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About Us

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Our vision at Charleston Elite is to bring exquisite live music ensembles to your event. Our company offers what no other company offers - direct access to world-class musicians planning and performing exceptionally for your special day. We are your musicians!

What could be better? A direct line to the artistry of the Symphony musicians allows you to have the highest quality music while remaining in your budget.


Our story

Welcome to Charleston Elite Musicians - home of the premier symphonic musicians of Charleston - and we are available for your event! We have 20+ years of experience playing beautiful weddings and events in and around the Lowcountry and have detailed experience with nearly every venue in Charleston.


Whether you’re looking for strings, brass, woodwinds, piano, guitar, timpani (the list goes on…) let our highly talented symphonic musicians and expertise help you have an effortless and worry-free experience - from the initial consultation all the way to the final note - Charleston Elite will be your musical expert and contact throughout the entire journey.

We are not a booking agency - we are musicians! Elite is owned and managed by Sadie Rose Nichols, who plays viola with the Charleston Symphony. Ms. Nichols has been planning the music for and playing weddings in Charleston since 2001.

Our Story

Our various groups play all styles including Classical, Traditional, Spiritual, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Ragtime, TV/Movie Soundtracks, Disney Songbook, Showtunes, Iconic Love Songs, Opera, Tangos, and one-of-a-kind Americana Appalachian Ballads.

Have a special song in mind? Charleston Elite has two talented arrangers on-hand to help make your special musical selection a reality. Consultations and questions are welcomed with our complimentary music planning service.


Elite aims to bring the utmost sophistication and expertise to the ambiance of your day with musical grace and elegance. Our musicians’ creative talents reflect the stunning uniqueness and beauty of the Lowcountry and we very much look forward to being a part of your wedding ceremony and reception or special event.

Why hire Charleston Elite

  • 20+ years of wedding music experience and detailed knowledge of all venues 

  • husband-and-wife team

  • Attention to detail

  • Unlimited consultations and revisions

  • Best of the best in Charleston!

  • Direct line to the symphony musicians without the risks associated with an agent

  • Worry-free experience - relax and let us be your experts

  • Sizeable discount on the 2nd hour (ceremony + cocktail hour will be discounted)

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Why Hire



I can’t thank you and your string trio enough for providing the beautiful music at my daughter’s wedding! The wedding and cocktail hour music was perfect and we received so many compliments on it. The entire process from booking to music selection to the actual day was so easy and you were so accommodating. Thank you again for adding your special touch to an amazing day!

Nicole, Mother-of-the-Bride, Thomas Bennett House 5/14/22

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The music was absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend the sound of the full-string quartet! It truly was better than we had imagined. Highly recommended.

Jan and Bill Ericson
Tampa Beach, FL

Hearing the beautiful music playing in the background made me instantly relax as I started down the aisle. Thank you Elite Musicians for helping me to enjoy my own wedding!

Betty Johnson
Wilmington, NC

Elite Musicians were extraordinary and so easy to work/plan with. I got so many compliments
from my family and friends about the music at the wedding!

Tricia Hollings
Hilton Head, SC


Sadie Rose, Owner

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sadie Rose Nichols, and I have had the exceptional privilege of playing music in the Charleston area for over 20 years. I grew up in a musical family,with my mother being a bluegrass fiddler & banjo player, my father a tenor, my sister & brother on strings. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s in the same from the University of Maryland, I began a position with the Charleston Symphony as Assistant Principal Viola in 2001. I quickly thereafter have been planning and playing weddings in and around the Lowcountry. Playing for beautiful and elegant weddings and events over the years alongside my talented symphony colleagues has been a highlight of mine for two decades.

Meet The Owner

Charleston Elite Ensembles is born of this gratitude and passion. I wish to bring the utmost ease, elegance, sophistication, joy, refinement and talent to your special event. On a personal note, I am a newlywed myself having married 3 years ago in downtown Charleston and have fresh knowledge of what it is like to plan the ceremony/reception music and to want to have it be perfect.


I’ve played with some very talented colleagues from Carnegie hall to concert halls around Europe, and it is the musicians of the Lowcountry that I find the most exceptional. From the moment I set foot in Charleston in 2001 I n became utterly charmed. This is my favorite place & has quickly become the top destination for weddings in the country. Let my company provide a direct line to the top musicians & ensembles at an affordable price for your beautiful day.


Thank you for browsing our website, and please do not hesitate to call, text, or email me with questions or for a personalized quote.

Sadie Rose, Violist, Owner
Charleston Elite Musicians

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