Ensembles for Hire

Below are links to area musical ensembles for hire. The SSO does not endorse any of the listings, but only provides this information for the convenience of the music community and those that are interested in engaging them.

Blue Orchid Strings – A String Chamber Ensemble


Blue Orchid Strings provides beautiful music for all types of special events, such as weddings, holiday parties, dinners, wine tastings, and more. The members are Lori Metzger (1st violin), Fatima Petersen (2nd violin), Karyn Hetmanski (viola), and Jen Retterer (cello). All members are music educators and/or performers in the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. Blue Orchid Strings serves the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas.

Please email us at blueorchidstrings@gmail.com for pricing and availability!


Bowtallion – A String Quartet

tree-2-225x300Bowtallion is a String Quartet comprised of William Burlew (violin), Allison Redman (violin), Ben Hubbard (viola), and Johnny Walker Jr. (cello). Contact information is thebowtallion@gmail.com and their website is www.thebowtallion.webs.com.


DiCarlo Strings – A String Chamber Ensemble

dicarlo-stringsThe DiCarlo Strings have been providing music for special events such as weddings, fundraisers, dinners and wine tastings since 2001. SSO members Andrew Nowakowski (Violin), Manfred Reek (Violin), Edna Rainey (Viola), and Sheldon Lentz Cello are seen here with Jonathan Palevsky (WBJC) at a Wine Tasting at Wine World in Abingdon. Lewis Blandon (cello) and Enic McClure (viola) frequently join them as alternates. The DiCarlo Strings have played at many local venues including Dancing for the Arts (Bulle Rock Residence Club), Highland School at the Maryland Golf and Country Club, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore at the Belvedere Hotel, Masons Dinner at Richlin Ballroom, Swan Harbor Farm, Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Castle at Maryvale, Liriodendron Bel Air, Officers Club Aberdeen Proving Ground, and St. Josephs Cathedral.

Contact carolnowakowski1@yahoo.com or call Andrew Nowakowski at (410) 688-3429 to schedule an event.

Kara Iwanowski

Local Pianist available for special events. Contact kara.iwanowski@gmail.com or call 410-420-0209.

Steel Pandemic – A Caribbean Steel Drum Band

Steel-Pandemic-300x192The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra is the only community orchestra in the country that has a steel drum ensemble. Steel Pandemic made its debut with the SSO in 2008, and this Caribbean Steel Drum Band now performs at local events. For information contact Dolly Reinhardt, Director at 410-877-8163 or email her at dorisreinhardt22@gmail.com.


Christine Robbins – Strolling Violinist

ChristineRobbins-150x150Since early childhood, Christine Robbins, strolling violinist, has been delighted by the amazing sounds of the violin. Her music education and life experiences have exposed her to the many musical styles of the violin repertoire, many of which she applies to her playing. Christine enjoys adding new works and musical styles to her voluminous repertoire. She is always enthusiastic to include her clients’ favorite pieces among the selections that she plays for their special events.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Christine obtained a Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. Christine has performed in a number of orchestras, both professional and community, in the US and Europe, and maintains a membership in the American Federation of Musicians. A member of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra in Bel Air Maryland since 2003, Christine is also a sought-after teacher of violin and viola at the Maryland conservatory of Music, also in Bel Air.

It is Christine’s pleasure to enhance your special event with her beautiful violin music. You may contract her at 443-967-0152 or at ctr1052@yahoo.com