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Joy of Music

Minneapolis , MN

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Minneapolis, MN US (map)

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612-314-5697

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ABOUT US

Create memories through music with one of Minneapolis and St. Paul's premier professional singers and pianists. Joy Schwarz will provide you with not only exquisite ceremony music but... Read more
Create memories through music with one of Minneapolis and St. Paul's premier professional singers and pianists. Joy Schwarz will provide you with not only exquisite ceremony music but elegant cocktail and dinner music as well. Whether singing, playing or both, you will only get the best quality and service with Joy of Music

Whether it is contemporary or traditional wedding ceremony music, cool jazz tunes for your cocktail hour or funky blues and R&B for your reception, you and your guests will love Joy's beautiful solo piano and soul-charged vocals. Joy performs at numerous weddings each year, creating the perfect music combination to enhance all wedding styles. She will help you select the perfect songs for your wedding day and a complimentary music consultation is provided to every client.

Joy brings over 17 years of professional experience to the table and strives to make your day worry and hassle-free so you are able to enjoy every moment. Portable piano and speakers available to accommodate any venue, indoor or outdoor. Visit www.joyofmusiconline.com for music samples and pricing. Contact today to book your date! Read less
Ceremony Music , Band

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Blues, Classic Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Our attire will be specific to and appropriate for your event.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Sweet Tea band has demos and live performance videos available on our website at www.sweetteaband.net. You are also always welcome to come and see us at one of our live performances which are listed on the website.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 minutes
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Yes
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes, we are happy to emcee your event.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We love to engage the crowd and tailor our selections to the event to get people on the floor!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
10 minute break between one hour sets.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We are able to find other musicians to fill in if someone cannot be there due to illness.
What is your overtime rate?
$400/hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel within 30 miles of the Twin Cities metro area is free. Any travel outside of that area is charged at the current IRS travel rate. If an overnight stay is required, hotel expenses will also be included for all members.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$300

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Piano
What is your usual attire?
My attire will be appropriate for your specific event.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
You may preview sample live performance videos and recordings on my Wedding Wire page and also on my website. I am always happy to meet you and do a live audition as well.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
I arrive one hour before the event to set up my equipment and make sure things are in order.
How much space do you usually require?
If I am using my portable piano and/or speaker system for amplification, a minimum of 5x5' area is required to set up. I would also require access to an electrical outlet.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is free within 30 miles of the Twin Cities Metro area. Travel outside of this area will be charged at the current standard IRS travel rate. If an overnight stay is required hotel expenses will be required.

REVIEWS

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Leslie
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Joy, we knew she was going to be perfect for our wedding ceremony. She has a beautiful, distinctive, earthy voice that matched with our venue-outside at the MN Landscape Arboretum. We chose 2 songs and asked for a suggestion for the 3rd. She played us "When I Say I Do" and it brought my fiancé to tears. It was even more moving in the actual setting of the garden. Many of our guests at the reception commented on her performances; they used terms like fabulous, magnificent and emotional.
Joy is a pro; I would highly recommend her for any venue.
From the moment we met Joy, we knew she was going to be perfect for our wedding ceremony. She has a beautiful, Read more...
From the moment we met Joy, we knew she was going to be perfect for our wedding ceremony. She has a beautiful, distinctive, earthy voice that matched with our venue-outside at the MN Landscape Arboretum. We chose 2 songs and asked for a suggestion for the 3rd. She played us "When I Say I Do" and it brought my fiancé to tears. It was even more moving in the actual setting of the garden. Many of our guests at the reception commented on her performances; they used terms like fabulous, magnificent and emotional.
Joy is a pro; I would highly recommend her for any venue. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Christina
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Joy has a beautiful voice and was a pleasure to work with! She was willing to work with us on the cost so we could still have live music for our wedding ceremony. She has all of her own equipment (amp, Mic, piano) that she is able to bring, which saved us the trouble of finding & renting such items. She also assisted us in choosing unique songs that helped add another personal touch to our special day!
Joy has a beautiful voice and was a pleasure to work with! She was willing to work with us on the cost so we could still Read more...
Joy has a beautiful voice and was a pleasure to work with! She was willing to work with us on the cost so we could still have live music for our wedding ceremony. She has all of her own equipment (amp, Mic, piano) that she is able to bring, which saved us the trouble of finding & renting such items. She also assisted us in choosing unique songs that helped add another personal touch to our special day! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Trevor
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
We were really pleased with Joy and very happy with choosing her as pianist for our wedding.
She was very easy to work with, great demeanor, friendly, very flexible and accommodating - she learnt a couple of new songs both to play and to sing for our event and she helped us out with some equipment when we were caught short.

