Southern Strings is a wedding music service based in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Kristi and Claire co-founded this group of experienced and talented string players and have a shared passion for creating soaring scores for life’s most romantic moments. They are excited at the prospect of collaborating with you and creating a timeless musical backdrop against which you can exchange your vows.
Southern Strings offers a number of different packages based on the needs of your event. Should you desire their talents to soundtrack your ceremony, they can provide you with that and more. Kristi and Claire boast a broad repertoire of songs but are more than happy to learn custom arrangements to make your day as personal as possible. They can also provide background music for your cocktail hour, creating an elegant ambience that your guests are sure to enjoy.
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Claire has played countless weddings over the years for many diverse couples. She has experience in different styles of weddings from black tie to country chic. She loves playing viola in small groups like quartets and looks forward to being a part of the most important day of a couple's life!
Claire began playing piano at 4 years old, viola at age 12, and violin in high school while studying with Dan Reinker, principal violist of the Nashville Symphony, at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music pre-college program. She received her Bachelor's of Music degree from Middle TN State University under the tutelage of Sarah Cote and went on to achieve her Master's of Music Degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Juilliard’s Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll. There, she also studied orchestral excerpts with the principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Christian Colberg.
Claire was a tenured string player with the West Virginia Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic. She is a formal substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and many other orchestras. With over 10 years teaching violin, viola, and piano she began her own online teaching company through Whitcomb Studios in 2014, just north of Nashville, TN.
Kristi, 25, began playing violin at the age of 6, and has performed with multiple symphonies and orchestras in her career including the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra, the James Madison University Symphony, and the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Instrumental Music Education at James Madison University where she studied under Julliard’s Dr. Wanchi Huang. Over the years, Kristi has performed at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Kean University, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, and many other venues throughout the Eastern United States.
Kristi has been an experienced professional in the Wedding Industry for years prior to starting Southern Strings, leading her award-winning ensemble Got Strings to become one of the most successful Wedding Ensembles in the state of Virginia. Once she relocated to Nashville however, she couldn’t stay away from the Wedding Industry for long! So she founded Southern Strings with Claire and, in addition, her own private violin studio where she teaches many beginning and intermediate students alike.
Kristi plays with a distinctive vibe at every event, effortlessly bringing each piece to life. When she is not practicing for a Southern Strings event, Kristi is either playing with her Australian Shepherd Bowie, enjoying her husband Addison’s delicious home cooking, or treating herself with a glass of wine on the porch!