beautiful strings in the sunshine state
Based out of Tallahassee, FL, Virago Ensemble is a collective of string musicians passionate about performing at weddings and other milestone occasions. Led by director Megumi Terry, this gifted ensemble has garnered a superlative reputation for their elegant playing style and entertaining performances. In their first year Virago had received The Knot's "Best of Wedding Musicians" award for 2021. Clients can pick their favorite songs from Virago's extensive repertoire and they will play them in their own distinctive way.
Virago Ensemble happily plays at weddings across North Florida and South Georgia. Each member of the group boasts a great deal of professional and academic success. They were all trained at the Florida State University College of Music, a prestigious institution where they developed and perfected their string skills. From classical standards to modern pop hits, Virago Ensemble can play tunes from a wide range of popular genres. You are more than welcome to ask for a special song that isn't on their standard setlist. They can also adapt their line-up to suit your preferences, with possible configurations including duets, trios, and quartets.
MEGUMI TERRY co-founder and director
A recent MM graduate of Florida State University, Megumi Terry performs as a tenured member of the Tallahassee Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony, and Panama City Symphony Orchestras. Having toured throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, Ms. Terry has collaborated with artists such as The Killers, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Train, and has performed on The Today Show. In addition to her notable collaborations, Megumi made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 and has soloed with the Utah Philharmonic, Southwest Symphony, The Orchestra of Southern Utah as well as the BYU Symphony and Philharmonic. Currently pursuing a doctorate at Florida State University, Terry is the concertmaster of FSU’s flagship symphony orchestra, and is a member of its resident quartet, the Burgin String Quartet. In addition to her professional achievements in the Gulf region, Ms. Terry is a prize winner of the Stradivarius Competition and regularly performs as a section violinist with the Utah Symphony.
Megumi is passionate about music and social action, and has created multiple interactive programs with her quartet to bring music to underserved communities. With her years of experience, she has recently won a fellowship with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra to play with the symphony full time and work with their youth orchestras and community engagement programs. She also serves as the education coordinator for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and plays in the symphony’s quartet-in-residence, Mina String Quartet, to highlight female composers and bring music to all of the elementary schools in the county.
DR. TAYLOR GIORGIO co-founder
A native of West Virginia, Dr. Taylor Giorgio is recognized as an imaginative performer and teacher. An active orchestral musician, she is a contracted violinist with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Taylor currently maintains a private violin studio in Tallahassee, where her students have received honors at the regional and state level. She recently completed her doctoral studies in Violin Performance at Florida State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant for Professor Corinne Stillwell for her Master’s and Doctoral degrees. An active pedagogue, she presented a session at the 2020 American String Teachers Association National Conference, and served as a violinist and teaching artist in Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s String Quartet-in-Residence from 2018-2020. An avid new music performer, Taylor is a founding member of Invicta Trio, a new music trio comprised of violin, trombone, and piano, and recently released two premiere recordings for Shelter Recordings through the American Composers Alliance.
Taylor graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University, with undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance. While at WVU, she conducted the Morgantown Community Orchestra, won the Young Artist Concerto Competition, and premiered a solo concerto written by a student composer with the WVU Orchestra. Taylor was recently hired as the Orchestra Director at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, and is enjoying this new addition to her musical life.