Frequently Asked Questions
|What instruments are in a string
quartet / trio / duo?
QUARTET: 2 violins, viola, and cello.
TRIO: 2 violins and cello
STRING DUO: violin and cello
| How many musicians should I hire?
Hire the largest ensemble you can afford. Some guidelines:
|What kind of events do you play for?
Anything you want: weddings, commitment ceremonies, a christening party, corporate dinners, holiday parties, and church concerts.
We would be happy to provide you with referrals. You can also read reviews from past clients on our Wedding Wire page.
|What do you
Outdoors on cooler days or indoors (air-conditioned): Men wear tuxedos. Women wear all black.
Warmer days that are either outdoors or indoors with no air-conditioning: Men wear business-type shirt, slacks, and tie. Women wear all black.
|What time you do you arrive?
For Weddings: We arrive one hour ahead in order to set up, warm up, and work out details with the wedding director.
For other types of events: We arrive 30 minutes before our scheduled performance time.
|What happens if one of you gets
sick or has a schedule conflict?
If one of our regular musicians is unavailable for an event, a comparable substitute will be contracted to play in his/her place. We know several professional musicians we can call on for this purpose.
|How much do you charge?
Since we are occasionally booked by agents, we have agreed not to post our rates on this site. You can fill out our Quote Request Form or send an e-mail to get rate information. Our manager does her best to send replies within 24 hours.
|I'm interested in booking your quartet. Do you
require a deposit?
We require a deposit along with a signed contract. The contract can be sent to you electronically (MS Word or PDF) for you to look over, and basically outlines date, time, location, special requests, and environmental conditions.
|What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel 48 hours or more before the event, we keep your deposit but there are no additional fees. If you cancel within 48 hours of the event, you are responsible for the entire balance.
|Do you play outside?
We only play outdoors during these periods:
We have a few provisions outlined in our contract for outdoor playing, mostly for the protection of our instruments which are sensitive to changes in temperature (like direct sunlight) and humidity.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, please be sure to book an indoor location in the event of rain or extreme temperatures. The decision to move indoors can be made by your venue when they get ready to set up, based on conditions at that time. If the outdoor area is right next to a building, it may be possible for only the quartet to be relocated indoors with a PA system to project the sound outdoors.
Would a tent be
sufficient backup in case of rain?
Unfortunately even "weatherproof" tents are not always enough protection against the elements. Some tents are moved around a lot and tend to develop tiny holes over time. They sometimes let in a mist of water which our instruments cannot tolerate. In a downpour, water soaks through eventually. Also, tents offer little or no protection in extreme temperatures. Tents can be pretty expensive to rent; you may find that a backup location inside a permanent structure is about the same amount.
|What about direct sunlight
indoors through a window?
As with outdoors, sunlight can damage instruments (rapid warming can cause them to crack), cause them to go out of tune very quickly, and sunlight in our eyes prevents us from reading our music. The quartet should be placed out of the way of direct sun patches.
much space do you need?
The ideal space is approx. a 10 x 10 ft. square with level flooring. Space and shape can affect performance. We need to sit close together so we can see and hear one another easily.
|Does the venue need to provide
anything for you?
Chairs provided by the venue should be armless. If none are available, let the quartet manager know so we can bring our own. We need to be seated in armless chairs to accommodate bowing.
|What kind of music do you play for
a reception, dinner, or cocktail hour?
We usually play a mix of classical and popular music. If you have a preference for one or the other, just let us know.
|Can you play a
special request for me?
Special song requests may incur additional charges for the arrangement. Please see the Special Requests page for details.
|Can you include music from a
particular culture or religion? (e.g. Jewish, Greek, Pagan, Celtic,
other world music)
Yes. We are always looking to expand our repertoire to accommodate clients, especially when it's music we could easily use again. Our current music library includes a some traditional Jewish wedding pieces and some Irish fiddle tunes.
Can you play Christmas music for a holiday party?
Absolutely. We have a complete collection of traditional Christmas tunes.
|I'm having a full mass Catholic
wedding that will last longer than an hour. Do you charge extra for
No. Every wedding ceremony requires about the same amount of performance time and preparation, despite its length.
|What will I need to select
Below are parts of a wedding that clients typically select music for:
The quartet prefers to select the pieces for the Prelude (about 5 pieces before the ceremony starts) and a piece for the Postlude. However, if you have requests, we will honor them as much as we can.
What happens if my selected
processional music is longer/shorter than the processional length?
We are used to adjusting the length of the processional pieces as we play by watching everyone come down the aisle. We pencil in possible stopping points and repeats so we can easily adjust the length as closely to the processional as possible.
|Will you attend the wedding rehearsal?
Unfortunately it is impossible for us to attend Friday wedding rehearsal. Because we have day jobs that scatter us all over the city, we have found that we cannot leave early enough to attend. If your rehearsal is on a weekend, we can attend, but charge an additional fee for our time.
As an alternative, we will make you a CD of your ceremony music selections to take to your rehearsal. This gives everyone in the wedding party the opportunity to hear the pieces and/or practice walking through with them.
|I'd like a trumpet to play along
with the wedding processional / recessional. Is this possible?
Yes, as long as the piece selected is conducive to having a trumpet part added. For example, Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary (a.k.a. The Prince of Denmark) and Handel's Hornpipe (from Water Music) are both excellent pieces for adding trumpet.
We have worked with trumpet players before and have connections with some talented ones in the Atlanta area, and would be glad to book one for you. When inquiring about rates, please be sure to mention that you'd like a trumpet also so our manager can give you an accurate quote.
|Can you accompany a vocalist or instrumentalist?
Yes, and we have done so in the past for other clients. Just a few notes on the specifics:
|Do you charge extra for a rehearsal with the vocalist /
No. A rehearsal benefits us as much as the soloist. The only stipulation is that they rehearse at our location or meet with us well before the event begins.
|How long is your prelude
(while guests are being seated)?
minutes is our standard prelude length.
|What if my
wedding starts late?
We understand that weddings start late for various reasons - late arriving guests, minor mishaps, and so on. We are willing to continue our prelude up to an additional 10 minutes, which is typically enough time to compensate for a late start.
Occasionally we book more than one event in a single day. Because of our obligation to other clients, we cannot stay longer than the time specified on your contract. If we have an event following yours, we will advise you and/or your wedding director of our obligations.
|Do you expect to
attend the reception?
No. We realize that most people are paying per person for their receptions, and we don't wish to add to their expense.