One string player meeting the challenges is Alisa Rose. This violinist and composer is former member of Quartet San Francisco and the Real Vocal String Quartet—with whom she served as an ambassador of the U.S. State Department—and she has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Song of the Mountains on PBS-TV. As a composer, she uses American folk techniques in conjunction with classical forms. This style can be heard on her album of cross-genre virtuoso works for solo violin titled Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. Other recent compositions, such as “Nocturne for America” for the RossoRose Duo, and “Six Solo Cello Suites for Wilmington,” written with Swift Rose, tell stories of our time. Rose teaches privately as well as at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her latest album, Curios, pairs Rose with mandolinist Tristan Scroggins. She quarantined at home in Oakland, California.