Providing Classical Chamber Soloist and Chamber Ensembles to the High Country of Western NC and Beyond. Specializing in Weddings, Funerals, BBQ's and Bar Mitzvahs.
If Steve is available for your event, don’t hesitate to book him immediately! He has all those glowing reviews for a reason. He is professional, provides excellent communication and, obviously, is a gifted musician. My son and his new wife were so happy with the music Steve and his violinist provided for their special day. They arrived very early and were set up and ready to go with plenty of time to spare. What was supposed to be an outdoor wedding had to be moved indoors due to rain and he never missed a beat. I can’t even count the number of guests that commented on how the music was just perfect and made the simple ceremony feel both elegant and intimate.
We got married in early April of this year and Steve Holman played the cello for our cocktail hour at our wedding. We could not have been more pleased with his gifting, his professionalism, and his communication throughout this whole process. We (and all of our guests) were so blessed by Steve and his cello service. We would highly recommend Steve to anyone needing a cellist for their wedding.
I hired Steve and Summit Strings to play at my daughter's wedding ceremony. He has a vast repertoire of music. They played our selections before and during the ceremony. It was beautiful. We also had them play during cocktail hour at the reception before the band played. Steve was very quick to respond to any of my emails or calls to him. I would highly recommend Steve Holman and Summit Strings to play at any event.
Steve and crew did an amazing job at our wedding. They set the tone for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were extremely accommodating with special song requests we had that we wanted as a part of our ceremony. We couldn’t be happier with their performance.
Summit strings is a great choice in live music! Steve helped us set up our ceremony sound and even learned two new songs to help our ceremony be just what we always wanted. The music was just magical! My guests and parents couldn't stop talking about it after the event. We would recommend to any bride or event coordinator. They really know their stuff!
Steve was a wonderful addition to our ceremony! He’s so talented and professional. I’m so glad we choose Steve to preform.
Steve Holman was great to work with. Accommodated a last minute request, was personable and professional. We received compliments on the music from our guests. Very positive experience. Totally set the ambiance of our wedding.
I highly recommend working with Steve! He was the perfect addition to our intimate mountain top wedding. The weather was iffy, but Steve brought a little white pop up tent so that he could continue playing rain or shine! I wanted one of my bridesmaids to do a solo, and Steve was so accommodating by bringing along a guitar so that he could be flexible with what key she needed. Also, he arrived early enough to set up and then rehearse with her! We highly recommend Summit Strings.
Steve from Summit Strings was extremely flexible with our changing COVID wedding date and was willing to learn a new song we were wanting for our ceremony. He also responded to our many emails very quickly and assured our questions were answered. They arrived early and were set up far in advance to start playing for the early arrivers. Our guests were extremely impressed with their talent and they perfectly executed the songs we had requested. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for live musicians for their wedding to keep the guests entertained and interactive and for a personalized ceremony music experience.
Steve is one of the four musicians that made up the string quartet (of Summit Strings) I used for my July wedding ceremony. Steve is who I was in contact with for several months leading up to the wedding. He provided me with a huge variety of songs to choose from, and helped with the planning process. Due to COVID, I ended up changing our wedding date not once, but twice. He and his colleagues were supportive and super flexible, with all of the craziness. I highly, highly recommend using Steve and Summit Strings for your wedding! It adds such a romantic touch, and the music is beautiful. Thank you again, Steve!!
I hired a string duo from Summit Strings to play at my outdoor mountain ceremony and cocktail hour. From the beginning I was impressed by Steve Holman's responsiveness and flexibility. Before I booked Summit Strings he sent me a ton of videos of past performances with string solo, duo, trio, quartet, etc playing a variety of songs so I could get a good idea of their musical abilities. Based off of these examples alone, I was incredibly impressed and hired them right away! Leading up to the big day Steven was great about sending me a huge long list of songs that I could pick and choose from. They had so many song options on there- classical songs, Disney songs, Beatles songs, classic rock songs, traditional hyms, and a bunch of modern music. I had no idea that Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Elvis, Aerosmith, etc would sound so great played by a string duo! And there was even the option for them to learn new songs if I wanted some that weren't on the list they provided. They played beautifully at my wedding, so much so that I had a lot of guests coming up and telling me how great they were! Not only are they fantastically talented musicians, they were also friendly and professional throughout. I cannot recommend Steve Holman and Summit Strings enough!
