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, Megan Johnson-Barnes has streamlined the booking process to simplify it for the client from start to finish.
With diverse options from a classical string quartet to Appalachia/folk duos, CMP has an ensemble for every client.
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:
78 Reviews for Carolina Music Planner
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Megan B. · Married on 05/02/2020
Carolina Music Planner was the most beautiful addition to our wedding. Their talent is incredible and I would highly recommend using them for your mus
Working with Carolina Music Planner was an absolute dream. I grew close bond to the founder of Carolina Music Planner and we created such a personal set list for my wedding. The talent is incredible and I would highly recommend using them for your!!! They are unforgettable!!Sent on 07/21/2020
Carolina Music Planner's reply:Megan, thank you so much for these kind words. Brides like you are the reason I love what I do. By the event (and end of the planning process), I feel I've gained a friend and I'm so grateful to know you. Your event was so beautifully intimate and I'm proud to have been a small part of it. You are the absolute best. XOXO
Margaret E. · Married on 06/26/2021
I loved working with Megan and Carolina Music Planners. She understood my vision and happily learned the versions of the songs I wanted. She was familiar with my venue (Pretty Place) and I didn't have to do anything beyond tell her what I wanted. I would use her and them again in a heartbeat.Sent on 07/09/2021
Carolina Music Planner's reply:Margaret, thank you so much for the kind words. Working with you was a blast! I loved the personal connection to the ceremony pieces. Everything from your bridesmaids dresses to your absolutely incredible gown was perfect. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. Grateful we could be a part of your big day!
Sarah M. · Married on 06/12/2021
Megan and her team made our wedding feel like a wedding!
We had a string trio playing gorgeous music for our wedding, and Megan also coordinated a DJ for us! We were preparing our wedding during COVID and didn't know if we'd be able to have dancing, and when we started thinking we could, Megan found a great DJ for us at relatively last minute (Ryan Barber!!). The ceremony musicians played such beautiful music for us and really transformed the space and set the mood. And Megan worked with us and my sister and she's so available and open and supportive. They were great.Sent on 06/27/2021
Carolina Music Planner's reply:Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! Working with you (and your sweet sister!) was an absolute pleasure and we wish you the very best. Let me know if you're ever in Greenville- let's grab coffee sometime! Cheers!
Team of Carolina Music Planner
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.
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.
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.
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.
Megan is an excellent cellist! She is innovative and can play any genre of music! You won't be disappointed with her work.
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!