Andrew Small (Violin, Viola). MVSJ Founder and Managing Director, San Antonio Symphony First Violinist; Juilliard School; City University of New York. Staff Musician, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Right: On screen performing with Placido Domingo, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2011.


About Monte Vista Strings & Jazz

Founded in 2003 by violinist Andrew Small and a trio of colleagues from the San Antonio Symphony, Monte Vista Strings and Jazz has evolved into one of the Austin - San Antonio - Texas Hill Country region’s most respected musical performance and entertainment companies.

Consistently garnering rave reviews from brides, wedding planners, church music directors, venue managers, regional media, and colleagues in the music industry, MVSJ retains the commitments to artistic integrity and customer service that were the basis of its founding.

The individual member musicians of MVSJ hold advanced degrees from the world’s finest music colleges and conservatories, including Juilliard, the New England Conservatory, and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. All MVSJ string and wind players are tenured members of the San Antonio and/or Austin (for Austin area events) Symphony Orchestras...a bench mark of artistic achievement.

In addition to countless years of wedding and special event experience, MVSJ musicians have performed in the major music capitals of Europe, Asia, and the US in venues from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to London’s Royal Albert Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebuow.

Recent collaborative performances include work with artists Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Rod Stewart, Midori, Tito Puente, Al Jarreau, and Dionne Warwick.

MVSJ musicians share a passion for both pristine music making and creating a magical customer/audience experience at every MVSJ event.

Beth (Violin)
San Antonio Symphony First Violinist; Austin Symphony Second Violinist; Oberlin Conservatory; Eastman School of Music

Sayaka (Violin/Viola)
San Antonio Symphony 2nd Violinist; Curtis Institute of Music

Lauren (Viola)
San Antonio Symphony Violist; Cleveland Institute; Rice University

Stacey (Violin)
San Antonio Symphony Violinist; Carnegie Mellon University

Morgen (Cello)
San Antonio Symphony Cellist; Juilliard School; Rice University

Jean (Flute)
San Antonio Symphony Associate Principal Flutist; Oberlin Conservatory

Beth (Violin)
San Antonio Symphony First Violinist; Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Rachel (Harp)
San Antonio Symphony Principal Harpist; Oberlin Conservatory

Edlyn (Vocalist)
Vocalist; Faculty Member, Alamo Community College District; Manhattan School of Music

Steve (Bass)
San Antonio Symphony Bassist; Curtis Institute of Music

Brian (Guitar)
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Santa Fe Opera Orchestra Guitarist; St. Luke’s Episcopal School Music Director

Jordan (Jazz Pianist)
University of Minnesota

Lachezar (Cello)
San Antonio Symphony Cellist; Rice University

Stephanie (Violin)
Yale University; San Antonio Symphony 2nd Violinist

John (Organ)
Westminster Choir College; Choir Master; Professional Organist; Member American Guild of Organists

Ben (Cello)
Austin Symphony Cellist; University of Texas at Austin

Mike and I would like to thank you for doing such a wonderful job during our wedding ceremony. You were very professional in your approach and we certainly appreciate it and know that the Mission San Jose appreciated it as well. You were so polite to work with and we knew that we were in good hands. All of our guests raved about the music and we are so thrilled about the outcome. The music is the best I have heard anywhere. Thank you again for being a delightful person to work with. We wish you well in the future and we thank you again for delivering the most beautiful music we could have possibly asked for during one of the most important days in our lives.

– Yoshi B., Bride