is a Buffalo-based ensemble named for both the Italian phrase “bel canto” which means “beautiful song,” and an acronym of the names of our four members, all current students at the University at Buffalo. The quartet features Blair Sailer and Emily Vosburgh on violin, Linnea Cremean on viola, and Lisa Gagnon on cello.
Blair Sailer, a graduate student of UB’s School of Education for Music Education, began violin since fourth grade. While attending Frontier High School, Sailer participated in the Frontier Symphony Orchestra the Southtown’s Youth Orchestra, multiple All County music festivals, and the school’s Jazz Ensemble. She also earned the great privilege of performing in a side-by-side concert with the famous fiddle group Barrage. Most recently, she takes part UB’s Symphony Orchestra and Summer String Workshop while studying along side Yuki Numata Resnick.
Emily Vosburgh has been playing violin for eleven years. During her education at Clarence High School, Vosburg participated in Symphony Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, NYSSMA and All County festivals. Now At the University at Buffalo, Vosburg studies with Yuki Numata Resnick, and plays in the UB Symphony Orchestra as well as the chamber group.
Linnea Cremean has been involved with music since her early childhood beginning with piano and vocal lessons then picking up the violin at age eight. Creman has since performed with Buffalo Suzuki Strings, Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra , and the GBYO Italy tour. Most recently, she is a member of Grace Lougen & the Leftover Pancakes, a local blues/rock band.
Lisa Gagnon has been playing cello for 11 years, and also enjoys playing guitar and singing. A Buffalo native and Sweet Home HS grad, she participated in many ECMEA and NYSSMA festivals, including Conference All State in 2011, and was in the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra for 3 years. She is currently in her 3rd year at the University at Buffalo studying English and Linguistics, with a Music Performance minor. At UB, Lisa has played with the UB Symphony Orchestra as principle cellist, in the theatre productions “How Did We” and “The Glass Menagerie,” and in various chamber ensembles in and out of school. Lisa often plays cello in the worship band at her church and others in the area. She also enjoys writing and making visual art, and is always up for collaboration and stretching the boundaries of genre and medium.