Musician Biographies 
​Longview String Quartet 

Renee Ward~

Renee ​began playing violin in fifth grade in the Kilgore schools.   She has played with the Everett Youth Orchestra, and Western Washington State Orchestra.   She is the assistant concertmaster of the Longview Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been a member since 1987.  She has been the conductor of the Longview Preparatory Strings since 2002. She also assists with the orchestra program at Longview ISD.

Renee is the wife of Scott Ward and the mother of four beautiful daughters.​​  In her free time, Renee enjoys gardening and preparing culinary delights using fresh herbs and vegetables from her garden.

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Shane Almendarez~
Shane learned to play the viola in Marshall ISD.  He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where he earned his Master's Degree in Viola Performance.  After five years as the Director of Orchestras in Marshall, Texas, he is currently the orchestra director at Moore Middle School in Tyler, Texas. In addition to teaching strings, he also plays in Longview, Texarkana, Shreveport, and Marshall Symphony Orchestras.  

​He and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter.   In Shane's leisure time he enjoys playing with his daughter, training his new puppy Bella, trying out the latest sushi bar, and traveling to see live Opera performances.​​
~Pam Martin
Pam began playing cello in Longview ISD and as a senior made the top All-State Orchestra in Texas.  She also attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a music scholarship. 

By day she is employed as the secretary at New Diana Middle School in Diana, Texas.  Her love of chamber music keeps her playing in her spare time.  She has been a member of Longview Symphony Orchestra since 1977​​.  Pam is the Personnel Manager of the Longview Symphony.  In addition, she plays with the Marshall, Texarkana, and South Arkansas Orchestras.  

She and her husband, Charlie, have two sons.  They enjoy going camping with their two labradors, Jack and ​​Princess Madison.
~Sherry Paetznick

Sherry ​is a native of Kilgore, Texas, where she began playing the viola in sixth grade.  By age sixteen, she started playing with the Longview Symphony. After graduating high school, Sherry first went to Kilgore College where she studied violin and then Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied viola and early childhood education, graduating summa cum laude with a BSIS degree.

For fifteen years, Sherry balanced her two loves, teaching kindergarten during the day and   playing her viola nights and weekends in various ensembles and orchestras, including the Longview String Quartet, Longview Symphony, and Marshall Symphony. Now she has merged the two loves by teaching orchestra (and her former kindergarten students!) at Kilgore High School.  In her free time, she geeks out over Doctor Who, plays with her adorable dog Juliet, and spends time with family and friends.