Janet Lanier (English horn) is originally from Ohio where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and played in the Akron and Canton Symphonies. After serving in the 74th Army Band in Indianapolis, she relocated to Amarillo in 1978 where she received her Masters in Performance at WTAMU. Janet performs with Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, many local churches, and has been the oboist and English horn player for the Amarillo Symphony since 1978. She has been a soloist with the Amarillo Symphony, the Randel Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Music Amarillo. In addition to her performing schedule, she spends most of her time composing and arranging music for Shepherd's Trio and other ensembles. Janet has completed a number of commissioned works including an arrangement of “God Bless America” for opera star Mary Jane Johnson, Amarillo College Choir and Concert Band, a commissioned work for the Amarillo Civic Chorus of "Valley of Silence" for chorus and orchestra, a commissioned work by the Amarillo High School Bel Canto Chorale Men of "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" for men's chorus and piano for their 2008 performance as an honor choir for the Texas Music Educator's Association Convention, and a commissioned work “Four Winds of Heaven” for Oboe and Piano for woodwind soloist/clinician and Yamaha artist, Richard Rath. Janet's most recent commission for chorus and orchestra is nearly completed and will be performed in September of 2009. The commission is for the dedication ceremony for St. Mary's Church's newly rebuilt sanctuary which was destroyed in a fire in 2007.
David Lanier (French horn) is a native of the Amarillo area and has played in the Amarillo Symphony since 1989. Besides performing in the Randel Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Opera and Chamber Music Amarillo, David frequently plays in several local churches in the area. He holds degrees in Music Theory, Composition and Performance from West Texas A&M University. In addition to his musical talents, David has great expertise with computers and has been a full-time web programmer since 1996. David and Janet have been happily married since 1997.
Dr. Jim Rauscher (piano) has resided in Amarillo since 1981, as Professor of Piano at Amarillo College, where he also serves as chairman of the Music Department. He showed an early affinity for music, and began piano studies at the age of six in his hometown of Medford, Wisconsin. He also studied the trumpet, and entered college as a trumpet major. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Jim has been extremely active in the Texas Panhandle as a solo recitalist, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator. He has been the principal pianist for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1981, and has appeared as guest soloist with the orchestra during four separate seasons. He has also been the featured soloist with the Randel Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. Jim has presented solo piano recitals frequently at Amarillo College, and has performed at numerous college campuses across the state and for the Texas Music Teachers Association state convention. In 1986, he was named "Music Teacher of the Year" by the Amarillo Music Teachers Association. His students have been frequent winners in area competitions. He and his wife, Vanessa, are the music and choir directors at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Amarillo, and have two children, John and Ann.