String Quartet with a Singer?

posted 7 months ago in Music
Post # 2
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I can’t imagine why a singer + strings wouldn’t sound good. What types of songs will be sung? 

I would not add in guitar — I think the accompaniment should be either guitar or strings, but not both. 

Post # 3
558 posts
Busy bee

We did this 🙂 We are Jewish, and our ceremony was performed by our Cantor (basically a Rabbi who also leads with song).

Our string trio played alone for the processional.

On my enterance they played Erev Shel Shoshanim which my Cantor sang to as i walked down the aisle.

It was perfect! Your singer may have sheet music to provide to the quartet for the key and tempo they will be using. It is helpful for them to rehearse together even briefly for about 20 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Hearing them rehearse is also really beautiful and soothing as you get ready 🙂

Post # 5
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hi bee, I am a professional classical singer. It is very uncommon for music to be scored for string quartet and solo voice. Solo voice is usually accompanied by piano, organ or in other genres guitar, and string quartets are just the 4 string players on their own. If you wanted them together, they would have to arrange the music you wanted for that particular ensemble, which will cost you more. It’s not out of the question but that is why you aren’t finding the two naturally paired. 

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