Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Lark Strings specializes in beautiful chamber music for any event, budget, and style. Please head over to our website for audio samples.
Lark Strings play weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, and business events. We are based in Albany, New York and play throughout the Catskill, Adirondack, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts regions. We have a large selection of music and special requests are welcome! We have several music ensemble choices, to fit any size guest list and every budget, from string quartets to trios, duets, and soloists.
Jessica Belflower lives in Albany, NY. She holds a Master's degree in violin performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University. During her time at CU Boulder, she studied chamber music with the Takács Quartet. Locally, she frequently performs with the Albany Symphony and Glens Falls Symphony. She has toured with Andrea Bocelli, been featured nationally on PBS playing with John Tesh, and played in orchestras and ensembles all over the country including: The Bolshoi Ballet Company, Boulder Philharmonic, Arizona Opera Company, and The Santa Fe Symphony, among many others.
Alyson Slack has worked as a professional violinist in Charleston, South Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Seoul, Korea; and now New York's Capital Region. Local groups she frequently plays with include the Catskill Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, and Cohoes Music Hall. Alyson plays old-time Appalachian fiddle in her less serious moments.
Stephani Emery (viola) is a sought after chamber music player, and has toured with orchestras and chamber groups throughout Europe and the United States.She currently divides her performance time as Assistant Principal Violist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Principal and Assistant Principal violist with such groups as the Orchestra Santa Monica, Schenectady, Catskill, and Skidmore College Orchestras. She is currently the Personnel Contractor for the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Originally from California, Mrs. Emery now resides in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband, Michael. She teaches viola and violin in her studios in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. Mrs Emery is Professor of Violin and Viola and Music Director of the String Ensemble at the Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls, NY.
André Laurent O'Neil (cello) has extensive experience as both soloist and continuo player. In addition to Lark Strings, he works with New Trinity Baroque, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society and has played with the European groups Les Perruques d'Amsterdam, and L'Orfeo Barock Orchester. André has also performed with the period instrument chamber ensembles Repast, Duo Seraphim, Bacchanalia, Ars Antiqua, Arc'Angelo, Capitol Chamber Artists and Musicians of Ma'alwyck. André graduated from Yale with honors and from the Early Music and Historical Performance Practice Program at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, where he studied with Jaap ter Linden. André plays an original John Morrison violoncello (London, 1800), using a reconstruction of a c.1700 English bow.
Recommended by 100% of couples
J · Married on 10/01/2016
They are truly top-notch talent. I am seriously obsessed with string renditions of modern songs, and they are amazing at this in addition to classical style. They willingly learned two new songs for our ceremony, and did such a fantastic job with both (Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine and Wake Me Up by Avicii) - Amazing. Everyone was very impressed! I am only sad I didn't make it to my own cocktail hour (I was busy with getting pictures taken), so I could hear more of there amazing music. If you want quality & value, choose Lark Strings! I would re-hire them in a heartbeat.
Katherine · Married on 09/16/2017
The Lark Strings quartet played during our ceremony and cocktail hour, and they were wonderful. Very easy to work with leading up to the wedding, great song list to choose from (including lots of fun non-classical music) and incredibly professional. And most importantly, they played beautifully . My dad is an accomplished violinist, and my husband and I had the idea that he could play with the Lark Strings along to Elvis's Can't Help Falling in Love for our first dance. The Lark Strings made this extremely easy to work out, and I will always be grateful to them for helping this very special moment happen! Highly recommend!
tom · Married on 10/08/2016
lark strings was fabulous. we had them for my daughters wedding in the Adirondacks and they played for the ceremony and the cocktail hour at the reception. everyone loved the music--several commented that it made the whole wedding--the music was enchanting. traveled two hours from Albany, arrived on time and smiling. fantanstic!!!!!