Julie has been playing at weddings for 19 years throughout the Hudson Valley. Reviews of her group The Paradies Ensemble hail her as "extremely easy to work with," and "accommodating of our specific requests."
SOLO VIOLIN is one option, and you have several more, such as:
SOLO violin with church organ
SOLO trumpet with church organ
DUO violin & trumpet, violin & viola, violin & cello
TRIO violin, trumpet & cello, or violin, viola & cello
QUARTET violin, trumpet, viola & cello, or first violin, second violin, viola & cello
QUINTET first violin, second violin, trumpet, viola & cello or violin, trumpet, viola, cello & organ)
Julie takes a personal interest in each bridal couple's dreams of their perfect wedding. Individual requests for songs will certainly be accommodated. Thanks to the internet, the availability of sheet music is considerably easier than ever. Julie has worked with couples to play their most meaningful music -- one bride wanted to walk down the aisle to "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan/ Adele. Another couple wanted Beatles tunes for everything! Yet another couple asked the Paradies Ensemble to play their ceremony, cocktail hour, PLUS first dance--a tango called Una Cabeza! Julie recognizes the importance of every detail when planning a wedding, and she does everything within her power to set your mind at ease.
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 something contemporary 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!
A larger ensemble will add harmonies and musical colors to the day. Consider the excitement that the trumpet conveys! Julie's husband Jim Paradies has been recognized for over 20 years as one of the Hudson Valley's finest trumpet players. Add the cello for warm, deep tones. Julie's colleague Jay Shulman is an accomplished cellist and the son of composer Alan Shulman. The viola fills in the rich middle tones, played expertly by Ryan Hall. The quartet is a sophisticated ensemble which will impress your guests with the music of a full orchestra. The quintet -- a string quartet plus trumpet -- is ideal for a large church such as the Vassar College Chapel. The sound will be amazing!
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, 4 and up. After your wedding, Julie will be glad to give violin lessons to your child! :)
Jim Paradies (Trumpet),
Jay S (Cello),
Ryan H (Viola)