Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the Silver & Strings Trio?
To request information, fill out the form in the menu above, under "Contact Us." Include the date, time period involved, location, and type of engagement (wedding, reception, corporate event, anniversary, party, etc.) You will be contacted promptly with a price quote. We can also be reached at 330.833.2016.
Do you have a demo CD?
Yes we do! If you listen to the sound clips from our web site you will get a general idea of the unique sound of flute, cello, and piano. When you sign a contract with the Silver & Strings Trio we can send you our CD, or you can use the password provided with your contract to access "New Client Information" in the menu bar. This provides you with all of the demos on our CD, as well as a worksheet to help you plan your ceremony or event.
Do you have other ensemble combinations?
No. Although we can be helpful in suggesting soloists if you desire, and providing accompaniments, we are not contractors that hire other musicians for groups of varying sizes and instrumentation. The Silver & Strings Trio is a specialized professional ensemble that has been performing together since 1985. We feel that this creates a more cohesive and polished performance that few other groups can achieve.
Will I need to amplify the Silver & Strings Trio?
Although our group achieves a fuller sound and rhythmic background by using piano, we stand apart from many other small groups in that we provide our own sound equipment when playing outdoors, in a large room, or for parties taking place in a noisy atmosphere. This eliminates your need to check with music directors at the church or managers at your party site. We charge NO set-up fee. In addition, a trained musician stays on site to make sure that your guests can carry on a normal conversation and still be heard.
Do I need to provide a piano?
No. Naturally, if you have a lovely grand piano, we will be happy to use it. Most times, however, there is no piano, or the piano that is available is not in good condition. For that reason, we bring a top-of-the-line electronic piano that actually looks and sounds like an acoustic piano. The advantage is that it is always in tune, can be easily amplified, and can change sounds for the type of music that we are playing. We can be accompanied by piano, harpsichord, harp, guitar, or pipe organ at the push of a button!
How much space will I need for the Silver & Strings Trio?
You will need very little space for the trio. We will only need floor space measuring about eight feet square.
Is there anything that I need to provide for the Silver & Strings Trio?
All we will need is three armless chairs and a power source. We will provide the rest!
What does your fee include?
There is no charge for set-up and tear down, and we arrive one hour prior to the engagement. For weddings, we will meet with the bride to help her plan a special musical program that will be uniquely suited to her musical tastes. After over two decades of providing wedding music, we can be extremely helpful in coordinating her special day. We play for ½ hour before the ceremony, during the ceremony itself, and for the recessional. Our clients are not “on the clock” for the length of the ceremony.
Does the Silver & Strings Trio have any discounts for receptions when they are also playing for the wedding ceremony?
Yes we do! Contact us directly for details. We have an extensive repertoire of music from which to choose, and our sound equipment makes us perfect for large halls.
Does the Silver & Strings Trio only play classical music?
Although we are classically trained musicians who teach at the university level, we share a love for popular music and jazz as well. We can play an entire evening of any genre or a mixture of it all. Check out our ever-expanding repertoire list for examples of our classical, popular, jazz, or holiday favorites.
Does the Silver & Strings Trio play outdoors?
Yes, we do! Since the Silver & Strings Trio uses an electric piano we frequently play outdoors. Since our instruments are quite valuable and delicate, however, we ask that the trio be protected from precipitation. Otherwise, a flat, shaded area is fine.
How do I reserve my date?
You will be sent two contracts. You will sign both, returning one with your non-refundable down payment and keeping one for your own records. The contract is due 10 days after it is received in order to hold your date. The balance is due one week before the engagement.