For the past decade, a constant in the Davidson String Quartet has been the presence of a Jackson sister.

For the past decade, a constant in the Davidson String Quartet has been the presence of a Jackson sister.

The quartet consists of musicians who attend Hilliard Davidson High School. Mark Sholl, director of orchestras for Davidson, says of first violinists Ana, Emily and Olivia Jackson, "They are all solid players. All of them have been All-State, Region, etc."

Although school may be out for the summer, the quartet is busy playing at weddings, eight in the past month. People who hear the musicians play recommend them or go to their Web site ( to book them.

Ana Jackson was a founding member of the quartet at the end of the 1990s, prior to her freshman year. "I can still remember the very first wedding we played at," she said. "It was at the Columbus Athenaeum and we had Mark Sholl sitting in the front pew to guide us along."

Ana said playing in the quartet was fun.

"Some days we'd have multiple weddings, and in between, we'd go out to lunch at the North Market or wherever we were, and there was a lot of camaraderie, and team-building if you will, which made us better as a group."

After Jackson graduated from the University of Georgia and returned to Columbus, she formed her own chamber group, the Supertonic String Quartet, which also plays at weddings and has two Davidson grads.

Taking over Ana's chair in the quartet was middle sister Emily Jackson. "It's been a natural progression, passing on the leadership role down the family," Ana said.

"I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Davidson String Quartet during high school," Emily said. "It felt good knowing that what we were doing was making their day more special. It's a great way to make some money and I enjoyed seeing how differently each bride does her own thing."

Emily, who is a sophomore majoring in violin performance at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, hopes to form her own quartet and play at weddings there.

Olivia Jackson, who will be a senior, currently leads the quartet.

"It started through the school, and then it kind of evolved through me where I'm taking care of everything," Olivia said.

Olivia said leading the quartet is like running a business, and she likes "getting to play with the other players. I've been playing with them since elementary school, so I've known them for a long time and it's just been a lot of fun."

Also in the group are Davidson students Kaho Sugawara (2nd violin), Elisabeth Bennett (cello), and Claire Busic (viola).

The quartet typically plays the prelude, processional, recessional and postlude music at weddings, and traditional classical selections like Canon in D, Ave Maria, Bridal Chorus and Wedding March are most often heard. But the Jackson sisters said they've also played Beatles and Disney tunes, and even the Buckeye Battle Cry.

"There was one wedding we played at last year it was a Corpse Bride (a Tim Burton movie), Halloween-themed wedding, and they requested all this scary kind of music," Olivia said, and they played things like Danse Macabre and Toccata and Fugue. "It was pretty tricky putting it together, but we pulled it off, and it ended up being really cool."

Most performances go smoothly, although the quartet has had to deal with snafus like being given the wrong address or finding out there was a venue change. The Jackson sisters say parents Larry and Chung-Lim have been instrumental in helping the quartet.

Olivia is not sure if the Davidson String Quartet will continue after she graduates from high school, but Olivia hopes to form her own quartet after college.

Ironically, the Jackson sisters played together in public for the first time a couple weeks ago at an Operation Feed benefit.

"I asked my quartet to play," Ana said, "but two members couldn't come, so Emily filled in on viola and Olivia filled in on violin, and it was the first time we played together, which is funny. But, sitting down to play isn't something we do when we get together."