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"It was perfect and better than we ever imagined".  Brian and Erika

               Wedding Ceremony on Mount Washington             

 

THE LEADER IN OUR FIELD

Strings are our specialty and we do more of this than anyone else. Our ensembles have performed for over 1,000 Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions and Corporate and Special Events in the Tri-state area.  For the past 20 years we have provided professional, personable, and prepared musicians and ensembles so we have been doing it longer than anyone else. You only get one chance to do this right.

"I will never forget walking down the aisle to the most beautiful melody that is "I've Dreamed of You."  You really touched my heart"   

Rachel & Brian

AWARD WINNING

In 2016, we were voted “Best of Weddings” by The Knot for the 6th year and we are in their Hall Of Fame. Plus, for the 5th year in a row we earned the "Couple’s Choice Award" from Wedding Wire. You can see over 300 total reviews on those sites but the best awards come from the notes our couples and clients.

"It was delightful!  You are a professional team and I knew I would not have to worry about a thing".   

Rosalie  Mother of the Bride

A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE

We offer only professional performers - no students or amateurs – so you can be comfortable knowing you are in good hands. These musicians have worked together for many years and worked individually with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Benedum Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, Disney On Ice, Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra (accompanying stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Tony Bennett) and more. These groups are by far the most experienced and busiest performing ensembles in the area.

"You were a pleasure to work with and you made our conversations come to life.  The guests were amazed."

Candy & Josh

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A VARIETY OF OPTIONS

Choose the group based on your tastes and budget and what works best for your event. 

Quintet  Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Bass (available only in Premium form)

Quartet  Two Violins, Viola and Cello *   Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello                                                Trio         Two Violins and Cello  *  Violin, Viola and Cello  *  Flute, Violin and Cello                                 Duo        Violin and Cello  *  Two Violins  *  Flute and Violin

Solo Violin        Solo Cello        Solo Flute

Violin and Piano/Keyboards    

Cello and Piano/Keyboards                                                                           

Violin, Cello and Piano/Keyboards         

9, 10 or 11 piece Orchestra

"Their performance was deeply moving and more than I could have hoped for."  

Kate & Nick

          

"Sarah came up with excellent suggestions, was prompt in her responses to my e-mails, and was polite, patient, and friendly during my wedding planning process."

Shannon and Justin

FULL SERVICE CEREMONY PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

Our standard ceremony performance includes :

30 minutes of prelude music as the guests arrive to set a nice tone to the event.  This is usually mostly Classical and Religious but some Popular and other styles of music may be available.

PLUS,

Music for the entrance of the Mom’s – if you choose to do this.

The Processional(s) - which can be split up with the Bridesmaids coming down to one selection and the Bride to a separate piece for a more dramatic entrance.

Selections during the service - such as during a Unity Candle Lighting or another special moment during the service.

The Recessional - when the two of you march back up the aisle and off into the sunset.

One or Two Postlude pieces as the guests leave to move on to the Reception.

This package also includes advance consultation with the Group Leader/Performer to discuss music and go over other details.

You also have 24/7 access to the resources on our web site http://www.stevenvance.com/ including a Ceremony Planning Sheet, Song lists, audio and video samples of the different groups playing all of the most popular wedding pieces, and more.

"I heard the music start as I was putting my dress on (our dressing room was right below the ceremony room), and it was great not to have to worry about a thing!  The music was beautiful."

Carrie & Max

SEE FOR YOURSELF - VIDEO LINKS

Watch the 9-piece Crystal Strings Orchestra play "Canon In D" by Pachelbel

Watch the 9-piece Crystal Strings Orchestra play the "Brandenburg Sinfonia" by Bach

Watch the 9-piece Crystal Strings Orchestra play "Blue Tango"

Watch a String Quintet play "Eine Kleine Nacht Musik" by Mozart

Watch a String Quintet play "Largo" from the "Winter" Movement of "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi

Watch a String Quintet play "My Heart Will Go On" from the film Titanic" by James Horner

Watch a String Quartet play the "Spring" movement from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi

Watch a String Quartet play "Alla Hornpipe" the "Allegro Maestoso" movement from "Watermusik" Suite by Handel

