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About Vintage Strings Performers

Vintage Strings has been providing wonderful music for weddings and other events around San Diego since 1998. Many groups in the area are contract groups with players that only assemble for events, but we regularly rehearse together which enables us to perform as a solid unit. We are tightly knit and connected with each other and the music. Occasionally, we may substitute a professional of equal skill when one of our members has a personal commitment or illness.

It's a good idea to check references when hiring live music because it's easy to put a great marketing persona on the web which is not backed up in reality. Your event is one of the highlights of your life so choosing musicians who realize this is important. Vintage Strings understands this, and we take great pride in making it special for you. Read on to learn more about Vintage Strings performers.


Portrait of Priscilla Norris

Priscilla Norris

A cellist for over 40 years, Priscilla Norris has studied with Douglas Graves, Robert Ashby, Paul Anderson, Peter Farrell, and Tom Stauffer. After completing her BA in Music, she earned her teaching credential. Active in the San Diego freelance musical community for over 25 years, Priscilla continues to play for various community theater groups as well as local orchestras. She brings a vast and varied musical experience to the group. Priscilla is the founder of Vintage Strings and has loved performing at hundreds of weddings in Southern California. She really enjoys working with brides and grooms to help them have a very special wedding. 


Jorge Soto

Jorge Soto

Jorge studied in the University of Redlands in violin performance. He's very active in the musical scene in the San Diego-Tijuana area. Jorge has performed with such great artists like Michael Buble, Smokey Robinson, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Krall, and many more. He has played in prestigious halls like Lincoln Center, New York, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. He opened the Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico, and served as concertmaster for the Grossmont Symphony Orquestra and Orquesta de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Opera de Tijuana.


Michael Tagart

Michael Tagart

Michael began playing viola and cello at the age of 12 and violin at the age of 14. He attended San Diego State University on a full scholarship and held a position in the university's resident string quartet. Michael enjoys contributing his talents to local and national charities and foundations. He has performed in concerts benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Resounding Joy Inc., Kiwanis Club of San Diego, Camp Hope, The Tomorrow Project, and Becky's House.

In addition to playing for weddings in the San Diego area and performing in numerous professional productions, Michael is also a studio musician; his discography includes collaborations with Jane Lui, Al Howard, Aaron Bowen, and many more. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Notre Temps String Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to providing music-making opportunities to members of the San Diego community.


Catherine Allen

Catherine Allen 

Born in the great state of Illinois, Catherine Allen grew up in a musical family. Her father, an accomplished musician, teacher, and bandleader instilled the love of music early. Her mother was a piano teacher, professional accompanist, and an opera singer. Catherine began violin study at the age of 9. Her early teachers included Diane Merrill and Patricia Hackler. She entered Illinois State University in 1979 and moved to San Diego in 1981 to continue her musical education at SDSU. She completed her degree in music in 1984. She studied with Howard Hill and Igor Gruppmann.

An accomplished freelance musician, she has performed at many freelance venues around San Diego County for the past 32 years including Starlight Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the Welk Resorts Theatre. Catherine has performed with Natalie Cole and Andrea Bocelli with the San Diego Symphony among others. She also holds two California teaching credentials and has spent thousands of hours instructing music students of all ages and abilities in San Diego County Schools and in her private studio. Catherine also holds a master's degree in humanities.