Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Harmony Strings for my event?
We are a string quartet, not an agency. What this means is you get to speak directly with the musicians who will be performing for your event. There is no "middleman." Therefore, no information will get lost in the shuffle.
Here at Harmony Strings, we believe in upholding the integrity of our profession. Unlike other groups in the area, we will not throw together random musicians who may be inexperienced and unqualified college students. We are degreed, professional musicians, and we've been performing together for over a decade.
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Which instruments are in a String Duo, Trio, and Quartet?
· String Duo: Violin & Cello
· String Trio: Violin, Viola, & Cello
· String Quartet: 2 Violins, Viola, & Cello
A String Quartet will give the fullest sound and, similar to a choir, will cover the soprano, alto, tenor, & bass lines for each song.
How soon do I need to contact Harmony Strings to be assured of availability?
Contact us as soon as you have set the date and location of your event. Our calendar quickly fills up months (sometimes years!) in advance, so book early to ensure availability.
What genre of music do you perform?
Our String Duo & Trio have a strictly classical repertoire. If you prefer contemporary music, consider upgrading to our Quartet. Our String Quartet repertoire includes classical standards & more contemporary fare from:
· Andrea Bocelli
· Annie Lennox
· Bruno Mars
· Christina Perri
· Edwin McCain
· Eric Clapton
· Explosions in the Sky
· Guns N Roses
· Josh Groban
· Leonard Cohen
· Lionel Ritchie
· Sigur Ros
· Snow Patrol
· Taylor Swift
· The Beatles
· The Cure
· The Turtles
· Trans-Siberian Orchestra
And many more! Ask for our repertoire list when you request a quote.
What is your typical attire?
Our standard performance attire is formal black.
Will your quartet attend my wedding dress rehearsal?
We have found that attending the dress rehearsal is unnecessary.
How long should I book the string quartet for my wedding?
For most weddings, 1 hour of booking time should suffice. This will include 20 to 30 minutes of prelude music before the wedding and 30 to 40 minutes for the wedding ceremony itself.
Of course, the length of your ceremony depends entirely on the person officiating your wedding.
If your officiant likes to talk, then your ceremony will last quite a bit longer! Be sure to discuss the length of your wedding ceremony with your wedding officiant before you book our group.
If you are looking for a kind, knowledgeable, & experienced "wedding pastor," (whose ceremonies typically last under 30 minutes) we recommend Ron Ramey.
Do we have to pay for your set-up time?
We do not charge for set-up time.
Do we need to pick songs for prelude music, too or do you have a set you usually perform?
For prelude music, we typically perform music similar in tone & tempo to your ceremony song choices. This will help set the ambiance for your wedding ceremony. If you have a special request, feel free to let us know!
How can I incorporate the string quartet into my wedding ceremony?
Listed below are several traditional moments in which the string ensemble can be incorporated in wedding ceremonies:
· Prelude (as guests arrive and are seated)
· Seating of the Family (Grandparents, Parents)
· Bridal Party Processional (Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Ring Bearers)
· Bridal Processional
· Lighting of the Unity Candle
Of course, you may have your own unique moments in the ceremony that may require background music.
Which songs do you recommend for a traditional wedding ceremony?
Click here to view our classical song recommendations for a traditional wedding ceremony.
How much space do you usually require?
We require 10 square feet for our String Quartet, 8 square feet for our String Trio, & 5 square feet for our String Duo.
What is an appropriate tip for the musicians?
Tipping is optional and usually falls in the range of $20-50 per musician.
We'd love to answer any additional questions you may have. Please fill out the form on our "Request a Quote" page.
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