Welcome to Sound of Strings!

Please peruse through my site filled with information on my background as a Music Educator, Performer for Weddings and Special Events, as well as Sound of Strings commitment to Community and Testimonials from people in the U.S. and abroad.

The Wedding Section will give you the available repertoire, music ensembles to choose from, pricing, and guidance through the music selection process.

Contact me for information on taking private lessons on violin, viola, or piano at Sound of Strings.

I hope you enjoy the Video, Magazine, and Testimonial links, and I look forward to working with you!


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Michelle Gribbon

Sound of Strings Director, Music Educator, Violinist, Pianist, Music Arranger, Wedding & Special Events Contractor.

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“Michelle - I cannot thank you and the other musicians enough for everything you’ve done. THANK YOU! You made our wedding so perfect, so beautiful. I just met with my parents today for lunch and they both commented that hiring you for our musicians was the best choice we made for our wedding. I agree! Having you there made the wedding feel extra special, extra fancy, extra personal, extra classy, extra perfect. Thank you for being there and for being a big part of what made the day such a success…”

 Sara & Matt  - Greysalon Ballroom, Duluth - 10/15/21

“Thank you so very much Michelle...Sharing your talent and vivacious spirit has made this beyond memorable for us and we are truly grateful. You are insanely gifted, and it was so special to have a private concert showcasing your talent, just for us. There were Inn guests that opened their windows and listened, and commented to us at breakfast the next day how amazing you are…..”

Kalli & Joel - Wedding at Solglimt B&B, Canal Park - 10/9/21

Winner of The Best Wedding Ceremony Music "Sound of Strings"

~ Lake Magazine 2018

Congratulations!  Lake Bridge Magazine reader’s voted for their all-time favorite wedding professionals in the state and Sound of Strings won BEST CEREMONY MUSIC!
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“Michelle Gribbon - Teaching with style and enthusiasm with music and learning in her heart.”

The Woman Today Magazine


“(Michelle)She’s a consummate educator, above and beyond a performer, and there is that desire to assist students, to help them grow in music education”

Jerome Upton
Choral Director at East H.S., Duluth

Northeast District Chair of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota

“Michelle, I want to thank you for your beautiful playing and string leadership in our concerts last weekend! Superb - I could not have been happier. Thank you for sharing your time and musical gifts with us.”

Matthew Faerber

Artistic Director, Arrowhead Chorale

“Dear Michelle, I wanted to send you a message to say thank you for being my mentor/chaperone! It was such a fun experience and one I’ll for sure never forget, but I couldn’t have done this without an amazing chaperone like you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and take care!”

Diego Fuentealba

Honors Performance Series - Carnegie Hall, NYC , H.S. Principle Bassoon Student

“Michelle...Joel and I wanted to especially thank you for being part of our wedding, for giving us your time, and for giving us such wonderful music. Sharing your talent and vivacious spirit has made this beyond memorable for us, and we are truly grateful. You are insanely gifted, and it was so special to us to have such a private concert showcasing your talent just for us. There were Inn guests that opened their windows and listened, and commented to us at breakfast the next day how amazing you are.”

Kalli & Joel, Wedding Ceremony at Solglimt Bed & Breakfast, Canal Park, MN 10/9/21


“Hi Michelle, What a beautiful concert last night. We all need music in our lives. You are so passionate when you perform and such a talented violinist, we all felt it. I was also so happy you are performing for high school kids and that they liked it. Great selection of songs for all ages.”

Judie Kauchick


“Congratulations! Lake Bride Magazine reader’s voted for their all-time favorite wedding professionals in the state of MN and Sound of Strings won BEST WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC! Lake Bride Magazine “Best of” Winner!”

Lake Bride Magazine


“You can see the music come alive...true art form”

Jax Eisenmann

Sales Director, Greysalon Events

“I was so gratified to hear that you have inaugurated the new Sound of Strings Music School in the Dallas area…I can think of no one more qualified than you, both as an extraordinarily and equally accomplished violinist and pianist, to administer and guide such an ambitious undertaking. 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-encompassing musical ability, intelligence and seriousness of purpose are a reflection of the important musicians and pedagogues of the past…”

Erick Friedman

Former prize student of Jascha Heifetz, Former Professor of Violin at S.M.U., Dallas, TX and Former Violin Professor at the Yale University, School of Music, New haven, CT

“Michelle Gribbon is an artist-musician of exceptional gift. Driven by a 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

“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

“Last spring, our gymnasium was filled with the “Sound of Strings”. The musical mix of song and story captivated both our 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

“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

“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

“…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

“…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

“…Marvelous to have you here…wonderful performance…very, very extraordinary…”

Richard Burnett

Curator, Finchcocks Living Museum of Music, Goudhurst, Kent, England

“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

“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

You played with so much spirit – you are true musicians already!”

Faith Field

Editor of The International Sami Journal, Finland

“You created magic moments for our guests!”

Le Chateau Frontenac

Hotel Manager, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

“…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

“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

“Your group has so much talent and are very polished…you all sound wonderful and look like you are having so much fun!”


Peter McGuire, Laurel Green, Megan Tam, Katja Linfield

Minnesota Orchestra String Quartet Members

“I want to say a big thank you! The day – the Wedding – the music was all so wonderful! I think the day was everything the bride and groom wanted – thank you for adding a most elegant touch!”

Debbie Ackley


“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


“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