Carolina Music Planner

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About Carolina Music Planner

Carolina Music Planner provides wedding music in Asheville, Greenville, Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, Knoxville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Johnson City, & Highlands. Megan Johnson-Barnes, the founder, has been a part of the wedding industry for over a decade and specializes in string ensembles.

Carolina Music Planner offers a variety of live music options for your special day, and will coordinate the performances from ceremony music to the reception. After planning and performing music for hundreds of weddings, Founder/Cellist Megan Leigh Johnson-Barnes has a goal to simpliffy the process from start to finish.

With diverse options from a classical string quartet to Appalachia/folk duos, CMP has an ensemble for every client.


Services Offered
Carolina Music Planner offers high-quality service options to each couple. Organized, concise packages make the process of finding the right fit for your wedding easy. In the end you will receive top-notch service and a stunning performance. Some of the services available include:

  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Reception
  • New Pieces
  • Travel
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Quartet by Studio Misha
Quartet by Studio Misha
Harp Trio
Harp Trio
Banjo by Sheila Mraz
Banjo by Sheila Mraz
Hanako by Studio Misha
Hanako by Studio Misha
Logo
Logo
Mike for Madison + Wiley
Mike for Madison + Wiley
String Trio at The Farm
String Trio at The Farm
Studio Misha String Quartet
Studio Misha String Quartet
Logo/Rebrand with Helle Design
Logo/Rebrand with Helle Design
Harp and cello | Kelsey Halm
Harp and cello | Kelsey Halm
Harp + Cello Duo
Harp + Cello Duo
Michelle- Harpist
Michelle- Harpist
Jeff Thompson, Singer/Guitar
Jeff Thompson, Singer/Guitar
Banjo/Bluegrass
Banjo/Bluegrass
Sheila Mraz- Megan
Sheila Mraz- Megan
Guitarist Mike- Sheila Mraz
Guitarist Mike- Sheila Mraz
Harp and Cello
Harp and Cello
String duo at Hidden River
String duo at Hidden River
Solo cellist- Folly Beach, SC
Solo cellist- Folly Beach, SC
Solo cellist
Solo cellist
Owner, Megan with Yo-Yo Ma
Owner, Megan with Yo-Yo Ma
Michelle, harpist
Michelle, harpist
String duo at The Farm
String duo at The Farm
String Duo- Hidden River
String Duo- Hidden River
String Trio in Hot Springs, NC
String Trio in Hot Springs, NC
Duo in Raleigh, NC at Vidrio
Duo in Raleigh, NC at Vidrio
Audra, violinist at Vidrio
Audra, violinist at Vidrio
String Duo- Forever Home Farm
String Duo- Forever Home Farm
Violinist at styled shoot
Violinist at styled shoot
Photo with the newlyweds
Photo with the newlyweds
Musicians
Musicians
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Carolina Music Planner
Quartet by Studio Misha
Quartet by Studio Misha

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71 Reviews for Carolina Music Planner

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Pam Green · Getting married on 02/07/2022

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    Excellent. My sister is a music teacher and she told me how great they played!!! I know if she said it that they were fabulous as she can be quite critical. They were a great addition to my daughter's wedding.

    Sent on 08/07/2020

    Carolina Music Planner's reply:

    Thank you so much!! I'm so glad to hear that you and the family were pleased. It was an absolute privilege coordinating the music for your daughter's wedding. I wish them both the best, and hope you stay well through the rest of 2020.
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    Kristen Boddy · Getting married on 05/11/2021

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    Fantastic Music, Wonderful Musicians

    We worked with Carolina Music Planners recently on a fundraising event. Megan is incredibly professional and pleasant to work with. The musicians who performed the night of the event were so talented. I heard from many of the guests that the evening exceeded their expectations and I believe that was due in large part to the ambience and music provided by Carolina Music Planners.

    Sent on 11/17/2020

    Carolina Music Planner's reply:

    Thank you so much! We are so thrilled to work with you all, and can't wait for the next event. Your attention to detail and awesome communication makes it easy. Cheers! See you guys again soon.

