Fretless Strings has stepped beyond the classical realm of most string ensembles and embraced the modern world of music. We offer quartet, trio, or duo groups whose repertoire lists include a wide variety of classical, latin, jazz, pop, and more.
It was a very pleasant experience. Fretless strings is a very talented violinist, extremely professional, organized and wonderful young women. She performed in a dinner that we hosted and did a great job. Highly recommended.
Our experience with them was great! With only 3 weeks notice she was able to acomodate many personal request. All the guest were raving about them. She was able to play a variety of styles. If the moment arises we will definitively use them again.
My husband and I hired Fretless Strings to play during our wedding ceremony and we could not have been happier with this decision. Stephanie was very easy to work with and was great with communication throughout the planning process. The song choices had a great variety - All three of the Disney songs I wanted were already included in the repertoire, as well as the Jurassic Park theme song (my husbands favorite)! We were able to chose a fun and modern playlist played by extremely talented musicians. The live music added such a special touch to our outdoor ceremony. I am so glad I found Fretless Strings and would not hesitate to hire them for another event!
My wife and I are truly thankful for Stephanie’s performance during our wedding ceremony. Everything came together perfectly and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience working with her. She was able to assist in deciding which songs to play, learn and perform a special song selected by us and was able to make changes to the timing on the very day of our wedding.
Most importantly, the music was played beautifully and her performance significantly contributed to the loving ambience and atmosphere of our ceremony.
Fretless Strings made our wedding ceremony incredibly magical! They did everything I wanted and they were extremely prompt and thorough! They have such a huge repertoire of music compared to many other groups. We received so many compliments! I wish I could go back to our wedding day just to hear their music again!
Stephanie played at our wedding this fall and did an outstanding job. Her true passion for music and pure talent sets her apart. Stephanie was very attentive to detail and worked out every aspect of her participation in our wedding. We ended up having a very cold day and she played in the cold - beautifully! Thank you Stephanie for honoring us on our special day! It would not have been the same without you!
Response from Fretless Strings:
Thank you, Gabrielle! It was an honor to play for you beautiful wedding. I’m so glad you enjoyed our time working together and my performance. I wish you two nothing but the best!
Stephanie and her team were great to work with and super accommodating! Fretless Strings played our ceremony music and our cocktail hour for our weddinh. They were absolutely flawless! They truly are the best, were very professional and made the whole process stress free. Highly recommended.
We used Stephanie and crew for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and couldn’t have been more pleased! Their music selection was great and they were willing to learn a song I wanted to use for the ceremony. Stephanie was great to work with and so very professional. If I ever need a string duo again, I know who I’ll call!
From the moment I contacted Fretless Strings I knew they were the right group for me. They are a very talented group with a wide variety of musical genres. They are very easy to deal with and are nice and very accommodating. They played at my daughter's wedding during the ceremony and cocktail reception. We received many compliments from our guests regarding Fretless Strings. I highly recommend this group.
Stephanie was fantastic to work with. We loved the thought of walking down the aisle to strings and she made that happen at a very reasonable cost. We also had them play during our cocktail hour. Stephanie shared a google doc with us weeks before the wedding so we could write down the songs we wanted them to play. They have such a huge variety of amazing songs to choose from, it was one of our favorite processes throughout the wedding planning. We loved hearing some of our favorite modern songs played in strings. I also had a dream of walking down the aisle to a very specific song, Stephanie told us we could pick any songs not on their list and they would learn it, which they did and played beautifully. They were very professional, reasonable in price and sounded amazing, I would highly recommend them!
I hired Fretless Strings for my wedding ceremony. Stephanie was great to work with! She was very responsive to all of my emails and questions even before we decided to book Fretless Strings. We briefly talked on the phone before the wedding and I felt very comfortable with her and her team. She was very personable and professional and made sure to confirm every detail of our day. On our wedding day, we got so many compliments on how lovely the music was! I would definitely recommend hiring Fretless Strings!
Fretless Strings were awesome for our wedding ceremony!!! Stephanie was a breeze to work with and easy to get in touch with if we had any last minute requests. I would definitely recommend Fretless Strings to my friends and family in the future for weddings and other events.
