Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire a string quartet or trio for my wedding?
I know you would love to hear a clear cut figure here, but the truth is that it does vary.  Some questions that I will ask you when we discuss details that will help determine price:
Will your wedding include a full catholic mass?
How long will the ceremony be?
What is the address for the ceremony?
Is there special music needed that may require me to re-write the parts for the string quartet/trio?
Will a rehearsal with a singer, cantor, or other musicians be needed?
Are you willing to play at outside weddings?
Yes, but there are stipulations.  In the contract, it states that it must be at least 50 degrees Farenheit at the place of performance, and that there must be a suitable rain location alternative or protective tent available.  I will not allow my instrument or the instruments of my colleagues to be damaged by the elements, and there is no refund for non-performance if either of these two stipulations are not met.
What's the difference between a string quartet and a string trio?
A quartet has four people/instruments: two violins, viola, and cello.  A trio has three instruments--only one violin, viola, and cello.  Both can play roughly the same repertoire when it comes to weddings--the quartet sounds more full bodied, and would be a better choice for a large church or hall, whereas a trio would sound great for an intimate setting.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, I require a $50 deposit to be returned with a signed contract in order to reserve your date on my calendar.  The deposit is non-refundable.
What is included in the cost of the string quartet or trio?
The price of hiring me includes prelude music as guests are arriving and being seated, processional, unity candle or special music during the ceremony, recessional and postlude as guests are being ushered out.
Do you play for receptions or cocktail hours in addition to ceremonies?
Yes!  We can be hired to play for only the reception, or the ceremony plus the reception, or part of the reception - maybe just for cocktails or just dinner.  We can be flexible about which parts we are participating in, and can adjust the price to reflect your growing investment in the music for your special day.
Do you play in a regular group?
Yes and no.  On most occasions, I do play with the same group of people, but we are not advertised as a group.  When one of my "usuals" is unable to play on a certain date, I pull from other highly qualified musicians that I know - which means that I hardly ever have to say "no" when I am called to play for a special occasion.


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Do you have a contract?
Yes.  It outlines logistics for the event, such as: date, time, address, number of attendants and price.  It does not include music choices - I can be flexible on those until quite close to the event date - even if you change your mind a couple days prior!