Carol and The City Strings

Based in Brooklyn NY

Based in NY, the Carol and the City Strings was founded in 2009 by Carol Ma. Ms. Since then, the string ensemble has evolved and performs several times a week for events, weddings, corporate receptions, and concerts.

The members have studied chamber music for years at some of the best universities and conservatories with some of the most prestigious teachers in the nation. These musicians continue to be acknowledged for their technique and exciting repertoire.

Chia-Yin Carol Ma, violin, is currently the solo violinist at Brooklyn Tabernacle. Ms.Ma has performed as soloist, chamber, orchestra, and band musician in North America and Taiwan. She performed in Brooklyn String Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, American Studio Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie, Fu-Jen Catholic University Orchestra- principal of second violin, and Taipei People Orchestra. Ms. Ma has performed plays with the local theatre such as “Cats”, “Oklahoma”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Westside Story” and “ Mame.”

She also recorded in numerous albums and string sessions, which included “African Skies”, “To Journal Square”, “Come to Me”, “Mosaic”. One of them was the Grammy award album “Mosaic” by the well-known jazz drummer Terri-Lyne Carrington.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Ma holds bachelor degree in both violin and piano in Fu-Jen University, and received her Master Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, MD. Ms. Ma was the winner for the Concerto Competition of Fu-Jen University, and the third prize of Taipei music Competition in the young violinists category.

Ting-Yu Chou was born in Taiwan. She was graduated from the university of western Ontario and study with Mel Martin. She actively participated in musical event such as Orchestra, Classical and Contemporary Chamber group and music competition. In 2006, She awarded the first place in the violin solo section in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She also invited by the Toronto Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra to performance in their 10th anniversary concert at George Weston Hall. After he graduation from University of Western Ontario, She entered the New York University, where she studied with professor Stephanie Chase.

Jui-Hsien Hung, cellist, was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Miss Hung graduated from New York University (NYU), Master of Music in Performance, as a student of Artist Faculty member Marion Feldman. She was a recipient of the Bertha Scholarship and graduated from the University of Miami (UM) where she studied with Ross Harbaugh.

In New York, Miss Hung performed solo in the Merkin Concert Hall in Kaufman Center and Carnegie Hall. In her hometown, she joined concerts with Taiwan Soloist Symphony Orchestra and Classic Cello Orchestra and Benefit concert. Miss Hung was invited to give a speech on the topic of “Affectionate With Cello” in Taiwan in 2011. She also likes to play different kinds of music, she cooperated with electric guitar and edited music for cello an electric guitar. She participated contemporary music ensemble in NYU and jazz concert in UM.

The Following songlists are growing continually by the week. Here are just a sample of the songs that we play.

Traditional Wedding/Classical music selections:
Air on the G String (Bach) Agnus Dei (Bizet) Alleluja from “Exultate Jubilate” (Mozart) Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No.1 in D Op.11 (Tchaikovsky) Andante from “Piano Concert #21" (Mozart) Aria from Xerxes (Handel) Arioso (Bach) Ave Maria (Schubert) Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod) Bridal Chorus (Wagner) Canon in D (J. Pachelbel) Con Te Partiro (Francesco Sartori) Divertimenti (Mozart) Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) Greensleeves (Traditional English) Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah (Handel) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) Largo from “Winter/The Four Seasons” (Vivaldi) Liebestraum (Liszt) Lords Prayer (A. Mallotte) March from “The Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart) Medita