Los Angeles String Quartet, String Trio & Duos

los angeles Ceremony music best of weddings the knot 2012

This is the place to go to for the BEST wedding ceremony/reception musicians in So Cal. Rebecca was awesome every step of the way helping us with music selection and staying involved with the rest of the day's preparations in order to make the beautiful live music integrate perfectly into the wedding. Their contemporary music selections and upbeat style were exactly what we were looking for and found in Subito Strings. They arrived ahead of time, dressed perfectly for the event, and PLAYED BEAUTIFULLY!!!

Eugene, Groom (Yelp)

If you want the same old wedding music that you've heard a million times, go ahead and hire another group. If you want something more modern and refreshing, then Subito Strings is definitely who you should go with! My now hubby and I were so tired of finding musicians that only played the same music over and over, then we came across Subito Strings and while they were over our planned budget, we decided to go with them anyways. They play a lot of different music that most wedding musicians don't even offer. Example Journey, Bruno Mars, etc etc. Even the classical wedding music sounds different and better to my ears.

Christine, Bride (Yelp)

Subito strings quartet played at my July 2012 wedding ceremony and they were awesome. Rebecca was always so professional and prompt in replying to my emails. I asked them to play a song outside of their repetoire... asked them to play different parts of the song but make it into one song as I walked down the aisle. And they played it so beautifully. I wish the church's aisle was longer because I wanted to hear the song longer. Guests were commenting on how amazing they played at the wedding. I would definitely recommend Rebecca and subito strings to any couple looking for musicians for their wedding!!! Definite plus to my wedding :)

Kim, Bride (Yelp)

Subito Strings played at our wedding in Feb 2012 and they were amazing. Their music was really beautiful and it was so fun and easy working with them on all of the prep details leading up the wedding. I highly recommend Subito Strings for any wedding, party or corporate event. I look forward to finding an excuse to use them again soon!

Jonah, Groom (Yelp)

I absolutely loved working with Rebecca from Subito Strings! I can't say enough about her professionalism and dedication to my wedding. She is very polite and easy going to talk to. I was no ordinary bride with song requests outside of their repertoire, and she said, without hesitation, no problem. This was a first for me in my musical search. She made sure my requested songs would sound amazing! When I heard the songs on my wedding day, they sounded beautiful and flawless!! Don't even bother with any other musical vendor. Subito Strings will make your day... Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rebecca!!!

Julie, Bride (WeddingChannel)

Subito's string trio provided ceremony music for our wedding, and we could not have asked for a better performance. The timing, volume, speed, etc. were all impeccable. Very talented and professional musicians. Their song options included a great mix of classical and modern music. Several of our guests told me after the ceremony that they loved the music, especially the hip hop/pop songs. We would definitely recommend Subito for your events!

Jessica, Bride (WeddingChannel)

We hired them for a string trio to play when I walked down the aisle and they were amazing. But what makes them even MORE amazing is they play modern music like Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Radiohead, etc. Seriously, this is a must have at any weddding! Amazing!

Michele, Bride (WeddingWire)

We recently had Rebecca on violin and a cellist play at our wedding ceremony. They were outstanding! I cried the moment I heard "The Swan" by the cellist. It was one of the prettiest versions of that song I've heard (and I am a former cellist myself). Rebecca is very responsive and friendly, their prices are competitive and the music is excellent. They made our ceremony very special - a huge recommendation to any couple!!

Claire, Bride (Yelp)

We chose Subito Strings because right away we got a good feeling from their website and reviews. They have a number of musicians who play various instruments, so you can have a soloist, a trio, or quartet. Prices vary accordingly. We had a solo guitar player and were very happy with the music. Overall, the service was impeccable, all email and phone messages were returned promptly. I recommend them for any occasion, big or small.

Jessica, Bride (Wedding Channel)

Subito Strings did a great job at my event. Rebecca was very responsive to emails and phone calls, and she was extremely professional and easy to work with... Rebecca talked to my day-of coordinator ahead of time to establish the cueing for the music. On the day of the event, Subito Strings played the pieces I requested at the times I requested without any problems. They arrived at the venue on time, they played beautifully, and they were very accommodating with my music requests.

