Protea String Quartet

Why book Protea String Quartet?

From Bach to Rock,
Seattle to Blaine, throughout the North Cascades, we play everything.

Handel, Mendelssohn, Beethoven wedding tunes to Adele, Avril, Cold Play, Lady Gaga, Pearson/Phillips, The Verve; pop from the Beatles to Bruno Mars; tangos from Albeniz to Piazolla; jazz from Gershwin to Brubeck, even a little Chuck Berry and Smokey Robinson. And yes, we do about a dozen hymns, plus movie themes.



Verified Review

Beyond our expectations!!!!!

We couldn't have been happier with Protea String Quartet!!!! We emailed frequently and the responses were always prompt. They worked with me on the wedding songs I had selected and were so very to work with! I would highly recommend hiring them and their price was very good. They are soooo worth it. We could not have been happier.
Oh, and they obviously are pros at their work. They seem to be exceptional musicians.

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Reviewer: Jand L.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Vancouver, WA
Event Date: Aug 17, 2013
Hired As: String Quartet

Perfect Wedding Reception and Ceremony

I got married this weekend and would like to thank Ray and the String Quartet for being a big part of our wonderful day. I can't say enough wonderful things about Ray and the group - Ray made a beautiful play list for us and took care of everything. It really made the reception and ceremony special. My guests loved them too. I sincerely can't say enough good things and recommend them more - thank you Ray and everyone!!! :)

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Reviewer: Heidi K.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Bellingham, WA
Event Date: Aug 4, 2012
Hired As: String Quartet

Perfect Proposal!

I hired the Protea String Quartet for a surprise wedding proposal on Lummi Island, and Ray (the cellist) worked with me to make everything perfect: the repertoire, the setting, and even a cover story in case my fiancee-to-be bumped into them on the Lummi Island ferry! The music was beautiful, and the players were all very professional, warm, and a pleasure to watch. They helped make our engagement evening a night we'll never forget!

I recommend the Protea String Quartet most highly, without reservation, anytime you need (or want!) string quartet music.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Justin L.
Event: Private Party in Lummi Island, WA
Event Date: Mar 26, 2011
Hired As: String Quartet

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $400 and up
  • Languages: English


We arrive about 30 minutes prior to performance, dressed in semi-formal black.
It takes 10 to 15 minutes for set up. We need four armless chairs. We play
typically 8 to 12 tunes per hour and need 8 to 10 minutes of break per hour of play.
We have played gigs as long as four and a half hours. We have enough material to play
2 hours of most genres except hip hop.

Additional Booking Notes

We have a 10' x 10' canopy/tent for outdoor performances (to protect our instruments from light rain or direct sunlight)

Protea String Quartet

Protea is a Bellingham, WA based ensemble, composed of current and former members of the Whatcom, Skagit, Pasadena, and Monterey Bay Symphonies. Our members have also played with the Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and the Emerson and Leontovitch String Quartets.

Protea performs in concert as a string quartet or with piano at various concert halls and galleries, such as:

2009 - La Conner Museum of Northwest Art, Lucia Douglas Gallery, Allied Arts Gallery
Mozart K. 589, Hoyer - "Macbeth", Dvorak "American" Quartet, Smetana E Minor
2010 - 2011 - 4 performances at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art (Bellingham)
Beethoven Op. 59, 1; Op. 74, Op. 95; Mozart K. 499, 575, 589; Debussy String Quartet
Beethoven, Op. 97, Dvorak Op. 65, Schubert "Death and the Maiden"
Nov. 2010 - Loomis Hall for the Performing Arts (Blaine, WA)
Beethoven, Op. 97; Dvorak Op. 65;
May 2012 - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center
Brahms Op. 101 piano trio
July 2012 - Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Bach Chaconne for solo violin, Schubert "Death and the Maiden"
Oct 2012 - Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Bach Suite #3 for solo Cello,
performed in baroque (viola), romantic (cello), and jazz (saxophone) styles
May 2013 - Ysaye Sonata #3 for solo violin, Brahms Piano Trio Op. 114, Faure Piano Quartet #1

Protea also performs occasional outreach concerts at the Bellingham Public Library.

