(Closed) Any idea how much a violinist is?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
9883 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a harpist who’s charging $400 for 1.5 hours of playing (pre-ceremony, ceremony, and part of cocktail hour).  I’m assuming a violinist will be about the same?

Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Depends the level you want — you could probably get a skilled high schooler for fairly cheep. If you want a professional member of the symphony it will be a lot more…

(coming from an ameture violinist who has done weddings in quartets for about $200 for the ceremony)

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee

It also makes a big difference what part of the country you’re in.

To get an idea, you might check your local Craigslist.  A lot of musicians will advertise on there, and you can ballpark their rates. You could also see if there’s a local college or university with a music department and talk to some people there. They may have a bulletin board where you could find leads, or even a knowledgeable secretary who could make recommendations for you, both about how much $ you should expect to pay and who might be able to do a good job for you.

Post # 7
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@google:  This.

A of mine in high school used to charge $50-100 an hour to play alone.  In college she charged twice that.  Now she plays preofessionally in a rock band so I am sure the price is much more than that (especially based on how expensive her equipment is now.)  She was very good so it was a lot of bang for your buck when she was still in high school.

Post # 8
2419 posts
Buzzing bee

Are you just having them do processional and recessional, and nothing else? How long is the total ceremony?

Keep in mind that when you hire a wedding musician, from your end it feels like you are just paying for the time the music is actually being played. However, for them, it requires lots of preparation time – not just to learn the piece in question, but there’s also all the training and practice that go into becoming a musician. And there is often a rehearsal involved, and they have to pay for transportation, upkeep and maintenance of their instrument, appropriate attire, etc. Many people don’t realize how much effort goes into those few minutes of music.

Post # 9
3454 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@google:  I’m with you — I also used to play in quartets for weddings in high school and we generally charged $200. 

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@Nicole121212:  If a quartet of high schoolers costs $200, that’s $50 each. So for one violinist, you could probably get away under $100 … but that’s a high school student who, while talented, may be shaking-nervous about playing a solo in front of that many people. So keep that in mind!

Post # 10
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our violinst, who will play while guests arrive as well as the processional and recessional, is $225.

Post # 11
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

it depends on your location and the level of musician you want. it could be anywhere from 100-350.00ish for the ceremony.

Please keep in mind, while you say “o wow lol… I thought it might be like $50-$100 to play for like a total of 6 minutes lol” it is not a total of 6 minutes. The musician needs to travel to your ceremony, set up, (possibly play prelude music while guests are getting seated), play for your processional, sit through your entire ceremony, and then play for your recessional and while guests are shuffling out. So it could actually end up being 1.5 hours+. As a professional musician, it does irk me when people say “really? your charging how much for 5 minutes of playing?”. Its not 5 minutes. Not even close. And for a professional, this is our livelihood, how we pay bills, make a living, etc. Many of us have advanced degrees, and have student loans like everyone else, plus, to top it off, most of us have expensive instruments (to put it in perspective, I paid 40,000 for my violin…many professionals are in the same boat).

If you want to pay 50-100, I would suggest find a high school student, or a hobbyist (and again, you get what you pay for).

Post # 14
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am using a violinist here in Chicago for approximately 40 minutes (seating, processional, recessional).  The cost is $150 and is the lowest I found– I received quotes from $150 to $350.

Post # 15
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a violinist and pianist for $250. They played for ~1 hour. We had our wedding near a major college campus and both musicians were professors of music.

Post # 16
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My violinist is $110 for the hour and she is great .. I found her on gigmasters.com i didnt stop requesting bids until i found one to do what the others would do for a great price.. check them out you will be surprised.

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