Turidae: Our Family Trio

Here’s a spirited classical selection from our flute, violin, viola trio – Kuhlau’s “Allegro con Spirito” arranged by Paul M. Douglas:

A lovely little traditional Irish tune below – “I Love My Love in the Morning” (arrangement based on one by Patricia Jaeger):

Click the text or photo links below for samples of popular wedding music choices on YouTube:

Mariah Carlson-Kirigin

Harpist and Violinist
Mariah is a graduate of Vassar College, where she studied violin with Linda Quan and performed with the Vassar Orchestra in addition to several small ensembles. She currently (2016) plays with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra as well as the Vermont Philharmonic, in addition to our family duo and trio. She started flute at age 2, piano at 5 and  violin at 6. When she started writing to the tooth fairy enlisting assistance in purchasing a harp at age seven, Lisa and Mariah became a duo, initially as street musicians. By age 10, Mariah had earned enough to purchase a harp. In high school, Mariah performed with the Vermont Youth Orchestra as well as the All State and District Festivals, in addition to her school orchestra program.

Clara Carlson-Kirigin

Violist and Violinist
Clara is (spring of 2016) a junior at Oberlin College, where she studies viola through the conservatory and performs regularly with the Oberlin College orchestra as well as a variety of small ensembles.  Clara began her study of flute at age two, piano at three, and violin at four. After trying viola through the Craftsbury Chamber Players summer youth program, she decided to devote her musical study to viola. In high school, Clara performed as principal violist in the All New England Music Festival, the All State Music Festival, and the Vermont Youth Orchestra, as well as school and district orchestras. She also played both violin and viola in pit orchestras for musicals.

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“Turidae” is our mother/daughters trio – or duo – of flute with viola and harp, or flute with violin and viola. Duos of flute with harp, flute with violin or flute with viola are also possible. We performed for our first weddings and occasions together as a family in 1994. “Turidae,” (pronounced too’-ree-day’) is Latin for the Thrush family of birds, known for their lovely “flute-like” song. Our flute, violin, viola repertoire is primarily classical, while our flute, viola, harp repertoire tends to be primarily Celtic, but both ensembles offer additional flexibility. Check our YouTube videos below!

Here's what people are saying about Turidae:

(Click the couple’s name for a full blog entry about their wedding)

From a couple requesting our flute harp duo, entirely Celtic:

“Thank you so much for playing our wedding, it was fantastic. So many of our guests commented how lovely and unique the music was; it really made the day all the more special. Most of the time, wedding music gets lost in the ceremony, but both Jess and I will remember it forever.”

John and Jess

From a couple requesting entirely Baroque period classical music (Bach, Handel, Telemann, etc – composed between 1600 and 1750):

“The music was exactly as I had imagined and a number of  people commented on how nice the music was. The best compliment I got was that my parents would have loved my choice of music. While this may not mean much to you, know that it is high praise. After they passed away, the Boston Early Music Festival dedicated their performances to their memory – evidence of their appreciation of high quality music!  Thank you so much,” Leah and EJ

Leah and EJ

From a couple requesting primarily popular wedding repertoire:

“We are really amazed with your professionalism. Of all the vendors that we dealt with for our wedding you topped it with your organization, confirmations and professionalism. We were very happy with all that you did to make our wedding amazing and we will definitely recommend you to friends and family.”

Nicole and Randy

From a couple requesting Celtic flute/viola/harp music:

“The music was absolutely heavenly. Our guests keep talking about your talent. Thank you for helping to make our day so special!” 

Chris and Jessie

From a couple requesting classical combined with some unique pop choices:

“The extra touches and all your help made our ceremony so special!”    Rebecca and Jon

Rebecca and Jon

From a couple requesting a mix of popular classical wedding standards with Celtic selections:

“Thank you for making Kara’s Wedding Day so special with you and your daughter’s beautiful music! We had many compliments on what a nice feeling it added to the ceremony.”  Deb (mother of the bride)

Kara and Michael

Undying gratitude to the following photographers: slider images #3 and 6: Jesse Schloff; slider image #4: Ampersand Photography; testimonial photos (look for the real think on my blog) courtesy of Kathleen North Porter at North Photography, Kevin Morin, Karen Pike, and Jeff Schneiderman.