Treemonisha was composed by Scott Joplin in 1910. However, Joplin was unable to have the work published until 1911 because it was difficult for him to find publishers, performers, or patrons. Nearly 100 years after Joplin’s original publication of the opera, violinist Phillip Rayford wrote an overture arrangement for a string chamber or string quintet. To perform this work, a well-rounded balance of technique and group cohesion is required from players. Rayford’s arrangement of Treemonisha is a tribute to Scott Joplin’s desire to write and have an opera performed for an audience.