Well-Strung: Trevor Wadleigh Is the Viola Man
The awesome singing string quartet Well-Strung, which played three sold-out performances last year at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and created a huge buzz and cheering word of mouth, is coming back to town!
This time, owing to the raves of those who saw the group last year, they have been booked into the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center with a brand new show, so everyone who wants a ticket will have the opportunity to see this unique, exciting and very HOT group of musicians. Their one-night only performance is Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.
Well-Strung, currently playing in P-Town on Cape Cod, is a unique boy band called the “hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games by the New York Daily News. The group features a stunning combo of classical musicians who sing and put their own stamp on music from Mozart to Lady Gaga.
According to the Huffington Post, “The four boys of ‘Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet’ know their chiseled torsos and matinee idol faces make them seem like an inspired novelty act. In fact, second violinist Chris Marchant says he has lost track of the number of times the all-male string quartet turned down offers to perform nude during their 2012 summer stint in Provincetown, Mass. “’One of our aims is to blur the line between high and low art,” he says.
To introduce Letters readers to the group in advance of their fall appearance we are interviewing the musicians individually. This quarter of the quartet is Trevor Wadleigh, a native of the Northwest coast, who plays the viola. He started studying young and had no idea this is the path his career would take.
Trevor studied music performance in college (U. of Puget Sound) and at the same time studied across the continent at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been principal violist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Brevard Center Orchestra, and Nova Philharmonic. He’s been on the faculty of the U. of Puget Sound as a violin and viola instructor. Besides his music, his other passion is animal rescue, and he is a co-founder of Puget Sound Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue organization.
Letters: When did you begin your affair with strings?
Trevor: I started playing violin in the fifth grade. Thankfully, it was offered as part of the public school curriculum.
Letters: What are some of the best reactions you've seen to your performances?
Trevor: Before I joined Well-Strung, I was playing in an orchestra and unfortunately a woman in the audience had a heart attack during an exciting piano concerto. While this has yet to happen during a WS concert, I'm happy to say that the median age of our concert-attendees is much younger and more virile, than of typical classical concerts!
Letters: How does it feel to be a classical/pop star?
Trevor: I'm not sure how I feel about the "S" word. First and foremost, we are musicians trying to put great music out into the world. We are so thankful to our audiences for recognizing our efforts. They have been incredibly supportive of our endeavors.
Letters: What's the one thing you want people to know about Well-Strung?
Trevor: You've only seen the beginning.
Letters: You come from different parts of the country. Did any interesting communication problems or taste differences result from that?
Trevor: Very much so. We all have very different communication styles. Beginning to understand and work with one another has been a huge task in and of itself. However, I believe our being incredibly different from one another has added a great deal of dimension to what we do.
Letters: Any advice for young musicians?
Trevor: Realize it's a very competitive industry with an ever decreasing number of jobs, but if you love bringing music to others, work your ass off, and be very honest with yourself about your weaknesses and strengths. Furthermore, immerse yourself in the community that will best nurture what you want to become.
Letters: If you could add one person to your group, who would be your dream addition?
Trevor: Beyoncé, of course.
Letters: Boxers or briefs?
Trevor: Boxer-briefs, of course.
Tickets for Well-Strung at the Convention Center are on sale now at on the CAMP Rehoboth website or 302-227-5620.