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Carolina Music Planner FAQ

  • What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?
    $ 450
  • What is the price of your most popular wedding package?
    $ 900
  • Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?
    Ceremony Music
    Cocktail Hour Music
    Sample Music
  • What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
    Brass - Trio
    Brass - Quartet
    Brass - Quintet
    Instrumental - Solo
    Instrumental - Duo
    Instrumental - Trio
    Orchestra
    String - Trio
    String - Quartet
    String - Quintet
    Soloist / Vocalist
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)?
    1 - 3
    4 - 6
    7+
  • What instruments does your group play?
    Bagpipes
    Cello
    Drums
    Flute
    Guitar
    Harp
    Piano
    Trumpet
    Saxophone
    Viola
    Violin
    Winds
  • What services do you provide?
    Ceremony Music
    Cocktail Hour Music
    Instrumentals
    Learn New Songs
    Liability Insurance
    Music During Breaks
    Reception Music
    Rehearsal Dinner Music
    Sample Performances
    Sound/PA System
    Vocals

Team of Carolina Music Planner

Megan Johnson-Barnes

Megan Johnson-Barnes

Founder/Cellist

Megan began playing the cello as a young child in Atlanta, GA. After moving to the SC low-country in 2004, she studied with Damian Kremer and Natalia Khoma in Charleston, SC. Through her high school studies, she was an active part of the Beaufort, SC classical music scene, regularly performing with the Beaufort Chamber Orchestra. She was principal cellist of the Beaufort Youth Orchestra through grade school, eventually teaching cello students in the area. She began performing for weddings/special events over 10 years ago, and has since played/organized hundreds of events. She attended the University of North Carolina in Greensboro as a Cello Performance Major, then finished her studies with Natalia Khoma at the College of Charleston, completing her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance.

Megan has been honored to share the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Andres Cardenes, Bela Fleck, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, William Preucil, and many other world-renowned musicians. She attended the advanced division of Brevard Music Festival. Currently living in Asheville, NC, she enjoys performing with the Johnson City Symphony, STACE, and her regular string trio consisting of harp, violin, and cello. She will be sure that your wedding/special event music is performed at the highest level of professionalism, only hiring the most talented musicians in the region.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, Tate.

Hiking, calendars, fun-colored pens, traveling to new places, & meeting new people are some of Megan’s favorite activities.

Some of her favorite artists (and requests) are Thom Yorke, Samuel Barber, Metallica, Evanescence, Tool, The Cranberries, anything Baroque, soundtrack music, Linkin Park, & Imogen Heap.

She chooses to donate to Helpmate to support domestic violence awareness. She believes in healthy, happy love (whatever that looks like for you). Carolina Music Planner supports LGBTQ clients with open arms.

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Teresa Curran

Teresa Curran

Administrative Assistant and Lead Violinist

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.

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 2 dogs.

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Rachael

Rachael

Lead Violinist

Rachael began her violin studies at the age of two. She made her professional debut with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, and continued her violin studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Rachael has held positions with the Asheville, Greenville, Charleston, and West Virginia symphonies, and most recently served as Performing and Visual Arts Coordinator at Chautauqua Institution, a nine-week summer festival in Western New York. During her time at Chautauqua Institution, she oversaw all of the institution's arts education and community engagement initiatives, including in-school residencies for students with disabilities made possible through grant funding from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the standard classical repertoire, Rachael is deeply
committed to exploring musical diversity and the broader scope of the fine arts spectrum. Her work has been lauded for its diverse programming, thought-provoking subject matter and mission of social change through the power of music. Rachael lives in Morganton with her husband, and maintains an active Music Together® teaching schedule and private studio for gifted students.

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Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements

  • PLAIN WITH SPRINKLES EVENTS Wedding Planners

    YALL - One stop shop for your live music! They will set you up with everything you need - Almost all female musicians - including bagpipe!! They go above and beyond for you.

  • Bespoke Strings, LLC Wedding Musicians

    Megan is an excellent cellist! She is innovative and can play any genre of music! You won't be disappointed with her work.

  • Ten Cent Poetry Wedding Musicians

    Megan is one of the most professional musicians I have had the honor to know, work with and perform for. She has everything needed to be a successful contribution to any event and works hard to keep the bar high. She is smart, classy, incredible with communication, organized, hard working and is a virtuoso player. If you are lucky enough to book her, you are well on your way to a beautiful wedding!

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