Blue Sky Strings provides elegant live music for weddings and special occasions. We can accommodate up to 5 musicians to fit your budget. We combine artistic excellence, professionalism, and experience to make your occasion truly memorable. We offer standard and new budget options. Let us create beautiful music with sophistication at your next event.
A Message from Founder - Gonca Huff
I started Blue Sky Strings because I wanted brides to experience better, richer quality of music than was available with other area groups. I picked some of the area's most talented musicians and put them together as quintets, quartets, trios, duos, and solos. I pick and organize the music, dress and conduct codes. Our groups look, act, and play as professionals. You do not have to worry about the music when you pick Blue Sky Strings. Just experience the BEAUTY.
String quintet (Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Known for its powerful, full, rich sound. It provides the most versatility in terms of repertoire.
String quartet (Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Known for its warm, rich sound, and creates the effect of a small orchestra that so many people love. It also provides versatility in terms of repertoire. It is our most requested ensemble.
String trio (Violins, Viola, Cello)
A wonderful option for a light, more transparent sound.
New Budget Options (Electric Options)
Electric Duo (Violin and Cello)
The duo can handle all of the music for your wedding. We work with you to pick the music for your wedding.
Electric solo (Violin or Cello)
A solo violin or cello does not generally handle all of the wedding music. It is used for one or two songs during the ceremony.
Our goal is to perform exquisitely for your ceremony and have all the processions and entrances flow seamlessly with our music. Before your wedding day, we will help you select the music and personalize a program. On your wedding day, we will take care of all the visual cues with your wedding director beforehand and adjust the tempo/length of songs according to the pace of the processions.
In a typical ceremony, we will perform at these moments:
* Twenty minutes of prelude music before the ceremony as guests
are being seated
* Seating of mothers and grandmothers
* Processional of the wedding attendants
* The Bridal Processional
* Unity Candle/Communion/Reflection
* Recessional/exit music after the couple has been presented as
husband and wife
* A short postlude as guests are leaving the ceremony
For cocktail hour, reception or special events, we play a wide variety of music including light classical, opera, tango, and popular Broadway showtunes. Our music will create an upbeat and festive atmosphere for your celebration.
We will also gladly accompany singers whenever possible. A short 30 minute rehearsal just before the prelude music is necessary for this service. Please inquire for more details.
About Gonca Huff
Widely renown and sought after for her passionate performances, cellist Gonca Huff performs, teaches, and lives in the Mid South. Gonca is a native of Ankara, Turkey, where she served as principal cellist for the Adana Symphony Orchestra and the New Adana Chamber Orchestra. She perfected her skills studying with the great European cellists. She also was professor of cello at the Adana Conservatory. Gonca moved to the US about fourteen years ago to advance her education and took her Masters of Music degree at Western Michigan University.
Now residing and working in Huntsville, Alabama, Gonca is devoting more of her time to teaching at A&M University and Smith String Studio. She performs regularly with area symphonies, ensembles, and churches. Gonca's Blue Sky Strings group is available for weddings and special occasions.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Aria (larghetto)G.F. Handel
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)Wagner
Wedding March (recessional)Mendelssohn
Trumpet Voluntary (maestoso)J. Clark
Theme from 1st SymphonyBrahms
March from "Marriage of Figaro"Mozart
Trumpet Tune (allegro)Purcell
Canon in DPachelbel
Jesu - Joy of Man's DesiringJ.S. Bach
Winter (allegro non molto)Vivaldi
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater theme)Mouret
Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy)Franck
Sheep May Safely GrazeJ. S. Bach
Alleluia (Exsultate- Jubilate)Mozart
Hornpipe (Water Music- finale)Handel
La Rejouissance (Royal Fireworks)Handel
Meditation from ThaisMassenet
Minuet (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)Gluck
Waves of the DanubeIvanocici
To Wild RoseMacDowell
Oh Promise MeDe Koven
Believe Me If all Those Endearing CharmsTraditional
In addition to Tampa, Blue Sky Strings with Gonca Huff will also travel to Lutz, Mango, Land O Lakes, Odessa, Seffner, Thonotosassa, Brandon, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Zephyrhills, Dover, Valrico, Clearwater, Gibsonton, New Port Richey, Riverview, Sydney, Saint Petersburg, Dunedin, Holiday, Plant City, Tarpon Springs, Crystal Beach, Apollo Beach, Elfers, Ozona, San Antonio, Durant, Crystal Springs
and many other locations in and around the Tampa area.
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