The team providing the talent:

Jeanette Wickell


Rosalie Romano


Lisa Humphrey


Karen Vincent


Michael Neville


Ray Kamada


Didem Somel


Matthew Olson


Whitney Wynn


Set List

Most of our current archive is listed below.

About 125 tunes are in our gig notebooks (tunes with asterisks below), with about 200 more in archive.
Beyond about ~70 traditional Baroque/Classical pieces, we also have roughly 60 Movie/TV themes, 80 pop/rock, 35 Christmas, 15 - 20 hymns, 15 - 20 jazz/blues, more than a dozen tangos, several Joplin rags, plus a few klezmer and Celtic/Brit tunes - enough for two or more hours of performance in each of more than half a dozen genres and styles, including leading contemporary.

PROTEA String Quartet SONG LIST (* in physical binders, non * in digital library)

TRADITIONAL WEDDING TUNES - processional/bride's walk/recessional
Arrival of Queen of Sheba, Handel *
Ave Maria (Processional), Schubert *
Canon in D (Processional), Pachabel*
Passacaille (Processional), Handel *
Wedding March (Processional), Wagner *
Jesu-Joy of Man's Desiring (Processional), Bach *
Meditation from Thais (Bride's Walk), Massanet *
Arioso from Cantata 156 (Bride's Walk), Bach *
Halleluia Chorus (Recessional), Handel *
La Rejouissance (Recessional), Handel *
Ode to Joy (Recessional), Beethoven *
Wedding March (Recessional), Mendelssohn *
Spring - Four Seasons (Recessional), Vivaldi *


Air in G, Bach *
Badinerie, Bach *
Minuetto, Boccherini
Trumpet Tune, Clarke *
Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke *
Corrente, Corelli*
Menuetto, Corelli*
Air in D, Handel *
Air in F, Handel *
Aria from Xerxes, Handel *
Bouree, Handel*
Hornpipe, Handel *
Rigaudon, Handel^
Rondeau, Moret*
Hornpipe and Air, Purcell *
Largo from Golden Sonata, Purcell *
Trumpet Tune, Purcell *
Gavotte, Rameau*
Gigue, Telemann *
Winter from Four Seasons, Vivaldi *
Autumn from 4 Seasons, Vivaldi *

Fur Elise, Beethoven *
Opus 18, No. 1, Beethoven *
St. Quartet, Opus 59, Beethoven *
St. Quartet, Opus 74, Beethoven *
St. Quartet, Opus 95, Beethoven *
Serenade No. 1, Brahms *
Scarf Dance, Chaminade*
Clair de Lune, Debussy *
St. Quartet, Opus 10, Debussy *
Flower Duet, Delibes *
Andante, E Flat St. Quartet, Dittersdorff *
O Sole Mio, di Capua*
Humoresque, Dvorak *
Serenade, Opus 44, Dvorak *
St. Quartet, Opus 96, Dvorak *
Ave Maria, Gounod *
Allegro Gazioso, Getry*
Barberini's Minuet, Hasse*
St. Quartet "Macbeth", Hoyer*
Liebestraum, Liszt *
Meditation on a Theme from Thais, Massanet*
A Little Night Music, Mozart *
Andante from Divertimento K. 136, Mozart *
Rondo, Mozart *
St. Quartet - K. 458, Mozart *
St. Quartet - K. 475, Mozart *
St. Quartet - K. 499, Mozart *
St. Quartet K. 575, Mozart *
St. Quartet K. 589, Mozart *
O Mio Babbino Caro, Pucchini*
Bolero, Ravel
William Tell Overture, Rossini
The Swan, Saint-Saens *
Moment Musical, Schubert *
Die Fledermaus, Strauss

