Felice Strings was launched in the spring of 2012 with the release of our first music video, Hymn to Hope. “Felice” is an Italian musical term meaning “joyful” or “exultant”. As we seek to set a joyful atmosphere that glorifies the Lord, we hope to echo the sentiments of J.S. Bach: “The aim and final end of music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
From a very early age, music has been an integral part of our lives and has only continued to blossom since combining our musical giftings years ago. By the time we were six years old we began formal instruction; Effie beginning violin lessons and Lindsay piano. Yet neither of us were satisfied to learn only one instrument. The piano keys and harp strings beckoned each of us. Thus began the journey of piano lessons for Effie, only to be followed by a joint venture with Lindsay in learning the Celtic harp under the formative instruction of Whitney Dobyns.
Indeed, we have been incredibly blessed with teachers who have not only imparted the gift of musical skill, but a love for its beauty, as well. Lisa Zweben, former violin instructor at Washington and Lee University, was integral in casting vision and honing Effie’s technique. Likewise, our piano proficiency has been molded under the hands of two accomplished pianists in the Roanoke / New River Valley area: Carolyn Victorine and Dr. Tracy Cowden.
Whether providing a casual elegance that warms a room, playing background music for an evening dinner event, or sharing in the celebration of a wedding, we take great joy in using our musical gifts in a variety of settings. Our musical style includes a wide selection of hymn arrangements, Celtic and other folk tunes, and classical pieces. Together, we can offer various musical combinations through piano and violin duets, solo piano, harp duets, solo harp, or harp and violin. We treasure these times spent together, and we would love to be of service at your next event.
We eagerly look forward to hearing from you!
Effie and Lindsay