Michelle, Bride (WeddingWire)
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About Us

 
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Subito Strings is committed to creating a beautiful and memorable soundtrack for your wedding or special event. Our most popular ensembles are String Quartet, String Trio, Violin and Cello Duo, and Solo Classical Guitar. Our players are all career musicians, and hold advanced degrees from prestigious music schools and conservatories across the country, including Northwestern University, USC, The Colburn School, and The Juilliard School. Our ensembles regularly perform at venues throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties.
                                                We offer:  - Competitive pricing for a concert quality perfomance
                                                                    - A wide selection of classical and contemporary pieces
                                                                    - A coordinator to make the music selection process easy
                                                                    - Highly experienced players who are professional in their appearance and conduct

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In addition to performing in numerous events and weddings, Subito Strings ensembles frequently play in recording sessions for soundtracks and recording artists. Our musicians have also appeared in film and TV productions such as The Soloist, Chuck (NBC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), and Glee (FOX).

Please use the contact form to inquire about hiring a Subito Strings ensemble for your next event or project.


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Audio Samples

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Performance Videos

All You Need Is Love

The Beatles. Subito Strings Quartet. Recorded September 2011.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Bach. Subito Strings Quartet. Recorded September 2011.

Trumpet Tune

Purcell. Subito Strings Trio. Recorded September 2011.

Canon in D Major

Pachelbel. Subito Strings Trio. Recorded Septemeber 2011.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Bach. Subito Strings Trio. Recorded Septemeber 2011.

Air on the G String

Bach. Subito Strings Trio. Recorded September 2010

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Musicians


Violinist and Coordinator Rebecca B. Chung holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was a pupil of Naoko Tanaka. At Juilliard, Miss Chung served as an active member of the Chamber orchestra, working closely with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As an Irene Diamond Fellow, she received a full scholarship to pursue her degree. She was also a full scholarship recipient at Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Recently, Miss Chung was invited back to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of concerto competition. Miss Chung began studying violin with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she was an active member of the American Chamber Strings under the direction of Roland Vamos. She then continued her studies with Almita Vamos at Northwestern University, where she was the recipient of the Wade Fetzer Fellowship. During her high school years, she was mentored by David Taylor and Yuan-Qing Yu, both assistant concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an active string quartet musician, Miss Chung has worked closely with the Pacifica Quartet and the Chicago String Quartet and has been coached by Jonathan Feldman of The Juilliard School and Peter Salaff o the Cleveland Institute of Music. Miss Chung has recently returned from a tour in South America with the Del Gesu Strings. As an orchestral performer, she has attended many renowned music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival Music and School, Weathersfield Music Festival, and Meadowmount School of Music. At the Pacific Music Festival, Miss Chung premiered a string quartet work of Toru Takemitsu. An international performer, Miss Chung has performed in Austria, Germany, Korea, Japan, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, and throughout the United States.

Violinist
Jennifer Choi served as Concertmaster of “The Phantom of the Opera” National Tour for four years, performing in over forty cities across the U.S. and Canada. Originally from Saint Louis, Jennifer attended The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees as a student of David Updegraff and Paul Kantor. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, she has played in studio recording sessions and performed with ensembles such as the San Bernardino Symphony, New West Symphony, and Riverside Philharmonic. Jennifer also continues her work in musical theater, performing in venues such as the Ahmanson and Pantages Theaters.








