Are you looking for a simple yet elegant classical solo violin for your wedding or anniversary dinner? Or do you prefer the rich sound of two, three or more strings for your perfect celebration?
Birmingham Violin and Karen McDowell named "WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards 2020 for Best Wedding Ceremony Musician" noted for combining professionalism with creating a beautiful environment with their exceptional warmth and musicality.
Birmingham Violin and Karen McDowell can help you customize your special occasion from a simple solo violin to a string duo, string trio or string quartet. Birmingham Violin and Karen McDowell performs classical music, Celtic fiddle and popular songs requested by brides including music by Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and legendary contemporary artists as Ed Sheeran, Elvis Presley, Christina Perry, and John Legend among others. Our brides and clients can select from a long list of preferred songs or choose a new song for us to arrange and perform for you. You can choose a private music consultation to listen and choose songs or even allow us to select and customize the right songs for you based on your like list. Birmingham Violin and Karen McDowell have been performing weddings and special events for over 15 years and will help you select the right music that brings a touch of your personality to your special day.
Karen McDowell, music planner and organizer, holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Music Performance and an OD doctor degree from UAB. She studied with Ivan Galamian of the Juillard School of Music, Dr John Ferrell of Indiana University and University of Arizona and Emily Austin of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Karen won an International Music Fellowship taking her to Rome Italy where she performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra and inside the Vatican for several Sunday Services. She performed with the Alabama Symphony as an adjunct violinist for 15 years, the Birmingham Opera Orchestra, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa Symphonies, Town and Gown musical theater shows, City Stages, Touring Broadway Shows and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
BirminghamViolin and Karen McDowell is available for live performances for your indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony, wedding rehearsal, cocktail music, reception, corporate event or other event in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
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17 Reviews for Birmingham Violin
Recommended by 97% of couples
Cici Johnson · Getting married on 03/02/2022
Exceptional professionalism and musicality
We hired Karen's duo at the last minute to play for a corporate event and they were excellent! They arrived early and played while we were arriving and folks came up to sing along with movie theme music from A Whole New World, Moon River (played beautifully by the violinist), and the cellist tore up the Lannister theme song and the Game of Thrones. Of course they also played some classical Motzart impecably. We were all thrilled with the entertainment!Sent on 03/02/2020
Birmingham Violin's reply:Thank you for the fabulous review! It was truest our pleasure. We are so glad you enjoyed the music! And thank you for making it so much fun!
Mike Jamey · Getting married on 08/09/2021
Absolute delightful accompaniment to our wedding!
Karen McDowell and her cellist provided an absolute delightful accompaniment to our wedding. Karen's duo played during the ceremony itself and then provided the background music to our champagne reception which was an outdoor event on a gloriously warm afternoon. She reflected our requests and the joyous mood of the occasion perfectly and there is no doubt that her presence enhanced the occasion. Many of our guests commented how varied her talents were.Sent on 09/20/2020
Karen's approach and communication during the lead up to the event and on the day itself was professional and supportive.
I was very pleased with my experience with Karen McDowell and I have no problem in recommending her to other wedding couples or for other types of events.
Birmingham Violin's reply:Thank you Mike! Thank you for you kind words! We were so honored to be a part of your special day!
Kamryn · Married on 10/19/2019
I couldn't have asked for a better violinist on my wedding day! Karen went above and beyond my expectations. I had so many people make comments at the reception on how talented she was. I promise you won't be disappointed if you go with her!Sent on 04/19/2020