Affordable Elegance String Ensembles
String music can be an elegant addition to any wedding or event. When you work with Affordable Elegance,
you receive the highest level of professional care and the best music that Portland has to offer.
We have a combined total of 30 years working in the wedding field providing the best music for your ideal wedding.
We can have the perfect string ensemble to fit your budget! Solo, duet, trio or a quartet.
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Sam Schuth is a violinist, violist, and teacher living in Biddeford, Maine. His mission as a performer is to make a positive impact on his local community through live performance, connecting with the audience and fostering their love of music and music-making.
Sam studied violin with Dr. Robert Lehmann at the University of Southern Maine, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. While at USM, Sam was concertmaster of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He also toured the state of Maine with both the USM String Quartet and the USM String Quintet.
Sam has performed with orchestras including the Bangor Symphony, the Portland Ballet, and Maine Music Society. He was most recently seen performing as part of the Vigorous Tenderness concert series in Portland. Sam also teaches, both through his private studio in Biddeford and a 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
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Now in her 16th year of being a New England resident, Marshunda Smith hails from Tennessee, and she comes from a family tradition of music. She started playing cello in 6th grade because of a teenage crush but ended up falling in love with the cello instead.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Marshunda began teaching at a local high school. It was there that she discovered a love of conducting and teaching music! So inspired, she embarked on finding a Master’s degree program in Orchestral Conducting that closely embodied her approach to music. She completed her Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting with an emphasis in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine, under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Lehmann. Other past conducting mentors include James Fellenbaum, Victor Yampolsky, Harold Farberman and Richard Rosenberg.
While in Maine, she conducted the Odeon Youth Orchestra as well as guest conducted during various music festivals in the state. Her musical pursuits kept pointing her to the Boston area, and so she eventually settled in the North Shore area, while continuing to still hold a presence in the Maine and New Hampshire area.
Marshunda was inspired to help co-found and conduct the No-Name Orchestra of Boston, granting musicians a chance to play a concerto or other solo work with a full orchestra. The conductor, soloist, and orchestra perform a work for the first time upon meeting each other with no rehearsals. No-Name Orchestra is now in its 5th year since being founded and gives at least 3 performances each year around the Boston metro area.
In February of 2018, Marshunda guest conducted the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and made history by becoming the orchestra's second female conductor in 20 years and the first African American to conduct the orchestra in its 70-year history!
2018 gave rise to Marshunda's charm via performing chamber music in homes across the Boston area. Her Coquettish Dances program was such a hit that she performed it in her hometown of TN after being away for twenty years AND she recorded and released the Coquettish Dances album on December 25, 2018.
Currently, Marshunda is working on several musical endeavors titled "The Marshunda Project presents". The first Marshunda Project premiered on October 5, 2019. She conducted and premiered new works by a local composer as well as brought forth works for chamber orchestra from composers who aren't well known. Because of the success of the first project concert, Marshunda is creating a series of concerts. "Il Violoncello Italiano" and "Second-Hand Melodies" are two concerts that are coming up in the near future.
When not performing, recording or making history, Marshunda pursues her love of teaching, inspiring young musicians, and sharing her own quirky sense of fun with others. She teaches at the Waldorf School in Beverly, MA and holds a private music studio of violin, viola, and cello students.
Portland metro area cellist, Shannon brings solo cello and or ensemble music to any event that needs that extra touch of sparkle.
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These ladies are amazingly talented, and made the proposal for one of my clients to his now fiancé touching and beautiful!! Highly recommend!
Affordable Elegance adds just that to any event. The ensemble is extremely talented, creating a beautifully perfect ambience to the surroundings. Affordable Elegance is a sheer delight to work with and a sheer delight to guests. I have taken note many guests complimenting the musicians after their performance. Affordable Elegance is simply the best!