Violinist
Dorthy Kwon is a versatile recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, her musical training comes from the internationally renowned Mark Kaplan, as she received a full scholarship and the highest Deans Academic Honor Award during her undergraduate studies at UCLA. She achieved her Master’s Degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA while receiving another music-merit scholarship at USC. She was under the tutelage of Suli Xue, a Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist and a critically acclaimed concertizing artist who travels all around the world. An avid chamber musician, Dorthy has been a member of the Alma String Quartet, which won the Russell Award from Coleman String Quartet Music Competition and gave concerts at notable venues including Royce Hall and Cerritos Performing Arts Center. With other various string quartets, she worked with Takács String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Chilingirian String Quartet, and Emerson String Quartet. Dorthy is also an advocate of contemporary chamber music, for her collaboration with Synchromy, an organization for supporting modern music, has been successfully well-received. Her undying passion for chamber music drives her to continue concertizing, as there are upcoming performances in the winter season of 2010. Dorthy’s active orchestral career leads her to play with New West Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Riverside Symphony, and more. She was even invited to fly to Illinois to perform with New Philharmonic Orchestra and to New York for Orchestra of Northern New York. Dorthy’s most recent recording was for a solo violin soundtrack to the 2009 Academy Award-nominated short animation called Oktapodi. She has also recorded with artists like Cypress Hill and performed on stage with Wayne Newton, John Lithgow, and Mexican superstar Marco Antonio Solis. When Dorthy is not performing, she devotes her time to teaching violin, viola, and piano on a regular basis. She also enjoys coaching string quartets and string trios. Her adult and young students remain passionate and faithful in keeping music a part of their lives.


Violinist/Violist
Hui-Ping Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She began her music studies in Taipei and after receiving her degree she moved to United States and began to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens Collge(CUNY) while studying for her masters degree in violin, she was inspired to also study viola with Professor Daniel Phillips as well as violin and Lee later collaborated with Prof. Phillips in a highly acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Sinfornia Concertante. Besides being a soloist, she is also devoted to chamber music and has experience performing a wide variety of genres of music. In Los Angeles, she meets regularly with a chamber group rehearsal under Mr. David L. Wen, derictor of Clap & Tap Chamber Orchestra. Hui-Ping had her New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2006. Currently she is a active freelance musician and music educator in Los Angeles.








Violinist
Marisa Sorajja made her solo debut with orchestra at age fourteen, and has since performed throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Ms. Sorajja is the former concertmaster of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. She has also been a past participant in the Aspen Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition. Ms. Sorajja has performed in many prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie of Berlin, Kurhaus Scheveningen in The Hague, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. She has also had numerous television and radio appearances in the US and Thailand, and has also been featured in the Bangkok Post, and Thailand’s GM magazine. Ms. Sorajja obtained her artist diploma under Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.





David Lee Ruest was born in South Korea and grew up in New York New York. He originally moved to California to perform as a violinist with the Santa Barbara Symphony. As an orchestral violinist he has also performed with the Harrisburg, Annapolis, Baltimore, New West, and Long Beach Symphonies. He has received a MM from UCLA, a BM from Peabody Conservatory and a Diploma from the Juilliard Pre-College Division. In addition to playing violin and viola he is an active private teacher. In his free time he enjoys watching Korean Drama and playing tennis.














Violinist
Eric Wuest is a versatile musician equally accomplished as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UCLA Philharmonia. Eric has participated in international violin competitions, including the Second Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition, the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, and 8th Seoul International Music Competition. As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout southern California on many concert series, including the South Bay Chamber Music Society and Dana Point Coastal Arts concert series. Eric has attended the Taos School of Music and Banff Summer Chamber Music Residency, where he has worked closely with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Juilliard, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as pianists Robert MacDonald and Jamie Parker. As an experienced orchestral musician, Eric has been a member of the New West Symphony since 2007. He was also the principal second violinist on the multi-Grammy Award winning album "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" by William Bolcom, which was recorded at the University of Michigan in 2004.




Violist
Nicholaus Yee completed his doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he was the teaching assistant to Professor Donald McInnes and Dr. Pamela Goldsmith from 2004 through 2007, and attended as a full fellowship recipient. In addition to his viola studies, he is trained as an instrumental conductor, early music specialist, and music educator, topics he minored in as part of the rigorous and multi-faceted program at USC. An avid string quartet musician, he was honored to perform with the renowned violinist Midori Goto shortly after her faculty appointment at USC. Nick has been heard in broadcast on KUSC 91.5 both in chamber string music and orchestral music performances. Ensembles he has been a member of include the USC Symphony and Chamber orchestras, the USC Early Music Ensemble, and Orange County’ s Pacific Symphony Orchestra (America’ s largest per service orchestra). Nick has performed with such musical legends as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby Mcferrin, Lynn Harrell, Doc Severinsen, Gary Graffmann, and David Shifrin. Conductors he has worked with include Carl St. Clair, John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sergiu Commissiona, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Lucinda Carver. Nick recently won the fourth chair position of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Ponti. A dedicated educator, Nick has taught privately since the age of sixteen and in various capacities at public schools and youth orchestras since 1995. His teaching philosophy centers on the love of music, fostering achievement through discipline and methodical practise, and he encourages a close partnership in teaching and learning music with his students. He is also currently a conductor for Irvine Young Concert Artists orchestra. Nick is an avid sports fan who follows college football as well as NFL and baseball, and other interests include billiards, bicycling, tennis, going to concerts, reading, and trying various cuisines.

