Award winning violinist, Temperance Babcock-Steiskal, has been playing the violin since she was four. She began her formal studies under Jennifer Porterfield in her home town of Ardmore, Oklahoma. At age eleven, Temperance began studying under graduate students at the University of Oklahoma and by fourteen was accepted into the studio of the head violin professor, Felicia Moye. Felicia graduated from the Julliard School of Music and studied under world renowned teacher, Ivan Galamian. Moye also founded the Miami String Quartet.
At nineteen, Temperance began to take an interest in bluegrass fiddle which resulted in a move to Nashville, TN, in August of 2003 where she studied and performed with Grand Ole Opry fiddle players Hoot Hester, Kenny Sears and Carl Franklin. Temperance has recorded with members of Kentucky Thunder and has performed with Mac McAnally, Paul Overstreet, Casting Crowns, and jazz singer, Cassandra Wilson. Temperance recently played in a televised tribute for the world renowned song writer,Ben Peters, where she performed with Charlie Pride and Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy Fortune. She also plays on the road with Dove award winning artist Christy Sutherland.
Temperance’s dynamic duo with MPB’s Grassroots host, Bill Ellison, has been featured on radio shows such as the Thacker Mountain Radio Show, the Sucarnochee Revue and MPB’s Mississippi Arts Hour. You will also see Babcock in the PBS children’s show Lomax the Hound of Music as a fiddling bear and cowgirl.
Temperance also serves as the female lead singer and fiddle player for top 40 country band, South of 20, which has recently opened for Ricky Skaggs, Sunny Sweeney, Jake Owens, Restless Heart and Sawyer Brown.
Betty Babcock-Schoonover has been playing the violin since the age of four. She began her studies with Jennifer Teage in her home town of Ardmore, Ok. At age eleven she began studying under graduate students at the University of Oklahoma and at age fifteen she was excepted into the studio of the head violin professor Felicia Moye. Felicia graduated from the Julliard School of Music and studied under world renowned teacher, Ivan Galamian. Moye also founded the Miami String Quartet.
At eighteen, Betty began to play bluegrass. She moved to Nashville three years later where she had lessons with world renowned jazz violinist Tracy Silverman, Jason Carter of The Del McCoury Band and Casey Driessen, who has played with Tim O'Brien, the Zac Brown Band and many more. Betty has also been a guest on Byron Burline's show at The Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Ok. She has recorded with members of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and has performed with Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Michail English, Mac McAnally, jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, Paul Overstreet, Shannon McNally, The Williams Brothers, the North Mississippi Allstars, the Swedish sensation Beatrice, and Benjamin Wright. In 2010 she played in a televised tribute for the world renowned song writer, Ben Peters, where she performed with Charlie Pride and Grand Ole Opry performer, Jimmy Fortune.
Betty currently resides in her hometown of Ardmore, Ok, where she plays in a family band with her husband, Kyle Schoonover, and father-in-law, Kent Schoonover, and has a violin studio of 15+ students.