We couldn't have asked for a better performance! The music was beautiful and played wonderfully. Additionally, Steve supplying the extra microphone and setup allowed people to hear our outdoor wedding and made it so perfect. We absolutely recommend him!
We were super pleased to find Steve. With such short notice and during a crazy time with COVID, he worked with us. The music was beautiful and they played exactly what we wanted at the perfect timing. Our wedding was at a outdoor covered pavilion and it was raining that day. He offered to let us use his mics and systems so guests could hear are vows. Super accommodating and pleasant to work with.
Summit Strings performed as a string duo at our wedding in Banner Elk, NC. We could not have been more pleased. Steve was very easy to work with, and when we asked for recommendations for certain musical selections during the ceremony he provided excellent suggestions. We trusted his judgement completely and we were not disappointed.
Our ceremony was outdoors, which can raise a lot of concerns from weather to large groups of people. Steve handled everything with ease. The Summit Strings duo was very professional and extremely talented. Hearing them on their web site does not do them justice, you have to hear them in person. They were truly an essential part of our ceremony and enhanced the event greatly. We were completely satisfied, and would recommend them to anyone. Thank you for helping make our wedding great!
Dawn and Wayne
I can’t say enough great things about Summit Strings! Steve was a pleasure to work with and made our wedding planning easy and enjoyable. They worked very hard and drove a long way to get to us. They even went as far as to learn a new song that we had requested them to play! 5 Stars, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Highlands, North Carolina, 6/27/2020
Thanks for making our day so special,
Ryan and Mollie
Steve made our special day unforgettable! Flexible and easy to work with, his group went above and beyond to make our wedding magical. I highly recommend!
Summit Strings has played several events for myself, my family and friends over the last 3 years. Indoors and outdoors. From parties, serenades and individually commissioned performances to weddings ( their most popular service ).
Every time they have played for me I was impressed by their musicianship, professionalism and versatility. They enjoy
what they do and it really shows.
Their repertoire is wide ranging : from pop tunes, to the traditional and intensely classical ( take a look at the web site www.summitstrings.com ). They can accommodate almost any request -- since so many of these numbers they do so often, the music comes out well-rehearsed, articulate and in perfect tune.
At venues large and small, they do their own sound setup with their own equipment. For outdoor settings they can make the music carry clean and legible across a large crowd, yet can tailor their acoustics to fit into the smallest spaces where intimacy is called for.
Of special note is the group’s leader and organizer Steve Holman, who manages to bring together the best musicians from around the Piedmont and welds them into a cohesive unit whose sound rivals some of the most well-known chamber groups here in the south. As an event organizer you will really appreciate that he is able to muster all this talent and, once arrangements have been made, deliver it on time and on schedule, for the previously agreed-upon price ( which is surprisingly reasonable ).
From my experiences with Summit Strings I believe they will bring good vibes to your event, enhance its’ effectiveness, and leave you with good memories.
Summit Strings was wonderful to work with. We couldn't of had better music for our wedding ceremony and reception. We were so happy and so were all of our guests. The music was beautiful and really set the tone for the wedding vision we were going for. Steve is a wonderful person to work with and I couldn't review anyone better.
Steve was absolutely amazing! I told him my vision for my wedding day and he exceeded my expectations. I have received many compliments so far about how amazing the cello music was.
We booked Steve for a our wedding ceremony. He was super easy to work with and very accommodating! We didn't have many specific song requests, because of our short wedding timeline and lack of experience, but he was able to take over and create the exact environment we had asked for! His playing was beautiful, everything we had hoped for. He arrived and set up at the ceremony site with zero stress/challenges/concerns. His experience and skill was obvious and he is a very true professional!
Steve and his crew were great! We received so many compliments on the ceremony and cocktail music. They truly helped make our wedding day perfect and I am sooo happy they were a part of our special day! Definitely recommend!
