Strings for every occasion
 
Music is a piece of art that goes into the ears and straight to the heart
— Unknown
 
 

Cabaletta Strings is an ensemble based out of Asheville North Carolina under the direction of professional violinists Teresa Curran and Lori Hammel. We will only hire experienced and professional string players to join us to form string quartets, string trios and string duos. We have over 25 years of experience playing for weddings and other special events and are knowledgeable in working with clients to make their special day unique.

Our goal is to provide beautiful music for weddings, receptions, business events, parties and special events in Western North Carolina. We are both classically trained, but love to play all styles of music, covering all genres from J.S. Bach to Bruno Mars. If we don't have it in our repertoire we can most likely find it or make an arrangement.

We will provide a quality performance and beautiful music with professionalism, confidence and expertise.  Please consider Cabaletta Strings to add a touch of elegance to your special day. 

 
 
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BIOS

TERESA CURRAN

Teresa  is a freelance violinist who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has played professionally for over 25 years in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. She currently plays with the Asheville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, & Greenville Symphony. She has also been part of small ensemble groups that specialize in weddings, receptions, and corporate events and most recently co-founded Cabaletta Strings. 

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Teresa earned her Bachelors degree in violin performance from Converse College where she was concert master.  During her college days she was selected to play the Spoleto Festival in Italy with Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. She also spent summers studying at Brevard Music Center in Brevard N.C. 

Some of Teresa’s musical highlights have been performing with Edwin McCain, Ray Charles, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Conner, Roberta flack, Moody Blues, and Seven Nations. During her free time, Teresa enjoys drawing her whimsical art, playing piano, volunteering at animal rescues, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs. 

 

LORI HAMMEL

Lori currently lives in Haywood County, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelors degree in performance and education at Ithaca College and earned her Masters degree in performance and Suzuki pedagogy at East Carolina University (ECU). While at ECU, Lori had the privilege of holding the position of Concert Master, won the Concerto Competition, and performed The Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the ECU symphony orchestra. During her graduate studies, Mrs. Hammel was also selected to play for the National Orchestra Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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Mrs. Hammel has played in various symphonies in her career including The Wilmington Symphony, The Orchestra of Northern New York, The North Carolina Symphony, and has been a member of the Asheville Symphony for over 20 years. She has also been part of various chamber music groups over the past 25 years for weddings as well as performing in recitals. One of the highlights has been playing chamber music with her mother, father, and three children in an annual family recital in Jekyll Island for nine years. 

Mrs. Hammel collaborated with pianist, Renee Allsbrook, and released a CD in 2016. The CD is called, Call it Joy, which was comprised of Renee's original compositions for piano, voice and violin. Lori currently plays with the Asheville Symphony, has a private violin studio of 15 students and is co-founder of Cabaletta Strings. During her free time Lori enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her three children, husband, and two dogs and three cats.

FAQs


How do musicians dress? 

We dress in formal black unless other wise requested.

What do you require at venue?

Chairs need to be armless and we need ideal space to be able to play our instruments.

Will you perform outdoors?

 Yes, we do perform outdoors but we need to be provided with a covered area from inclement weather and direct sun light. Temperature needs to be 65 degrees or above.

Can I request a special piece of music? 

Yes, We can accommodate most requests.

Do you attend wedding rehearsals? 

We generally do not attend wedding rehearsals. On the day of the wedding we will arrive 30 minutes early to talk with the coordinator or officiant and review any last minute details. We are experienced in our field and will come well prepared to allow for the music side of the day to run as smoothly as possible.

How much do you charge?

 Please contact us for a quick quote

What types of payment do you accept? 

We take PayPal or check

Do we need to meet with you?

 This is not necessary. You can call, text, email

Do you play before the ceremony? 

Yes, we play preludes 30 minutes before ceremony

Will you help me choose music selections? 

Yes. We can help you decide or we can pick our own selections.

How do I know if I need a string soloist, duet, trio or quartet? 

It depends on the size of the wedding, for smaller intimate weddings (around 75 or less) a duo or solo will sound nice. For bigger weddings we recommend a trio or quartet.

 

To inquire about booking our talented musicians, please fill out the form below or call.

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Contact Information –

Teresa Curran - 803-389-4977   |   Lori Hammel - 828-508-3748


Or Email Us At:
cabalettastrings@gmail.com

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