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 went on to get her teaching credential. Active in the San Diego free lance 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 started Vintage Strings in 1997 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 violinist. Studied in the University of Redlands in violin performance. Very active in the musical scene in the San Diego-Tijuana area. He has many performances with such great artists like Michael Buble, Smokey Robinson, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Krall and many more, also has performed in prestigious halls like Lincoln Center, New York. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. Opened the Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mex. and served as concertmaster for the Grossmont Symphony Orquestra and Orquesta de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. Opera de Tijuana.
Michael Tagart began playing viola and cello at the age of twelve and violin at the age of fourteen. 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, Mr. Tagart is also a studio musician; his discography includes collaborations with Jane Lui, Al Howard, Aaron Bowen, and many more. Michael 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.
Born in the great state of Illinois, Catherine Allen grew up in a musical family. Her father, an accomplished musician and teacher and band leader 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 Boccelli 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.