Having been raised in a musical family, Martha Mattes is a native of Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her mother is a retired church organist/choirmaster and an elementary school music teacher. Martha received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University and also studied at the University of Tulsa. While a student at Northwestern, she served as Principal Second Violin of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. Martha joined the Tulsa Philharmonic shortly after graduating from Northwestern in 1980, and remained with the orchestra until its demise in 2002. She continues to perform with the Tulsa Opera Orchestra. Martha regularly performs with the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as other regional orchestras, as a substitute/extra. She has launched A Touch of Class, which provides string quartets and solo violin for weddings and other special occasions, using musicians from the Tulsa Symphony. An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Martha sings in the highly acclaimed Trinity Choir and has enhanced Trinity’s worship through her violin playing. She has a cat named Phoebe whom she adopted seven years ago from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Martha enjoys cooking, watching good movies, and taking care of her cat.