Steve was recommended to me by a friend. He performed at my daughter's wedding in Westfield at Luna's Trail Farm. He was prompt and was open to adding a song during the ceremony at the last minute! Guests later told me they were crying before the ceremony even began because the music was so touching
Steve was extremely responsive and easy to work with. I made a special request that he attend my rehearsal because our location was kind of unique and I wanted him to get a lay of the land and he did. Our wedding was outside and it was kind of cold and they all came prepared and did a great job. The strings were an added a touch that I think takes any wedding from being good to great. I highly recommend.
Steve did a great job playing for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Everyone really seemed to enjoy the music.
I was very pleased with the service I received from Summit Strings. As a musician myself, it was VERY important to me to have talented, classy musicians on my wedding day and I received just that. Thank you for everything!!
Thank you so much, Summit Strings Duo, for such a beautiful performance! The strings added such an elegant touch to our wedding and we're so very grateful. Our guests loved the music and we received many compliments about the group. Thank you, Steve, for coordinating! Best wishes for you both in your future endeavors.
Everything about working with Summit Strings was easy and professional. They delivered exactly what we wanted for our party, we were extremely pleased.
Summit Strings provided beautiful music for our daughter's wedding and the cocktail hour. The variety of song choices was a plus as we had more non traditional songs. The professionalism, timely responses to emails, flexibility in providing an outdoor option made the planning process feel effortless. We would highly recommend them for your event!
Summit Strings – quartet played at my daughter’s wedding in April 2019 at Sorella Farms.
The string quartet played 30 minutes before the wedding – during the wedding and during the cocktail hour after the wedding while the family was getting pictures taken. Steve was wonderful to work with before the wedding and the whole quartet sounded wonderful. The day was cool – 58 degrees – and they had to keep tuning for the beautiful music. The reason we chose Summit Strings was because they had a beautiful and complete music list. From classical to more contemporary music – my daughter was able to choose music that she wanted to hear during her special day. They played “What a Wonderful World” as the family and friends came down the aisle and “A Thousand Years” as my daughter walked down the aisle. It was a magical moment – I will never forget. Summit Strings was an integral part of making the day beautiful and memorable – and I would hire them again for any occasion.
Steve was recommended by our venue and was a great addition to our day! He was friendly and easy to work with. He made sure that all of my requests for our day were met and provided a beautiful experience for our guests. The music was Amazing and we received so many compliments on our ceremony and brunch reception music! If I could do it again, I would hire Steve and his team again and again.
We hired Summit Strings for our fall, outdoor wedding. Working with Steve was very easy. He was able to answer all of our questions, make suggestions and was flexible. He was able to accommodate all the songs we asked for including finding the music for some uncommon songs we wanted. On the day of we got so many compliments from guest about how beautiful it was to have them and how they sounded. I would recommend them for any wedding!
Steve provided beautiful cello music for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour! He really listened to our vision for the music and worked with us to create it. I highly recommend him for your event!
The Summit String Quartet played for both my ceremony and for cocktail hour. They were professional and generous, and their music was gorgeous! I am still getting compliments from my guests on how lovely the music was. They took special requests from me, and even learned a new song in order to play the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to. They went above and beyond in order to make both my ceremony and my cocktail hour perfect, and I cannot recommend them enough.
Steve Holman with Summit Strings was wonderful to work with before our wedding and the day of. Steve responded to my request for information right away and provided us a list of classical, modern and pop tunes that we could select from. We sent our in selections a month ahead of our wedding day and Steve was proactive in suggesting alternate pieces best suited for a trio. Steve attended our rehearsal and worked with our officiant to select the right microphone and amplification. He came to our rehearsal prepared and knew our ceremony order and which pieces were to be played when. The day of the wedding Steve and the two other musicians arrived an hour and a half before the ceremony start time and set up two standing microphones, one for the officiant and the other for our readers. The package we selected only included one microphone but Steve was incredibly kind to provide an additional microphone and sound amplification at no extra charge. It may seem like a small thing but the mics and amps were KEY during our outdoor ceremony considering the wind. The music was great during the ceremony and afterwards during the cocktail hour. Our guests loved the cocktail hour pop tunes and had a lot of fun and even sang along during some of the songs!
...and rolls...and does classical...and...well...just about everything. Very talented, professional and gracious. We were very pleased with the quartet music provided at our reception by Summit Strings.
Steve and his other violinist were excellent and played beautifully. I would highly recommend them to play for ceremony or reception of any type.
