What sections of the ceremony do I select music for?
Prelude, Processional, Special music, Recessional, Postlude.
Prelude: Music to welcome guests as they are being seated before the ceremony. Prelude generally begins 15 minutes before the ceremony. The quartet is happy to select these pieces when requested.
Processional (wedding party): Music for the wedding party to enter. (slower)
Processional (bride and/or groom): Music for the bride and/or groom to walk down the aisle. (slower)
Special music: Music that may be during the unity candle, the giving of roses to family members or for a moment to listen and reflect. Some couples opt for no additional music during the ceremony.
Recessional: Music for the wedding party to exit. (more joyous and up-beat)
Postlude: A continuation of joyous music as guests exit or are ushered out.
What do the musicians wear to the ceremony?
Musicians will wear formal black clothing.
Do I need to find music stands?
No, musicians will bring music stands.
Does the quartet need chairs?
Yes, Pecatonica String Quartet needs 4 solid chairs with no arm-rests placed in the location the couple wishes them to perform for the ceremony or reception.
Do I need to provide a tent?
If the event is outdoors, yes. This helps protect PSQ's expensive instruments (and precious fingers!) from the elements; cold, heat, wind, rain and sun. PSQ also has its own tent (white, 10x10, up to 3 side panels) for rent. Certain outdoors venues may have a covered, protected location that may replace the need for a tent. If unsure, just ask!
I'm having a Catholic wedding without the full mass.
The Responsorial psalm and Alleluia are in the quartet's repertoire and we are happy to play it for those parts of the liturgy at no additional cost. If you'd like us to perform with a family member, friend or church cantor as the soloist there will be an additional $100 charge for the extra rehearsal. Need a suggestion on a soloist? Let us know, we've worked with some great ones!
Pecatonica String Quartet
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