Melodious Strings is a leading professional string ensemble company based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We perform for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions, business events, and a wide array of other types of events in the Shenandoah Valley, Richmond, Roanoke, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., and up and down the east coast. We specialize in providing elegant and professional string quartets, trios, duets, soloists, and other types of string ensemble music for events and venues.
Melodious Strings trio played beautifully and for an unmatched price at our wedding in the mountains outside Charlottesville. Kate, the group's contact, was very quick to respond and laid everything out clearly, from song selection to pricing. They have tons of great arrangements in their repertoire to choose from and even offered to learn songs for us.
The only problem I noticed is that the group started playing the processional music way too early and had to repeat it a few times, but I think this was likely the fault of our wedding planner not communicating properly the timing cues for the ceremony. Inviting the group to your rehearsal might be a good idea if you can arrange it, but otherwise make sure the time cues are crystal clear between all parties.
Also, we were very happy that we sprung for a professional sound company to mic the group and mix the sound since the wedding was outdoors. The blend of the sound was much better, and it carried farther than it would otherwise.
Thank you guys for an excellent performance!
Response from Melodious Strings Quartet:
Hello Alex! Our trio really loved performing for your wedding! I had heard about the misalignment. I do agree with you and believe that the plans had been unfortunately tweaked/changed at the last moment after the details had been given to the trio. I am glad that the music otherwise went great! It was a great pleasure to work with you.
Thank you for including Melodious Strings to be a part of your wedding, and we all wish you much happiness and best wishes from Melodious Strings! :)
Kate made the entire process painless. She was extremely helpful in planning pieces for each part of our wedding ceremony. She was very professional and easily my favorite vendor! Would highly recommend.
Wonderful job for our outdoor ceremony!! Thank you so much ❤️
Working with Kate to arrange this event was delightfully simple. The music was beautiful and much appreciated by all of our guests. Thank you for sharing your talent.
Response from Melodious Strings Quartet:
Thank you for having us, Sister Kathy! We loved performing for you and the other sisters and your guests at "Our Lady of the Angels".
Professional and talented. Flawless and beautiful.
Will call on them again.
Response from Melodious Strings Quartet:
Hello Frank and Sarah!
It was an honor to perform for your wedding. The ceremony was beautiful and we wish such a lovely couple all the joy and happiness in the world.
Kate, Michael, Mary Beth, and Patrick
Price Range: $1100 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - We purchase event insurance on an event-by-event basis from Event Helper prior to the event. If insurance is required, this fee needs to be reimbursed by the client after Melodious Strings has made the initial purchase.
What to Expect
Q: What string ensembles do you offer?
A: We offer a variety of string ensembles, including but not limited to:
-String quartets (standard violin/violin/viola/cello)
-String trios (standard violin/viola/cello)
-String duets (we offer violin/cello, violin/viola, violin/violin, and viola/cello)
-Soloists (we offer solo violinists, violists, and cellists)
We also offer custom ensembles if the client's needs and requests differ from the standard options above (for example, a different type of trio, or a larger ensemble, such as a string chamber orchestra for a special church service or programmed concert, etc.).
Q: Will a contract be provided?
A: Yes, a contract which contains payment details, location, times, etc. is sent to the client once the booking has been confirmed.
Q: Will musicians come to rehearsals?
A: Musicians can come to rehearsals for an extra fee if schedules allow and the rehearsal location is not too far (mileage rates may apply past a 2 hour commute (2 hours combined from both ways). If preferred, one of our musicians can attend as a group representative.
Q: What will the musicians wear?
A: Unless otherwise specified/requested, our string ensembles perform in formal, wedding-appropriate attire in all concert-black. We can also do business/ business casual appropriate attire if desired. Just let us know what you need and we'll make it work for you!
Q: When will musicians arrive for an event?
A: Our musicians will arrive at least a half an hour before the start of the event to ensure proper set up prior to the start of the event.
