About Hot Metal Strings
We are an all-female, professionally-trained string quartet residing in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to bringing the highest quality of music to your event, each of us have a very active performing career. We have over 15 years of experience playing at weddings, receptions, cocktail events, etc... Depending on your preference or budget, we offer solos, duets, trios or quartets. The addition of a non-string instrument (flute, trumpet, piano...) is a possibility as well. We pride ourselves on bringing elegance and passion to our playing so as to make your event a very special and memorable one.
A variety of musical styles are in our repertoire but if you would like a piece that is not in our list, an arrangement of the song can be made for a small fee. Once contacted via this website, e-mail or phone, we work with you one on one to meet your specific needs and requests. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. We would love to be a part of your special day!
Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, Violinist
Founder of Hot Metal Strings, Maureen was born and raised in the heart of Mexico and has embraced many styles and genres from classical and tango to rock and light jazz. She is a member of the tango ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA, Aquitango, and violinist for the cross-genre ensemble Forest of the Americas in Mexico. Her improvisational skills have led to recordings with Vineyard Music on their Spanish CD and with the acclaimed Latin rock band ROJO.
As a solo concert violinist, Conlon has performed to much acclaim on many stages throughout Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. Due to her passion for chamber music she co-founded the Trio Nova Mundi in 2001 with whom she has performed throughout various concert venues in Latin American and the U.S. including appearances as soloists with the Atlanta Virtuosi orchestra in Atlanta, GA. While at Rice University they were awarded the Ralph A. Anderson music scholarship award. Maureen has garnered many first prizes and placed at many competitions nationally and internationally.
As an avid orchestral musician she is member of the Erie Philharmonic and has been a member of the Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Penns Woods Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She has also played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Akron Symphony among others.
Her keen interest and devotion to music and especially the violin began at a very early age but it was several years later that she would begin lessons with Pedro Gasca and later with Gilberto Nunez in her hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico. She earned her Bachelors in Music Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX with Kenneth Goldsmith and her Masters in Violin Performance as a graduate assistant to Jim Lyon at the Penn State University where she was concertmaster of the Penn State Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble in addition to playing first violin of the graduate string quartet. She recently completed a Performance Residency at Carnegie-Mellon University studying with the former Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster, Andres Cardenes.
Maureen loves dancing, watching movies, and eating great food when she isn’t making music. She teaches many violin students and loves sharing all she has been imparted along the way. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with husband, Michael Dorosh.
Rachel White is a versatile violinist, experienced in playing and teaching. As an avid orchestra musician, Rachel has held permanent positions with The Florida Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. She is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and a substitute musician with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,The Wheeling Symphony and the Grant Park Music Festival. As a native Pittsburgher, Rachel’s musical education began with Huei-Sheng Kao of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil and Stephen Rose.
Alisa Innocenti has played the viola for almost 30 years. Her formal training was at West Virginia University with Philip Tietze (B.M.) and Carnegie Mellon University with Atar Arad (M.M.). Alisa has performed for many years around the Pittsburgh Area, and has played with groups such as the symphonies of Wheeling, Butler, Youngstown, Westmoreland, West Virginia, and Kingsport (TN). Alisa is also a professional photographer. You can view her work at www.weddingsbyalisa.com and www.alisagarinphotography.com.
Jeanne R. Tupper, Cello
Jeanne (Strittmatter) Tupper began studying the cello at the age of twelve. She began performing professionally two years later. Ms. Tupper studied under the direction of Pittsburgh Symphony cellists Mikhail Istomin, David Premo, and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cellist with the PSO. She has participated in several masterclasses, including those with world renowned cellists Yo Yo Ma and Anner Bylsma. She attended Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for both undergraduate and graduate studies in performance and music education. An avid chamber musician, she performs regularly with The Strittmatter Trio, and Hot Metal Strings, as well as several orchestral ensembles in the Pittsburgh region. In addition to her active freelance work as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, she has devoted much of her career to educating young musicians. Ms. Tupper has been a member of the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School and maintains a large private teaching studio. She is currently the vocal music teacher at St. Thomas More School in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Ms. Tupper enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob and her young children, Benjamin and Rebekah.
_ Useful Links
Founder of Hot Metal Strings: www.maureenconlon.com
For Argentine Tango Band: www.aquitango.com
Wedding Photography: www.alisagarinphotography.com
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Q: How do I know what combination of instruments to choose?
A: Depending on the size and location of your ceremony, we help you decide what would fill the space the best as well as your budget.
Q: Do I get to choose my own musical selections?
A: Absolutely! We have an extensive repertoire list you can choose from or if you have a certain song you really want an arrangement can be purchased.
Q: What if there is no arrangement of a song I want for the instruments I’ve chosen?
A: An arrangement can be made for a fee of any song in print.
Q: What if one of the members of the group becomes ill or is unable to make it to my event?
A: A replacement of equal caliber will be found so there is no interruption in your event.
Q: Can the musicians play outside?
A: Yes, however there must be some kind of shelter from the elements (sun, rain...) to protect our valuable instruments. Even a big shady tree will do!
Q: Do you use amplification of any sort?
A: We usually do not have a problem projecting unless it is a very large outdoor space and you have lots of guests present. In such a case, amplification can be provided.