Rolling in the Deep, Adele *
To Make You Feel My Love, Adele
Blueberry Hill, Armstrong, Louis *
What a Wonderful World, Armstrong, Louis *
Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
God Only Knows, Beach Boys *
A Hard Days Night, Beatles
All My Loving, Beatles
All You Need is Love, Beatles *
Black Bird, Beatles
And I Love Her, Beatles
Eleanor Rigby, Beatles
Get Back to the USSR, Beatles
Here There Everywhere, Beatles
In My Life, Beatles
Hey Jude, Beatles
Let it Be, Beatles
Michelle, Beatles
Penny Lane, Beatles
Something, Beatles
With a Little Help from My Friends, Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever, Beatles
Yesterday, Beatles
Johnny B. Goode, Berry, Chuck *
Money, That's What I Want Berry, Chuck
All the Small Things, Blink *
Explosive, Bond Girls*
Hymn, Bond Girls
Kismet, Bond Girls*
Victory, Bond Girls
You're da Best, Briston*
Feelin' All Right, Cocker, Joe
Charlie Brown, Cold Play
Fix You, Cold Play *
Viva La Vida, Cold Play *
Country Joe, Country Joe & Fish
Get Lucky, Daft Punk
Love Me Tender, Elvis
Orinoco Flow, Enya *
The Final Countdown, Europe
Sugar, We're Goin' Down, Fall Out Boy
Titanium, Guetta, David *
What is Love?, Haddaway
Cry Me a River, Hamilton, Arthur
Billy Jean, Jackson, Michael*
Medley, Jackson, Michael
Call Me Maybe (2012), Jepson, Carly Rae
I Feel the Earth Move, King, Carole *
Alejandro, Lady Gaga
Applause, Lady Gaga
Judas, Lady Gaga
Poker Face, Lady Gaga
Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
Moon River, Mancini, Henry
Pink Panther, Mancini Henry
Hit the Road, Jack, Mayfield, Percy *
One Small Child, Meece, David
Nothing Else Matters, Metallica
What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction *
Secrets, One Republic *
Fireflies, Owl City *
The Only Exception (2010), Paramore
Home, Pearson/Phillips *
How to Save a Life, Pearson/Phillips *
My Girl, Robinson, Smokey *
Sweet Child O' Mine, Rose, et al.
Fly Me to the Moon, Sinatra, Frank
How High the Moon, Sinatra, Frank
Strangers in the Night, Sinatra, Frank
Oops I did it Again, Spears, Britney
Every Breath You Take, Sting *
In Time, Stone, Sly
Brown Sugar, Stones, Rolling *
Take the A Train, Strayhorn, Billy
Sweet Disposition, Temper Trap *
All of My Love, The Gap Band
Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve *
Hey Soul Sister, Train *
River Flows in You, Yiruma
What a Wonderful World, Weiss/Thiele *

Amazing Grace, Traditional *
Angels from the Realms of Glory, Traditional
Angels We Have Heard on High, Traditional
Ave Verum, Mozart *
Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish
Be Unto Your Name, Deshazo/Sadler
Blessed Assurance, Knapp *
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Traditional
How Great Thou Art, Traditional
Jesus Es El Senor, Romero, Jesus
Morning Has Broken, Traditional Gaelic
My Jesus, Fair, Traditional
Nearer My God to Thee, Traditional
Panis Angelicus, Franck, Caesar *
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, Bourgeois, Louis
Psalm Til Vincent, Krantz, Klaus
The Prayer, Foster *
Tis a Gift to Be Simple, Traditional Shaker