Q: How will musicians know when to change selections during a wedding ceremony?
A: The musicians will need cues from a wedding coordinator or another appointed person to know when the various processionals of the different wedding parties are ready to begin. A program or script is also useful if available.
Q: What are the musicians’ qualifications?
A: All members of the Melodious Strings Ensemble are professional musicians who have been classically trained at respected and prestigious programs and universities across the country and are active performers with many local orchestras and ensembles.
Q: Can the musicians perform outside?
A: Yes! However, there are sometimes weather conditions that are not instrument-friendly. We cannot perform outside if any of the following conditions are present:
Any type of precipitation
Direct sunlight when outdoors (lack of shade)
Below 60 degrees or above 85 degrees Fahrenheit
If any of the above elements are present, appropriate shelter (i.e., a tent, shade, relocating to indoors, etc.) will need to be provided.
Q: Can pieces be performed that are not on your repertoire lists?
A: Yes, absolutely! We take custom requests all the time, and we are currently including custom arranging with any of our wedding packages for no additional fee.
Q: Cancellation Policy
A: We ask that any cancellations be made at two weeks prior to the event to avoid paying for the full balance of the service. If a cancellation is made less than two weeks before an event, the full balance is owed to the ensemble listed in the contract.
Q: Do the musicians need to be provided with anything?
A: Armless chairs for the musicians will need to be provided, and if outdoors, appropriate shade/shelter. Melodious Strings will provide the sheet music and music stands.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
We are a Virginia string quartet founded in the Shenandoah Valley-The Melodious Strings Quartet. We provide high quality string ensemble music packages for weddings and other special events. We are very flexible, have a very large list of repertoire that includes genres such as classical, Celtic, to pop and rock, and our musicians are extremely reliable, rigorously trained, and professional musicians who do this on a regular basis. In addition, we arrange any pieces (pop, rock, new age, Celtic, soundtracks, etc.) for our string quartet and our other string ensembles for your event. Our clients love and hire us for these and more great benefits. See our many shining reviews from our happy clients from our wedding wire profile, and here on our gig salad profile.
What sets us apart is our custom arranging and flexibility. Do you have a specific song you would love to have arranged for your bridal party? Let us know, we are happy to arrange it for you for no additional cost.
We are on a variety of preferred vendor lists, including historic Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, at Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, Virginia, at Eastwood Retreat in Warrenton, Virginia, and Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Additional Booking Notes
We custom-arrange music for you for no additional cost! We do ask that you send us your final playlist at least a month in advance before your event, and more time in advance (2+ months) if it is a long request list of pieces we need to arrange or attain sheet music for.
There are sometimes weather conditions that are not instrument-friendly. We cannot perform outside if any of the following conditions are present:
• Any type of precipitation
• Direct sunlight when outdoors (lack of shade)
• There are appropriate forms of wedding covers suitable for string ensembles for renting.
• Tree/s or other types of shade/cover are acceptable (i.e., shade from an adjacent structure, etc.)
• Note: we will allow the condition of performing in direct sunlight if it is below 80 degrees and if it is for ceremony only.
• Excessive humidity
• Below 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above 85 degrees Fahrenheit
• Excessively windy
The musicians/ensemble reserves the right to request a relocation for performing. If no alternative location is available, the musicians/ensemble reserves the right to not perform in unfavorable weather conditions if they feel that the weather conditions might damage their instruments.
If the client cancels their event before two weeks prior to their event (more than 14 days before the event, not including the day of the event in the 14 days), then the balance of the service is not due to Melodious Strings. If client cancels 14 days or less before the event date, the full balance is owed to the ensemble before the end of the day of the originally scheduled event.
Past Booked Events
|October 07, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 07, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 08, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 02, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|May 20, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Influences & Inspiration
Vitamin String Quartet
Armless chairs as needed for the size of ensemble hired.
Shade (tree/s, adjacent building, tent/cover, etc.)
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