A native of Los Angeles,
Christopher Ahn has recently performed solo recitals at the Brand Library and Art Center, UCLA, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Santa Monica College, and has collaborated chamberrio music performances on the Chapman University faculty concert series, the Dilijan chamber music series at Zipper Hall, the L’Ermitage Foundation concert series, the Music Guild concert series, the Blackbird Music Project in Orange County, the concert series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, and with the Los Angeles contemporary music collective ‘Synchromy.’ He has also performed numerous times for live radio broadcasts on the Sundays Live recital series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Summer activities have included the Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Banff Centre Masterclasses, Meadowmount School, and most recently, the Rencontres Musicales Camerata Lysy in Montepulciano, Italy. Chris has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence, Ysaye, and Amar string quartets, and has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished musicians as Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Lynn Harrell, Paul Katz, and members of the Takacs, Cleveland and Borodin quartets. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from UCLA and Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, with additional graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, he is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA. His principal teachers have included Antonio Lysy, Richard Aaron, Stephen Geber, and Colin Carr.






Since her arrival to Los Angeles, Cellist
Alisha Bauer has been an active performer and collaborator in both classical and popular music settings. During her graduate studies in cello at UCLA, Ms. Bauer co-founded the Alcantara Piano Quartet, an ensemble that went on to participate in the Fischoff and Coleman International Chamber Music competitions. Ms. Bauer has performed in many weddings throughout Southern California and very much enjoys being apart of such a special occasion. She also has worked with notable artists in both live performance and in the studio, as well as performing on and off screen for the TV and Film music industries. Some of her recent performances include concerts with Tony Bennett, Andrea Bochelli, Sara Bareilles, William Joseph, and Mariah Carey. In addition, Ms. Bauer maintains a private studio and teaches cello at Los Angeles City College.

Elizabeth D. Chung holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School, where she is currently a Master of Music candidate. Elizabeth has performed with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Academy Conducting Orchestra, Keweena Symphony Orchestra, and Harper Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth is a prize-winner of The Third Triennial Johansen International Competition, Lennox String Competition, MTNA String competition, Keweena Symphony Concerto Competition, Aspen Cello Concerto Competition. In 2007, Elizabeth was named semi-finalist in the Paulo International Cello Competition. In addition to her public performances, Elizabeth's performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in Orchestra Hall was broadcast by Chicago's WFMT 98.7 classical radio station. Elizabeth has performed solo and collaborated with the internationally renowned violinist, Midori, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., which was later broadcasted through NPR’s From the Top.




Cellist
Jonathan Thomson moved from Washington State to Los Angeles in 2005 to continue his studies and immediately began performing, recording, and teaching professionally. He has performed internationally in England, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and China. As a chamber musician, Jonathan has formed successful string quartets and piano trios that participated in the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University since 2008 and is a doctoral candidate at UCLA, studying under Antonio Lysy and Lynn Harrell. He lives with his wife and cat in Alhambra and enjoys traveling, reading, running, and watching tennis (Viva Rafa!).













Guitarist
Tom Farrell began performing at the age of fifteen in the Chicago music scene. His interest in performing high energy music paved the way to an obsession with classical music. While the breadth of his work as a soloist and chamber musician has been in classical, jazz, and world music, Tom's curiosity extends to other genres not only as a performer but as well a composer and passionate educator. While studying the guitar at Northwestern, Tom had the opportunity to perform in master classes with a multitude of world class artists. In the summer of 2000, Tom was accepted into the famous master class taught by Oscar Ghiglia at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Tom fell in love with Italy, returning for extended periods at a time to study the language and culture, going so far as herding and milking sheep for a Sardinian sheep farmer. Regardless of his role in life, Tom believes that music is the study and expression of human spirit and that the awareness and presence it brings forth creates a vital element in our world. Tom holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Depaul University.