Having Joy as pianist added a real touch of elegance, I wouldn't hesitate to use her again or to recommend her to others.

Thanks Joy - you were brilliant.

Trevor and Jocelyn
We were really pleased with Joy and very happy with choosing her as pianist for our wedding.
She was very easy to Read more...
We were really pleased with Joy and very happy with choosing her as pianist for our wedding.
She was very easy to work with, great demeanor, friendly, very flexible and accommodating - she learnt a couple of new songs both to play and to sing for our event and she helped us out with some equipment when we were caught short.

Having Joy as pianist added a real touch of elegance, I wouldn't hesitate to use her again or to recommend her to others.

Thanks Joy - you were brilliant.

Trevor and Jocelyn Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amy
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Joy did an excellent job, her music was beautiful, and she was great to work with!
Joy did an excellent job, her music was beautiful, and she was great to work with!
Joy did an excellent job, her music was beautiful, and she was great to work with! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Amy! I appreciate your kind words. :)
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Kate
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Joy was, well, a joy to work with from the beginning. As a pianist myself, it was so refreshing to have an event musician with as strong of a background in classical piano as she does. But don't worry, she also plays lots of popular and non-classical music as well! She was extremely responsive and even worked us in on a day where she was booked for another wedding! (We had a morning/early afternoon event). On the day of she was fantastic at working around what we were doing at the time, which I as a bride really appreciated. Things will inevitably not go exactly on schedule, which Joy understood and expertly rolled with it.
I can't recommend her enough for your music needs, whatever they are, on your big day.
Joy was, well, a joy to work with from the beginning. As a pianist myself, it was so refreshing to have an event musician Read more...
Joy was, well, a joy to work with from the beginning. As a pianist myself, it was so refreshing to have an event musician with as strong of a background in classical piano as she does. But don't worry, she also plays lots of popular and non-classical music as well! She was extremely responsive and even worked us in on a day where she was booked for another wedding! (We had a morning/early afternoon event). On the day of she was fantastic at working around what we were doing at the time, which I as a bride really appreciated. Things will inevitably not go exactly on schedule, which Joy understood and expertly rolled with it.
I can't recommend her enough for your music needs, whatever they are, on your big day. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your wonderful review, Kate! Your wedding was so fantastic and fun and I am so happy that I got to make two new friends in the process. I am honored that you chose me to play for your wedding.
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Josh
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Joy was wonderful to work with! She was detailed and most importantly, she sounded amazing! The passion in her voice made many of our guests reach out to us over the days following.
Joy was wonderful to work with! She was detailed and most importantly, she sounded amazing! The passion in her voice made Read more...
Joy was wonderful to work with! She was detailed and most importantly, she sounded amazing! The passion in her voice made many of our guests reach out to us over the days following. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jessy
Wedding:
1/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I'm so grateful we found Joy! She was amazing from the start. During our consultation her beautiful, soulful voice brought me to tears. Everyone commented on how great her performance was after my wedding. She has a truly amazing gift and I was so happy that she was a part of our special day! Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!
I'm so grateful we found Joy! She was amazing from the start. During our consultation her beautiful, soulful voice brought Read more...
I'm so grateful we found Joy! She was amazing from the start. During our consultation her beautiful, soulful voice brought me to tears. Everyone commented on how great her performance was after my wedding. She has a truly amazing gift and I was so happy that she was a part of our special day! Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Tim
Wedding:
12/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Joy was easy to work with and had great suggestions for a couple who had no idea what they were doing! We really enjoyed her performance!
Joy was easy to work with and had great suggestions for a couple who had no idea what they were doing! We really enjoyed Read more...
