residence.  
Megyn Nyff:








Mike Prokes:

   Mike Prokes is perhaps the most recognized freelance violinists in the valley. He is a gifted player known for near flawless performances.  He spent 15 years as a member of the Phoenix Symphony and performed with the Arizona Opera Company. 

   Mikes love of music shows in his performances.  He is a bright spot in any group.  During his career he has delighted audiences with thousands of concerts including, weddings, ballets, opera, rock and roll, live musicals, churches, formal concerts, and even as a strolling violinist. 

Mr. Prokes owns and operates a private school for children in Phoenix Arizona.

   Mike now performs exclusively as a freelance artist and is a member of the Phoenix String Quartet Association.

Carl Reiter

   Carl holds a bachelors degree in music from Arizona State University, a masters degree from Northern Arizona University and did his doctoral work was at Northern Arizona University.  Carl founded the Phoenix String Quartet association and the Phoenix String Quartet.  He is currently concertmaster of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra,  performs with the Phoenix String Quartet, the Tempe Symphony, and the Arizona Repertoire Orchestra. 

     During his tenure as an educator he held teaching positions at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix College, Washington, Flagstaff and Paradise Valley Schools for over thirty years.  Carl offers private instruction in Piano, Violin, and Viola at a studio in North Phoenix to serious students at all levels.    

     Carl's orchestral affiliations include, the Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, Mesa Symphony and movie soundtracks with Studio Orchestras in California. His received his first contract with a professional orchestra at the age of fourteen and is currently lead violinist with the Phoenix String Quartet.   Phoenix String Quartet Artist in Residence.  


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