Weddings

Last Updated on 2024-01-13 | Originally Posted on 2023-11-26

Welcome

I would be honored to play for your wedding. I have played piano and/or organ for many weddings, in churches as well as in wedding chapels like Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista and Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.

I have an extensive amount of appropriate music in my repertoire, a sample of which is listed below. Although this list is classically-based, I can play other styles as long as I can find sheet music for it. I’m happy to be your solo musician, or work together with vocal and/or instrumental soloists.

I don’t have a portable keyboard and speakers, so there has to be a functioning instrument at your venue.



Pricing

I don’t list it a standard fee because I need to find out what your requirements are. My price is lower for a simple ceremony, where you know exactly what you want, versus a more complex one involving many hours of preparation time before the wedding rehearsal and wedding itself.

Here are some of what’s involved in putting together the music for your ceremony that impacts the pricing.

  • Discuss your requirements in an initial consultation to decide whether we want to move forward.
  • Decide the music you want for your processional(s) and recessional, after you’ve have a chance to listen to various pieces that I propose and that you may research on your own. There could be follow up in-person meetings, phone calls, and/or emails to get this done.
  • Explore whether you want to hire instrumental or vocal soloists for your event, and my subsequent practicing of that music and rehearsing with those musicians. Sometimes you contract those people yourself, and sometimes you’ll ask my help to find those musicians.
  • Order any sheet music for selections that are not in my repertoire.
  • Attend and provide music for your wedding rehearsal, typically held a day or two before your wedding.
  • Provide music for the arrival of your guests, the processional, the ceremony, and a short postlude after your recessional.


Repertoire for Processional and Recessional

This is a listing of pieces in a variety of styles to consider for your ceremony. It’s not an exhaustive list, but hopefully you get some idea as to what’s possible. Even though these recordings were primarily made on the organ, many of these pieces also sound fine on piano or electronic keyboard.

Hymns

The Gift of Love, Traditional (Sample File from Hymnary.org)

Ode to Joy, Beethoven (Sample File from Hymnary.org)

Trumpet/Brass Tunes

  • Hornpipe from Water Music, George Friedrich Handel
  • Trumpet Voluntary/Prince of Denmark’s March, Jeremiah Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell

Baroque Era

  • Air from Orchestral Suite #3, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Arioso, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Rigaudon, Andre Campra
  • Air from Water Music, George Friedrich Handel
  • Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel

Romantic Era – German

  • Now Thank We All Our God, Sigfrid Karg-Elert
  • Andante from Sonata #6, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Richard Wagner

Romantic Era – French

  • Toccata, Theodore Dubois
  • Marche Pontifical, Charles-Marie Widor


Photo Gallery

A Star Wars-themed wedding at Cooper Chapel; Bella Vista, AR
At the Console in Holy Family Cathedral; Tulsa, OK
With Christian Serrano-Torres at Chapel on the Creeks; Rogers, AR
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