Joy was easy to work with and had great suggestions for a couple who had no idea what they were doing! We really enjoyed her performance! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jayme
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Joy as the pianist and vocalist for our wedding and things couldn't have gone more smoothly with the whole thing. Joy made us feel at ease from the start, which was huge during the planning stages. She was very open to the type of music we were looking for and playing exactly what we were hoping for. She even learned a new song to sing when I walked down the isle. I chose "A Thousand Years" and she sang it beautifully. We got so many compliments on having a piano player and I am very grateful for how professional and creative Joy was on the day of the wedding. She played during the ceremony and the entire reception and I couldn't be happier with her performance.
We hired Joy as the pianist and vocalist for our wedding and things couldn't have gone more smoothly with the whole thing. Read more...
We hired Joy as the pianist and vocalist for our wedding and things couldn't have gone more smoothly with the whole thing. Joy made us feel at ease from the start, which was huge during the planning stages. She was very open to the type of music we were looking for and playing exactly what we were hoping for. She even learned a new song to sing when I walked down the isle. I chose "A Thousand Years" and she sang it beautifully. We got so many compliments on having a piano player and I am very grateful for how professional and creative Joy was on the day of the wedding. She played during the ceremony and the entire reception and I couldn't be happier with her performance. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Krista
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We LOVE Joy!! She plays piano so beautifully, and her voice is just unbelievable... she added such a perfect dimension to our wedding ceremony that we are so thankful for and could never thank her enough for being there for us on our wedding day! She even learned songs for us that we had requested, and played them perfectly. We loved her, our guests loved her... Highly recommend having Joy play at your wedding!
We LOVE Joy!! She plays piano so beautifully, and her voice is just unbelievable... she added such a perfect dimension to Read more...
We LOVE Joy!! She plays piano so beautifully, and her voice is just unbelievable... she added such a perfect dimension to our wedding ceremony that we are so thankful for and could never thank her enough for being there for us on our wedding day! She even learned songs for us that we had requested, and played them perfectly. We loved her, our guests loved her... Highly recommend having Joy play at your wedding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our daughter's wedding day will be one to remember. We were very lucky to find Joy and have her perform at the wedding ceremony. She is very talented, has a beautiful voice, and was great to work with in planning the music for the big day. I highly recommend Joy for your event.
Our daughter's wedding day will be one to remember. We were very lucky to find Joy and have her perform at the wedding Read more...
Our daughter's wedding day will be one to remember. We were very lucky to find Joy and have her perform at the wedding ceremony. She is very talented, has a beautiful voice, and was great to work with in planning the music for the big day. I highly recommend Joy for your event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Joy did a wonderful job at our wedding! Unfortunately, as a bride (or groom), when you are in the moment of your wedding (and excitement) you really zone out the music. I did, however, have many people comment on how beautiful the music was at our ceremony! Joy also sings and has a beautiful voice, but we only had her play piano for our wedding. We are very happy with her service.
Joy did a wonderful job at our wedding! Unfortunately, as a bride (or groom), when you are in the moment of your wedding Read more...
Joy did a wonderful job at our wedding! Unfortunately, as a bride (or groom), when you are in the moment of your wedding (and excitement) you really zone out the music. I did, however, have many people comment on how beautiful the music was at our ceremony! Joy also sings and has a beautiful voice, but we only had her play piano for our wedding. We are very happy with her service. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jessica! It was so fun getting to know you better and I'm so glad you were happy with my services. I appreciate the kind words, your wedding was beautiful!
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Very easy to work with. Had great suggestions and was very adaptive to what we wanted.
Very easy to work with. Had great suggestions and was very adaptive to what we wanted.
Very easy to work with. Had great suggestions and was very adaptive to what we wanted. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thanks Andrea! It was so much fun meeting you and playing for your wedding :)
