Playing weddings professionally since 1984! My rates have stayed the same since 1992; you can't find my quality at this low price point anywhere else. I sincerely love playing weddings and have an unmatched repertoire. I have played weddings in all genres: Jewish, Catholic, Celtic. I can play in all keys, and blend well with other musicians; I will make pianists and vocalists sound richer and fuller, thereby making them shine even more. Why trust your wedding music to an amateur? You deserve the best for your wedding; why endure screechy, out of tune playing? Please listen to my audio samples; I am proud of them. Some of my competitors are misrepresenting themselves. I have been playing violin for 35 years, and was playing 1st violin in the Fort Worth Symphony by age 16. Please ask my competition to explain their claims, and you will see what I mean. I am honest with my clients, and provide only conservatory-level music for the ceremony.
Also, recent and current wedding music requests include: PHISH cocktail hour (yes!), Bollywood film music (written out for string trio), many top 40/indie hits (including Weezer, Foo Fighters, Dashboard Confessional, and 3rd Eye Blind), 3 hours of 1920s Jazz (involving 20-30 hours of research), and an R&B wedding (involving 10 hours of research). I take great pride and happiness in taking requests, and serving my brides and grooms with the best possible work. References are available if you would like to contact them.
Here is my bio: New Jersey wedding violinist Catherine Boyd began playing at age 5, and started playing weddings professionally at age 14. She studied with Robert Davidovici (Juilliard grad) throughout high school, and was in the Fort Worth Symphony at age 16 before she went to Harvard. She has performed with Kiri te Kanawa, Christopher Parkening, Steve de Groote, Willie Nelson, kd Lang, and with various rock bands on the east coast. One performance at Graceland was in front of 14,000 people! Known for her versatility and the ability to play by ear, she has an encyclopedic music memory and can't be stumped easily by requests. She is as comfortable with classical music as with jazz, rock, blues, country, Irish, Italian, American Colonial, and World music (mainly South Indian classical and Hindi film music). Currently studying South Indian violin with Adrian L'Armand (Swarthmore, PA).
For any event, you will receive excellent, professional music that serves your preference. Catherine treats every client (especially brides) as she would want to be treated, which includes thorough email and phone consultation. If you have a limited budget, Catherine can perform the ceremony and reception alone. If needed, high-qualtity amplification is available. If you have a theme in mind, it is OK to build something nontradional that your guests will discuss for years to come! Her favorite gigs are solo strolling gigs, taking requests from guests throughout a room. In addition, Catherine has several musical colleagues: guitar (Susan Salmon), flute (Steve Tanzer), harp, mandolin, piano, vocalists, etc. The usual arrangement is a duo or trio. With sufficient notice, it is possible to arrange a band/orchestra of any size or style (classical, Latin, jazz, rock, country).
Also, and this explains the low end of my fees: If you need the budget level price on guitar or on vocals, I can play guitar or sing for your wedding (I did a fine job on both for some emergency low budget clients last year), but I will be honest with you and tell you that it is a student level that you are getting! I am a motivated guitarist and have a clear alto. I am happy to explain the level that you will receive to see if it meets your needs.
Thank you for your time and interest!
(Two photos of Southern Mansion wedding, courtesy Doyle Dowdell Photography).
Barbara Gallagher (Harp),
Susan Salmon (Mandolin, Violin, Guitar)