Let Dorothy Barth bring the beauty and warmth of a solo violin to your Southern California wedding or special celebration! Classically trained, Dorothy delights in playing various styles of music, including Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic, nostalgic and popular ballads, and romantic/folkloric music from many international traditions. Dorothy has the experience, passion, and creativity to enhance your wedding or event. She earned her music degree from Stanford University and has many years experience performing throughout California as a solo violinist and as an ensemble performer. She gives great value for her musical services and loves to customize events for clients who appreciate fine music for their celebration.
SAMPLE STYLE LIST:
- 20th Century romantic and nostalgic ballads from the 1920's through the 1960's (including Beatles)
- Contemporary romantic pop - Ask Dorothy for her curated list of "top 40" romantic popular songs perfect for the violin!
- 19th century violin standards
- Irish and Scottish traditional
- English Country Dance
- Wedding standards
- Movie and musical theater themes
- International (Italian, Scandinavian, Latin American, Eastern European, Klezmer, Middle Eastern, etc.). Ask me for more details or share with me your vision!
For additional video samples, please visit me on YouTube and Facebook.
SOME THOUGHTS ON CHOOSING A VIOLINIST FOR YOUR EVENT
1. Since performing artists of all types are inspired to settle here, the Southern California music market is one of the most competitive in the nation. This means that you, the customer, have many violinists to choose from!
2. To play any musical instrument well takes many years of formal training and practice, and most violinists who "put themselves out there" have undergone such training.
3. Guided by individual talent and interest, each violinist eventually develops a unique style and approach to performance. It's important that you, the customer, determine which style most eloquently fits your needs. And it's up to the performer to steer you elsewhere if the requested style is not their own.
4. As an example, here is a summary of my style: It evolved from classical training and is overall lyrical and romantic. I love early to mid-20th century nostalgic music, the kind younger audiences are largely unfamiliar with. I was born in Europe and have developed a special interest in folkloric and international music from many lands. My large sheet music collection reflects that. However, if someone asks for a hip hop violinist or an R&B violinist, or a violinist who works with looping or backing tracks, I decline because I don't fit that category. If someone asks for the latest pop tune, I will research it to determine if it is in my library or if not, if sheet music is available for purchase and if it is suitable for violin. If someone asks for a clone of a famous artist they've seen on YouTube or television (most recent request: the dancing violinist from Celtic Woman), I decline (even though I may be able to perform that genre) because the client has unrealistic expectations. I cannot be a clone of any artist but can only be the best version of myself. I don't aim for the maximum number of booked performances but for the ones that seem right to me. For those I will work very hard (sometimes harder than the event or earnings would suggest, but such preparation allows me to grow as a musician).
5. A note to brides and grooms seeking a wedding musician: Please be aware that NO wedding is 15 or 30 minutes in duration. All weddings should have Prelude music (I generally provide 30 minutes of Prelude), and Postlude music (generally 10-15 minutes). Most ceremonies are short, but with Prelude and Postlude will grow to be an hour long. I always arrive early at weddings (one hour or more) because Southern California traffic is so unpredictable. To facilitate logistics, I sometimes book a hotel for events further away, even if doing so eats up all my earnings. In summary, wedding performances are all-day affairs, not casual 15- to 30-minute performances. While many brides seem to be looking for bargain rates, it's important to keep in mind the expertise, preparation, fine instruments, and travel time actually involved in preparing for and performing at a wedding.
6. I encourage each customer to find the best violinist for THEIR particular interest and event. If that turns out to be me, I am delighted and at your service!