|Aracelli Strings, established in 2001, is a first class professional ensemble offering live music for all
occasions. Our performances are filled with a delightful energy and charm and offer a broad range of
musical styles including Classical, Traditional, Hebrew, Broadway and more. Our musical offerings
are suitable for everything from small, intimate parties to large weddings and receptions, indoors or
out. The members are professional musicians in Tucson and have performed in all denominations of
wedding ceremonies and receptions. We each bring to the ensemble our own professional
performance experience and expertise. We offer our professional service as well as flexible ensembles
to fit any budget.
Carlie Rigg- Violinist and manager of Aracelli Strings. Carlie holds Bachelor and Masters
degrees in violin performance and has performed in many musical venues. A well rounded performer,
Carlie enjoys performing as a member of chamber orchestras, chamber ensembles and Symphony
Orchestras. Her musical experiences include performances as Associate Concertmaster of the
Westminster Chamber Orchestra and the Spokane Opera and as First violinist in the Spokane
Symphony. As chamber musician, Carlie performed as a member of the Mozambique Trio and the
University of Idaho faculty String Quartet as well as soloist and Concertmaster of the Moscow
(ID) Chamber Orchestra, which she co- founded. Carlie is currently a member of the first violin
section in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performs with many arts organizations throughout
Alicia Hagerman- Violinist/Violist of Aracelli Strings. Alicia holds advanced degrees in violin
performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She spent many years as a free-lance violinist
in the Cleveland area and is presently a member of the first violin section in the Tucson Symphony
Orchestra. Alicia performs in many venues throughout Southern Arizona.
Robert Billups- Violist/Violinist. He earned degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
and the University of Arizona. He has performed as soloist, chamber musician , and teacher across
the United States.
Marilyn Billups- Cellist. She holds an advanced degree from the University of Arizona and served
as a member of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the
Arizona Opera Orchestra.