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The Oread Strings provides beautiful music for weddings and events in Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, and the surrounding areas.
Let us help you find the perfect ensemble for your event.
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The Oread Strings are commited to a welcoming and inclusive attitude to all people and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We support the principles of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Feel free to click their logo below for more information.

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Available Ensembles

Below are our most common ensemble arrangements, but we are always happy to create a custom solution for you.

String Trio: Piano, VIolin, and Cello

String Trio

String Quartet: 2 Violins, Viola & Cello

String Quartet

Piano Trio: Piano, VIolin, and Cello

Piano Trio

String Duo: Violin & Cello

String Duo

Soloist: Piano, Violin, or Cello

Soloist

Meet the Musicians

Nell French

Nell French

viola
Nell French is thrilled to join in the music-making of Oread Strings. A native of California and a third-generation freelance musician, Nell's formal training is from Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Colorado. She is cofounder of the string trio Fontana, principal violist of the Heritage Philharmonic and a core member of Kansas City Baroque Consortium. She has also played for Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony, New Ear Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and many others. Her instruments are a Tyrolean classical from 1792 and an American modern Italian copy from 2000. Away from work, she is the proud parent of one cat, two dogs and one human.
Zsolt Elder

Zsolt Elder

violin
Violinist Zsolt Eder enjoys a multifaceted career in Northeast Kansas as an active performer and dedicated teacher. He is Concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony and performs regularly with the Kansas City Symphony. He is on faculty at the UMKC Academy and is an Artist Teacher at Harmony Project KC. Equally at home in classical, folk, jazz and world music, he has appeared at KC WaterFire, Woodfest, KC FolkFest, has been showcased by ArtsAlive KC, the International Folk Alliance, Global Roots Radio, and has lead workshops for young musicians at Arts KC. In recent seasons he has performed solos with Ensemble Iberica, the Topeka Symphony, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, the Medical Arts Orchestra of Kansas City and the UMKC Symphony Orchestra. He is proud to be a member of The Oread Strings.
Kelly Bohling

Kelly Bohling

violin
Kelly Bohling is a Lawrence native and graduate of the University of Kansas, earning her Bachelors degree in violin performance. She is currently continuing her violin studies at KU with Véronique Mathieu, pursuing her Masters of Music as a graduate teaching assistant. She also enjoys playing alternative and cultural styles, namely rock, tango and Celtic folk. In addition to The Oread Strings, she performs regularly with the The Dahlia Trio. Mrs. Bohling has a violin and viola studio in Lawrence, and when not playing music, she enjoys knitting and spinning while watching horror films.
Phil Kramp

Phil Kramp

violin
Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Philip Kramp is a violist increasingly sought after in the United States. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory, Phil performs with many professional ensembles across the country. Currently, Philip is a regular substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Philip has also performed at many well known chamber music festivals, such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, and Music From Angel Fire.
Lubomira Paskaleva

Lubomira Paskaleva

violin
Lubomira Paskaleva holds her music performance degree from University of Missouri Kansas City. She has performed with Kansas City Symphony, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, De Moines Symphony Orchestras and many other ensembles. Lubomira is currently teaching a full studio of young musicians and enjoys performing solo as well as chamber music recitals.
Jacob M. Dakon, Ph.D

Jacob M. Dakon, Ph.D

violin
Jacob M. Dakon, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Kansas where he specializes in studio and class string pedagogy. A classically trained violinist, Dr. Dakon has more than 15 years of experience performing in orchestral and chamber music settings. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina, an M.M. in Violin Performance from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The Ohio State University.
Maria Crosby

Maria Crosby

cello
Maria Crosby has been a member of the Kansas City Symphony since 2012. In addition to being a full-time orchestral musician, she is also very active as a chamber musician and teacher. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at KU's School of Music, in addition to maintaining a private studio of her own. Crosby has performed on stages across the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Armenia, Greece, Russia, Japan and Brazil, and has participated in a variety of orchestral and chamber music festivals, including the Aegean Verdi Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, the Recontres francoaméricaines de Musique de Chambre, the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Summerfest in Kansas City.
Sascha Groschang

