About Duo Brava

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If you’re planning a special occasion and imagining beautiful, elegant, and stylish music to enhance your event, whether classical or contemporary music is your preference, look no further! Contact Duo Brava today (Contact Us) to learn more about our availability, reasonable pricing, repertoire suggestions (Repertoire), and more.

Established in the fall of 2018, Duo Brava, Fort Smith’s exceptional string duo, features Lori Fay, violin, (Lori Fay Bio) and Barbara Godette, violoncello (Barbara Godette Bio). Ms. Fay and Ms. Godette, acclaimed soloists, symphony and chamber ensemble performers, master teachers, and advisors to aspiring young artists, have also established themselves as one of the area’s most highly sought-after string duos, performing in a variety of locations and for a wide range of events. Among their regular engagements, Ms. Fay and Ms. Godette have provided entertainment for museums, churches, hospitals, corporate functions, intimate and large-scale private events such as weddings and funerals, public celebrations, and with numerous colleague organizations and for many community events.

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Lori Fay, violin

Lori Fay, violin, brings years of symphony orchestra, chamber music, solo performing, and recording experience to the Fort Smith area where she currently resides. Since relocating to this region nearly fifteen years ago, Ms. Fay is in high demand as a symphonic and chamber musician, and as a private violin and piano teacher. At eight years of age, Lori started her study of the violin and piano in her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut; since then, she has devoted her professional life to music and to the violin in particular. Ms. Fay received a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (Houston, TX) where she studied with Cyrus Forough and Raphael Fliegel (former concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra), as well as a Master of Music in Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, OH), under the tutelage of Richard Young and Marilyn McDonald.


Ms. Fay has performed and toured with many major US Orchestras, including: the Fort Smith Symphony as Associate Concertmaster, and with such acclaimed artists as Jeremy Denk and Joshua Bell; the Houston Ballet Orchestra as Principal Second Violin Chair for 25 years; Houston Grand Opera; Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston; Ebony Opera Guild; American Pops Orchestra, with tours as far-reaching as Puerto Rico and Japan; Texas Chamber Orchestra; Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra; Houston Symphony; Theatre Under the Stars; Texas Opera Theatre Orchestra; Corpus Christi Symphony; and the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Graz, Austria. In addition to her wide-ranging orchestral 

experience, she has made many operatic recordings on the Albany label with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra (Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and Of Mice and Men, as well as Todd Machover’s Resurrection, to name a few), as well as chamber music recordings on the Owl label with the Houston String Quartet of which she is a founding member. Her extensive recording accomplishments also include four (4) symphonic recordings with the Fort Smith Symphony on the Naxos label, featuring all five symphonies by William Grant Still, and Florence B. Price’s Symphonies Nrs. 1 and 4.

Lori is currently a Master Instructor of Violin at the Community School of the Arts in Fort Smith, as well as Director of the ground-breaking “Chamber Strings” program, an initiative to foster excellence and unprecedented performing opportunities for junior- and high-school aged students interested in pursuing careers in the performing arts. Ms. Fay served as a Master Instructor of Violin for the Academy of the Arts, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, from 2013 to 2016. Previously, Ms. Fay was an Adjunct Professor of Violin at the Houston Community College, and has served as a Secondary Instructor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. A devoted teacher of the violin, through her work with the Houston String Quartet, Ms. Fay has performed extensively for Young Audiences of Houston as well as Texas Institute for the Arts and Educations concerts. In 1997 and again in 2000, Lori was invited by the Trust for Mutual Understanding (NYC), the Jewish Community Development Fund for Russia and Ukraine (NY), and the Endowment Fund for the Jewish Community of Houston to promote and premiere works of early 20th century Jewish/Russian composers throughout St. Petersburg, Russia, and Vilnius, Lithuania, with the Houston Ensemble for Jewish Music.

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Barbara Godette, violoncello

Barbara Godette, violoncello, has amassed an impressive career as a performer, section leader, recording artist, mentor, and skilled music teacher of students of all ages. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 with a Bachelor of Music in Applied Cello, Ms. Godette participated in the University of Texas Strong Project, Austin, Texas, as a Private Cello Instructor and Section Leader. Upon relocating to Adrian Michigan, she served as a member of the cello section in the Adrian Symphony. 

 

A subsequent move to the Fort Smith area found Barbara working as an Instructional Aid in the Fort Smith Public Schools. From 2013-2016, Barbara served as Master Cello Instructor and Section Leader of the Youth Honors Orchestra, affiliated with the Academy of the Arts at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Since 2003, Ms. Godette has held the position of Assistant Principal Cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony, where her performing career includes several orchestral concerts per season, frequent chamber ensemble concerts, services in the public schools and other community programs, and a number of acclaimed recording projects on the Naxos label. 

In demand as a soloist, Ms. Godette has performed for numerous organizations throughout the Fort Smith region, including: Fort Smith Symphony and Mercy Hospital Cancer Survivors Concert; Fort Smith Chorale; University of Arkansas Chorale Fort Smith; St. John’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and others; Sacred Sounds of Mercy, Mercy Hospital; Omega Sound Recording Studio; and Fountain Square House Recording Studio, Muldrow. She is also a member of the Fort Smith Symphony Quartet and Classic Strings Quartet. As a highly sought after performer and adjudicator in area junior high and high schools, Ms. Godette frequently collaborates with Northside High School Choir All Region, Alma High School Choir All  Region, Chaffin Junior High All Region, and Ramsey Junior High All Region.

 

In 2016, Barbara joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts, Fort Smith; currently, she serves as Master Cello Instructor and Chamber Strings Instructor.