Paul Kay has over 30 years of experience as a soloist and chamber musician in the Detroit and Chicago area and now, Los Angeles area. He has also taught flute lessons for many years and is Chair of the Music Department at Mirman School. Paul holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education from the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in Chicago, IL. At Roosevelt, Paul studied with Jean Berkenstock, principal flutist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Philharmonic. Prior to moving to Chicago, Paul attended Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He studied with former principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ervin Monroe. Paul has performed with orchestras, wind ensembles and flute choirs. He continues to gig with harpists in the Los Angeles area and is a member of the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra.



Jon Minei made his concert premier at the Mirabelle Palace in Salzberg, Austria and also at Mozart’s Residence in Vienna at age 19. While working on his Master’s degree at USC, he was a founding member of the Solaris Guitar Quartet (formerly the Brouwer Quartet) working under the tutelage of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the world renowned Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Jon has worked with a variety of theater companies; performing as a pit musician for Man of La Mancha at the 2001 Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah. David Nichols of the Los Angeles Times calls his playing “Superb!” The late Poly Warfield of Backstage West described his playing as “… plangent strains of enchantment …” As a soloist he has performed extensively both locally and abroad, most notably playing a concert in Osaka, Japan in the spring of 2005. Jon’s principle instrument is a 7-string classical guitar with extended lower and upper registers, made by Michael Thames of Taos, New Mexico. Jon Minei is currently a Doctoral candidate in classical guitar performance at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a minor in Jazz Guitar.





Joy Song, Cello
A native of Los Angeles, Joy started cello lessons at age 12. She went on to pursue her studies at the Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro, earning a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. Under a Fulbright Scholarship, Joy went to Germany, studying at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, as well as receiving the Ferenc Fricsay Stipendium for the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Joy has participated in the Piatigorsky Seminar, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kneisel Hall, and the Salzburg Festival, among others. Before moving back to Los Angeles, she was a tenured member of the Weimar Staatskapelle. Joy has played as a substitute with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and freelances in the Los Angeles area.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does your ceremony package include?
A: Our ceremony package includes 20-30 minutes of prelude music while your guests are arriving, music for the ceremony (processional, bridal entrance, optional candle lighting or sand ceremonies, and recessional), and a short 5-10 minute postlude while your guests are exiting the ceremony area. Cocktail hour music is available for an additional fee.


Q: What are your rates?
A: Our rates depend on the size of the ensemble and the duration of your event. Please contact us for a quote.


Q: Do you charge any additional fees, including taxes and gratuity?
A: Our pricing is all inclusive. We do not charge taxes or gratuity, but we do ask that parking for our musicians be validated. Occasionally we do charge a travel fee, depending on the distance of your venue. Any travel fees will be disclosed with the initial price quote.


Q: Can you help me with the selection process?
A: We provide free consultations to help you select the music for your event. Our musicians have years of experience, and are happy to suggest selections that suit your musical taste. Our selection forms also include recommendations for different parts of your ceremony.


Q: I'd like to request a song that isn't on your repertoire lists, do you take special requests?
A: Yes. We work with professional composers who can arrange any piece of music to the instrumentation of your choosing, for an additional fee.


Q: What is your payment policy?
A: We require a deposit of 50% with the return of your contract, and the remainder is due with your selection form, 10 days prior to the date of your event.


Q: When can I expect musicians to arrive at my event?
A: Musicians will arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your event/ceremony.


Q: Do your ensembles perform at outdoor settings?
A: Our musicians are happy to perform outdoors. However, we do request that shade is provided to protect our instruments, and that an alternate indoor location is available in the case of inclement weather.


Q: What will the musicians wear?
A: Our musicians will dress in concert black: black suit with tie for men and long dressy black for women.
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Contact Info

6415 Yarmouth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 91335

Coordinator Rebecca Chung www.rebeccachung.com rebecca@subitostrings.com 310.775.7969

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