We have very high standards for our weddings, and Summit Strings nailed it!! We were very impressed with their performance, as well as their professionalism throughout the entire planning process. Very nice people, beautiful music! We 100% recommend Summit Strings!!
We engaged Steve with Summit Strings for our daughters wedding and couldn't have asked for more. The group was very adaptable, accommodating and performed beyond our expectations with very little demand on us beyond their fee. Our song selections included both traditional and contemporary and the quartet performed all exceptionally well. Their sound was excellent as they brought their own sound system, their renditions of the songs selected were spot on and their skill level was also excellent. Overall the wedding/reception was a remarkable event, largely due to the contribution of Summit Strings.
Steve and his quartet Summit Strings performed the ceremony/cocktail hour portion of our wedding on 9/23. Leading up to the wedding Steve was very accommodating, taking our specific music requests and suggesting other songs for the cocktail hour. They arrived early to the venue, performed wonderfully, and even provided our officiant with a lapel microphone during the ceremony so our guests could hear him, free of charge. We would highly recommend Steve and his band for any of your future events.
Steve Holman is incredibly talented and accommodating. I would recommend him for any cocktail, dining, wedding venue and would certainly hire him again. He played for our daughter's wedding and cocktail hour and we were so impressed with his entire performance and demeanor. Absolutely beautiful.
Words cannot express how wonderful Steve Holman and the String Quartet was at my daughter’s wedding. The music was absolutely breath-taking – beyond my expectations. I wish I had another event that I could hire him just so I could hear him play again!!
The wedding was in Lake Lure, NC. The setting was the Gazebo on the Lake with the beautiful mountains in the background. “Music is the language of the heart overflowing with emotions. So powerful that it makes us cry, laugh and give us goosebumps.” The Summit Strings filled the mountains and valley with music that was so powerful that it evoked musical memories and heart-throbbing emotions. The music played was chosen as musical memories of the bride and the families. This time and place was a magical moment for all of us. All of the music that was played was chosen by my daughter to evoke life- long special memories. The quality of the music provided by Steve Holman and his Summit Strings and the overall professionalism of the musicians enhanced this magical moment to create special musical memories of my daughter’s wedding day. Thank you Steve for sharing you talents.
I've had Summit Strings play at two events in recent years, and they were fantastic both times! Steve Holman, Summit's director, is so easy to work with. He is very detail oriented and returns emails/phone calls quickly. Steve aims to please and is always careful to find out exactly what one wants done and then makes it happen. They charge a very fair price for their service too.
If you think a string quartet is too stuffy for your event, think again! They do a number of Beatles' songs and more contemporary works. We received many positive comments about Summit Strings from our guests. They are extremely talented. The group delivered wonderful emotion from "Eleanor Rigby" while making me smile and want to sing along with "Here Comes the Sun."
I hate events where a band plays so loud that one cannot talk with anyone else! Summit Strings plays in the background and you can still carry on a conversation - great!
For a memorable event, I would strongly recommend "Summit Strings."
Do yourself a favor and take away any potential music-related stress for your big day by hiring Steve. We asked Steve and his band, the local boys, to perform at our rehearsal dinner. They were fun, relaxed and professional. Even my 95-year-old grandmother rose to the occasion for a boogie and song at the mic. We loved every minuted of their music. In addition, we hired Steve's instrumental group, Summit Strings quartet, to play at our wedding. Again, he rose to the occasion with no dramas. They were organized, reliable and sounded beautiful. Thank you, Steve! You made our special day perfect <3
Steve Holman is an excellent cellist and leader of the SUMMIT Strings Quartet. For our wedding event he led the group to perfection. He worked with the bride and groom to select the music and performed exactly to their request with upmost professionalism.
His performance is perfect as a soloist or with a group.
He reviewed the music request with the bride and played every tune to maximum beauty. He coordinated the event in advance to make sure all was just as it should be for the bride and groom. He was flexible and cooperative when deciding where to be placed for maximum sound. This was no easy feat as the wedding was in a large house with a wrap around porch and half the event was on the outside porch and the other half inside.
The music was simple beautiful.
The ages of our wedding party ranged from 95 years to toddlers. Everyone was enthralled with the quality of the arrangements.
Professional, pleasant and most of all Perfect!! We hope to use Steve Holman again for our music needs.