My wife and I had the pleasure of having Stephanie Young and her cello accompanist provide the music for our wedding ceremony in downtown Chicago. Every step of the way Stephanie offered advice, examples of set lists that were used by some of her other patrons, and useful information regarding our music options. Her musical repertoire is vast and varied, allowing for classical, modern, or songs from various movies as well. She was also extremely flexible, and willing to learn songs not included in her official repertoire. This truly allowed for us to make the experience custom tailored to our personalities, and make the ceremony one of a kind-Never before did I think that I would have the opportunity to walk out to the Star Wars theme (a now fulfilled childhood dream), or that my wife could choose from a myriad of Disney classics (which actually worked perfectly and created a simultaneously romantic and nostalgic ambience). In addition to her talent, Stephanie was willing and able to attend our wedding rehearsal, which was invaluable as it allowed us to rehearse with musical queues so that the ceremony would go off without a hitch. She was prompt, punctual, and a pleasure to work with every step of the way and I cannot emphasize enough that our wedding ceremony would not have been the same had we used a different musician! I would definitely recommend Fretless Strings and Stephanie Young for any special events!
Fretless Strings performed at our ceremony and cocktail hour as a violin and guitar duo. I could not be happier with our choice, Stephanie was amazing to work with through the planning process and provided a great selection of music to choose from. She always responded quickly and was excited to learn a couple of new songs that have meaning to us to make our ceremony personal. We received tons of compliments from our guests on how talented they were and how beautiful the music was! We loved that we were able to have a mix of both classic and modern music to make our day extra special.
I hired Stephanie to play for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour as the string duo (violin and cello). Stephanie was so helpful leading up to the wedding and answered all of my questions, took the time for phone calls, and offered some great advice when choosing the music. She also sent me a sample of a recording of her playing a song I wanted to use to walk down the aisle to that I could not find a string example of anywhere. It was not part of her usual song list, but she took the time to learn it and it sounded beautiful. I did not get to enjoy all of the music during cocktail hour since I was busy with pictures during that time, but our guests loved everything they played and we got a lot of compliments about having a live musician play during the ceremony and cocktail hour, which is not something people see everyday. She worked with my planner, the venue, and my officiant the day-of to go over timeline and cues for when the groups would be walking down and arrived early to make sure everything was set up on time. I could not have been more pleased with her professionalism and performance!
We were absolutely thrilled to work with Stephanie. She was incredibly easy to work with leading up to our wedding, and a true professional in every way. Stephanie and the rest of the Fretless group are classically trained professionals and it showed during our ceremony and cocktail hour. I don't think we could have imagined a better experience.
During the lead up to the day, Stephanie was always accessible to answer our questions in a timely manner and confirm how we wanted things to play out. No detail was forgotten. We never had any concerns with how the performance would turn out. The day of the wedding, Stephanie and Fretless showed up prepared and took care of the rest. They coordinated seamlessly with the music director at our church and the coordinators at the reception venue, and we didn’t need to worry about a thing.
Stephanie was more than happy to transpose a favorite church hymn so the string trio could play the piece. Stephanie maintains a deep and versatile repertoire that allows for fantastic performances in many settings. We selected classical selections for our ceremony and the trio filled the church with wonderful sound. We also had a mix of light classical and modern pop pieces for our cocktail hour. People are still raving how great the music was throughout the day. Stephanie took our wedding to a higher level and we can't imagine how the wedding would have turned out without Fretless.
Stephanie was absolutely amazing to work with. Her professionalism, patience and hard work during wedding planning was a calming relief as we planned for our perfect day. Fretless Strings played beautiful music and I appreciated her expertise and knowledge she contributed while we planned out music and timing. Stephanie was easy to work with, easy to contact and quick to respond to any questions or concerns.
I highly recommend Stephanie and her team to play for your wedding ceremony or any other special event! You will not be disappointed!
If you're looking for live music, look no further than Fretless Strings! Stephanie was kind enough to provide live music for my recent wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. First and foremost, she was fabulous to work with. She had great recommendations for what to play and when to play it -- and was always very client-oriented. It was clear her priority was helping create a perfect and memorable day for me and my husband. Beyond that, the music was GREAT! She offers a really varied list of songs to create whatever type of environment you're striving for, and most importantly it was played beautifully. I received several compliments from my guests over the course of the evening. Highly recommend!
From the first email/phone call to the last Stephanie was a pleasure to work with! Having her perform at my wedding was hands down one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. We received so many compliments!! She was so accommodating and helpful with our music choices and was so quick to offer and advice we needed. I highly recommend Stephanie and Fretless Strings for any event. The music was amazing and its a breath of fresh air to work with someone so genuinely kind!!
