Violinist available for solo, ensemble, recording, private lessons and a variety of other musical needs.
Also available: Fretless Strings (String Quartet, Trio, or Duo) and Bowtime (Violin, Marimba, Piano, Guitar, and Bass) Duo, Trio, Quartet, or Quintet
Stephanie and Fretless Strings were amazing at our wedding this past weekend. I knew I wanted some element of live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour and I'm so glad I came across Fretless Strings. Being in the wedding industry, I knew of a lot of options and I was thrilled to find Fretless Strings who fell within my price range and provided a long repertoire of songs for us to choose from. My fiance and I were able to choose from so many genres that we enjoy - pop, rock, indie, motown, oldies, etc. - and each song played by the trio was super recognizable and sounded BEAUTIFUL! Our guests really enjoyed the music and were complimenting us during cocktail hour.
Stephanie is super friendly, personable, and very responsive. I can't wait to work with Fretless Strings again for my clients' weddings!
Stephanie played a wonderful variety of music and really captivated our audience. Residents and families thanked her personally after her performance. I highly recommend her for events.
Response from Stephanie Young:
Thank you so much for your kind words, Lauren. It was such a pleasure working with you and playing for everyone!
I loved Stephanie so much, she was so accommodating. My wedding ran a bit late, mother of the groom was late my brothers were late and i was so annoyed 😒. But stephanie played on so beautifully. She was so kind, her personality was so up beat and she played all my Disney songs perfectly! Thank you for making my intimate wedding a success
I found Stephanie on gig salad a couple of months ago. I was helping my brother plan his wedding reception and I felt like a violinist for a cocktail hour would add that classy touch to the event. As soon as I got in contact with Stephanie, she was so easy to work with. Everything was done in timely fashion. She provided me with a list of songs she knew how to play and I provided her with 3 special requests for Indian music and she played those beautifully. On the day of the event, my brother's reception started late just like majority of Indian weddings and Stephanie was so cooperative and patient. She came with her own music set up that was loud enough to hear in the hall. My sister and I have agreed to hire Stephanie for our weddings as well because she was a pleasure to work with.
Stephanie was wonderful, professional, and patient! Her performance added elegance to our ceremony and she was very helpful in suggesting music when we weren't sure what to go with. I would highly recommend her to elevate the experience at your wedding or event.
I had a great experience with Stephanie as our solo violinist. She was prompt in responding to me, she was friendly and professional throughout the process. I love her sound and her selection of songs. We did our recessional to a Zelda theme song which I found super neat and unique. She brings her own equipment to amplify herself if you can't afford a full quartet or trio. Her sound filled the room and was wonderful.
I also love her look for our wedding - we didn't want another boring guy in a tux as a vendor. Super reasonably priced too. No reason not to hire her for her thing.
Stephanie was hired to perform at the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Eagle Falls Dentistry. She was amazing to work with through every step of the way and was very pleasant and professional. I would HIGHLY recommend her for your next event!
Response from Stephanie Young:
Thank you for having me, Tanya! Everyone I worked with and performed for was just incredible, yourself included. Congratulations on 45 years!
We hired Stephanie as our violinist for our wedding at Promontory Point and we're so grateful and happy with our decision! She is so talented, kind, organized, professional, and was so helpful with our wedding. Our wedding ran 30 minutes late and she accommodated us by playing an additional number of wonderful music which kept our guests entertain while waiting for the rest of our wedding party to arrive as it was raining heavily that day. We've received so many compliments from our guests and we'll make sure to use her again for future events. We highly recommend Stephanie! Her pricing is very affordable and she'll take care of you. She has a fantastic list of music to select from (modern, jazz, latin, class, etc.) and she has a vibrant personality! I highly recommend her if you are looking for a musician to add a level of sophistication, class, and fun to your wedding ceremony and reception. Stephanie also played jazz music during our reception and our guests loved it! Thank you Stephanie for making our wedding beautiful!
We hired Stephanie for a business event & not only was she was a pleasure to work with, but she her performance was spectacular! Would recommend & hope to work with Stephanie again!
Stephanie was recommended to me by a friend to play at my wedding. She was absolutely amazing! Super easy to work with and extremely organized. I will be recommending her to all my friends. I'm so glad I found her!
Stephanie Young is amazing! We are from Ohio and had to find a violinist for our daughter's wedding in the Chicago area. We worked with Stephanie through email and phone and she was so professional and kind. Her suggestions and performance was OUTSTANDING. We could have listened to her music for hours!
She is the perfect violinist for any event! She made our daugher's wedding very special!
Stephanie was terrific! She is super organized and efficient. She played as a violin soloist at our wedding and was great with my requests and knowing what music to play. All of our guests commented on her music. It was a lovely addition. Highly recommended!!
I hired Stephanie to play a violin solo during my marriage proposal on a recent winters evening in Chicago. The fact that it was18 degrees and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground did not stop Stephanie from happily showing up and playing beautifully. I had requested 2 specific songs, which she accommodated without hesitation. I genuinely felt that Stephanie cared about my special event and I would hire her a million times again.
Stephanie played at our friends' wedding celebration and she was absolutely wonderful. Not only could she play requests without any sheet music at all but she knew every song we requested. I recommend this beautiful woman without hesitation!
Adding a violinist was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! Stephanie was just beyond amazing!! Very professional, helpful & very quick to respond to any questions I had. I would highly recommend adding Stephanie to your special day. All night I had people telling me how beautiful her music was. I also feel like her pricing is beyond reasonable. Stephanie, thank you for adding such a beautiful touch to our wedding!!!!
