Playing at a wedding?

Playing at a wedding?

Playing at a wedding?    21:51 on Tuesday, January 13, 2009          

(259 points)
Posted by arabians207

So violin is not (anymore) my main instrument (flute), but I am pretty good at it (according to everyone else, lol) and I play at church somewhat often.. just because everyone loves it so much. I've played violin seriously for about 6 years and quit last summer to focus on flute.

Anyway, so my pastor recommended me as a violinist to play at a wedding in June and I'm "auditioning" for them this Sunday. They are going to come listen to our service and hear me play since I'm on the worship team. I mostly play just the chord notes with most songs since most don't have sheet music, but I will either play a solo for the offerings time.. (probably the Haydn in G major which was my solo last year for All-State auditions and Solo Ensemble) during church, or just play that for them afterwards..

How much should I charge? I've never played at a wedding before, and I'm a junior in high school if that makes a difference I want to know whats an average price as I don't think they really know whats appropriate, nor do I lol.

Also any other ideas on what to play Sunday? I don't think that solo is very "churchy" and its going to be really awkward playing it with no pianist but everyone besides me probably wouldn't care lol. I did play the Haydn at church before in Mayish but with a recording of the piano part.. but i hated it cause it goes just a tad too fast and i've played my violin literally 3 times since june so its not going to get much better in 5 days..i also don't really want to be playing something new, but I need something that shows I can actually play..


Re: Playing at a wedding?    23:59 on Tuesday, January 13, 2009          

(55 points)
Posted by TheStringKing

You can charge in one of two ways hourly or a flat rate. If you charge hourly you should charge between $60-$80. A flat rate might be $200-300. You could always ask the hostess how much they're looking to spend since it's a personal occasion with people you know. Repretoire I would say Canon in D or Air on the G string. There are many different pieces you could choose from. I hope that helps

Re: Playing at a wedding?    10:47 on Monday, January 19, 2009          

(53 points)
Posted by VioLin6

I'm expecting to play violin at my niece's wedding. What songs are you playing? I'm looking for the sheet music (easy) The Wedding Song:There is Love. Would you have the sheet music you can share? Thanks and good luck at your audition!


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