The Amaris Trio (www.amaristrio.org) was created in 2014 by Dr. Shearom Chung, Ryan Ashley Nobles, and Stephanie Weng. They chose the name “Amaris,” or “given by God,” to reflect their gratitude for music as a divine gift. The Amaris Trio dabbles in genres ranging from classical to pop, and they enjoy regularly adding new music to their extensive repertoire.
Dr. Shearom Chung (violin) won 1st place in the 2013 American International Strings Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also won 1st place in the String Division of the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2006, followed by winning overall in the Catholic University of America Concerto Competition in 2007. Dr. Chung finished her DMA degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC under a full scholarship and was the principal player for the CUA orchestra. She received her MM and Graduate Performance through a partial scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She also received her Bachelor through a scholarship at the Korean National University of Art and studied at Sun Wha Art High School. She completed the National Orchestral Institute program as principal player under a full scholarship in 2007 and 2008. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival with a scholarship in 2006. In 2005, she played at the Domain Forget Music Festival in Quebec. Dr. Chung has a broad range of professional experience, playing in a variety of professional orchestras such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra in MD, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in VA, Cascade Orchestra in Oregon, and Mid-Atlantic Orchestra just to name a few. She was the principal violist and manager of the Bel Cantanti Opera’s Orchestra, also invited from Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017 as principal violist. She was also an active member of the Friday Morning Music Club as a solo and chamber player and member of MTNA. She is currently active many areas in the Orchestra, Chamber, Solo, and Teaching. She is the founder of the Dr. Shearom Chung’s music school.
Ryan Ashley Nobles (cello) graduated with a Master’s in Music in Cello Performance from George Mason University and a Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington. Ms. Nobles has received music scholarships for both degrees, served as principal cellist of the GMU Symphony orchestra, was principal cellist of the University of Mary Washington College-Community Orchestra, and was selected to perform in the George Mason School of Music Honors Recital. Ms. Nobles performed with the University of Mary Washington College-Community Orchestra as a high school student for their Carnegie Hall performance in 2002 and has worked with the Canadian Brass, Judy Collins, Marvin Hamlisch, O.A.R., Michael W. Smith, Lexi Walker, GENTRI, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Larry Graham. Ms. Nobles has also performed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Spotswood Community Orchestra, McLean Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Bel Cantanti Opera Chamber Orchestra, Worship Orchestra of Washington, Soulful Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, One Night Orchestra, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi, and the Richmond Symphony.
Stephanie Weng (piano) holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from George Mason University, studying under the instruction of Dr. Linda Apple Monson. Some of her graduate performances included Arts by George!, the 2012 Honors Recital, and the highly acclaimed Grand Piano Celebrations. Mrs. Weng has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Evangel University. During her studies at Evangel, she toured the United States and Europe with the Evangel Concert Orchestra and served as pianist for Campbell United Methodist Church. Mrs. Weng began actively teaching private piano lessons in 2011 and founded Edwards Piano Studio in South Riding, VA. From 2014-2015, Mrs. Weng taught English and music in Islamabad, Pakistan at Bright Angels School, sharing the joys of music in a cross-cultural context. Mrs. Weng currently freelances throughout the Northern Virginia and DC areas as pianist, accompanist, and collaborative musician. She performs with the Amaris Trio and serves in the worship ministry at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, Virginia.