Carol and The City Strings
Based in NY, the Carol and the City Strings was founded in 2009 by Carol Ma. Ms. Since then, the string ensemble has evolved and performs several times a week for events, weddings, corporate receptions, and concerts.
The members have studied chamber music for years at some of the best universities and conservatories with some of the most prestigious teachers in the nation. These musicians continue to be acknowledged for their technique and exciting repertoire.
Chia-Yin Carol Ma, violin, is currently the solo violinist at Brooklyn Tabernacle. Ms.Ma has performed as soloist, chamber, orchestra, and band musician in North America and Taiwan. She performed in Brooklyn String Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, American Studio Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie, Fu-Jen Catholic University Orchestra- principal of second violin, and Taipei People Orchestra. Ms. Ma has performed plays with the local theatre such as “Cats”, “Oklahoma”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Westside Story” and “ Mame.”
She also recorded in numerous albums and string sessions, which included “African Skies”, “To Journal Square”, “Come to Me”, “Mosaic”. One of them was the Grammy award album “Mosaic” by the well-known jazz drummer Terri-Lyne Carrington.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Ma holds bachelor degree in both violin and piano in Fu-Jen University, and received her Master Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, MD. Ms. Ma was the winner for the Concerto Competition of Fu-Jen University, and the third prize of Taipei music Competition in the young violinists category.
Ting-Yu Chou was born in Taiwan. She was graduated from the university of western Ontario and study with Mel Martin. She actively participated in musical event such as Orchestra, Classical and Contemporary Chamber group and music competition. In 2006, She awarded the first place in the violin solo section in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She also invited by the Toronto Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra to performance in their 10th anniversary concert at George Weston Hall. After he graduation from University of Western Ontario, She entered the New York University, where she studied with professor Stephanie Chase.
Jui-Hsien Hung, cellist, was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Miss Hung graduated from New York University (NYU), Master of Music in Performance, as a student of Artist Faculty member Marion Feldman. She was a recipient of the Bertha Scholarship and graduated from the University of Miami (UM) where she studied with Ross Harbaugh.
In New York, Miss Hung performed solo in the Merkin Concert Hall in Kaufman Center and Carnegie Hall. In her hometown, she joined concerts with Taiwan Soloist Symphony Orchestra and Classic Cello Orchestra and Benefit concert. Miss Hung was invited to give a speech on the topic of “Affectionate With Cello” in Taiwan in 2011. She also likes to play different kinds of music, she cooperated with electric guitar and edited music for cello an electric guitar. She participated contemporary music ensemble in NYU and jazz concert in UM.
The Following songlists are growing continually by the week. Here are just a sample of the songs that we play.
Traditional Wedding/Classical music selections:
Air on the G String (Bach) Agnus Dei (Bizet) Alleluja from “Exultate Jubilate” (Mozart) Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No.1 in D Op.11 (Tchaikovsky) Andante from “Piano Concert #21" (Mozart) Aria from Xerxes (Handel) Arioso (Bach) Ave Maria (Schubert) Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod) Bridal Chorus (Wagner) Canon in D (J. Pachelbel) Con Te Partiro (Francesco Sartori) Divertimenti (Mozart) Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) Greensleeves (Traditional English) Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah (Handel) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) Largo from “Winter/The Four Seasons” (Vivaldi) Liebestraum (Liszt) Lords Prayer (A. Mallotte) March from “The Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart) Meditation from Thais (Massenet) My Heart Ever Faithful (Bach) Nessun Dorma (G. Pucinni) Ode to Joy (Beethoven) Overture to the “Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart) Palladio (Karl Jenkins) Panis Angelicus (Franck) Prayer (Hugo Wolf) Rondeau (Mouret) Salut D'amour (Elgar) Sheep may Safely Graze (Bach) Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)(Traditional Wedding Music – Continued) Suite from the “Fairy Queen” (Purcell) Te Deum (Charpentier) The Heavens are Telling (Franz Joseph Haydn)
Traumeri (Schumann) Trumpet Tune (Purcell) Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) Variation No. 18 from “Rhapsoday on a theme by Paganini” (Rachmaninoff) Wachet Auf (Bach) Water Music Suite (Handel) Wedding March (Mendelssohn) Wedding Processional from The Sound of Music (Richard Rogers)
Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts (Shaker Hymn) Be Thou My Vision (tradition Irish Melody) Children's Prayer from Hansel and Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck) Swing Low, Sweet Cariot (spritual) Were you There? (spiritual) On wings of Song from Op.34 #2 (Felix Mendelssohn) Go Tell it On The Mountain (Spiritual) He's Got the Whole World in His Hands(Spiritual)
Jewish Wedding Repertoire
Bashan Haba'a Dodi Li (My Beloved is Mine, and I am His) Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) Hana'ava Babanot (The Fairest of Maidens) Hava Nagila/Tsena Tsena, Jerusalem of Gold, Simon Tov/Chosen Kalle Mazel Tov(wedding recessional) Od Yeshoma, Oif"n Pripetshock, Ose shalom/Hevenu Shalom Aleychem
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Angel We Have Heard On High, Away in a Manger, The Chipmunk Song (Christmas, don't be late) Christmas in the City, Christmas Memories, The Christmas Waltz, Deck The Hall, The First Noel, Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus) Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano) Frosty the Snowman (Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins) Greensleeves (Irish Traditional) God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin) It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas (Merideth Wilson) It's the Most Wonderful time of the Year, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jingle Bell Rock (Joe Beal and Jim Boothe) Joy to the World (Traditional) Legend (Tchaikovsky) Let it Snow (Jule Styne) Nutcracker Selections (Tchaikovsky) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Johnny Marks) Santa Baby (Javits and Springer) Santa Claus is Coming to Town (J. Fred Coots) Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson) Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard)
Pop, Jazz Reportoire
Here Comes The Sun, Can't Help Falling in Love, My Way, Somewhere Out There, All You Need Is Love (Beatles), My Heart Will Go On(Love Theme from Titanic), Chariots of Fire (Opener), All I Ask of You(The Phantom of the opera), A Quiet Place (Take 6) Viva La Vida (Cold Play), Imagine (Beatles), Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) At Last (Etta James)