Watch a String Quartet play "Canon In D" by Pachelbel

Watch a String Quartet play "All I Ask Of You" from "Phantom Of The Opera"

Watch a String Quartet play "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein

Watch a String Quartet with Flute play "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" by Bach

Watch a String Quartet with Flute play the "Allegro" movement from Mozart's Flute Quartet K 285

Watch a String Trio play "Rondeau" by Mouret

Watch a String Trio play "Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba" by Handel

Watch a String Trio play "Trumpet Tune" by Clarke

Watch a String Trio play "O Mio Babbino Caro" from the opera "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini

Watch a String Trio play "Flower Duet" from the opera "Lakme" by Delibes

Watch a String Trio play "A Dream Is  A Wish Your Heart Makes" from the film "Cinderella"

Watch a String Trio with Flute play "Rondeau" by Mouret (Theme from "Masterpiece Theater")

Watch a String Trio with Flute play "Greensleeves"

Watch a Trio of Violin, Cello, and Piano/Keyboards play"La Rejouissance" by Handel

Watch a Trio of Violin, Cello and Piano/Keyboards play "I've Dreamed of You" (Barbara Streisand)

Watch a String Duo play "Trumpet Tune" by Clarke (Purcell)

Watch a String Duo play "Air For The G String" by Bach

Watch a String Duo play "Allegro" by Fiocco

Watch a String Duo play "Prelude" from "Te Deum" by Charpentier

Watch a String Duo play "Hornpipe" from the "Water Music" Suite

Watch a String Duo of Violin and Viola play "Serenade" by Hadyn

Watch a Duo of Violin and Flute play "Ode To Joy" by Beethoven

Watch a Duo of Violin and Flute play the "Bridal Chorus" from the Opera "Lohengrin" aka "Here Comes The Bride"

     

Watch a Solo Violinist play "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi

Watch Solo Violinist Steven Vance play "Ave Maria" by Schubert

Watch Solo Violinist Steven Vance play "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar from "The Civil War"

Watch Solo Violinist Steven Vance play "Minuet" by Paderewski

Watch Steven Vance play "Moon River" with his 9 piece string orchestra plus Piano

Watch Steven Vance play "When Summer Ends" with his 9 piece orchestra plus Piano

Watch Steven Vance play Contemporary Pop and Classic Rocks hits on Electric Violin

Watch Graham Denmon play "Hip Hop Canon In D" on Electric Violin

Watch Nate Goodrich play "Clocks" by Coldplay on Electric Violin

"Between the strains of Air on a G String when I walked in, and the sunshine, I was mesmerized by the beauty"

Father Of The Bride

FLEXIBLE PRICING - PREMIUM OR AAA

We offer a two-tier pricing system to help you stick to your budget. Our “Premium" groups bring a wealth of experience and repertoire and are the groups we have worked with the longest. These are the "brand name" groups (Crystal, Sapphire, Cameron, etc ... ) you see on the site with photos, sound clips, and video .  The "AAA" groups are very fine young players who are experienced and trained by us to meet our standards of performance and professionalsim but are willing to work for a little less to build up their reputations.  These are not students nor amateurs. However, since we don't put extra money into promoting them by name, shooting video, etc … we are able to offer a price that makes them an excellent value.  Final pricing depends on which AAA ensemble is available.

"Your musicians were talented, professional and easy to work with (as usual)!"

Perfectly Planned By Shari

RESOURCES

Although we have done this many times we know you haven't.  You will have 99 other things to stress out about so we do our best to be one less. Watch over 300 videos on our YouTube Channel, look at Suggested Song Lists, see what other couples are choosing from recaps on our Blog or "Ask The Wedding Music Expert" to help you choose your ensemble type and your important music picks.

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"I just had a phone meeting with Jennifer to discuss the music for my schedule, and I wanted to tell you that I am already completely THRILLED with her!  She was extremely helpful in choosing music, even played a few pieces over the phone for me, and she was just overall a joy to speak to.  Thank you for choosing the Faure Trio to play at my wedding; I couldn't be more excited to have them play at my ceremony!"

Rebecca

Violinist Pablo Ardiles    Violinist Steven Vance and Cellist Franklin Nino      Violinist Sarah Breckenridge     

 

REPERTOIRE

Although each group has a set of selections unique to itself, all of our ensembles and performers play the most popular Wedding pieces including ...

