Find answers to questions on booking music for weddings and events with Symphony Sounds.
What type of events do you perform?
Weddings, Ceremonies, Anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Cocktail Parties, Funerals, Galas, Galleries, Openings, Proposals, Birthdays, Restaurants, Concerts, etc.
What ensembles are available?
String Ensembles (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar, harp), Woodwind Ensembles (flute, clarinet, french horn, bassoon, oboe), Brass Ensembles (trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba), or any combination of the above. Contact us for a personal recommendation for your event.
What styles/genres of music do you perform?
We play it all! Classical, Jazz, Tangos, Pop, Contemporary, Modern, Rock, Ragtime, Showtunes, Broadway, Movie Music, Christian, Jewish, Bollywood, R&B, etc.
What qualifications do your musicians hold?
All of our musicians have at least their Bachelors degrees in music, but many have completed their Master and Doctoral degrees from some of the country’s most esteemed universities and music conservatories. Our musicians are put through a rigorous audition and training process in order to maintain Symphony Sounds’ strict quality standards and 100% satisfaction record.
How far do you travel?
We are available nationwide.
Can I see you perform live?
Yes, we have a number of events throughout the year that are open to the public. Ask us for an invitation!
When should we book Symphony Sounds?
Book early! We reserve dates as far as two years in advance, so contact us as soon as you’re ready.
How do we book Symphony Sounds?
We require a signed contract and a 50% deposit to reserve your musicians. Call or email to receive your contract.
When is the balance due?
30 days prior to the event date. We will send you a reminder at the 45-day mark.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
What are your prices?
Every event is different! Contact us for a custom quote.
Can I change the times stated in the contract?
We understand that the nature of special events and weddings requires flexibility from everyone involved. As long as we are provided with 30 days notice, we are happy to accommodate timing changes. Please note, if the duration of the performance time changes, there may be an adjustment in our fee.
Which musicians will be at my event?
The great thing about Symphony Sounds is that we have many talented musicians to choose from. We are able to hand-select the perfect musicians for your event based on your selected genre, music choices, location, and availability. We do not subcontract our events and only work with Symphony Sounds musicians.
How many musicians do I need?
The best choice depends on a number of factors (number of guests, venue size, budget, and genre). Please contact Sarah for a personal consultation where she will suggest the best ensemble for your event. Here are some guidelines:
- There is a reason that the string quartet (2 violins, viola, and cello) is our favorite and most popular ensemble. It sounds beautiful in most settings and is able to perform all genres of music.
- The string trio (2 violins and cello) or piano trio (violin, cello, and piano) is a nice alternative if the budget doesn’t allow for the full quartet. The piano trio is able to perform all genres of music, while the string trio is limited to classical music.
- The string duo (violin and cello) or soloist should only be reserved for intimate events (under 50 guests) or where space doesn’t allow for a larger group.
What time will the musicians arrive?
Your lead musician will arrive at least 30 minutes prior in order to setup, communicate with the officiant and/or venue coordinator, and check any last minute details. The remaining musicians will arrive at least 15 minutes prior.
When do you take breaks?
We can perform for one hour before requiring a 10-minute break. This does not apply to a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour engagement, during which no break is required.
What happens if one of the musicians is sick?
This is a great benefit of working with Symphony Sounds! Our musicians are always on-call and able to fill spots in case of an emergency.
Will you perform outdoors?
Yes! Our musicians are tough...but our instruments are very fragile and cannot be exposed to water, direct sunlight, or extreme temperatures. Please have an alternative indoor location available in case of inclement weather.
How do I select my music?
We will work with you to create a personal set list that captures the narrative you are looking to create. We will guide you through the song selection process and help you select all of the music via phone, email, or an in-person consultation.
When do I select my music?
We like to have the music selected at least 30 days prior to your event, so plan on beginning discussions at least 60 days prior. We will send you a reminder when it is time to begin planning the music.
Will you take special requests?
We love learning new music, and we’re happy to write an arrangement and learn your favorite song – free of charge! Because of the time and cost involved, we ask you to limit your special requests to a maximum of 3 songs. If you require more than 3, there will be an additional fee of $50 per song.
Do we need to meet in person?
Since we are able to plan everything via phone and email, an in-person meeting is not required. However, we love meeting our clients in advance, so just let us know if you would like to schedule an in-person consultation. Meetings are hosted at Soho House (113 N. Green St.) in Chicago.
Will you accompany outside musicians?
Sure, we enjoy collaborating with new musicians! To maintain our performance standards, there is an additional fee of $25 per Symphony Sounds musician for a required rehearsal 15 minute prior to our start time.
Will you attend the wedding rehearsal?
We are wedding experts and have performed for thousands of weddings, so we are able to work out all of the details with you in advance. If your wedding poses unique circumstances and we believe that having one of the musicians at the rehearsal would be beneficial, we will attend at an additional charge.
Will you work with my wedding planner, venue coordinator, church music director, DJ, officiant, etc.?
Yes, communication is key to well-planned and perfectly executed events. We take full responsibility for coordinating with all the necessary people to insure that your event music is flawless.
Are you able to perform for my Catholic mass ceremony?
Yes, we have performed for hundreds of Catholic masses. We will be able to coordinate and perform with the church’s pianist/organist and vocalist, so we encourage you to book their services as well. The church may require you to reserve at least one of their in-house musicians, especially if you are having a full mass.
What do you wear?
Formal black (men in tuxedos & ladies in dressy black), unless otherwise specified.
What do you require on location?
Please arrange for one armless chair per musician and enough space for the group to sit in a semi-circle. For 4 musicians, this is about 8’ x 8’.
Do you need to be amplified?
This depends on a number of factors: number of guests, venue size, type of event, etc. Contact us for our recommendation.
Can you perform with electric instruments?
Yes, we have an electric string quartet available! This is a great option for cocktail parties where contemporary/pop music is requested.
Are there any extra fees for travel, setup, gratuities, taxes, etc.?
We hate hidden fees, and therefore our prices are all-inclusive.