Location: Mobile, AL

Genre/style: Classical

Business Contact: Samuel Woodward
Address: 2103 Upham Place Mobile, AL 36607

Phone/Fax : (251) 476-2856
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Portamento Strings & Friends serves the entire Gulf Coast Region of Mississippi, Alabama, and as far east as Fort Walton Beach/Panama City, Florida.

Fees vary based on size of ensemble required and the services to be provided, including receptions following the wedding and wedding rehearsal dinners. While offering the most professional services available, affordability to the wedding party is a primary consideration.

For a free wedding consultation and price quote based on your needs, call Samuel Woodward at (251) 476-2856 or click here to request an online quote.


A native Texan, cellist Samuel Woodward began his musical studies at the age of three and began performing professionally with symphony orchestras at sixteen. His early training was under the direction of Lev Aronson, solo cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. After graduation from high school, he enrolled in the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he studied with Marta Casals-Istomin and concert cellist Adolfo Odnoposoff, graduating in 1965 with a Certificate of Proficiency in Cello signed by Pablo Casals.

Mr. Woodward joined the New Orleans Philharmonic for the 1965-66 season, then served for two years (1966-1968) as principal cellist of the Mobile Symphony under the baton of James Yestadt. Among the youngest principal cellists of a major orchestra in the country at that time, he was a founding member of the University of South Alabama's music faculty, performing as cellist in the USA Resident String Quartet.

Following the 1967-68 season, Mr. Woodward returned to San Juan for a year of artist level study under Adolfo Odonoposoff and the opportunity to receive informal coaching from maestro Pablo Casals. Thoroughly grounded in the Casals approach to the cello, Mr. Woodward performs with technical assurance and sensitivity to style. His instrument is of the French school, made in 1854 in Paris, by Gand Laval.

Mr. Woodward performed as a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Memphis Opera Theater Orchestra, Memphis Concert Orchestra, Tupelo Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Opera and Mobile Opera orchestras.

Retiring from a twenty year career as an executive director for symphony orchestras, choral and ballet organizations throughout the USA ( Midland-Odessa Symphony (Texas), Austin Choral Union, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, Key West Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony), Mr. Woodward founded the Woodward String Studio in 2000 which has since become one of the largest private music studios on the Gulf Coast.

Website: http://www.portamentostrings.com/

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