 

Canon in D-Pachelbel

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring-Bach

Trumpet Voluntary-Clarke

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Here Comes The Bride)-Wagner

Wedding March from a Midsummer Night's Dream-Mendelssohn

Ave Maria-Schubert

Ode to Joy-Beethoven              

Bouree, La Rejouissance, and Minuet from The Royal Fireworks Music-Handel

Allegro and Hornpipe (aka Finale or Allegro Maestoso) from Watermusic-Handel

Rondeau from Symphonies de Fanfares-Mouret     

Spring from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Autumn from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Winter from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

 Air on a G String-Bach              

Simple Gifts-Shaker Hymn              

Amazing Grace-early American Melody        

Trumpet Tune-Purcell              

Bist Du Bei Mir-Bach

Sheep May Safely Graze-Bach           

Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod

Air from Watermusic-Handel

Prelude from Te Deum – Charpentier

Arioso (from Cantata #156)-Bach

Be Thou my Vision-Traditional Irish        

Meditation from Thais-Massenet

A Mighty Fortress is Our God-Luther        

My Heart Ever Faithful-Bach

Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)-Bach

Gigue from Suite #3 in D Major-Bach        

Largo from Xerses-Handel              

Romanza from Eine Kleine Nacht Music-Mozart  

Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F Major-Bach (all 3 movements)

Hungarian Dance #5-Brahms

Nocturne Opus 9 #2-Chopin           

Panis Angelicus-Franck

Gavotte from Holberg Suite-Greig        

Ave Verum Corpus-Mozart

Scheherazade Theme-Rimsky-Korsakov

Serenade-Schubert                

Badinerie-Bach              

Brandenberg Concerto #3 in G Major-Bach  

Minuet-Boccherini

Theme from Polovetzian Dances-Borodin  

Flower Duet from Lakme-Delibes

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from the Oratorio “Soloman”-Handel

Broadway and Movie Themes

Popular and Romantic favorites

Beatles, Irish ballads and traditional music

Gershwin, Cole Porter, Elvis, Sinatra

Contact us for a list of Contemporary Pop and Classic Rock tunes we now offer.

We are open to special requests on a case-by-case basis. New arrangements may be available for an extra charge or almost anything can be custom-arranged for a fee.

"I wish all my vendors were as communicative as you two are!"

Julia

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WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING

"Steven, the music was superb, starting with the string quartet at the church, the strolling violinist, and the music selection during the reception.  Your ability as a MC and keeping everything on track was truly appreciated.  As parents, it gave us great joy to provide Morgan and Brian the wedding of their dreams; we want to thank all of you for making it possible."

Parents of the Groom

 

"As always, it was a pleasure working with you last Saturday.  Jeanie and I have been recommending you and your groups since the first time we worked with one of your Quartets in 2007.  When we hear that a couple has chosen one of your soloists or groups we are always quick to assure them what a great choice they have made.  Among others, Sarah Breckenridge, Sergio Flores and the appropriately-named Crystal Strings have been exceptional. We will continue to put out the good word for all of your services without pause"

Reverend Mark & Jeanie

"I just wanted to thank Steven, you, and your company so much for the Haute String Quartet!  They played at our July 3rd wedding in Indiana, PA.  They were amazing!  We received so many compliments."

Christina Mullins

"Thank you so much for making Claire and Wes's wedding so special with your musical delivery.  We really enjoyed it and Steve and I especially enjoyed the last 30 minutes where we relaxed with Margie, Rodney and close family/friends listening to the sounds and period pieces you played.  It was delightful!  You are a professional team and I knew I would not have to worry about a thing.    Thank you for being part of our big day and making a lifetime memory for all of us."

Rosalie & Stephen Carpenter   Parents of the Bride

"Younga, your quartet is fantastic!!! The timing for the video and the musical selection was perfect. You are truly a professional presence and all of our guests were so appreciative of your talents.  Thank you so much for adjusting to our crazy demands. I hope our program didn’t cause you to miss another appointment.

Steven: thank you so much for arranging the quartet for last night. Our donors were treated to beautiful music performed by amazing artists. I am in your debt."

