Frequently Asked Questions

What ensemble options do you offer?

Currently, these are the instrumentation options we can offer -

 

• Solo Violin

• Solo Cello

• Solo Piano

• Solo Guitar

• Duet (violin, cello)

• Duet (violin, violin)

• Duet (piano, cello)

• Duet (piano, violin)

• Duet (violin, guitar)

• Trio (2 violins, 1 cello)

• Trio (1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello)

• Trio (violin, cello, piano)

• String Quartet

 

ALTERNATE REQUESTS

If there is a request for more musicians (a quartet or larger) or different instrumentation other than what is listed above, a special inquiry will need to be made to discuss these options.

 

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Violin and cello duet as we find this is our most frequently requested ensemble choice.

Picking songs for my event

SONG LIST

Upon booking with us, we will provide our complete repertoire list for you to make your song selections from. This can be e-mailed to you as a pdf or downloaded here. We are always available to make song recommendations or to guide you in selecting the perfect music for your event.

 

REQUESTED MUSIC

If you would like a song that you did not find on our repertoire list, we will do our best to find an arrangement of it that currently exists or we are always willing to arrange it for your selected instrumentation at a reasonable extra fee. 

(Fees are based on song requests).

 

ONCE YOU'VE MADE YOUR SELECTIONS

Simply e-mail a list of them to us at chicagostreetstrings@gmail.com at least 1 month prior to the event and we will make sure they're prepared and practiced. We also provide a song selection checklist at the bottom of our downloadable repertoire list. Click here to download both for your printing convenience.

How do I get a quote for my event?

Our pricing for most projects and events is based upon music preparation, time at event and travel expenses. We need to know all the details about your event first before we can give you a proper quote.

 

Inquiring about a Wedding? Click here.

 

Inquiring about another type of Event or specific Project? Click here.

 

Use our standard contact form for all other inquiries and we will get back to you via e-mail asap to provide an initial quote and to discuss more details about your upcoming event.

Will there be any travel expenses?

We typically charge extra if a destination is 25+ miles away from the Chicago-land area. A travel fee of $1 per mile per musician is applied for destinations that are 25+ miles away from the city.

PARKING

If parking is not free or easily accessible, we ask that the client be responsible for all parking costs for the musicians (be it metered parking, parking garage, valet, etc.)

How do you accept payment?

We accept payment via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, personal check or cash.

 

Payments to specific persons will be determined based on which performers are hired for each event.

 

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, generally we require a small deposit that goes to the music contractor which is due upon booking and once all parties have signed the contract. Deposit payments are made easiest via electronic methods like Paypal or Venmo. 

 

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Below is our Cancelation Clause as stated in our standard contract -

 

Cancellation Clause - In the case of an event cancelation occurring less than 1 month prior to event, the non-refundable deposit will not be returned to client. If event is cancelled by client or act of God within 48 hours of time on duty, 100% of contract payment is required to be paid to all artist(s) involved.

Are there any fees for events running late or overtime?

If an event runs more than a half hour over the contracted time, a $25 per half-hour per musician rate will be charged. 

What do you require in terms of space and equipment?

SPACE

We don't require much room! We just ask that we aren't located in the middle of a busy crowded area. We need enough space to play our instruments at a comfortable distance from listeners.

 

REQUESTS

For each performer, we require chairs, preferably set up in the location of performance so that the musicians know where to set up for the event. Musicians will also bring their own music stands unless music stand(s) may be provided by the venue. It is also helpful to know of any designated areas for the musicians to stash their personal belongings (cases, purses, etc.) beforehand to keep the performance area tidy.

 

AMPLIFICATION

Typically amplification is not necessary unless the wedding is unusually large, however, amplification can be brought for an extra fee of $35 per performer. In this case, performers would require electricity to power their amps.

Should you be at the wedding rehearsal?

Our musicians are highly experienced with all types of wedding ceremonies and always come prepared. On the day of the wedding, our musicians will arrive at least a half hour prior to set up in the proper location and speak with the minister, wedding planner or coordinator about the necessary cues to perform for each section of your ceremony. Because of these reasons, it is not essential that we attend the dress rehearsal.

 

However, if this is important to you, we can do our best to attend a ceremony rehearsal if our schedules allow and will require a $75 travel expenses fee per performer.

Outdoor events and their stipulations

Some instruments, particularly string instruments, are extremely valuable and are susceptible to damage when exposed to certain climatic variations, such as rain, direct sunlight and temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, the musicians must be provided with shelter from rain and direct sunlight. There must be no precipitation, and the temperature must be at least 60 degrees. We ask that these precautions be taken care of beforehand the day of the event in the case of unfavorable weather conditions.

What is your dress code for events?

All performers will dress in what is commonly referred to in the music world as "Concert Black". If you would like us to wear something otherwise, please contact us about the details upon booking and we may be able to cater to your requests.

Do the musicians need breaks?

Typically, we require a 10-minute break per hour. This does not apply to wedding ceremonies.