The members of Monarch Strings are some of the most accomplished players in the DFW area. Their professional training ensures the highest level of musical experience.
A Chicago native, Christina Petrando started her violin and piano studies at age 10 and 5. Coming from a family of music teachers, her passion for music education led her to the University of Iowa, where she studied violin from Katherine Wolfe and piano from Rene Lecuona. Christina has performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Oskaloosa Symphony, as well as the Brazos Chamber Orchestra. Christina has played for weddings and other special events for the past ten years. She currently teaches publicly in Fort Worth as well as a growing private studio of piano and violin students.
Kristi Tollefson is orignally from Fargo, ND where she began playing violin at the age of 10. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and a Masters of Music Education Degree from the University of North Texas. She has studied with Mary King, Joanne Cohen, and Igor Borodin. Kristi has performed with the Fargo-Moorehead Symphony, the Valley Symphony Orchestra and has subbed with the San Angelo Symphony. Kristi plays regularly throughout the metro-plex for church ensembles and has been playing weddings and other special occastions for over 27 years. Ms. Tollefson is also a founding member of Mariachi Quetzal from Denton, in which she is a violinist and singer. Mariachi Quetzal has performed for The Toadies, The Flaming Lips, and Del Castillo, and has collaborated with Norah Jones, Brave Combo, and Bubba Hernandez. She has taught both orchestra and mariachi in McAllen, Lewisville, Fort Worth, and Arlington ISDs. She resides in Fort Worth with her Cat, Chester and dog, Midnight.
Orginally from Chicago, Daniel Sigale has been a violist with the Fort Worth Symphony since 1998. Before coming to North Texas, he played with the Phoenix Symphony. Mr. Sigale performs regularly with the Spectrum Chamber Music Series, a featured artist in the Basically Beethoveen Chamber Music Series, Dallas Public Library Recital Series and the University of Texas at Arlington Guest Violist Series. In addition, he was a founding member of the Hall Ensemble. Mr. Sigale has earned Music Performance degrees from DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame, where he got to fulfill his dream of being a classical music radio announcer.
David Anselmo Fernandez
A native of the Chicago area, David Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Degrees from the University of North Texas where he studied cello with Carter Enyeart and Eugene Osadcy. At UNT he was a member of the Graduate String Quartet, as well other performing ensembles. He currently subs with the Abilene Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony and other performing ensembles. David teaches orchestra publicly in Fort Worth. He lives in Aledo with his wife Stephanie and his four children.