We hired the string quartet to play during our wedding ceremony. I had looked into several different trios and quartets to compare prices before coming across Fretless. The reason we chose Fretless is because they are reasonably priced and have the best list of songs to pick from. Stephanie was also so kind, so easy to work with, and so organized! I sent her different youtube videos of quartet music so that the group would play the songs at the exact tempo that I imagined for my wedding day. I can't describe to you how beautifully they played live, it was more than I ever imagined. Their music was the highlight of our wedding ceremony! We received so many compliments on how awesome they were. Thank you so much for making our ceremony so special!
We hired Stephanie and a cellist to play during our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour February 25th. We wanted our small ceremony to have an intimate and emotional feel and Fretless Strings helped create that through their blend of beautiful music.
From the start, Stephanie was so easy to work with. She's so organized and always got back to me right away. I like to have my hand in everything, but I felt completely confident stepping back and letting Stephanie do her thing.
The one engaged couple at our wedding would like to hire Fretless Strings to play at theirs and the venue coordinator plans on hiring them for future events. Countless guests commented on how wonderful they were.
Read reviews, check websites, and listen to audio clips. Then contact Stephanie! You'll know she's the perfect musician for your event.
I could not recommend Fretless Strings more highly. They were fantastic from start to finish. Stephanie worked closely with us throughout the process of planning our wedding. We really enjoyed their mix of both classical and contemporary music. They were so patient as we changed our minds.
The quality of the music was peerless. Countless guests at the wedding commented on how fantastic they were. Don't hesitate for a moment in choosing them to make your wedding the perfect day. You will not be disappointed.
Stephanie and Fretless Strings were a pleasure to work with, and her performance at our wedding was just beautiful. We had a string duo for our ceremony only - they played modern covers for guest seating and the recession, and classical for the procession and interludes during the ceremony. Stephanie sent us a form via Google docs for us to list our music choices - so easy. We also emailed back and forth some YouTube links, so we knew what types of styles to expect. Fretless Strings was also priced very well compared to other string ensembles we looked at in Chicago!
Fretless Strings did a phenomenal job giving us exactly what we dreamed of for our cocktail hour! I am a huge Disney fan, so needless to say I wanted Disney music for our friends and family to enjoy just as much as I knew I would. Stephanie went above and beyond with this task. She asked me to send her a list of my favorite Disney songs and she would do her best to accommodate us. After I sent her the list, she informed me that since we decided on a trio and that most of the songs were in quartet form, that she would have to make some adjustments to the music so I could have the songs I chose. She took hours doing that for me and was able to make all of my songs work. She got back to me in timely matters and was SUPER easy and nice to work with! The Disney music performed by Fretless Strings was the only piece of Disney I incorporated into my wedding and it was the perfect! She knew that Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie so she made sure the songs from the movie were played when my husband and I were greeting our guest so I was able to hear them. When I heard "Be Our Guest" (my absolute fav) I looked over and Stephanie was looking at me, playing the violin, with this huge smile on her face! Needless to say, that Fretless Strings is HIGHLY recommended. We got nothing but compliments about the music during cocktail hour and Stephanie is a very professional woman that takes her job very seriously! She gives 110% to make sure her clients are satisfied! Fretless Strings out did themselves by giving the perfect touch to my wedding! Do yourself a favor and use them for your next event!
Stephanie was such a great person to work with. Super responsive and helpful through the process from booking, music selection, and day of coordination. Things could not have gone smoother and their talent is amazing. They were a huge hit at our ceremony and cocktail hour. Everyone loved them!
Fretless Strings was unbelievably great! Upon learning new songs for us and even a last minute change to help our Sister with a Solo, Stephanie and Lillian performed flawlessly and effortlessly. The only real item I wanted in the wedding was to have strings during the ceremony and cocktail hour and Fretless didn't disappoint. I actually wish I held more gatherings where we could use them again! Thank you guys for making our special day even better!
I am so glad we went with Fretless Strings. Stephanie was amazing from start to finish - she was super nice, very professional, very responsive, and was on point. We hired FS for our ceremony and our guests kept coming up to us all night raving about how much they loved their performance. FS has an extensive list of modern and classical songs - we opted for all modern songs like Guns N Roses - Sweet Child of Mine and AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long. It really set the tone for the night and everything said they had an amazing time.
Stephanie was fantastic to deal with, very accommodating, and the music was wonderful! Highly recommend!
From my quote request to my big day. Stephanie made my husband and I feel at ease. Costs for my wedding were over budget and I was fearful we would compromise the music. Stephanie and Fretless Strings made sure that was the least of my worries, her quote for a string classical duo was great! She also was professional and easy going, went over playlist, identified transition points, was timely and adaptable to our venue.