Eileen Twigger  The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

"Yes, the music was good!! Janice Vairo, Sacred Heart’s “Coordinator”, pronounced it “the best”. Other comments were similar.  Between the strains of Air on a G String when I walked in, and the sunshine, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the setting (still am at it’s memory). Then there was the famous long aisle accentuated by the young ladies’ endearingly glacial pace - thank God for canons, huh.  Thanks for your big part in the, indeed, lovely ceremony!"

Stephen Baker  Father of the Bride 

"I can’t thank you enough for making my Wedding Day extra special with beautiful music.  You were a pleasure to work with and you made our conversations come to life.  The guests were amazed by the sound.  You were awesome.  Countless thanks."

Candy Kramarz

"Just wanted to let you know that Ellie and her group were great!  Thanks for all of your help and professionalism. Everything went perfectly!"

Jonathan and Rosalie Butler 

 

"I just wanted to tell you that I got a chance to watch our wedding video and I absolutely loved the music at our wedding.  The whole day went so fast and I didn't get a chance to enjoy the prelude music before the ceremony but I was so thankful to have the video to watch.  You are all such talented musicians and you played everything exactly as a imagined it.  As a musician myself, I can be picky and critical of music in general.  But, you and your crew completely surpassed and soared above my expectations, which were already pretty high based on your reputation.  You are truly professional and gifted musicians.  I wish I would have had a chance to thank you personally for the breathtaking music you played at our wedding, but as i said earlier, the day was just so busy and I didn't get a chance.  I've dreamed of having a string trio play at my wedding since I was old enough to dream it up.  Thank you for making my dream a reality.  If there is any other way I can sing your praises, please let me know.  I'd be happy to post my comments on the Steven Vance website or to refer you personally.  Again, thank you so much.  Much thanks and admiration"

Shannon Janzef  

"Thank you so much for providing the most beautiful music for our wedding September 26, 2009.  I can't say enough about Steve Ehrlich's String Trio.  Their performance was deeply moving and more than I could have hoped for.  It was an absolute joy working with Ellie Cameron to plan our day. What a sweet woman! Thank you again for the time and effort of all those who made our wedding unforgettable!"

Kate & Nick Grabski

"Mr. Vance,  I just wanted to thank you, and the violinists that played at our wedding!!  The music was beautiful, and made my dream wedding perfect!!  Thanks again!!!!!"

Amanda Spallone (Rearick)

"Just wanted to send a note to say thanks.. you guys did a great job.  I've gotten a lot of compliments on the music. If I know anyone looking for strings for anything.  I'll be sure to send them to you." 

Bob and Missy Brytus

"I just wanted to drop you a line and say how great Sarah Breckenridge was for our ceremony on 12/31 aboard the Gateway Clipper. We thought she sounded wonderful!"

Jennifer and Jonathan Hillman (Hunt)

"Juan, Susan and the Steven Vance team – Wanted to send you a bug thanks for playing at our wedding.  Even though I did not get a chance to talk to Juan and the musicians the day of I was able to have confidence that they’d be great – and they were.  We really appreciate the job they did and feel free to use us as a reference anytime."

Richelle and Greg Horn

"Thank you so much for playing the Ceremony music for our Wedding at the Marriott City Center.  It was absolutely beautiful and your suggestions were perfect.  Thanks again."

Tina and Mike Goodlin

"Thank you for the beautiful music.  It wouldn’t have been the same without you.  We couldn’t have been happier".

Jessica & Bill

"We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed having Maureen be a part of our wedding at Phipps Conservatory. Her music added a special touch to our ceremony.  Thanks for helping to make our Wedding Day perfect."

Kara and Chris Sebest

CUSTOMER SERVICE

"I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for meeting us in person Saturday. We were both nervous about music, as neither of us are well versed in violin or wedding music. We felt a load lifted from our shoulders after we met. We really appreciated the time you took to go over the information and explain some different ideas. That type of customer service is something we feel is very meaningful to us and take to heart. That personal connection is key and we got that feeling with you. We are very excited to be working with you for our wedding August 12. We know your services is going to create an atmosphere our guests will remember which is exactly what we were hoping for." 

Kristen & Shawn

 

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