Prudence is the cellist of the ground-breaking and award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ), and she is celebrating 15 of the quartet’s 29 years.
Before the quartet, she had a 20 year orchestral career serving as principal in Cedar Rapids Symphony, River Cities Symphony and San Damiano Consort among others, and in the sections of several regional and national orchestras including: Houston Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras as a participant in the Minority Orchestral Fellowship Program; West Virginia Symphony; Wheeling Symphony; Columbus Symphony and several others.
As a recitalist, she has performed world premiers and been recorded for broadcast in Portugal and on WQED radio.
Currently, Prudence serves as adjunct faculty at both Blinn (9 yrs) and Temple Colleges (2 yrs) in Bryan and Temple, TX. She has also served on the faculties of Texas A&M University (6 yrs), and Prairie View A&M University (2 yrs). She teaches Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll, private lessons and, coaches chamber music. Prudence also teaches at the Academie Musique of Central Texas. Her private studio of 14 students ranges in age from 8-60+.
Junior year in high school, Prudence participated in the High School Executive Internship Program in her home town of Des Moines, IA. During the spring semester she attended work every day instead of classes at school. She was fortunate to be an intern during the final construction of the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. I had almost daily experience with: artist contracts; budget creation; board meetings; contract negotiations; front of house and usher staff interviews; report writing, and; her official semester project was writing the House Rental Contract which is still being used today. On the final day of the internship, she was officially hired, becoming the youngest Assistant House Manager in the country at the age of 17, in charge of an usher staff of 125 people for a 2,700 seat hall.
While living in Pittsburgh, she was the Director for the Youth Fair Chance Teen String Program which was administered through Catholic Charities. This was a string program for inner city students ages 13-18, and she served as treasurer for the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (now Chattham Baroque). Sol La Te Do Productions, Inc. was co-founded with her business partner Nicholas T. Moore and, they co-created a children’s CD called Xavier and Me: One and Three and Three which blended the human voice and cello so the cello portrays the characters in three fairy tales by “talking” rather than singing. It was during this time that she learned about the challenges of marketing and publicity.
Through the quartet, my business knowledge was increased by incorporating the quartet as an LLC. I am co-founder of the MASQ Community Music School and Chamber Music Institute. The non-profit incorporation and 501(c)3 filings for the school were successfully navigated as part of my duties as treasurer. For the last 13 years, I have kept the financial records and prepared payroll along with other administrative duties.
And, Prudence is an international speaker, having taken her message to the international stage at the International Speaker Institute for Women in London, England in April of 2018.
Education and Affiliations
Her degrees are all in performance: Bachelor of Music from Drake University; Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music; and Artist Diploma from Duquesne University.
Principal teachers include: John H. Erlich – Drake University; Nathaniel Rosen – Manhattan School of Music; and Jennifer Langham – Duquesne University. She also studied and/or coached with Raya Garbousova, Karl Fruh, Anthony Elliot, Stephen Doane, Leningrad String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, American String Quartet, and Dr. George Walker.
She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Psi Honorary Academic Society.
Prudence loves spending time with her 13 year old dog, Genee; reading; performing with her quartet; playing music of many genres with friends, archery, and; spending as much time as possible scuba diving.