Meet the Lake String Quartet

About Us


Who We Are

The string quartet is made up of two violins, a viola and a cello. The instruments take the roles of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass. The combination produces complete, four part harmony. The repertoire written or arranged for string quartet is very large and includes works in just about every style imaginable.

We play frequently with vocalists, organists, pianists, trumpeters, among others.

Carol Margolis

Carol Margolis

Carol graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Violin Performance. At Grinnell she studied performance with Delmar Pettys of the Lenox String Quartet. She studied ensemble playing with Bonnie Hampton and Nathan Swartz of the Francesco Trio.

She went on to the University of Minnesota to study performance and pedagogy with Shirley Santoro and Mary West. Carol is a 25 year member of the Lake String Quartet and has played a variety of other professional venues including the Minnesota Opera, the State Fair Orchestra, Ruperts Club, Broadway shows and the Viennese Strings.

She is the Concertmistress of the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra and an Artist member of Thursday Musical.

Nanette Scott Goldman

Nanette Scott Goldman

Nanette is a freelance violinist and violist in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. She has been a member of the Kenwood Chamber and St. Paul Civic Orchestras, and served for 6 years as principal viola for the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. She is currently a violist with the professional chamber orchestra the Minnesota Sinfonia. Nanette plays regularly for the touring Broadway shows at the State, Orpheum and Ordway theaters. Other venues where she often performs include the Guthrie theater and the Northrup Auditorium (Ballet series).

She is an Artist member of the Thursday Musical organization. Nationally recognized artists with whom Nanette has played range from classical to popular, including Charlotte Church, Luciano Pavarotti, Sarah Brightman, Lyle Lovett, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Josh Groban, and Prince. She can be heard on many TV and radio commercials, as well as the recordings of local artists the Honeydogs and the Hornheads. Nanette is a professor of Classical Languages at Macalester College.

Ingrid Koller

Ingrid Koller

Ingrid is a freelance violist, violin and viola instructor, and composer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She has played in numerous ensembles and orchestras and has been a member of the Lake String Quartet for over 28 years. Nationally recognized artists for whom Ingrid has played include Roy Clark, Michael Card, and Fernando Ortega.

Ingrid is a founder and co-director of the Early Bird String Academy, a before-school orchestra program in North Saint Paul, Minnesota. Inspired by her students, she writes engaging and imaginative pieces for string orchestra and small ensembles. Two of her pieces, “Adeste Fiddles” for string orchestra, and “Five Duets for Two Violas” are being published in 2019 by LudwigMasters Publishers.

Ingrid studied with John Tartaglia at the University of Minnesota where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. Ingrid is a member of the Viola Society of America, American String Teacher’s Association, and the American Composer’s Forum.

Daryl Carlson

Daryl Carlson

Daryl is the founder of the Lake String Quartet, which has performed continually in and around the Twin Cities area since 1981. He is a Minneapolis native and began cello studies with Paul Thomas and Ruth Fischer. He went on to work with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota and with Sachiya Isomura and Mina Fisher.

He has played with a number of area orchestras, as principal cellist with the Augsburg College Orchestra, the Little Symphony of Minneapolis, and Allegro Sinfonia and as section cellist with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and the Bloomington Symphony. He plays regularly in freelance orchestras and ensembles throughout the Twin City area.

He is an Artist member of Thursday Musical and has performed for Schubert Club Metropolitan Artist series concerts. As a freelance musician he has worked in various film, audio, and stage productions for such performers and artists as Prince, the Dixie Chicks, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. He is an active teacher and maintains a studio of cello students. He has participated in many school presentations as an individual and as a member of the Nokomis Piano Quartet and the Lake String Quartet.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I choose the Music?

We will help you choose your music during a complimentary consultation. You can prepare for this meeting by going to our Listen page to hear audio and video clips, and view some of our music suggestions.

Our repertoire is one of the largest you’ll find. Contact us for help with any questions or to request a demo CD.

Do you perform special Music?

Yes. We’re often asked to perform special Music, including pieces written by participants in events or their friends. If a requested piece requires unusual preparation, special arrangements may be necessary.

If you have a request for a piece not currently in our repertoire, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can acquire and arrange the music in a timely fashion. One new title is included in the quartet’s fee.

What are the fees for the quartet?

Our charges are determined by the time frame and location of the event. Please contact us with the details of your event and we will respond promptly with an estimated price quote.

You may pay by personal check, PayPal (no added fee), or Venmo.

When do we pay the quartet?

We ask for a non-refundable deposit of $75.00 when you return the signed contract to us. The balance is due two weeks before the performance.

You may pay by personal check, PayPal (no added fee), or Venmo. 

Do you perform outdoors?

Yes, provided it is warmer than 60°F. For the sake of our instruments we also need full protection from sunlight, rain and wind.

What do you need on the day of the event?

We need four chairs without arms and sufficient space to set up (approximately 7′ x 7′). If indoors, access to an electrical outlet for lighting is helpful. We provide our own music stands and lights.

How do we reserve the LSQ for our event?

Your date is reserved when we receive your signed contract with the deposit. On occasion there may be more than one client who wishes to hire us for the same date and time. We try to let both clients know when this is the case but we operate on a first come, first serve basis.


Please contact us with other questions. We will respond promptly!

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Contact Nanette or Daryl with questions or to request a complimentary CD.

Thank you for your interest!