(Closed) Catholic- how much did you pay organist and vocalist?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What church are you using?  Our church is also $500 with the organist/vocalist (same person) being either $200 or $250 and another $200 for a trumpet.  Being that you’re in Chicago, I don’t think that’s out of line.  Sadly.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$150 each about an hour southwest of Chicago.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

When I sang for weddings the organist usually got $175 and I got $150.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Wow! Our pianist/vocalist would have normally been $125 but she gifted her services to us as I had been her student for 10 years and Darling Husband was her student in school. When I sang for two weddings I got $50 and $75. Granted, I was in high school but still, sounds like I should get back in it!

What are their qualifications? Do they have experience/training? Ours actually went to school for music and had been teaching privately and in school for ~30 years.

Btw – northwest IL, pretty rural area.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re paying the organist $200.  We’re using a friend and a family member as our two vocalists, so we just have to tell them thank you.  🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

church: 800

organist: 200

vocalist: 175

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@katiegirl84: That would be my guess as well – but it still seems ouchy! Are you allowed to bring in someone else or do they come with the church?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Dang. Our church doesn’t have a set rate, just a donation.

Our pianist charges $100 and our vocalist said she wouldn’t charge us (she’s not even a family friend or anything) but we thought we’d probably give her $50. 

*cue zipping my mouth about wedding expenses*

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ours were $350 for both, and we had to use them.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa

Our organist charged $200.  We paid the vocalist $50 because I only wanted one song cantored.  Normally, they are paid $75 at my church.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@AprilJo2011:  Same.  We have to use the organist.  If we don’t use her, we still have to pay her $150.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@GreenEyedMoon: Ours was the same way.  We paid her regardless.  It was explained to me that this is how she makes her living so that should be seen as fair.  I was only upset b/c I wanted to have my aunts sing and my cousin play the violin.  Oh well, it will still be beautiful!

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