Summit Strings performed for our wedding. We identified specific pieces in advance that we wanted for the processional and recessional and told them generally our preferences for music. They did a great job of filling out the rest of the music, and played that music well. In addition, we had one special request, which was a Chinese string quartet to accompany a tea ceremony within the marriage ceremony. Once we located the sheet music, Summit Strings learned it and did an OK job playing it. The qualification is due to two things: they messed up a part of the music - noticeably - and they didn't quit playing once the tea service was over, which we had asked them to do.
We used Steve and a violinist. Very nice music for our daughter's outdoor wedding. Listen to his youtube videos. They will help you decide the type of music you want. Communicate early and often.
I have booked Summit Strings for the past two years for a college commencement ceremony and have already booked them for next year! They are an audience favorite! Their music choices are extensive and are a mix of traditional and modern. Steve is professional and timely with his responses. I cannot say enough about the quality and professionalism of Summit Strings!
Steve with SUMMIT Strings was a pleasure to work with, his music was beautiful and at a very affordable rate. All of our guests complimented how wonderful his performance was on guitar and cello, along with the violinist, and he was very accommodating to my song suggestions. His music made our ceremony and cocktail hour at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden absolutely perfect!
Steve did AMAZING at our wedding and everyone was who attended was very impressed!!! We couldn't have chosen a better musician.
Steve and his duo partner were everything we asked for and more. We were really relaxed about our wedding ceremony music, we only really picked out the processional song and we left the rest of the prelude and the recessional music up to Steve's discretion. The choices were perfect, the talent was undeniable, his flexibility with us not have much structure was impressive, and he was overall very responsive and professional both while we were booking and at the ceremony itself. I would highly recommend Steve, he will not disappoint!
Steve was so helpful in making sure the ceremony music was exactly how we wanted it to be. He took extra time to prepare music and put together instrumentals and recorded sounds that made it absolutely perfect. I was so happy with how the ceremony went and everyone said the music was beautiful. Thank you Steve and Summit Strings!
I cannot say enough about Steve Holman and his group Summit Strings. They are an extremely talented and professional group with a huge selection of music to choose from. They can play anything from pop and movie tunes, which we chose, or classical if you want a more formal affair. I booked a duo for my daughter’s wedding which was to be an unusual event for our area, an evening under the stars with lots of beautiful tree lights, chandeliers and wonderful music. We definitely got the music part right! Approximately ten minutes or so before the ceremony started we had a torrential downpour of rain which could have been devastating to their instruments. However, Steve and the other musician took shelter and continued to play to the delight of our guests. They certainly brought calmness to an extremely stressful situation and demonstrated an ability to handle any predicament that might come their way. As far as I am concerned, they are a “must” hire if you are having a special event. Thank you again Steve!
Summit strings played as a violin and cello duo at my indoor February wedding, and they added a magical touch to the ceremony. The music was absolutely beautiful, and they even played a special song I requested for my bridal procession. I would definitely recommend to other brides!
Steve Holman, Cellist, Is a wonderful soloist. When he plays it can sound like there are other s playing, as well. He has been putting on free events at the Boone Mall, Boone, NC for years and is always welcomed. As the Manager of the Mall, I am always excited to have him here. Weather he's alone or with his group, Summit Strings, it's always a very enjoyable experience for the shoppers. An unexpected treat!. We will welcome him anytime.
Our lovely little library in the North Carolina mountains has commissioned Steve numerous times to perform for our patrons. Whether he brings a repertoire of holiday classics or classical concertos, we always enjoy his visits. Steve is an excellent musician dedicated to his art, and he happens to be a really nice guy, too.
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Steve is a classically trained cellist native to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Steve began his music training at the age of 8 studying Old Time Fiddle from Thornton Spencer. While in college he fell in love with the cello and started studying classically, taking private lessons and performing with the Appalachian State Symphony Orchestra. Steve is lauded for his flexibility and his love for all different styles of music. With a long list of professional colleagues in many different musical fields, Steve can provide solo cello, string ensembles, bands, singers, duets, and more.
Past Booked Events
|May 29, 2021 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 11, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|April 25, 2020 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 04, 2020 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 02, 2019 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 21, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 01, 2019 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|