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Warren King, the Maestro, earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Lowell State University in Massachusetts. He has been an active church musician, accomplished at both piano and organ, since his teens. He is now Music Director at Christ Church in Kennebunk, accompanying worship and leading the choir. Providing wedding music is one of his greatest joys. Warren will happily help you select just the right music for your special day. The soloists and groups below have worked together often, and they are available in any combination to customize your wedding or special event experience. This is just a sampling of the musicians in our network, so if you don't see what you have in mind, just let us know your ideas, and we'll do our best to arrange the music you most hope for.
Warren King, Piano and Pipe Organ
Trumpet player Thomas Kremser was born and raised in Pennsylvania, He grew up in the Moravian Church, where he studied trumpet from age 10. His appreciation for classical music led him to attend Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Thomas performed for several years as substitute trumpet for the Harrisburg Symphony and Reading Symphony Orchestras (PA). Now Thomas performs in worship services at 1st Parish UCC in Saco and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cape Neddick, as well as for weddings, musicals and other events. He is a member of the Coastal Sound dance band, and plays an array of trumpets in every key.
Diana McNulty is a native Mainer and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the U.Maine School of Performing Arts. She has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, concert bands, musical theater orchestras, and also solo. Currently Diana works freelance with other local musicians, including Piping Hot Flutes!, Maine's finest flute ensemble. She enjoys composing songs and arranging duets and flute choir music. She recently released her first CD, "Summer Skies," featuring soft jazz classic and several of her own compositions.
Schuyler White, tenor, attended Boston University majoring in musical performance, and has sung in the Maine All-State Honors Chorus, the Boy Singers of Maine along with brother Owen, and also in summer internship at Tanglewood. Schuyler and Owen have performed with the Portland Opera Repertory and with the Methuen Young People's Theatre. Currently, they perform frequently with The Portland Players, The Lyric Players, and Biddeford City Theatre in musical productions.
Reeds musician Jack Kupp earned a B.A. in Music Education from Susquehanna (PA) University, and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Montcalir (NJ) State University. He has been recognized for his professional accomplishments with many awards and honors, including New Jersey Teacher of the Year. He retired as orchestra director and music department chair from Bergenfield, NJ, Public Schools in 2008. Mr Kupp accompanies the contemporary worship service at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk, and also accompanies musical theater productions at Vacationland Theater in Sanford and Hackmatack Playhouse in North Berwick, ME. He plays saxophones of every pitch exquisitely, as well as a wailin' clarinet, and he's part of the dance band Coastal Sound and the nostalgia duo Top-Hatz.
John C. Kupp, Clarinet, Saxophone
Owen and Schuyler White, Tenor Vocalists
Dennis is a lifelong Maine resident, born in Portland. He started playing guitar at age 13 and quickly began performing in local high school bands, playing early rock, including many of guitar music’s great classics. Dennis studied music at the University of Maine, majoring in jazz and classical guitar, and graduating in 1978. Performing solo at local restaurants and hotels, he plays a blend of classical, jazz and popular music. Dennis has always made teaching a major part of his life’s work. He began teaching in 1980 in multiple genres, from electric blues and rock to acoustic folk and classical.
Margaret Bruziak Hopkins was born in Poland and began violin studies at age 7, adding piano at age 12. She was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and a fiddler with the Polish Dancers of Boston. Ms. Hopkins received a B.M. in Performance from U. Mass. at Lowell, the Maestro's alma mater. She has performed throughout Europe and North America. Ms. Hopkins served on the board of the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) as Orchestra VP. She teaches violin at local schools and Portland Conservatory of Music and her private studio. She performs with Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, Maine Pro Musica, PORTopera, and Portsmouth Symphony, and enjoys serving as Director of Chamber Music at the Southern Maine String Camp.
We have musicians available to set just the right tone for your wedding, cocktail hour, dinner hour, or reception dancing, indoors or out. Warren King will bring his fine portable keyboard to any location an electrical cord can be strung, to provide romantic piano music wherever it's needed. Or, of course, he'll happily play the piano in place at your location, should there be one. Numerous bridal groups, anniversary celebrants, and cocktail parties have enjoyed his unobtrusive but cheerful background music to maintain a happy and romantic mood for their event. He is a friendly and capable emcee who always keeps a party on a positive tack. He also plays in various combinations with the musicians listed below:
A native of Kennebunk and mother to young daughters, Rachael manages a full schedule of flute students in her private studio. Ms. Barter holds a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Southern Maine. She has played with the Strathclyde University Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, Scotland and the Nova Scotia Symphony. She participates in masterclasses throughout New England. Currently, Ms. Barter plays with the Casco Bay Concert Band. Recently she was on flute faculty at the Southern Maine Music Academy at USM and a participant in the National Flute Convention in New York City.
Coastal Sound, Dance Band
For your reception or party, live music is the best choice. Live musicians keep a great tempo for dancing, but they can also slow it down for special moments such as introductions and toasts, and Maestro Warren King will be happy to emcee as needed. That first dance will be as romantic as it should be, and the music will never get so loud as to drive away the older guests. Coastal Sound brings together some very talented and highly experienced musicians who love what they do. Along with Warren King, Tom Kremser, and Jack Kupp, the band includes drummer Ron Breton, who plays throughout the Portland area with the MeanTones They will incorporate all your favorite songs in their program, together with related standards that you're sure to love Their repertoire includes every popular genre before hip-hop.
Top-Hatz, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, and plenty of Smiles!
Top-Hatz is on a mission to bring smiles to anyone who could use one -- and can't we all?! Warren King and Jack Kupp have teamed up to perform the most upbeat favorites of the 1920's to 1960's. Jack plays the clarinet and saxophone with great elan, while Warren backs him up on piano and provides comic relief as needed. They always get toes tapping and faces smiling.
Karen Stathoplos has always loved singing, theatre and costumes. Some favorite roles are the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Guinevere in Camelot, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Joanne in Company, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. She brought together and sings with the 4-person group Mosaic. She performed improv with Mixed Nuts, sings opera and also performs songs, poetry and dramatic readings for area groups and in the two-woman Two For the Show. In charge of membership at Laudholm Trust, she met her husband, Kim
Krauss, when they both performed with the Porpus Players in Kennebunkport. She studies voice with opera singer, Jean Strazdes. As a bonus she sings fluently in several languages, including Spanish and French.
Karen Stathoplos, Mezzo-Soprano Vocalist