Classical, bluegrass, celtic, contemporary- my performance adapts to your event. I learn all your song requests and fill in my setlist with music that completes the atmosphere.
I want to make your event one of a kind, so send me those special tunes!
I would like to offer my high praise for Samantha; she was an outstanding addition to our Commencement Ceremony. The musical selection was a great blend of modern and traditional. Positive feedback was provided by many of our guests.
My top regret is that I did not have an opportunity to thank Samantha, in person, immediately following our event. I wouldn't hesitate to book Samantha for future events.
Samantha was absolutely amazing! She was very responsive and so easy to work with. She showed up early and looked very professional. She had such a great presence about her and her music was absolutely beautiful. We had worked on an outline and I never would have thought she would know all of the songs but she did! And even offered to learn them if she didn't. Her experience is obvious and she played at just the right times throughout the ceremony. I could not have been happier and would certainly recommend her to anyone. We had so many wonderful comments afterwards. I am so glad we chose to have a violinist at our wedding and even happier that it was Samantha.
Wonderful job!! Lots of compliments 😀
She was early and she was so professional ... we are so happy we had her at our ceremony...
Samantha played violin for our guests as they arrive at our ceremony & played our request for the prelude. She sounded beautiful and the guests loved her music. It was the perfect touch for our garden wedding!
Samantha did a wonderful job at our wedding. The music was amazing and we received so many compliments on it. She was also super easy to work with and was able to accommodate any requests I had for her. Thank you Sam!!!
Sam was great! She played a few songs on the violin for our ceremony, and then a few dozen songs on the piano for our reception. We had several guests come up to us asking who she was and where we found her. Sam was very professional throughout the process. Always made sure to touch base with us every few weeks leading up to the event, was very quick to respond to our questions, and met with us in person prior to the event to discuss the details. That really made us feel comfortable with our decision. We could not have been happier and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a violinist or singing pianist. Thanks Sam!
Sam played the music for our wedding ceremony recently on January 28, 2017. The music was beautiful and complimented the Hoyt Sherman Theater perfectly. We highly recommend Sam for her talent, professionalism and overall production.
Upon request for a violinist, she provided a reasonable quote as well as a sample of her music. She was easy to work with (allowing this bride to focus on all other aspects of a wedding) and offered suggestions that helped narrow down options for the ceremony.
Thank you Sam!
Sam was great to work and she is a great gift!
Sam was a fantastic find and really made the wedding something special. She learned the specific songs we wanted during the ceremony and played them beautifully. Afterwards, she was given the freedom to play what she liked at the cocktail hour, and her choices were perfect for event.
Hiring Sam was one of the best investments we made for our wedding, she played beautifully! We got so many compliments from our guest. We would absolutely use her again and recommend her to all of our friends!
Hello! I would highly recommend Sam to anyone looking for an excellent violinist and musician. She was so professional, pleasant, flexible and an overall joy to work with. Sam played her violin at our outdoor wedding in May and she helped make our day completely perfect.
We appreciate you, Sam. Best of luck for lots of fun gigs in your future!
Roxane and Henry
Price Range: $175 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Set up: I prefer to arrive at a venue up to an hour early so I can set up and make sure everything goes smoothly.
Sound: My violin performances are normally acoustic, with no sound equipment. However, I can bring a speaker system and mics if the venue is large enough that I need a volume boost, or if the client specifically requests amplification.
Requests: I learn music by ear, so send me your special tunes! I take pride in tailoring my setlist to your needs.
I've been playing violin and piano for over 16 years. Music performance is my passion, and nothing makes me happier than adding that je ne sais quoi to an event.
Additional Booking Notes
Depending on the venue, I can perform with just myself and my violin (and a chair, if the client prefers me to be seated).
If the space is large enough that acoustic violin volume won't cut it, I can provide sound equipment.
If I'm playing piano and singing, I will bring a keyboard, mic, sound system, and chair.
I transport, set up, and tear down all my equipment, so the client doesn't have to lift a finger.
Upcoming Booked Events
|August 11, 2018 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|May 19, 2018 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Graduation|
|April 24, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|January 26, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 30, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Holiday Party|
|September 30, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 02, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 15, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 08, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 02, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 03, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 06, 2017 • 4:30pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 18, 2016 • 8:00am - 12:00pm||Concert|
|October 22, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 15, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 09, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 25, 2016 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
My set list depends entirely on my client. If you're looking for bluegrass or Celtic fiddle, I have a set of crowd pleasing jigs, waltzes, and rags.
I also have a tried and true classical violin wedding set including Pachelbel's canon in D, Saint-Saens's "The Swan", and other tunes in that vein.
Everything on this list I play on both piano/vocals and violin:
"A Thousand Years" - Christina Perri
"Let's Hurt Tonight" - One Republic
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You" - Meghan Trainor & John Legend
"Desperado" - The Eagles
"Baby Love" - The Supremes
"Skinny Love" - Bon Iver
"I Wish You Peace" - The Eagles
"Adore" - Amy Shark
"All of Me" - John Legend
"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
"At Last" - Etta James
"Feeling Good" - Nina Simone
"I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
"Roses" - Chainsmokers
"Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis
"Your Song" - Elton John
"Marry Me" - Train
"The Luckiest" - Ben Folds
"Me & You" - Kenny Chesney
"No One's Gonna Love You (More Than I Do)" - Band of Horses
"First Day of My Life" - Bright Eyes
"Rocket Man" - Elton John
"Stand by Me" - Ben E. King
"Piano Man" - Billy Joel
"Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton
"After the Gold Rush" - Neil Young
"Fly Me To the Moon" - Frank Sinatra
"I Won't Give Up" - Jason Mraz
"I Walk the Line" - Johnny Cash
"Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen
"Take Me To Church" - Hozier
"When My Time Comes" - Dawes
"Young and Beautiful" - Lana del Rey
If amplification is necessary, I can provide my own sound equipment and extension cords, but I can't bring power outlets with me so I'll need access to one of those.
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