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Appassionata String Quartet

West Chester , PA
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West Chester, PA US 19382 (map)

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267-254-3742
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ABOUT US

The Appassionata String Quartet is available to provide music for weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, background music, etc. The quartet repertoire spans from traditional wedding music... Read more
The Appassionata String Quartet is available to provide music for weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, background music, etc. The quartet repertoire spans from traditional wedding music to professional classical quartets to comtemporary pieces. BIO: The Appassionata String Quartet-often referred to as ASQ- was formed under the direction of Sylvia Ahramjian in the winter of 2004 at West Chester University. Since then, the quartet has performed a variety of genres of music at numerous venues along the east coast. During the summer of 2006, the quartet was selected to represent the US and West Chester University at Guizhou University in Guiyang, China. At this invitational festival, the quartet participated and performed in chamber music master classes and recitals while working closely with Chinese music professors and students. In the 2006-2007 season, the quartet claimed first place at the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in the State and Eastern Divisions and were named a finalist at the National competition level. Dedicated to the education of children, the quartet has put together children’s workshops and master classes focusing on performance and related arts topics throughout Pennsylvania. They have made appearances at Great Valley School District and Cecil County School District in Maryland. Joy Deminski (viola) and Liz Burns (violin) have since graduated from WCU with a BM in Music Education and are both performers and music educators in public school districts. Joy earned her Masters in Viola Performance at WCU in December 2011. Liz is pursing a Masters in Music at Temple University. Brandon Page (violin) and Ioana Shapiro (cello) have been a wonderful assett to the Appassionata String Quartet since 2008/09. Brandon Page (violin) has studied the violin for almost 30 years. He did his undergraduate studies in Violin Performance at Bob Jones University and finished his Masters in Violin Performance at Butler University. Ioana Shapiro (cello) was born in Buzau, Romania and is a graduate of the prestigious National Conservatory of Music in Bucharest, Romania, receiving her Licentiate Diploma in 2003. She continued her studies in the United States obtaining two Masters of Music in Performance and Theory/Composition. Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Harp, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Concert black.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
We have a few recordings of traditional wedding pieces on our youtube channel. We are working on getting more recordings.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
We only need about 15 minutes to set up. We ask that armless chairs are provided. We will bring music stands.
How much space do you usually require?
Depending on the ensemble, we require enough room for a chair and a music stand for each player with sufficient "elbow room" to perform comfortably.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
It depends on the location and distance from West Chester, PA.

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Suzanne
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Appassionata were a pleasure to work with! They were easy to get in touch with, answered all of our questions with professionalism, and provided lovely music for our wedding ceremony. We opted for a string trio and they played beautifully. Very much enjoyed their services!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jordan
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
A a duo play at our ceremony. They were perfect! Best of all is that they came and set up and did not SEEK US OUT for our final payment. I had my dad bring them the check and it was fine. Beautiful music, and highly recommend.
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Robyn
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Appassionata String Quartet was such a great addition to our wedding. From the moment guests arrived to be seated at our wedding, you could hear beautiful music which really set the tone (an elegant one I might add) for our wedding. Working with Joy from Appassionata was a breeze. They have a WIDE selection of music to chose from. We did our best in making choices and then sent them to Joy. Being much more intimately familiar with the music selections, Joy ably guided us to better suited song selections. Sure enough, when I would compare her song selection with ours, she was always right. Also, Appassionata's pricing is incredibly reasonable. I reached out to several companies before settling on Appassionata (who was recommended to us by our vendor as they had recently performed at a wedding for a groom who himself was a professional classical musician), but went with Appassionata because they were very reasonable, responsive and had already come highly recommended. You will not be disappointed if you chose Appassionata Quartet!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
To Whom It May Concern:

I highly recommend Appassionata String Quartet. They were highly professional and friendly at our wedding ceremony. We chose 4 songs for them to play, and they executed them perfectly. They were easy to work with and very experienced.

