We believe music has the power to do more than create a mood, but that it can make a difference through altering perceptions, emotions, and actions…for the good of us all.

Founded: 2004

Locations: IL, IN, WI, NY, CA, FL and growing…

Instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, harp, guitar, voice, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, french horn, & tuba (sorry, no xylophone)

Ensembles: string quartet, string trio, string duo, brass quintet, brass quartet, piano ensembles, woodwind quintet, woodwind quartet, and more...

Events: weddings, galas, cocktail parties, anniversaries, proposals, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, gallery openings, funerals, concerts, private performances, restaurants, birthdays, holiday parties, etc.

Genres: classical to pop; acoustic to electric; Vivaldi to Coldplay; You name it – we play it!

Craziest Request: One particularly creative groom wanted to walk down the aisle to Darth Vader’s Theme accompanied by his groomsmen dressed as Stormtroopers.  Needless to say, we happily complied.

Sarah Marsh has been making music for 20+ years, when she chose the cello out of a lineup of stringed instruments presented to a class of curious 5th graders.   Since then, her passion for artistry and expression has propelled her through her studies at DePaul University and the University of Illinois.  Career highlights include performing on stage with her favorite musician, Yo-Yo Ma and working with many of Chicago’s top groups and institutions: the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.  Sarah is a resident of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood where she enjoys eating out way too often, reading good books, binging on Netflix, planning European vacations, working out with Jillian Michaels, and coffee…yes, especially coffee.


Applause

I am pleased to say that the artists from Symphony Sounds have been a total hit! I hope they have enjoyed their visits to the United Center because we have certainly enjoyed having them. I would like to have them back again.
— De Borah Wells, The Chicago Bulls National Anthem Performances at the United Center
Thank you so much for providing the beautiful music at our wedding! Our guests loved it and we both appreciated all your hard work.
— Sally & Lloyd Walton The Waldorf Astoria 9/14/14
I just wanted to drop you a quick note and say thanks for not only all of your help leading up to the wedding, but for doing an outstanding job! You can’t imagine how many people were raving about the music during the ceremony and cocktail hour! You guys did an outstanding job and we really can’t thank you enough.
— Nick & Julie Peters St. Clements Church & The Ritz-Carlton Hotel 5/29/04
My sister recommended Symphony Sounds to me because she had used them for her ceremony and cocktail hour 7 years ago, and thought they were very good. I hired a string quartet and a piano player for my ceremony, which was at a Catholic church in Chicago. The owner, Sarah, helped me along the way, and was absolutely wonderful to work with. She seems very organized, replying to all my emails promptly. She even emailed me when she was on her own honeymoon (which I told her was ridiculous and to not get back to me until her honeymoon was over!). The church that I got married at was very hands-off, they apparently perform many wedding ceremonies, and therefore don’t seem to have much time for questions. So, I was a little stressed about selecting readings, music, etc., for the ceremony. Sarah was really helpful! I had done some research online and had a pretty good idea of what music I wanted but she gave me some great recommendations for the responsorial psalm and the Alleluia. She also helped me a great deal with timing, as far as how many prelude songs I might want, or how long communion usually takes. And she advised me to check with my singer before settling on songs in case the singer was not comfortable with any of my selections. I thought the music at our ceremony was beautiful, and I even got a few compliments on it during the reception later!
— Ellen Martin 9/27/14 Holy Family Church
Thank you so much for the lovely performance that you and your colleagues gave at our graduation ceremony on Friday, June 15th. Our guests truly enjoyed the music and it lent a wonderful touch to the celebration. Thank you for everything and we hope to work with you again in the future!
— Shannon Dowty, Medical Education Program Coordinator University of Illinois Medical Center 6/15/07
Thank you for playing at our wedding! The brass quartet was the perfect touch to our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed your music. Eric and I appreciated the extra musician!
— Eric & Susie Lawrence 10/11/08
Thank you so much for playing our wedding. You helped to create an absolutely beautiful atmosphere for our wedding ceremony – we were truly pleased with the trio.
— Scott & Nikki Rachford Café Brauer 6/24/05
Four Violins, two violas, two cellos, and a string bass later, Sarah and I decided that his was the perfect blend for the acoustics at the Art Institute Modern Wing. Our repertoire was most classical waltzes and Puccini scores, mixed with some Mancini. Symphony Sounds pulled it all off, much to the delight of some more serious classical buffs in our audience. It was a true pleasure to work with Sarah. She even recorded my bridal march, Un Bel Di, during practice and sent it to me so I could get a sense of timing. All our communications were long distance, yet the music and ceremony were executed beautifully. I only wish I could have heard all of the pre and post music myself. My guests continue to rave about the music and how lovely it sounded.
— Ron & Tracey Vega The Art Institute of Chicago 6/8/13
The house is quiet today and I’m enjoying my memories of last weekend’s wedding celebration. It was full of wonder, meaning, and oh-such fun. Thank you and your talented colleagues for providing beautiful music. Your prelude set the tone for the ceremony – Lovely. Lovely. We are ever grateful.
— Dawn Struxness, mother of the bride Gary Memorial United Methodist Church 5/7/05
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding on May 18, 2008. Your lovely music made the ceremony perfect and I count not have asked for more. I received a lot of compliments on the music and I was very satisfied – you were fantastic! Thank you for playing Canon in D and Ave Maria so beautifully. I will certainly tell people how marvelous your group is and how professional and friendly you are.
— Kurt & Maria Gillett 5/18/08
Thank you so much for the wonderful music you provided for our May 5, 2007 wedding ceremony at the Hilton Northbrook! You play beautifully and you helped make our special day perfect!
— Andy & Renae Killen The Hilton Northbrook 5/5/07
Thank you for making our wedding ceremony so beautiful with the music by the pianist, violinist, cello, and vocalist. Each musician did such a great job and really enhanced our ceremony! Sarah, thank you also for your assistance with the preparation and organizing the forms and answering my questions. It was also very nice of you to surprise us and play the cello in our ceremony. Thank you for making our wedding day so special through the sounds and music on June 21, 2008.
— Joe & Kim Veverka St. Pius Church 6/21/08
David and I just wanted to express our sincere thanks to you for traveling to Indianapolis in April and playing at our wedding. The music was just perfection, and it provided an absolutely perfect ambiance to go with our wedding. We had so many compliments from guests at the ceremony that our wedding was ‘like a concert’. Thanks again!
— David & Kathleen 4/17/07
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The music was so beautiful. I regret that I didn’t have more time to just listen and enjoy. Your professionalism and expertise helped make our wedding perfect. I hope to have a need in the future for your services and would gladly be a reference for you.
— Robert & Christy Schoenstedt Unity Temple 5/13/06
Symphony Sounds added the perfect touch to our wedding. The music performed was exactly what we asked for and could not have been more beautiful. All our guests have told us how the quartet added that special touch and truly enjoyed the music performed. Thank you again for your assistance in the planning of our music.
— Jacek & Ella Olejnik