Julie has been playing at weddings for 18 years throughout the Hudson Valley. Reviews of her group The Paradies Ensemble hail her as "extremely easy to work with," and say that "Julie was accommodating of our specific requests."
Solo violin is one option, and you have several more, such as violin with the church organ. Looking for a trumpet? Julie will recommend her husband Jim Paradies--either solo, with the church organ, or with his brass quintet. Considering a cello? Julie will put you in contact with Jay Shulman, an accomplished cellist and the son of composer Alan Shulman.
Julie is devoted to her music. Besides weddings, she plays regularly with several orchestras, including the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Hudson Orchestra, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Julie also teaches violin lessons to all ages, 3 and up.
With her wide variety of repertoire and experience, Julie will help you choose your perfect wedding music. For your Processional, you could choose the traditional Canon in D, or ask Julie to perform something unique, such as Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. During the Lighting of a Unity Candle, consider a love song such as A Thousand Years. And for your Recessional, Julie can play the traditional Wedding March or something completely different such as "Viva La Vida" to rock you into your reception!
Add a variety of instruments for a memorable sound. The Paradies Ensemble consists of Julie playing violin with her husband Jim on the trumpet, and their colleague Jay on cello. Add a viola and you have the rich sound of the quartet-- but more unique than the standard string quartet, because of the trumpet--to help make your wedding stand out from the rest.
Jim Paradies (Trumpet),
Jay S (Cello),
Ryan H (Viola)