She worked well with onsite coordinator, other vendors, and my guests with limited space. I made the mistake of believing my event would start on time, every Brides dream right .... Not the case. An hour late Stephanie and cellist kept our guests serenaded, despite the 90 degree heat. Fretless Strings plays excellent! Powerfully and meaningfully. We were so grateful for your extended services. Thanks Again for helping to make our day elegant & fabulous!!!!
We used Fretless Strings for our wedding ceremony this past weekend. They were phenomenal! So easy to work with and helped in any way I needed, making the process so easy and fun! Anytime I had questions Stephanie was there to guide me through it (and didn't make me feel silly about it either) will definitely be handing out their info to the many guests that complimented their work! Thanks again Fretless Strings for giving us such a beautiful ceremony!
Stephanie was our point of contact for the string duo. She was incredibly helpful from the first conversation on. They have a large list of standard classical and modern songs to pick from, and were willing to learn a new song free of charge. Stephanie was happy to talk and give advice from her experience on what songs to choose, when to play them, and how to coordinate with the wedding proceedings.
The music was beautiful. We had countless guests give their compliments towards the musicians. My brother-in-law even admitted to getting "teary eyed" due to how moving the musicians' performance was.
We were completely satisfied with Fretless Strings and would highly recommend them to anyone planning live music for a wedding or any other event.
We absolutely loved working with Fretless Strings for our Wedding. They were on point and totally willing to work with us to curate exactly what we were looking for. Their music selection is very extensive but are still willing to learn new pieces! And, we certainly tried to throw them some curveballs. So happy to hear that FS enjoys expanding their repertoire. We had them look into 7 additional songs that were near and dear to us and our relationship. Nearly all of our guests commented on the music from the string trio. They met, exceeded expectations and really made the Wedding extra special.
I have worked with Fretless Strings in both personal & professional capacities and have been blown away every time with their professionalism, organization & most importantly, their talent. Brilliantly beautiful music is produced by Fretless Strings - and nothing less. I highly recommend this group for weddings, special events & corporate events.
We got married September 5 and hired fretless strings for our ceremony. They were outstanding! I had numerous people come up to me after the ceremony wanting their information because they sounded so beautiful. Their song choices are amazing and they are also very accommodating if you are wanting a song played off their list. We had a duo (violin and cello) and sounded very pretty with the church piano and vocalist that was provided to us. Stephanie is very easy to work with and would recommend them to anyone and everyone! Fretless strings is AMAZING!
Stephanie was so friendly and great to work with. From the beginning she made the whole process effortless! can't say enough about what great musicians and very professional and accommodating they were. large array of music to choose from. Would definitely recommend them. Made my the day even more beautiful!
WOW! I could not be happier with our choice to have Fretless Strings play at our wedding ceremony. They were so easy to work with and were helpful throughout the entire process. They were flexible and worked with us on every request to make the ceremony music perfectly representative of us on our special day. They sounded absolutely beautiful and made the ceremony so much more special.
Our guests could not stop complimenting how great the music was! Great mix of offerings, and flawless execution. Couldn't recommend them more!
Stephanie was great to work and very easy to communicate with. Our wedding was perfect and she helped play a part in that. Thanks Stephanie!!
I wanted a string group to perform during my son's baptism reception. I chose Fretless Strings and requested they play their contemporary set of music. With three people playing, I was amazed at the sound- it filled the entire banquet hall. This is a group of VERY talented women, who are professional, responsive and accommodating. The music added the perfect touch and truly exceeded the expectations I had.
I hope I have the occasion to book them again. It was an honor to have them perpform for such a special day.
Stephanie was so easy to work with from day one. We chose the violin/cello combination....absolutely breathtaking. It added the perfect background to our fall garden wedding. Our guests were commenting all night on how beautiful the music was! Even our requested songs were performed perfectly. Thank you for making our day so unique and beautiful!
-Todd and Anna
We wanted to hear some of our favorite bands on classical instruments for our wedding ceremony. Fretless Strings was an excellent choice. We are so happy we chose them to be part of our big day. Stephanie was very easy to work with and she was flexible with our schedule considering the fact that we were planning a wedding in Illinois all the way from NYC.
Guests were coming up to us after the ceremony saying how they loved hearing modern songs on classical instruments. We provided Stephanie with a set list that included Edith Piaf, U2, Etta James, Coldplay, Lupe Fiasco and Pharell.
