REBECCA MCFAUL & ANNE FRANCIS BAYLESS
Violinist & Cellist
Fry Street Quartet
The Crossroads Project
Violinist Rebecca McFaul and cellist Anne Francis Bayless have been sitting side by side in the Fry Street Quartet for almost twenty years. Collaborations with composers, across disciplines, and with community partners and projects have marked the career of the FSQ throughout its existence, and Rebecca and Anne have both found great meaning in their exploration of the role of art in society.
One of the most visible expressions of this focus has been The Crossroads Project, an ongoing partnership between physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies and the FSQ, which merges music and an exploration of humanity's relationship to the natural world. The music of The Crossroads Project, which includes works by Laura Kaminsky and Libby Larsen, has been released by Navona Records. In addition to their time on the road and in rehearsal with the FSQ, Rebecca and Anne are both passionate and committed teachers, and they administer the thriving string program at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, where the Fry Street Quartet holds the endowed string quartet residency.
Combining science and art resulted in a more personal kind of partnership when Rebecca married physicist Dr. Robert Davies in 2013. In their spare time, they are busy experimenting with permaculture principles on their acre-sized yard and providing exceptional service for their cat, Simon.
Anne is married to Utah Symphony Principal Violist Brant Bayless, and the couple has a young son. Family time includes hiking in the mountains, gardening in the backyard, going for bike rides, and cooking.