The premiere provider of music ensembles for your special events

CORNUCOPIA is probably the longest standing provider of social music in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. For wedding ceremonies, and all your social events, we offer string quartet, a trio with keyboard, and two types of duo ensembles. For your dinner/dance there is the Cornucopia Jazz & Latin Band.

The classical musicians are professionals of regional symphony and chamber orchestras, and the jazz musicians are among the most outstanding in the area.

The ensembles are led by Charles McCary, who plays in all the groups on several woodwind instruments: bassoon, clarinet, tenor sax, and flute. He was for six years principal bassoon of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and is the founder of Ithaca's professional Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

As leader, Charles will assist you in finding just the right pieces for your celebration, and guide you through the sometimes bewildering task of wedding music planning.

In the Cornucopia Jazz & Latin Band, our emphasis is on your dancing enjoyment-  music for all ages of your family and friends. A wide range of ethnic music (Irish jigs, reels, Italian, Jewish, French, and of course much Latin with the Band) is available. Tell us your special requests- we'll find them, and play them for you!

We believe that this careful attention to your wishes and smoothness of your event is reflected in the statements below from some of our many wedding clients - any can be verified upon request.

Cornucopia Ensemble Combinations

  • STRING QUARTET- Our most popular group for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hour. We usually begin with a 15-minute prelude concert prior to the ceremony, for the seating of your guests. The use of bassoon especially enhances works of Handel, Bach, and other Baroque era composers.
  • TRIO WITH KEYBOARD (violin, keyboard, and the leader's woodwinds). This group has the widest range of repertoire, from classical to Broadway, Gypsy violin numbers,  tango, and a lot of charming "old European hotel music."  The keyboard has an array of voices, among which are piano, harpsichord, guitar, brass, marimba, harp, etc.
  • DUO , in two types:
    • Keyboard plus the leader's woodwinds
    • Treble/bass duet works, such as violin/cello repertoire, performed with violin and bassoon.
    A duo has an economic advantage, and adapts well to small spaces.
  • CORNUCOPIA JAZZ & LATIN BAND- Six to seven pieces, including specialist Latin conga drummer if there is to be the heaviest emphasis on Latin numbers. The jazz pieces draw from the Big Band Era repertoire, but also timeless favorites from the 50s to the 80s. Let us know your favorite songs!
SPECIAL PRODUCTIONS- such as opera excerpts with singers, chamber orchestra, Renaissance music, etc... are also available. For more information, consult with the Cornucopia leader.

We do not specialize in current pop, rap, or "Top Forties."
Repertoire lists available.
Female and male vocalists available if you wish.



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Further recommendations...

"...how pleased I was with your music for the wedding of Allie and Eric and the reception on September 22, 2007. The remarks that I heard from the attendees-- and I went to considerable trouble to poll as many as possible-- was that the music was just great...the violin and bassoon music accompanying the ceremony in the Arboretum was perfect for the occasion. Most of the attendees said that they had never seen a more beautiful wedding. I agree." ~Benjamin King, Ph.D.

"Thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our wedding last month! Your professionalism, expertise, and talent were far beyond what Doug and I had hoped for. From the ceremony, to cocktail hour, to dinner and dancing, the music was PERFECT! I am so grateful that I came across you and your superb musicians!"
~ Ellen Lanser May

"Mr. Charles McCary and his musical group played for the reception of our daughter last fall. The selection was just what we wanted. I recommend CORNUCOPIA highly."
~ Eleanor M. Kuniholm

"This is a strong letter of endorsement for the musical performance of the group CORNUCOPIA led by Charles E.L.McCary at the wedding and reception of our daughter Sonya...We received many compliments about the music at both the wedding and the reception and never had the slightest cause for worry. We certainly recommend this group without any hesitation to anyone else who is planning a similar event."
~ Prof. Louis N. Hand, Cornell University