Thank you for providing beautiful and memorable music on our special day!
I had the Fretless Strings duo performing at my ceremony and cocktail hour - couldn't be more pleased with the professionalism, talent and overall helpful spirit of this group (Stephanie was our contact). They have amazing range, playing modern, pop, jazz and classical selections and they are willing to learn new numbers that are not included in their playlist. I was overjoyed that they performed the soundtrack for my special day. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests, minister, coordinator...literally everyone within earshot was moved by their performance. Highly recommend them!
Stephanie and team were great. From the contract to the day - they were very friendly, flexible, professional and just great! Their ability to improvise and adapt to the timing and situation was great. Thank you for making our day wonderful. Would definitely recommend Fretless Strings.
Fretless Strings played at our daughter's church wedding ceremony. Stephanie was a pleasure to work with helping us choose all the classical pieces that were needed and paying attention to every detail as well as our daughter's "vision". They played before, during, and after the ceremony and it was truly breathtaking! They also accompanied our soloist for two songs, and there was not a dry eye in the church. All of our guests raved about the music and said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever attended. Stephanie and the others in the quartet should be commended for their talent and ability to set an elegant atmosphere which made the wedding ceremony so special and memorable.
I worked with Stephanie of Fretless Strings to play the cocktail hour of my reception at the Renaissance Schaumburg. Stephanie, and the group, were nothing short of amazing. From our first contact to our first meet when they played for us to sample the music, and finally when they performed for a little over an hour during cocktail reception. They were profressional, professionally dressed, handled themselves with grace, and played to the audiences delight. I would, without hesitation, recommend them to anyone who is looking for a string orchestra...I only wish I could hear them play again!
Stephanie at Fretless Strings coordinated the string duo for our wedding. The music selection is huge and they just so happened to play our song, "The Luckiest" which we certainly didn't expect! Stephanie was always responsive and worked with me to get our songs chosen. On our wedding day it was raining and because string instruments can't be played outside they played inside and were mic'ed so that we could hear the music they were playing as they sat right inside the doors. I consider this extremely flexible as you never know what weather may be like. We were so pleased! Bottom line: very reliable and easy to work with! And most importantly, beautiful music!
Two of my daughters got married within 11 months of each other in the past year. One of the first things I suggested was to have a string quartet play during the ceremony. For the first wedding, my daughter picked out classical wedding music which was so beautiful. It added such elegance to the ceremony. My second daughter picked out modern songs which helped reflect her personality so well. I was extremely impressed at how different but equally beautiful the music was at each ceremony. Fretless Strings Quartet handled both ceremonies with professionalism and ease, making both events exquisite and memorable. I was surprised at how many guests commented on how well they liked the music each time...what a very special touch to the day! There is a great variety of pieces to choose from, the music was seamless and it was a great value. Stephanie was wonderful to work with as well. I would highly recommend Fretless String Quartet.
We cannot Thank Stephanie enough for the performance they gave at our wedding ceremony. Our guests raved about them, we could not be more pleased with them, they did a superb job!
What to Expect
Count on professional yet personable service. Stephanie is happy to take care of all the musical details of your event, helping you tailor the music perfectly to your special occasion. Fretless Strings musicians arrive on time and dressed for the event. Expect beautiful tone, intonation, and musicality from myself as well as the musicians I provide.
Stephanie Young holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee, and did post graduate work at Alverno College. Besides running and playing violin with Fretless Strings, she can be found performing regularly with Bowtime Quintet and Animal Farm, and occasionally with Fox Valley Symphony. She has performed with such notables as the rock band Kansas, Peter Cetera from the rock group Chicago, Rod Stewart, Final Fantasy "Distant Worlds: Milwaukee" show, Doc Severinsen at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and most recently Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Stephanie has recorded music for Milwaukee Public Television and for composers Thor Bremer, Luke Wieting, and Tammy Ann Winn. Besides performing, Ms. Young also enjoys teaching violin and piano at The Music Suite in Naperville, IL.
Additional Booking Notes
Due to the sensitive nature of acoustic string instruments, outside performances must have shade from direct sunlight and protection from extreme cold/heat/moisture/wind.
If sound equipment is needed, musicians can be amplified using the Bose L1 Model 1S with B1 Bass Module at no additional cost.
Past Booked Events
|December 17, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Dinner Party|
|June 11, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 12, 2014||Birthday Party|
Repertoire lists can be found on the About Us page of our website.