Age of Innocence, Sensini, Kristian
Alfie, Bacharach, Burt
Amapola - from Once Upon a Time in America, Morricone, Ennio
Amelie Theme, Tiersen, Yann
At the Beginning, Flaherty, Ahrens
Believe - Tsubasa Chronicle, Kajiura, Tsubasa
Bridge on the River Kwai - Colonel Bogey, Ricketts, Fred
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme, Dennis/Gripp
Concerning Hobbits – Lord of the Rings, Shore, Howard
Dr. Zhivago – Lara's Theme, Jarre, Maurice
Emanuelle, Lai, F.
E.T., Perry, Katy
Fawlty Towers, Wilson, Dennis
Fire Emblem (Sacred Stones), Haruyama, Saki
Gabriel's Oboe, from The Mission, Morricone, Ennio
Gigi - On the Street Where You Live, Lerner/Lowe
James Bond – theme Norman, Monty
James Bond – From Russia with Love Bart, Lionel
James Bond - Goldfinger, Barry, John
James Bond, Thunderball, Barry, John
James Bond – Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Barry, John
James Bond – You Only Live Twice Barry, John
James Bond – On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Barry, John
James Bond – We Have All the Time in the World, Barry, John
James Bond – Diamonds Are Forever, Barry, John
Jaws Theme, Williams, John
Labyrinth of Gedref, Gosling, James
Lawrence of Arabia – Voice of the Guns, Ricketts, Fred
Loneliness - Naruto Shipuden, Yasuharu, Takanashi
Love Theme for Nata - from Cinema Paradiso, Morricone, Andrea
Lux Aeterna, Mansell, Clint
Merlin – Ambrosia Dies, Jones, Trevor
Merlin – Theme, Lane, Rob
Neutron Star Collision – Lover is Forever, Muse
On the Street Where You Live, Lerner/Lowe
Out of Africa – theme, Barry, John
Pink Panther, Mancini, Henry
Pirates of Penzance - One Day, Zimmer, Hans
Playing Love, Morricone, Ennio
Proposal – Ever After a Cinderella Story, Fenton, George
Scent of a Woman *, Piazolla, Astor
Schindler's List ?
She – (Les Miserable), Dretzmer/Aznavour
Sherlock Holmes
Singing in the Rain, Barry, Gene
Star Wars Theme, Williams, John
Super Mario Brothers – theme
Til There Was You – from The Music Man, Wilson, Meredith
Up (Pixar),
Victory – Formula I, Bergold, Arthur
Walking Dead
Wizard of Oz – Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harberg/Arlen


Granada, Albeniz *
Spanish Dance, Albeniz *
Tango, Albeniz *
Tango in D, Albeniz *
Cacique - Tango Brasiliero, Bernadini*
Por Una Cabeza, Gardel*
Spanish Dance #5, Granados *
Oblivion, Piazolla, Astor
Four for Tango, Piazolla, Astor
Tango #3, Powell *
Tango #4, Powell *
La Paloma, Salaverri, Iradier
La Cumparsita, Rodriguez, Gerardo
Recuerdos De La Alhambra, Tarrega*
Acorazado Rivadavia, Villoldo*
El Choclo, Villoldo*
Solace, a Mexican Serenade, Joplin *

Summer Blues, Burndrett, David *
Fair Weather, Dorham, Kenny
Misty, Garner, Erroll
Embraceable You, Gershwin, George *
I Got Rhythm, Gershwin
The Man I Love, Gershwin *
Someone to Watch Over Me, Gershwin *
Summertime, Gershwin
Swanee, Gershwin *
Girl from Ipanema, Jobim, Carlos
Quartet Club, Moffat *
I've Got You Under My Skin, Porter, Cole *
It's All Right with Me, Porter *
My One and Only Love/Nancy with Laughing, Silvers/van Heusen
Reinvention in A Minor, from Bach, Leprince, Franck
Take Five, Brubeck, Dave
Waltz No. 2 from Shostakovitch Jazz Suites, Shostakovich, Dmitri

Country Club Rag, Joplin *
The Entertainer, Joplin *
Heliotrope, Joplin *
New Rag, Joplin *
Paragon Rag, Joplin *
Pineapple Rag, Joplin *


All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Angels We Have Heard on High
Away in a Manger
Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Birds
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wencesla
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I'll Be Home for Christmas
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let It Snow!
O Christmas Tree
O Come all Ye Faithful
O Come, O Come Immanuel
O Holy Night
Pat a Pan
Silent Night
Sussex Carol
The Christmas Waltz
The Coventry Carol
The First Noel
The Little Drummer Boy
Twelve Days of Christmas
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child Is This?
Winter Wonderland

Ararat Dances
Hava Nagila
Der Frohliche Schn eider
Yiddish Blues


Celtic Suite
Celtic Trio
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
How Should I Your True Love Know
Sally in Our Alley
To a Wild Rose

Influences & Inspiration

classical string quartets and contemporary crossover groups like the Vitamin String Quartet.

Setup Requirements

10' x 10' of space w/ 4 armless chairs


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