Post # 1
I’m wondering if this is a reasonable price for a duet of violins or trio of two violins and cello for a brief wedding ceremony in NYC. The duet is quoted as $500 and the trio as $700. The price includes music while guests are being seated, music during the ceremony, and any travel expenses. Also, do you tip in addition, and how much?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Sounds about right to be honest, damn the are expensive! Have you tried gigmasters.com to shop around?
Post # 4
Juju, I moved this to the NYC board for you – hopefully it’l be seen more readily there. 🙂
Post # 5
“Two dudes play” quoted me $1000 for coctail hour and ceremony music. (violin and cello)
*** But I am thinking of just putting up a poster in Julliard and offering $200 per person for the same thing.
Post # 6
I was shocked at how expensive duets and trios are. I searched high and low and ended up paying $600 for a duo for an hour and a half. And we got married in a little town in Wisconsin. Crazy!
Post # 7
So what’s the length of time that price is based on?
I found a duo for two hours for $517, recommended from New York Magazine.
Also, smaller music schools have student musicians for roughly $150-$200 each. I’ve heard Julliard is WAY more expensive than that.
Post # 8
Juju, that’s fairly standard and I searched through a lot of vendors – gigmasters, Craigslist, Google searches, bridal referrals, etc. However, that doesn’t mean with some hard work you can’t find a better deal. $517 for a two-hour stint is really remarkable; otherwise, most places will quote the standard $500+ for duos and $650+ for trios; usuall for an hour (though many are flexible, so long as you don’t take advantage). I am getting a trio for less than your duo quote (I got really lucky but my hard work paid off) for an hour of service, but should the events run longer than an hour, they aren’t going to gnash my eyes out. And since my wedding is within the five boros, no travel fees.
Julliard is definitely on the high end, despite what many folks say (I’ve gotten brochures and quotes and I did better). I think if you use gigmasters right and really stick to a budget, folks will come down because some money is better than no money.
Post # 9
I would also recommend trying the Manhattan School of Music. They have a list serve and a request form that you can complete that they can use to match you with students. You can even request graduate students or recent grads! Definitely worth looking into!
Post # 10
@Gerbera: do you mind PMing me the name of the duo you found for $517? The least expensive I”ve found so far is $750 for 2 hours!
Post # 11
Thanks, daydreamwander for moving this post for greater exposure, and thanks everyone for your replies.
@Gerbera, I found out that the quote is for a duration of about an hour to possibly an hour and a half, depending on the situation. They are also able to do the trio as violin, viola, and cello, which I’ve heard is a great combination.