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Queen City Ensemble is a highly sought-after Professional String Trio based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sisters Jenny Jones and Becky Thoms are violinists who have formed this string trio with cellist Jean Beaudoin, playing for weddings and events in and around the Charlotte area. With an average of over 20 years of experience, each member is a classically trained musician. They have performed in numerous orchestras and accompanied several world-class musicians.
Why Hire Queen City Ensemble?
-Queen City Ensemble is not a group that is just put together for your wedding day or special event. Many contractors put together musicians who have never played together before your wedding day resulting in music that doesn't always sound put together which can result in disastrous wedding processionals/ recessionals.
-With over ten years of experience playing together as a trio they are able to read each other's musical cues giving you a flawless performance.
-With hundreds of weddings; rehearsal dinners; cocktail hours; and wedding receptions under our belt, the trio has mastered the precise timing for wedding processions and has developed playlists of music pieces that will work for each type of event.
-From the moment you contact us until your wedding day, we are available to answer any and all questions as we guide you through the process of setting up your wedding vision with music.
-We personally contact your venue and wedding coordinators and work with them to ensure success when dealing with everything from trio placement to musical cues for your wedding procession down the aisle.
-You will be working one on one with a trio member who will give you unlimited personal guidance in choosing your wedding music.
-We have an extensive repertoire list. There are many pieces/songs to choose from. Our list includes standard classical music, many popular contemporary songs and even some broadway hits.
-Because the trio has access to music arrangers, we can take requests for music, not on our repertoire list, to help make your musical vision come true.
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Jenny Jones, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, began studying Suzuki violin at the tender age of 3. By the age of 12, she began taking lessons from the North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Stephen Ships and Kevin Lawrence. Jenny attended Appalachian State University as a Fletcher Scholar and majored in Violin Performance. While attending college, she participated in several surrounding orchestras including Johnson City, Kingsport, Western Piedmont, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Union Symphony and the Charlotte Philharmonic. She has played throughout Europe and has earned numerous awards during the span of her violin career including two Young Artist Competitions and the Concerto Aria Competitition at Appalachian State. Jenny currently resides in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Brian and their 3 sons. She continues to play professionally throughout the Charlotte Region.
Becky Thoms has over 30 years experience in violin performance. She began studying under the Suzuki method as a child and continued her studies as a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, under the direction of Kevin Lawerence. She attended the University of North Carolina at Wilimington where she performed on a continual basis with the Wilimington Symphony. Becky has performed with several surrounding orchestras including the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Philharmonic and served as the Concertmaster of the North Carolina District Symphony and has been featured as a soloist. Becky has not limited her performance experience to just orchestral playing, she has also performed for music videos and has traveled throughout Europe performing in many Cathedrals and other venues. Becky continues to play throughout the Charlotte region and performs monthly with a musical ensemble named Magnify up in the Cornelius area. She currently lives in Waxhaw, NC with her husband and 3 young children.
Jean is originally from Sarasota, Florida where she began her musical studies at the age of 11. Growing up in the youth orchestra program, attached to the symphony in Sarasota, is where she found her love for playing the cello and making music. Jean received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Columbus State University where she underwent extensive training in cello pedagogy as well as cello performance with Martha Gerschefski. During her studies at Columbus State she was awarded the Edwin and Ina Gerschefski award for violoncello.
Jean went on to earn her Masters of Music Education Degree from Florida State University. Jean was an Orchestra director for five years teaching 5th-12th grade orchestra. During this time, she also maintained a private cello studio and free lanced in many orchestras. Upon marrying her husband Jason, Jean left the school system to continue her private cello teaching, adjudicating for various festivals and competitions, youth orchestra coaching and cello performing full time. She has had many private students go on to receive full tuition scholarships to study music in college.
Throughout her career, Jean has performed with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra ( principal cello), Albany Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, Salisbury Symphony, Union Symphony and The Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Jean currently resides in Sherrills Ford, NC with her husband Jason. When she is not playing with The Queen City Ensemble, Jean maintains a private cello studio, plays with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and freelances.
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Absolutely loved working with Queen City Ensemble! They were prompt, professional, and the music was so beautiful! They were very responsive throughout the planning process and a pleasure to work with. Look forward to working together soon!
Something about live music at a wedding ceremony that sets it apart. This group has a wonderful quality and great sound!
Looking forward to working with you!