(Closed) Church ceremony organist help!

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LovelyLaura8:  What I would do is ask them things like how many weddings they play in an average year and how many masses in a year as well – this gives you an idea of their comfort level playing in front of an audience.  Inquire when they’re scheduled to play and attend a mass or two that they’re playing.  From there I’d say, see how your personalities mesh and what they charge.  If one of them is friendlier than the other, she may put more effort into your day.  Hope this helps.

Post # 4
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

If they are deacon-recommended, they are probably employed by the parish, and you can be confident that they are competent musicians and capable of playing the standard wedding fare. Unless you are going to ask them to do something extraordinarily difficult, you probably don’t need to “audition” them (and you might even insult them by doing so). It is a good idea, however, to go to a Mass they’re playing for and listen to them. Some organists have steadier tempo than others, etc., so checking them out (without putting them on the spot) is smart.

Also, just FYI, most of the time the organist does not attend the wedding rehearsal. There was a thread about this recently.

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