The Atlanta Trio
The Atlanta Trio is a musical ensemble with extensive experience and expertise. Co-Founded by Ms. Katerina Lewis Rakestraw and Dr. Emily Laminack Wetzel, both former members of the ensemble Luna Strings, each member holds over a decade's experience of quality performance and tailored event coordination. From classical concerts to rock concerts, intimate weddings to corporate galas, studio recordings to on-set filming, the Atlanta Trio knows how to make your event both unique and exceptional.
Ms. Katerina Lewis Rakestraw
Violist and Director of Events
Katerina Lewis Rakestraw is an Atlanta native and freelance performer and teacher of viola and violin. Since earning a master's degree in viola performance from Georgia State University in 2009, Katerina has performed around the southeast with many regional symphonies and worked for 14 years as the founder of one of the most sought-after string groups in the Atlanta area, Luna Strings. As Co-Founder of The Atlanta Trio, she specializes in music coordination and design for events of all sizes and types, from black tie weddings to community service opportunities. In her free time, Katerina enjoys reading, watching baseball, working out, volunteering with a cat rescue, and all things Atlanta, especially the local food scene.
Dr. Emily Laminack Wetzel
Violinist and Director of Operations
Dr. Emily Laminack Wetzel, Co-Founder of the Atlanta Trio, works both on the front lines playing her violin and behind the scenes keeping things organized and moving smoothly. Emily has Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in violin performance, with minor areas in viola and piano performance. She has performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, China, and throughout the USA participating in orchestras, opera orchestras, film music, pop concerts, chamber concerts, and solo recitals. Emily currently teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Berry College. She also runs a private teaching studio in Roswell, GA, and maintains an active freelance performance career. When not performing or teaching music, Emily can usually be found either with a sci-fi or fantasy novel or rooting for her teams FC Bayern München and Atlanta United FC.
Ms. Alexandria Rice Haines
Alexandria Haines is an Atlanta area cellist and instructor who holds a Bachelors in Performance from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Performance from Boston University. She has performed throughout the United States, into South America and Italy as a chamber musician, festival musician, soloist, and as an orchestral principal player and section player. A few highlights of her career include performances with Atlanta area orchestras and the Boston Chamber Orchestra, serving as resident principal cellist of the Londrina Symphony Orchestra in Brazil;
performing in music festivals across the country; masterclass performances for artists such as Bernard Greenhouse, Leslie Parnas, Sharon Robinson and Steven Isserlis; pop performances with a wide variety of artists ranging from Earth Wind and Fire to Michael Buble. A former teacher at the Duke University String School, Ms. Haines
currently teaches cello at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia and maintains a private cello studio in her home.