Welcome to Sound of Strings!

Welcome to Sound of Strings!

Please peruse through my site filled with information on performing, lessons, community outreach, accompanying, testimonials, and history of the Sounds of Strings Music School.

Divisions within my website can help you find the information you are seeking, whether it's info on available Wedding musicians, music audio & video samples, or taking lessons on violin, viola, cello or piano.

For a history of Sound of Strings or for performance examples, click on the Overview page or Video Clips.

Thank you for your visit and I look forward to working with you!


Michelle Gribbon
Sound of Strings Director, Teacher, Violinist, Pianist, Music Arranger, Contractor

Weddings & Events

Michelle Gribbon has a diverse background in music with such varied roles as performer in TV & Radio commercials, Orchestral player with groups such as The Dallas Opera, The SMU Graduate String Quartet, the DSSO as well as countless ensembles and orchestras in TX, MN, WI & MI, including Soloist and Concertmaster positions, has won state and national competitions, directed and written musical and theatrical productions, and has been a private lesson teacher since 1977. Michelle is also owner and teacher of Sound of Strings in both MN & TX since 1989. She was also the rehearsal pianist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster and S.M.U. Faculty, has directed and performed 5 International Music & Educational Performance Trips to England, Germany, Austria, Canada, Finland and Russia, and has been an active Community Outreach Performer and Educator in over 200 schools, both in the U.S. and abroad.

She was a full scholarship undergratuate & graduate student at U.W.S and S.M.U in violin performance and piano accompanying and is extremely active not only as a perfomer on both instruments but also a sought after teacher, music arrangeer and composer.

Her performing, teaching and music arrangements have been praised by the likes of the Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet, the principal cellist of The Vienna Philharmonic, faculty at The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, The Royal Holloway - University of London, the Vienna Tourist Board, the president of The Finlandia Foundation National, the president of The Laurentian Arts & Culture Alliance, and countless others.

She also has praise from former teachers; Erick Friedman - prize student of Jascha Heifitz and Diane Balko - former DSSO Concertmaster.

"...I can think of no one more qualified than you, both as an extraordinarily accomplished violinist and pianist. Dallas should be indebted. As my former student you have made me very proud...I could not think more highly of you...your commitment to your profession, all-encompasing musical ability, intelligence and seriuosness of purpose are a reflection of the important musicians and pedagogues of the past..." Erick Friedman, Former Professor of Violin and S.M.U, Dallas, TX and Yale University, School of Music, New Haven, CT

"Michelle...you have become what every teacher hopes for in a student - excellence in performing and teaching!"Diane Balko, Former DSSO Concertmaster and Former Professor of Violin, U.W.S, Superior, WI

Besides teaching at Sound of Strings, she is the String Director at Holy Rosary and the Staff Pianist at East High School, both in Duluth, enjoys playing not only classical music, but also alternative pop rock in her eclectic Four String Rock group that she founded as a means of inspiring young students to enroll in school orchestra programs, and continues her lifelong commitment to music education through outreach concerts to people of all ages and backgrounds.

In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, being active outside and is an avid cyclist.

View a video on the history of Sound of Strings

Why use Sound of Strings?

From weddings to special occasions, Sound of Strings has an ensemble to match your setting!

Weddings & Events

You’ve picked the location, the dress, the florist...now let Sound of Strings add the finishing elegant touch that will leave you and your guests breathless.


• Extraordinary musical growth through life changing and meaningful music endeavors       • Individual inspiration by association with great musicians here and abroad.       • Commitment to community through school outreach and educational programs, retirement centers and concerts for people of all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds

Wedding Repertoire

The beautiful melodies of “Canon” by Pachelbel, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, the majestic strains of “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke and “Spring” from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, and the heart warming love songs like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry and “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan are just a sampling of the selections that can fill your special day with joy.


  • “Michelle, What a privilege it was for me to have you and your students perform as guest soloists with the University Orchestra! You have become what every teacher hopes for in a former student – excellence in performing and teaching! Please tell your students that I thought their performance was outstanding – great style and technique!…”

    Diane Balko Former Professor of Violin/University Orchestra Conductor , UWS Former Concertmaster of the DSSO
  • “I had the impression that you love this music!…Thank you for playing for me…it was a great pleasure.”

    Franz Bartolomey Principle Cellist of The Vienna Philharmonic
  • “Your group has so much talent and are very polished…you all sound wonderful and look like you are having so much fun!”

    Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet Members: Peter McGuire, Laurel Green, Megan Tam, Katja Linfield
  • “There is nothing I can think of to compare this group to…the sheer discipline of your performance…vividly crisp…responsive to each other…you really put your backs into it!