Regards,
John
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Donna
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Could not have been more pleased. Very professional, prompt in responses , on time, flexible , and most of all fabulous music!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Adam
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Appassionata playing at our wedding. It was really easy to work with Joy to set up what music we would like them to play for the different portions of the ceremony. She sent us a list of common choices, but was willing to learn new music upon request. We chose the string trio and they sounded absolutely amazing!! They arrived promptly and were very professional. They were even willing to stay extra as the ceremony ran a little late. We thought their price was very reasonable for the quality of their performance. We would highly recommend them!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Laura
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Appassionata was a great vendor to work with. When I first called Appassionata's number, I spoke to Joy, who was my contact throughout the planning process. She was extremely friendly and helpful at all points along the way. She helped us decide how many strings we wanted/needed for our ceremony and gave us a very reasonable price (I called many others and her price was the most affordable) for a string trio. They have a large repertoire and Joy sent us plenty of music to choose from. She contacted us the day before our wedding when the weathermen were calling for 100 degree weather and were flexible, despite the impending heat, regarding where they would be placed for our outdoor ceremony. Our guests very much enjoyed Appassionata's music before and during our ceremony. Appassionata was a wonderful vendor and we would recommend them to any bride looking for beautiful ceremony music!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Christine
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
We were so pleased with the church music! It made the mass extra beautiful!
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Elyse012
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.8/5.0
I had a string duo for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and can say that it was an absolute pleasure working with Joy and Appassionata. They were timely, responsive to emails, and willing to learn a new song for me. They were also very helpful in terms of making song and timing suggestions for the ceremony. I highly recommend Appassionata and promise that you will not be disappointed!
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Kate
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Appassionata was a great addition to my wedding ceremony! They arrived early and were completely prepared with the music I chose for the ceremony. Joy was easy to work with and provided great suggestions and quick responses. I really enjoyed working with her and would recommend them for beautiful music!
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thehursts
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Appassionata was wonderful! They even stayed late when we couldn't start on time. I highly recommend them!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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GMB0717
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Appassionata String Quartet! The violinist was great and sounded beautiful and it definitely added a special touch when I was walking down the aisle to "Cannon in D". I received several compliments from our guests and I would highly recommend working with this company!
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Appassionata String Quartet was a wonderful choice for our wedding. They were very easy to coordinate with, were extremely flexible, and were extremely accommodating regarding our musical preferences. I still have guests commenting on how beautiful the music was! I would highly recommend them!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Corbs1251
Wedding:
7/3/2011
4.2/5.0
We had many positive comments about our ceremony music, provided by Appassionata String Quartet. Joy sent a long list of music that they had in their repitoire from which we made selections. It was really lovely. They played from the choir loft of our church on a July afternoon - it was HOT up there but despite the conditions, they did a great job. I would have no concerns about recommending them!
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Christine
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We won an auction for a hour and decided to book them an additional hour for our wedding. They played for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I had no problems with emailing Joy and getting our play list to them. They sounded beautiful. I recommend a live string quartet to anyone that is getting married. It just added something so special.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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beachbum
Wedding:
5/22/2011
4.9/5.0
Thank you SO much for the wonderful performance at Jess and Steve's wedding! The music was one of the most important elements for Jess and your performance made that day very special for her! We got many compliments about your group and thought it added SO much to the beauty of the day!
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/13/2011
3.9/5.0
The list of songs was very helpful; additionally, it may be helpful to include with the list samples of what other brides have done in terms of order etc.
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Jennifer Egan
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
The Appassionata String Quartet were absolutely amazing. Their music was beautiful and they were very professional. I highly recommend them to everyone!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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mcoleman
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
We were extremely happy with Appasionatta String Quartet. They did a wonderful job and at a great price!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sara
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.8/5.0
They were wonderful! Joy was very easy to work with and was very flexible when I kept changing my song choices. The quartet arrived early and sounded beautiful. Their price was so incredibly reasonable too! I was so glad they were a part of my wedding!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Bernadette
Wedding:
1/9/2010
5.0/5.0
The music was so beautiful and truly made our ceremony elegant. Joy was always great to work with from start to finish. I cannot express enought how amazing the music that day was. It was professional and so beautiful and we could not be happier with the Appassionata String Quartet. The ceremony was even more magical than we could have ever imagined. Thank you so much !
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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JC
Wedding:
9/19/2009
4.8/5.0
Appassionata musicians played ceremony music for our garden wedding. Neither my fiance or I knew what to have played for our ceremony; Appassionata was happy to suggest a list of music for our consideration. They were very professional and pleasant to work with throughout the planning process. The music was a lovely touch to the ceremony. Our guests commented on how beautiful the music was as well. I would highly recommend to others for a wedding our special event.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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HappyBride
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
This group was very professional and flexible throughout the entire planning process as well as the day of the wedding. They helped me decide on music based on my own taste and are familiar with many classical songs. When I changed one of the songs closer to the date it was absolutely no problem for them. The process was very easy and it was one thing I didn't need to worry about at all. They were on time and ready with time to spare on the day of the wedding. I absolutely loved walking in hearing the string music and I received many, many compliments on how great they sounded. I know that several guests at my wedding have asked for their information to book for their own weddings or to suggest to a friend. I would recommend this group to anyone who wants beautiful music played at their wedding!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Shelby
Wedding:
7/18/2009
1.9/5.0
After seeing and hearing this quartet at a friends wedding, I thought they were great and booked them for my own wedding. Booking them was the easy part...it was everything after booking that felt like pulling teeth. I emailed a list of songs that I would like played, asking if they were songs they knew and could do. A month and a half go by and I heard nothing. Eventually, she did get back to me.