Sascha Groschang

cello
Sascha Groschang is an active recitalist and chamber musician, having performed across the United States and Asia. She has appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall numerous times, and gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2009. She has shared the stage with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman and has been a soloist with the Grammy-Award-winning Kansas City Chorale and the Bach Aria Soloists. She is principal cellist of the St. Joseph Symphony, principal continuo player for the Trinity Lutheran Bach Cantata series, (on both modern and period instruments), and is on faculty at Missouri Western State University. In addition to classical music, Sascha is an avid performer and composer of non-traditional styles. She has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Buble, Peter Gabriel, and has extensive recording experience, including sessions for NBC, Atlantic and Rhino Records. She is co-founder of the alternative string duo, “ The Wires”, which explores unorthodox styles through original music. http://www.cellolady.com
Laura Hrivnak

Laura Hrivnak

piano
Laura Hrivnak is originally from Newport News, VA, but has lovingly considered Lawrence her home for the past nine years. She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Belmont University as well as an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Kansas. Laura is an active member of the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association and serves as president of the Lawrence Accredited Music Teachers’ Association. She currently maintains a full private piano studio in Lawrence and is also the pianist at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie, and a member of The Dahlia Trio. Laura specializes in the piano music of Scriabin, Janáček, and the late sonatas of Beethoven, and has also been an avid performer of new music, premiering numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensembles.
Elaine Ng

Elaine Ng

violin
Born in 1991, Elaine Ng established herself as an all-rounded violinist. With full scholarships and academic fellowships awards, she earned her Bachelor Degree of Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Master Degree of Music aboard at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City. Her major teachers are Hong-Ying Ho, Hiroko Yajima and Chu-Tung Lo. Recently last fall, Elaine won the position of assistant concertmaster of Topeka Symphony Orchestra, which she has years of experiences and still being active as a freelance player at professional ensembles and orchestras. Elaine was also intensively trained as a chamber musician with Ivan Chan, her groups has worked with numerous world-top artists such as the Miami String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Szymanowski String Quartet, Endellion String Quartet, Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet etc. Elaine is also high-profiled chamber musician by giving regular performances for young artists concert series at high rated venues such as Neue Galerie(NYC), Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Nelson Atkin Museum of Arts, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Kauffman Performing Arts Center etc. She performed and appeared in major music festivals including New York String Orchestra Seminar (NYSOS) at Carnegie Hall, The Kent/Blossom Music Festival with Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, Chiara String Quartet Chamber Music Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Round Top Music Festival as young artist fellow and concertmaster, also as a scholar fellow at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival. Elaine and her groups has also intensively worked with renowned living composers including Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho, John Corigliano etc. where Corigliano described as “One of the finest playing of my own compositions that I have ever heard…terrific music experience!” Currently, Elaine is a String Quartet fellowship winner and a candidate of Doctoral degree of Musical Arts (ABD) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, in the studio of renowned violinist Benny Kim. She is holding the first violinist position of the Conservatory Graduate Fellowship String Quartet and as an active member of New Music ensemble groups Musica Nova and KcEMA. This Spring, she is a prize winner of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Scholarship competition, awarded “Second Century” Scholarships. She is invited to attend the Miami Music Festival in the summer as a fellowship winner.
Ellen Lind

Ellen Lind

cello
Ellen Lind is founder and owner of The Oread Strings. Originally from the Chicago area, Ellen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University. While living in Chicago, Ellen held Section Cello positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and served as Principal Cellist of the Elmhurst Symphony. In addition to her classical experience, she has worked extensively in contemporary music, having toured internationally with pop acts including Bright Eyes and Brian Wilson, and having shared stages with artists such as Lou Reed, Nora Jones, and Burt Bacharach. After spending a year at sea as part of a cruise-ship string quartet, Ellen relocated to Kansas in 2010 where she quickly established herself as a working musician and teacher in the Lawrence area. She served as Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2016, has been a regular substitute with the Kansas City Symphony since 2011. As a teacher, Ellen has worked at Baker and Ottawa Universities, and has built a private teaching studio in Lawrence. In addition to performing and teaching, Ellen enjoys cooking, yoga, and spending time with her dogs, Jake and Mia.