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Classical Guitarist

Austin , TX
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Austin, TX US 78748 (map)

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512-228-0267

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ABOUT US

hello and welcome to my corner of Wedding Wire. I am a classical guitarist with 9 years of experience as a ceremony musician in Central Texas.

Take a moment to listen to my... Read more
hello and welcome to my corner of Wedding Wire. I am a classical guitarist with 9 years of experience as a ceremony musician in Central Texas.

Take a moment to listen to my music samples here and do not hesitate to contact me directly at 512-228-0267 to discuss your event, or schedule an appointment to hear my music in person.

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Ceremony Music

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What is your usual attire?
Performance Blacks. Black collared shirt, Black slacks, black shoes.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
yes, there are plenty of samples at my website of http://www.RavnersMusic.com as well as three full length Albums of music at iTunes.
 https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ravner-salinas/id128888807
How much time do you usually need for setup?
This can vary from performance to performance. At a very small wedding with minimal set up, I arrive about one hour prior to ceremony. At more involved weddings, for instance, with ceremony in one location and cocktail hour music in another different location, I may arrive as early as 2 and a half hours prior to ceremony. This ensures a proper set up done correctly and safely and still time to change and get ready so music can begin 30 minutes prior to ceremony start.
How much space do you usually require?
At small weddings this is almost never an issue. The notion of space is important at receptions and cocktail hours where there are sometimes guests, and sometimes event staff who has to work around my set up. I ask a performance space of 5 feet on either side of any speaker i am using during performance.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Events located within Austin City Limits there is no charge.
 
 Chapel Dulcinea - $20
 Round Rock TX - $40
 House on the Hill - $20
 San Antonio - $70
 Bulverde TX $70
 Borne TX -$70
 Georgetown TX - $50
 Waco TX - $100
 Salado TX $75
 Dallas/FT Worth - $125
 Buda/Kyle - $40
 
 for other locations, please inquire!

REVIEWS

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Robby
Wedding:
3/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Ravner Salinas is a consummate master of the classical guitar. His professionalism in the face of adverse weather conditions was above and beyond the call of duty. Our outdoor wedding was cold. By cold, I mean that the temperature fell below 28 degrees with rain, wind, and even the beginnings of snow. Our guests froze. Our wedding cake froze. Everyone froze, yet Ravner continued to play the most beautiful music with a smile on his face. His music warmed the hearts of our guests, and we were wed with the angelic music. I cannot say enough good things about this man.
Ravner Salinas is a consummate master of the classical guitar. His professionalism in the face of adverse weather Read more...
Ravner Salinas is a consummate master of the classical guitar. His professionalism in the face of adverse weather conditions was above and beyond the call of duty. Our outdoor wedding was cold. By cold, I mean that the temperature fell below 28 degrees with rain, wind, and even the beginnings of snow. Our guests froze. Our wedding cake froze. Everyone froze, yet Ravner continued to play the most beautiful music with a smile on his face. His music warmed the hearts of our guests, and we were wed with the angelic music. I cannot say enough good things about this man. Read less
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Kelley
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Ravner played for the first 2 hours of our wedding reception. He was professional from the beginning, even meeting with me in person before he was hired to sample his music. We discussed different styles and selections that he could provide, as well as logistics. He was the first musician I contacted, but I had no problem hiring him right away after talking with him and listening to him play. The day of the wedding he arrived well ahead of time and set up without issue. We had an outdoor reception and it ended up being a little cold as the sun went down, but you never would have known it from listening to him. He appeared unaffected and his music sounded as nice as it did when we first met. I highly recommend his services!
Ravner played for the first 2 hours of our wedding reception. He was professional from the beginning, even meeting with me Read more...
Ravner played for the first 2 hours of our wedding reception. He was professional from the beginning, even meeting with me in person before he was hired to sample his music. We discussed different styles and selections that he could provide, as well as logistics. He was the first musician I contacted, but I had no problem hiring him right away after talking with him and listening to him play. The day of the wedding he arrived well ahead of time and set up without issue. We had an outdoor reception and it ended up being a little cold as the sun went down, but you never would have known it from listening to him. He appeared unaffected and his music sounded as nice as it did when we first met. I highly recommend his services! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelsey
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Ravner played for our wedding ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea on September 7th and did such a beautiful job! He is not only an extremely talented musician but also a kind and gentle soul with top notch professionalism. I would highly recommend him for not only weddings but for any event in which you are looking to hire a musician. He brings a great aura wherever he goes and I can only hope that we will have the opportunity to hire him again one day. In the meantime, we will definitely make it out to hear him play one of his concerts in Austin! This guy can kill it on the classical guitar. Seriously. Ravner was always quick to respond to any correspondence in the kindest and most cheerful manner, invited us to his studio months before the ceremony to meet and discuss what we wanted and played a private show for us to give us an idea of how things would go. We truly could not have asked for more. He added so much to our ceremony and the value far exceeded the cost.
Ravner played for our wedding ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea on September 7th and did such a beautiful job! He is not only an Read more...
Ravner played for our wedding ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea on September 7th and did such a beautiful job! He is not only an extremely talented musician but also a kind and gentle soul with top notch professionalism. I would highly recommend him for not only weddings but for any event in which you are looking to hire a musician. He brings a great aura wherever he goes and I can only hope that we will have the opportunity to hire him again one day. In the meantime, we will definitely make it out to hear him play one of his concerts in Austin! This guy can kill it on the classical guitar. Seriously. Ravner was always quick to respond to any correspondence in the kindest and most cheerful manner, invited us to his studio months before the ceremony to meet and discuss what we wanted and played a private show for us to give us an idea of how things would go. We truly could not have asked for more. He added so much to our ceremony and the value far exceeded the cost. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Morgan
Wedding:
8/24/2013
2.7/5.0
I have mixed feelings about Ravner.. I wasn't going to leave a review because I didn't have overly positive things to say, but since he didn't get the hint by my lack of tipping and emailed me requesting a review anyway, here goes:

Upon first correspondence with Ravner, he was very aggressive in obtaining my business by bad-mouthing his local competition, who I shall leave nameless (but if you've done research on local Spanish/classical guitarists you can guess who). He did however continue to be responsive to email and phone calls throughout the course of planning. Only because he offered to match the other guitarist's rate and the other guitarist annoyed me more did I go with Ravner.

At our first meeting his music really was quite lovely and he was professional in nature. I requested a few songs that he wouldn't play because "they weren't in his repertoire," Ok, fair enough. I did however insist that he play the Wedding March as I walked down the aisle, which he tried to talk me out of, but finally agreed to do (Shouldn't any musician who advertises themselves as a wedding ceremony musician expect to play this?). I was adamant about this song, I have dreamed of it for years.. walking down the aisle to a beautiful classic guitar version of the wedding march.

On the day of the wedding he arrived early, his attire was professional and he helped set up the sound for the entire ceremony. Then came the ceremony.. As I was preparing to walk down the aisle, I could hear the music and it was lovely during the prelude and procession. Then came my turn to walk down the aisle.. I kept waiting for Here Comes the Bride to start, I walked slower, waiting for it. I glared at him, where is my song? It never came, I was crushed. If you want Ravner to play anything other than exactly what he wants to play, I don't recommend hiring him. (Also, don't make him go outside, he complains excessively about heat even on an overcast day under a shade tree.)
I have mixed feelings about Ravner.. I wasn't going to leave a review because I didn't have overly positive things to say, Read more...
I have mixed feelings about Ravner.. I wasn't going to leave a review because I didn't have overly positive things to say, but since he didn't get the hint by my lack of tipping and emailed me requesting a review anyway, here goes:

Upon first correspondence with Ravner, he was very aggressive in obtaining my business by bad-mouthing his local competition, who I shall leave nameless (but if you've done research on local Spanish/classical guitarists you can guess who). He did however continue to be responsive to email and phone calls throughout the course of planning. Only because he offered to match the other guitarist's rate and the other guitarist annoyed me more did I go with Ravner.

At our first meeting his music really was quite lovely and he was professional in nature. I requested a few songs that he wouldn't play because "they weren't in his repertoire," Ok, fair enough. I did however insist that he play the Wedding March as I walked down the aisle, which he tried to talk me out of, but finally agreed to do (Shouldn't any musician who advertises themselves as a wedding ceremony musician expect to play this?). I was adamant about this song, I have dreamed of it for years.. walking down the aisle to a beautiful classic guitar version of the wedding march.