Our ceremony was to start at 3:30. In our contract, the quartet agreed to be at the church at 3 and start playing by 3:15 when my guests were arriving. Well, 3:20 rolls around and they have not arrived. Thankfully, we had a good friend who jumped on the piano and played some prelude music. We decided then that we would start at 3:40 in hopes the quartet would arrive. At 3:25, I see the quartet come in. They started playing around 3:30. When they did play, it was beautiful. I was happy to walk down the aisle to strings.

I received an email a few days after the wedding asking to fill out a survey. I told her I didnt think she would like me to fill out a survey, as I was not pleased overall. I asked her why they were 25 minutes late. Instead of being apologetic, she became defensive and wrote back saying that their GPS made them turn left instead of right at the very end of the route, setting them back "a few minutes" and that "they do their best to be professional, but they are only human". There is a HUGE difference between a few minutes and 25 minutes. To blame it on a GPS is unexceptable. They should have left with plenty of time to make it there. Perhaps next time they will look over the directions before the day of the wedding to make sure they know where theyre going. She then said that they actually stayed past the time we agreed on, as if it was a favor or something. The reason we ended up going a few minutes over the contracted time was because of the quartet being late. I dont think she understood that.

Obviously, this turned out being very stressful for us. They ended up just being added stress to the day. The fact that they didnt even call to say they were lost or would be late left us hanging, not knowing what was going to happen. When they played, they did a wonderful job. But the fact that they were very late is something to be considered.
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Kathy
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
We used a trio for our garden wedding. They were fabulous!
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JBo
Wedding:
6/14/2008
4.8/5.0
The Appassionata String Quartet was a fabulous choice for my wedding - I am a composer, and having my own music performed at the ceremony was an absolute must! Appassionata met with me a few weeks before the wedding to read through my pieces, and their sight-reading was just as good as if they'd been practicing the pieces ahead of time. I was so impressed, as were the guests at the wedding. They just added such a special touch of class to the ceremony that I had been hoping for. The only thing that went wrong was that one of the violinists got lost on the way to the ceremony, but the other three string players played just fine without her until she arrived before the processional was to begin. Once they were all playing together, I truly had goosebumps walking down the aisle!

Their price was very reasonable, too. I believe musicians deserve to be paid, and paid well, at that. Kudos, Appassionata!
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Cherith
Wedding:
7/29/2007
5.0/5.0
The Appassionata String Quartet was recommended to me by my husband (as I had little idea of good musicians to play for our wedding). Although we only had the duet, I could not have been happier!!! They did a magnificent job, from start to finish! Joy guided me in my selection of ceremony music, and professionally offered her expertise as to what would sound best in our particular wedding venue. Furthermore, considering that I had an incredibly small wedding party (just a matron-of-honor) she recommended that only one song be played during the processional. This worked out fabulously (utilizing more songs would have taken away from the fluidity of the processional).

My hope was to have a sophisticated, elegant wedding�and the Appassionata String Duet helped to fulfill my dream!
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