Minneapolis, MN

Experienced Musicians

Our Minneapolis musicians have delighted guests again and again, and clients rate us as "EXCELLENT" over 99% of the time.

If you need an energetic, professional and easy to work with ensemble to perform your favorite music, then Innocenti Strings is the right group for you.

Plan your Music

We are here full-time to help you select your music and make your event elegant and enjoyable. We are constantly updating our music library with the latest hit songs so that you can impress your guests. Once you book with us, our local Minneapolis based music leader will be in contact with you to finalize all the details before your important occasion.

Book with Confidence

We have performed music for hundreds of events over the years, receiving several awards, establishing Innocenti Strings as the Minneapolis ensemble for live entertainment.

Sustainability

Locally-sourced, conservatory-raised, and free to play with other ensembles, our musicians perform the highest quality music anywhere they are located. They use instruments made out of cherished wood and often play acoustically without the need of an external power source which would make them one of the most environmentally friendly service providers at your event.

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FEATURED ARTISTS

Elise Meichels

Violinist

As a diverse musician, violinist Elise Meichels has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the world, from Beijing's Central Conservatory as a chamber musician, to a touring orchestral musician throughout Germany, Austria and Spain. Other ensemble appearances have included the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, concerts with the Shepherd School of Music's contemporary ensemble 20/2, performances on Houston's KUHF radio program The Front Row and with the KUHF Houston Public Radio Chamber Players.  An avid orchestral musician and concertmaster of orchestras for a decade, Ms. Meichels has performed with ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Minnesota Children's Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, South Dakota Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School of Music's symphony and chamber orchestras as well as principal of the Aspen Music Festival and School's orchestras while attending on full scholarship.

A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Meichels completed a Master's degree at Rice University in 2008, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship of Violin award, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She received a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a School of Music Scholarship, studying under Vartan Manoogian . Ms. Meichels lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Jeremy and their little dog, Madi, where she teaches at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program and performs around the twin cities.

Angela Waterman-Hanson

Violinist

Angela Waterman-Hanson completed a doctor of music arts degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Sally O'Reilly. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Hanson has a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Charles Gray, and a master's degree in violin performance also from the University of Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra (and concertmaster during the 2006-2007 season), Hanson performs often as a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was recently named the concertmaster for the Dakota Valley Symphony in Burnsville, and also plays regularly with the Mill City String Quartet and the Minnesota Sinfonia. Hanson has performed with many other groups including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Vocal Essence, Kantorei, the South Dakota Symphony, the Wheaton Symphony, and the Chicago Youth Symphony, and has attended the Aspen, Bravo!, and Kent/Blossom Music Festivals. Hanson currently teaches violin lessons in the twin cities area at Bethel University, Grace Free Lutheran Church/Heritage Christian Academy, the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (AFLBS), and at her home in Coon Rapids, where she lives with her husband, Andrew.

Erika Hoogeveen

Cellist

Erika Hoogeveen received her Master's degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, studying with Sally O'Reilly. In 2004, she began a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conjunction with her Master's degree, but after a year put her DMA studies on hold with the arrival of her first child. Erika's Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance was completed at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, studying with Rick Lohmann and Margaret Carpenter. As a winner of Young Artist Competitions for the Cherokee Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony, she had the privilege of soloing with both orchestras. She also performed twice as a soloist with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Erika has participated in the Bravo Music Festival and the Northern Lights Music Festival. A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet, she also regularly performs with the South Dakota Symphony. Other groups she has played with include Kantorei, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (as associate concertmaster and principal violist), the Sioux City Symphony, and the Cherokee Symphony. Erika has been on the violin faculty of MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph's School of Music, and Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul where she resides with her husband and two children. 

Ellen O'Hayer

Cellist

Accomplished violinist and violist, Ms. Niles currently plays with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and as Principal 2nd Violin for the Mankato Symphony. She is also a substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra on both violin and viola. Huldah began her music studies on violin at the age of five at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa with Doris Preucil (William Preucil's mother). Through the Preucil School of music, Huldah traveled to Japan with a group of peers from the Cleveland Institute of Music where they played for Dr. Suzuki at his private residence and for the Prince and Princess of Japan in Tokyo. Ms. Niles received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O'Reilly. She has also studied viola with Thomas Turner, Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Innocenti Strings are LEGITIMATE! When it came time for the real deal they absolutely delivered. 

The fact that they can perform all these crazy pop/rock tunes at cocktail hour put things over the top.

I highly recommend them!"

Pop/Rock

 

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All Of Me - John Legend
Bohemian Rhapsody - QUEEN

Classical

Air on G String - Bach
Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
Brandenburg - Bach

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