On the day of the wedding he arrived early, his attire was professional and he helped set up the sound for the entire ceremony. Then came the ceremony.. As I was preparing to walk down the aisle, I could hear the music and it was lovely during the prelude and procession. Then came my turn to walk down the aisle.. I kept waiting for Here Comes the Bride to start, I walked slower, waiting for it. I glared at him, where is my song? It never came, I was crushed. If you want Ravner to play anything other than exactly what he wants to play, I don't recommend hiring him. (Also, don't make him go outside, he complains excessively about heat even on an overcast day under a shade tree.) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We wanted classical guitar music for the guests' arrival, ceremony, and cocktail hour. Ravner had great suggestions and actual samples of him playing each song available online. That made for simple, straightforward planning. I have to commend him on his flexibility and professionalism on the day of our wedding. We ended up moving our wedding to a new location about the time he was supposed to start playing due to a wild fire. Although the format changed entirely on the spur of the moment, he made it work and did a great job!
We wanted classical guitar music for the guests' arrival, ceremony, and cocktail hour. Ravner had great suggestions and Read more...
We wanted classical guitar music for the guests' arrival, ceremony, and cocktail hour. Ravner had great suggestions and actual samples of him playing each song available online. That made for simple, straightforward planning. I have to commend him on his flexibility and professionalism on the day of our wedding. We ended up moving our wedding to a new location about the time he was supposed to start playing due to a wild fire. Although the format changed entirely on the spur of the moment, he made it work and did a great job! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Beverly
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
My coordinator had heard and seen Ravner play at another ceremony and suggested him. We had already listened to several other suggestions and had not found anything yet. As soon as I clicked on the link and started listening to him play I knew I wanted him to play at our wedding. We met with him and he had wonderful suggestions, we went over what he would play. We had his CD's for our guests. He was wonderful. He is extremely professional, and was an overall huge ADD to our wedding. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for beautiful music at their wedding.
My coordinator had heard and seen Ravner play at another ceremony and suggested him. We had already listened to several Read more...
My coordinator had heard and seen Ravner play at another ceremony and suggested him. We had already listened to several other suggestions and had not found anything yet. As soon as I clicked on the link and started listening to him play I knew I wanted him to play at our wedding. We met with him and he had wonderful suggestions, we went over what he would play. We had his CD's for our guests. He was wonderful. He is extremely professional, and was an overall huge ADD to our wedding. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for beautiful music at their wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ravner's Music is absolutely beautiful! It was the most important part of our ceremony and Cocktail Hour. Guests just raved about how gorgeous the music was! Ravner is very professional and was very punctual.
Ravner's Music is absolutely beautiful! It was the most important part of our ceremony and Cocktail Hour. Guests just Read more...
Ravner's Music is absolutely beautiful! It was the most important part of our ceremony and Cocktail Hour. Guests just raved about how gorgeous the music was! Ravner is very professional and was very punctual. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Clint
Wedding:
10/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Ravner was the definition of a perfect transaction. We met ahead of time to meet one another, he played a hand full of demo songs and we were sold in minutes. His rate was incredibly affordable and was a no-brainer to move forward. The day of our wedding, he showed up extra early to set up and mesmerized our friends and family during our ceremony with captivating tunes and incredible artistry. An easy 10 of 10 transaction, highly recommended.
Ravner was the definition of a perfect transaction. We met ahead of time to meet one another, he played a hand full of Read more...
Ravner was the definition of a perfect transaction. We met ahead of time to meet one another, he played a hand full of demo songs and we were sold in minutes. His rate was incredibly affordable and was a no-brainer to move forward. The day of our wedding, he showed up extra early to set up and mesmerized our friends and family during our ceremony with captivating tunes and incredible artistry. An easy 10 of 10 transaction, highly recommended. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Heath-Royal. Last year on July 14th, 2012 I got married.!!!! It was a small, intimate ceremony, with only about 50 people in attendance. The room was at the Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club just outside of San Antonio Texas. I had several conversations with Ravner Salinas leading up to the day, and he worked with me on the playlist I wanted for my wedding. Even though Ravner is based in Austin, he traveled to San Antonio, and as I gather, he's made trips like this before for events. Ravner is known to arrive hours in advance of the event, and is extremely professional through out the whole process. And as far as his talent is concerned, Ravner is one of the most accomplished classical guitarist in the San Antonio - Austin area. His vast knowledge of composers such as Bach and Barrios adds a very subtle and distinguished touch to the atmosphere of a very special day for any bride. Hire Ravner Salinas !! He is Great !!!!
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Heath-Royal. Last year on July 14th, 2012 I got married.!!!! It was a small, intimate ceremony, Read more...
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Heath-Royal. Last year on July 14th, 2012 I got married.!!!! It was a small, intimate ceremony, with only about 50 people in attendance. The room was at the Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club just outside of San Antonio Texas. I had several conversations with Ravner Salinas leading up to the day, and he worked with me on the playlist I wanted for my wedding. Even though Ravner is based in Austin, he traveled to San Antonio, and as I gather, he's made trips like this before for events. Ravner is known to arrive hours in advance of the event, and is extremely professional through out the whole process. And as far as his talent is concerned, Ravner is one of the most accomplished classical guitarist in the San Antonio - Austin area. His vast knowledge of composers such as Bach and Barrios adds a very subtle and distinguished touch to the atmosphere of a very special day for any bride. Hire Ravner Salinas !! He is Great !!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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joeandsara
Wedding:
11/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Ravner was so professional and plays AMAZING guitar. I have a friend already lined up to use him at her wedding after hearing him at mine. He was super easy to work with, completely willing to listen to my ideas, but gave wonderful recommendations when I asked him for them. A classical guitarist isn't the natural first choice for a wedding, but it was beyond beautiful and just far enough from the norm to keep the stuffiness out of the ceremony without taking away the traditional beauty of it. If that's what you're going for then would defintely recommend Ravner!
Ravner was so professional and plays AMAZING guitar. I have a friend already lined up to use him at her wedding after Read more...
Ravner was so professional and plays AMAZING guitar. I have a friend already lined up to use him at her wedding after hearing him at mine. He was super easy to work with, completely willing to listen to my ideas, but gave wonderful recommendations when I asked him for them. A classical guitarist isn't the natural first choice for a wedding, but it was beyond beautiful and just far enough from the norm to keep the stuffiness out of the ceremony without taking away the traditional beauty of it. If that's what you're going for then would defintely recommend Ravner! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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