Post # 1
We both have degrees in music, and have been looking (to no avail) to find a musician for our ceremony. Fiance wanted a brass quintet for some Gabrielli first, but after looking at the Vermont Symphony with no dice, we figured that was out. We both love us some Dowland and Rennissance music, so we thought a lute or classical guitar would be ok.
Problem is, we need to find someone who is pretty skilled. We will be having people at our wedding who have gone to Juilliard and sung in NYC Opera, as well as a ton of other music degree folks. Joe folk song with his guitar won’t really work for this crowd.
We though about asking one of our friends to help out (or play the music pre recorded ourselves) but we really want them to be able to enjoy the day, and not feel obligated to play.
Anyone have any ideas?
Post # 3
We found our guitarist on craigslist. I know that sounds like asking for trouble, but I was raised on classical music, played in orchestra for years, mom went to music school, etc. Guitarist went to Indiana U and teaches guitar locally and plays weddings. (I did listen to samples on his website before bothering to contact him, and there were plenty of other guitarists I didn’t contact). I’m sure there’s someone in DC who is equally excellent. This guy was on craigslist in DC, tho perhaps not as amazing as you’re looking for – http://members.cox.net/jjlaskey
Or maybe one of your invited friends has a friend who does weddings.
Post # 4
We used the Constitution Brass quintet last summer. They added so much to our day. My only regret was not thinking ahead to have them play through dinner.
Jo Anne was great to work with. I really can’t say enough about our experience with them.
Post # 5
I can second a recommendation for Constitution Brass. They are highly regarded in Vermont and could be great for what you need. Good luck!