Well, as a manager of an entertainment agency, I usually do not write these reviews myself. However, I have been working closely with Stephanie and her team at Fretless Strings for all of our events. It is nice to work with artists that also have a business mentality. Very talented and very professional. Always on time and they make our events hassle free. As long as Fretless Strings are around, they will be my go-to for ceremony music. One of the best I have ever worked with and I highly recommend them for any event.
Stephanie did an amazing job! Music was beautiful, and was very helpful through everything!
We found Stephanie through a 3rd party- boy oh boy are we happy for the introduction. She played for our wedding. Stephanie was professional and engaging. The violin just may be her third appendage. We loved having her as our live musician.
Stephanie, is quite the professional. We were impressed with her talent and flexibility to play for our wedding. We are happy we chose her for our momentous occasion.
I'm so glad we choose Stephanie to play at our wedding ceremony. She plays beautifully and has a large repertoire of songs. She was helpful in the song selection and easy to work with. Having Stephanie play added something special to our day. If you're searching for a violinist, stop... and contact Stephanie.
We hired Stephanie to play 2 songs on the violin during our wedding ceremony, and I couldn't have been happier with the results. She learned both songs at our request, one of which was a mash-up of a couple of songs, took the time to meet with us beforehand for a dry run, and played them beautifully during the ceremony. She was so nice to work with, a very sweet person and talented musician. I would recommend her to anyone, she made our wedding day even more special.
I planned my own wedding, and working with Stephanie was the best decision I made! Having to decide on every wedding vendor can take a lot of effort, but don’t worry with this choice. You will be more than satisfied. Stephanie was extremely professional and prompt for all correspondences and for the wedding. Her attention to detail, including where she should sit at the ceremony, helping me coordinate the music, and other small yet important details, was greatly appreciated. Last but definitely not least, she is an amazing and talented violinist. Having her play at my ceremony in the woods was a beautiful addition to the ceremony, and I would highly recommend using Stephanie and Fretless Music for any event you might have.
Hi Stephanie , our family would like to thank you for playing the violin at are parents 50th anniversary party. We got so many compliments on your playing and the song selection you put together for us. Your music really added something special to our event. It was amazing!
Vince, Rose and Linda
Stephanie did an amazing job with a live performance at our wedding. She was more than willing to accommodate for us from song selections to venue changes. She was very professional and I truly enjoyed working with her. She perfected our selection that we requested and given such a short time frame (less than 3 weeks), she was able to learn the songs with no problem. She even went out of her way to find an additional musician for my wedding after our request. She found a great banjo player that even could sing our songs! A banjo and violin duet may seem odd but was beautiful and went right along with the vibe of the entire ceremony and venue. They were on time and even stayed longer than what we agreed on due to the wedding starting later after being moved inside because of rain. They brought my wife to tears as she entered the ceremony (it was a surprise for her!). We would recommend their services to anyone else without hesitation!
Stephanie Young played at my daughter's wedding on April 26, 2014. We met beforehand to "audition" her, and within minutes, I knew we had encountered a gift. We knew nothing about wedding music, and she graciously emailed us a full list of suggestions for various part of the service. Her range is incredible. We emailed her our decisions, and she assisted in fine-tuning them just a bit. We then met her for a rehearsal, where she came with everything fully prepared in a booklet, which she generously shared with the organist.
The ceremony was gentle, lovely, spiritual, holy - her exquisite, flowing strings made one close their eyes to listen, hoping the beauty would never go away. The loveliness of her music sang throughout God's house. We all feel very blessed to have met such an incredibly gifted musician - and a very nice person, too.
Stephanie played violin for our wedding reception and was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. She was professional and extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire process and played beautifully. She helped point us in the right direction and shared her expertise to ensure that the music for our ceremony was appropriate and personalized to our style.
I highly recommend working with Stephanie and would certainly use her again for any upcoming events.
We used Stephanie for our wedding ceremony and her performance was everything we hoped for. She is a talented and professional musician who lived up to our expectations. She made time to meet with us prior to our event to discuss song selections and ceremony details. She was on time the day of our wedding and played beautifully. All of our guests enjoyed her talent and had nothing but good things to say about her playing.
We couldn't have been more pleased with the performance Stephanie and the other members of her trio gave for our wedding ceremony. Not only were we thoroughly satisfied by how talented she is and how beautiful the music sounded, nearly every single one of our guests commented on how lovely the music was in the church. When I first walked into the church the music literally took my breath away! Extremely highly recommended!
We hired Stephanie for one hour of service during our wedding ceremony. She was very easy to work with-- we requested modern music, and she sent a list for us to look over. We worked together to choose the best songs for solo violin. Stephanie did a great job and we received many compliments on her work. We really appreciated Stephanie's willingness to work with our budget and to be flexible with our needs. I am so glad we found someone to meet our expectations and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a violinist!
What to Expect
Expect beautiful tone, intonation, and musicality from myself as well as the musicians I provide. We are proud to offer a wide variety of musical styles and ensembles - string quartet, trio, duo, or solo. It is my aim and pleasure to help make your event special and unique!
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 will be amplified using the Bose L1 Model 1S with B1 Bass Module at no extra cost to you!
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 02, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
Past Booked Events
|June 09, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Fundraiser|
|May 03, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|April 14, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 15, 2017 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|October 15, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 28, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
Repertoire lists can be found on the About Us page of my website.