    Let me reinstate that your wonderment of the compositions and arrangements done by Michelle is too little…they are like tailor made clothes…entirely original, in the style of Mozart, with great artistic insight…every ounce of musical possibility is being used to the full strength of imagination…the whole thing is impressive…you are so lucky to have an “in-house” arranger…the music fits you like a fine suit…”

    Philip Norman Royal Holloway – University of London, England
  • “…When I heard the Sound of Strings presentation of their concert I thought they played so well together…when they were playing it was with soul and body. I could feel how they enjoy and love to play music!… Whole package was excellent from the moment they walked to the stage to the moment they ended…I couldn’t feel anything but happiness and enthusiasm and a very great thing was the eye contact which made the group more coalesce and with feeling when they played and this made everything exciting between the players and the audience….”

    Minja Pentti The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
  • “You created magic moments for our guests!”

    Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel Manager, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • “You played with so much spirit – you are true musicians already!”

    Faith Field Editor of The International Sami Journal, Finland
  • “It was a pleasure meeting you and your students at the Duluth gathering. They are a charming and talented group.”

    Anita Smiley Finlandia Foundation National President
  • “The Sound of Strings is such a wonderful addition to our Minnesota Orchestra Reception.

    Our mission is a nutshell – performance and educational experiences for children and adults.”

    Mary McReynolds President of The Laurentian Arts & Culture Alliance
  • “…Marvelous to have you here…wonderful performance…very, very extraordinary…”

    Richard Burnett Curator, Finchcocks Living Museum of Music, Goudhurst, Kent, England
  • “…Thank you for coming all this way…you’re splendid…what a show…we loved it!”

    The American Community School at Hillington Court, Middlesex, England
  • “…no other word than MAGICAL comes to mind…from the smiles and moving of the feet (of the residents), you really touched them…”

    Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • “The Sound of Strings Music School programs presented at Franklin Elementary have been acclaimed by both students and faculty alike as one of the best assembly groups ever seen in the school. The audience is always wowed by the musicality, energy, and engaging presentation of the program. Mention the Sound of Strings around the Franklin Building , and the question always comes up, “When are they coming again?” This is a group you don’t want to miss!”

    Debra Gunderson Former Faculty Member, Franklin Elementary, Eveleth, MN
  • “I recently attended a concert performed by the Sound of Strings Chamber Group…words often do not convey what is experienced…from the first note sounded to the last, the music captured my attention…it was inspiring, powerful, and excellently done. The intensity in which it was performed was profound…the musical expression and tone quality was superb…demonstrated a level of teamwork not often seen in a performance…Bravo.”

    Marshall Johnson Retired Music Educator
  • “Sound of Strings delighted elementary students and staff at the Cook Elementary School with a dazzling concert of melodies woven into an original skit, written by the Sound of Strings Director, Michelle Gribbon. They are a group of polished musicians who impress upon children and adults that excellence is not limited by age. With a dedicated and talented instructor, these school-aged performers sparked the musical curiosity of our students wth their marvelous playing and fine stage presence. They are most welcome anytime!”

    Bailey Conger Music Teacher, Cook Elementary, Cook, MN
  • “Last spring, our gymnasium was filled with the “Sound of Strings”. The musical mix of song and story captivated both out students and teachers. Educational, entertaining, and well paced. I would recommend this group to anyone.”

    Scott Junkert Music Teacher, St. Michael’s Lakeside School, Duluth, MN
  • “We have amazing local talent here in Duluth, and we’re so happy that the Sound of Strings Ensemble is making time to perform for Duluth residents before their upcoming trip to Finland. We’ve been lucky enough to host them at Miller Hill Mall before, and everyone was just delighted by their sound.”

    Cindy Rodenhizer Director of Marketing, Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, MN
  • “Michelle Gribbon is an artist-musician of exceptional gift. Driven by desire for excellence…she produces students with uncharacteristically refined skills that have amazed thousands during her performance tours…Europe, Russia, Canada, England…well educated, well spoken, and equipped with strong ethical convictions…she is respected and beloved by students and associates who have followed her for years…”

    Dr. Helmi Harrington Curator, World of Accordions Museum, Chairperson, Harrington ARTS Center, Superior, WI
  • “Thank you so much for playing at our Wedding. It was so wonderful and perfect. We have had so many compliments on the music. Thank you for helping make it be the Wedding of our dreams!…”

    Dustin & Anja Horde
  • “Sending a quick note to thank you for the absolutely beautiful music by your quartet. It was everything I was hoping for and more, and I received so many compliments on your behalf. Bravo – a job well done!!”

    Sue Malec