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daveb
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
We had a small outdoor wedding and had Joy play piano for our ceremony and reception. We couldn't be happier or have chosen a better person for the job!! The music was beautiful and she was incredibly easy to work with throughout the whole planning process. If you are looking for a talented and professional musician for your wedding, call Joy first, our wedding wouldnt have been perfect without her!
We had a small outdoor wedding and had Joy play piano for our ceremony and reception. We couldn't be happier or have Read more...
We had a small outdoor wedding and had Joy play piano for our ceremony and reception. We couldn't be happier or have chosen a better person for the job!! The music was beautiful and she was incredibly easy to work with throughout the whole planning process. If you are looking for a talented and professional musician for your wedding, call Joy first, our wedding wouldnt have been perfect without her! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Goodness, thank you so much for your kind words! It means so much to me that you were happy with the music. It was so nice getting to know you a little better and I wish you guys incredible happiness in your future together!
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Julie
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything was just wonderful!
Everything was just wonderful!
Everything was just wonderful! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Julie! I'm so happy that you were pleased with the music. I loved the songs you picked out, they were so much fun to sing.
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Private User
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.9/5.0
Makes your day easy! She was able to find the music that we needed for our ceremony which eliminated stress on my part:)
Makes your day easy! She was able to find the music that we needed for our ceremony which eliminated stress on my part:)
Makes your day easy! She was able to find the music that we needed for our ceremony which eliminated stress on my part:) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Bridget
Wedding:
5/31/2013
4.9/5.0
Joy was absolutely wonderful. Very professional, accountable and punctual. Not to mention, her voice is amazing!! Everyone at the wedding commented on how great she was! Would absolutely recommend her for your wedding!
Joy was absolutely wonderful. Very professional, accountable and punctual. Not to mention, her voice is amazing!! Everyone Read more...
Joy was absolutely wonderful. Very professional, accountable and punctual. Not to mention, her voice is amazing!! Everyone at the wedding commented on how great she was! Would absolutely recommend her for your wedding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Bridget! It was a pleasure to work with you and your wedding was beautiful. I appreciate your kind words very much!
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Esther
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.8/5.0
Joy was amazing! She sang two songs at our wedding...one was a special song a childhood girlfriend of mine wrote for us that brought such joy and meaning into our day! We cannot express our heartfelt appreciation to her enough!! Joy comes highly recommended to anyone seeking a beautiful singing voice, professionalism and flawless exececution!

Thank you so much Joy!
Joy was amazing! She sang two songs at our wedding...one was a special song a childhood girlfriend of mine wrote for us Read more...
Joy was amazing! She sang two songs at our wedding...one was a special song a childhood girlfriend of mine wrote for us that brought such joy and meaning into our day! We cannot express our heartfelt appreciation to her enough!! Joy comes highly recommended to anyone seeking a beautiful singing voice, professionalism and flawless exececution!

Thank you so much Joy! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Joy of Music responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Esther! It was really a joy to perform at your wedding, it was so beautiful. I was honored to be a part of it!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Joy was fantastic. She was sweet, helpful and quick to respond to all of our inquiries. She even helped us out when we found ourselves without a microphone for the ceremony! The music went flawlessly. I would definitely recommend her.
Joy was fantastic. She was sweet, helpful and quick to respond to all of our inquiries. She even helped us out when we Read more...
Joy was fantastic. She was sweet, helpful and quick to respond to all of our inquiries. She even helped us out when we found ourselves without a microphone for the ceremony! The music went flawlessly. I would definitely recommend her. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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