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Daily Inspiration: Meet The Corwin Trio

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Corwin Trio.

Hello The Corwin Trio, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hi! We are the Corwin Trio! We are a professional string trio based in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of the time you can find us playing at weddings or other private events. The trio consists of 2 violins and one cello.

Veronica, Syneva, and Melissa all met at Belmont University around 2007 when pursuing Masters of Music Degrees. In 2013, we came together, and “The Corwin Trio” was officially formed.

“Corwin” is an Old English name meaning “friend of my heart.” We loved the idea of friends going out and playing gigs together. And so we emailed everyone we knew (and didn’t know) advertising our services. It started off as just a few sporadic weddings but then, it really took off. So did our friendship!

The business grew more than any of us realized it would. We were not business majors, but we had to learn how to operate a business, handling aspects like insurance, advertising, contracts, and taxes (things that aren’t taught to musicians in school). Through all the growth and learning, we have always maintained not only a great friendship but a great business partnership. We feel like what we have is very rare and we are so thankful to be able to work with our best friends!

In 2019, Syneva went off to Maryland to pursue her Doctorate in Cello Performance. Since then, we have loved having Cara Fox play cello with us. We are thrilled that we have continued to thrive and grow with a new cellist. And while in Maryland, Syneva still works with the trio as a music arranger.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
In retrospect it has mostly been a smooth journey with some challenges along the way. Certainly one of the biggest obstacles we have faced is the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like so many others in the wedding industry, we watched in disbelief as events unfolded and our calendar went from completely full to virtually empty in a matter of weeks. We grappled with the financial loss and refunded as much as we could to our clients.

We had been working with many of these clients for months, in some cases even a year, and we felt absolutely heartbroken for them and their loss.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
•We are a string trio that plays weddings and events.

•We are all women.

•We are friends.

•We are the musicians at your event. We don’t hire out from a collective group of musicians. We are a cohesive trio having played together many times over the course of many years!

•We write custom string arrangements for clients.

•We have a website full of recordings! So clients can hear us and listen to specific songs.

• We know your venues! We have played at almost every wedding venue in Nashville.

•We are well-known among wedding planners and have a lovely network of professionals we work with.

•We are kind and we genuinely strive to provide the best service and experience for all our clients.

We feel truly blessed that we can have a business, doing what we love, with friends we love! We are thankful to all of our clients and fellow wedding professionals. It’s truly the dream team!

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Some of the things we learned were on the business side-such as updating our contract to include situations such as pandemics.

Most importantly though, throughout the slow months of not being able to work, we were reminded of how much we love what we do.

When things gradually began to return to normal, we were so incredibly grateful to resume working with clients and playing music together.

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