MY STORY

“What a beautiful violin!” people often remark as I’m playing my carbon fiber instrument. It’s the latest in technology, engineered to have the beautiful sound of a fine handcrafted violin, but sturdy and resonant for outdoor events. It’s perfect for garden weddings: it can be heard almost as though amplified, yet has a natural tone. It’s actually STRONGER than steel and is NOT affected by the humidity, cold or heat as a wooden violin might be. The traditional French violin (left) is perfect for more intimate events. I have the best of BOTH worlds! Image credit: Chapman Photography

My name is Nancy Blue and I’m the owner of Strings & Things Entertainment.

I started playing the violin in the 4th grade even though nobody else in my school did! I heard a violin on TV and knew that was for me! I picked it up and never put it down again. I’ve been a professional musician ALL of my adult life!

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and I received a Master of Music degree in performance from Southern Illinois University.

Playing in orchestras has been a wonderful experience however I LOVE playing for brides and clients who enjoy light classical and popular music. We even offer strolling musicians!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing in the backup orchestra for many legendary celebrities including Ray Charles, Kansas, The Moody Blues, and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Many occasions such as weddings, conventions, private parties and banquets have given me a chance to feature my various ensembles. Sometimes we provide a quartet (traditional string quartet, or it may include a flute), a trio (strings, or strings and flute), duo (several possibilities) or I will do a violin solo for more intimate events.

I have been a member of the Memphis Symphony, toured with the Mantovani Orchestra and played for special occasions at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Many of the venues in the Orlando area have been sites where my players (all professional, highly trained musicians of course) and I have performed. Those include Leu Gardens, Casa Feliz, Mead Gardens, English Gardens, Lake Eola, Maitland Art Center, Portofino Bay Hotel, Ritz Carlton, J.W. Marriott, Marriott World Center, the Rosen Hotels, the Peabody, the Gaylord Palms, the Omni Champion’s Gate, Lake Mary Events Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Tuskawilla Country Club, Isleworth Country Club, Interlachen Country Club, Alaqua Country Club, Heathrow Country Club, the Grand Bohemian, Maison & Jardin, and many churches and private homes. WOW….what great experiences!!

My husband (who is also a professional musician) and I live happily in Orlando with our dogs and cats!

If you would like to know more about Strings & Things, including our availability and fees, please contact me at Fiddler10@msn.com or call me at 407-295-4785. I would love to talk either live or in cyberspace!