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Samantha Schlothan Photography

Yolanda Becker

When she was just 8 years old, Yolanda picked up the bow of a violin... and the rest is history. Since then her passion for sound moved her to receive her bachelors in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.  It was there that Strings For All Occasions formed.

Yolanda is always searching out new music, both classical and mainstream, and weaving it into her everyday life. She is never without a tune in her head, and playlist for the long drive home. She enjoys rehearsing classical solos and piano sonatas with Lynne Wilby, an accomplished pianist. One of her recent works with Lynne was Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's String Quartet no. 1 in D Major op.11.

Her happy place is performing covers and originals at coffeehouses and restaurants with her loop pedal, violin and guitar.

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Andrea von Oeyen

Andrea has been a manager for Strings For All Occasions for 15 years. Along with an instrument, Andrea holds a dual bachelor of music degree in music performance and music education from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.  She is currently working on her Masters in Orchestral Conducting at UNH and is planning on graduating in the Spring of 2018.  Andrea also teaches and conducts at the University of New Hampshire's Summer Youth Music School every summer.

A native of New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband and  5-year-old son, Andrea is the Orchestra Director in the Oyster River School District.  She teaches violin, viola, cello, and orchestra classes at Oyster River Middle School and Oyster River High School. Andrea loves living on the seacoast where she can enjoy the ocean, hiking, music, cooking, and yoga while following her passion for teaching children stringed instruments!