Post # 1
As my wedding is in a Catholic Church I am going to have an organist play at the ceremony. I do not know any organists so my Deacon recommended two to me, gav me their names and numbers. How do I pick one??? Like I know anything about organists! lol I am thinking I will ask them if there is sometime when I can hear them play, during Sunday mass or whenever they do play, before I decide. Obviously I will not be able to hear them play at an actual wedding (no one wants strangers at their ceremony), do I tell them they need to be there for the rehearsal?? I think I would like to have them there so we can see how fast to walk and how they play the music we picked… I don’t know if that is usual though… ideas?
Post # 3
@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
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.