Greetings and thanks for visiting!
My name is Austin Charnis and I am a classical and contemporary guitarist that specializes in weddings and other formal functions throughout Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and Tri-state NJ/NJ/CT areas.
My repertoire includes a diverse selection of styles including Traditional & South American Classical, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Jazz/Latin Standards, and more. Whether you're looking for background music to help set the mood for a party or cocktail hour, or specific songs on cue for a formal event, I am able to cater my services to meet your needs.
-Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour-
Through close coordination with the Bride and Groom, families, friends and wedding planners, we can arrange a seamless selection of music that is meaningful, beautiful and unforgettable. Virtually all styles & songs can be played on classical guitar. Whether you want to have Wagner's "Here Comes the Bride" or Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" when the Bride or Groom walks down the aisle, this is the perfect instrument to deliver the warm and elegant sound so fitting for such a special day.
It is no secret that many couples and families are on the fence about live ceremony or cocktail hour music because of its' cost, effect or necessity. I totally get why you might feel that way, but I want you to keep in mind that there is a big difference between carefully selected live music versus generic recordings. If treated as an afterthought, it just won't be meaningful.
If you've been to a fair amount of weddings, you'll likely be privy to the fact that guests tend to remember the FOOD and MUSIC over pretty much anything else. Of course your band or DJ will get them out on the dance floor later on in the night, but don't let that stop you from making the entire day as special as possible. If you're on a tight budget please don't let that stop you from contacting me. We will work something out!
-Discounted packages are available for wedding ceremony and cocktail hour-
-Compact / high quality sound system and setup included-
"When planning our wedding we knew we wanted to create a very intimate feel even though we had 200 plus guests that would be attending....that is where Austin came in. We booked him to play guitar during our ceremony and cocktail hour and it was that special touch that we felt would be missing if we didn't have him. He was extremely responsive and so pleasant to deal with leading up to our wedding day. He had an amazing list of songs to choose from and told us he would even learn some new ones if we had any special requests. Although my husband and I didn't fully get to experience him during cocktail hour our guests kept coming up and telling us how talented he was. Thank you so much Austin, you made our wedding day so special!" | Colleen F - Dutchess County, NY
"Austin Charnis played the music for our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and he was fantastic! He is a very talented musician, but more important than that, he was just a pleasure to work with. He is true professional and made the whole process easy for me and my wife by communicating directly with the venue and the staff. And then of course, the music was perfect. For our recessional, my wife specifically asked Austin to learn a song that wasn't on his song list ("Mess is mine" - Vance Joy). That song was awesome!
I would recommend anyone hire Austin to perform the ceremony music at their wedding! 5 stars." | Daniel - Florham Park, NJ
"As an event producer I often need to hire musicians. I've booked Austin more than a dozen times and will book him again without hesitation. Austin Charnis provides expert classical guitar and receives high praise from event attendees. Austin is always professional, and a pleasure to work with." | Corinna M - Peekskill, NY
"Austin Charnis performed acoustic guitar for a large event at the Ossining Public Library. Austin was exactly what we were looking for. Austin played beautiful music. Everything was easy, from communication to set-up and take-down. I have no complaints about Austin Charnis and I highly recommend him for any event or program. Thank you!" | James T - Ossining, NY
"Austin is not only a great guitarist, but a consummate professional. He arrives early, looks and sounds like a pro, and knows what he's doing. His musicality is excellent. We've hired him several times and would not hesitate to do so again!" | Erik C - Peekskill, NY
"Austin played at the reception for the opening of my show at a local gallery. It was really wonderful. It set the mood and really made the event special. Several people commented on how wonderful it was. And, in addition to being a real talent, he's a pleasure to work with. Organized, efficient, polite, professional – everything a person could want." | Gabriella M - Croton on Hudson, NY