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Monte Vista Strings and Jazz

San Antonio , TX
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San Antonio, TX US 78212 (map)

PHONE

210-842-1427

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ABOUT US

"No wedding is complete without Monte Vista Strings and Jazz! Not only are they extremely talented, they are also calm, professional, responsive, and an all around pleasure to work with.... Read more
"No wedding is complete without Monte Vista Strings and Jazz! Not only are they extremely talented, they are also calm, professional, responsive, and an all around pleasure to work with. I have had the unique opportunity of working with MVS&J both as a catering manager and as a bride-to-be and simply cannot say enough wonderful things about what a talented and amazing group of musicians they are!"
--Vicky Carragher, Catering Sales Manager, Westin La Cantera Hotel and Resort, Westin Houston Galleria

Welcome to Monte Vista Strings and Jazz, San Antonio’s premier provider of live wedding music and entertainment. From Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March to Cole Porter, the Beatles, Andrea Bocelli, Coldplay, Journey and more, MVSJ will create and customize exactly the performance and/or entertainment you envision. Options are endless.

Backed by industry awards and consistently outstanding reviews from brides, wedding professionals, and music industry specialists, Monte Vista Strings and Jazz provides world class live music for weddings, receptions, corporate events, conventions, private parties, religious services, and chamber concerts.

Every musician on every instrument at every MVSJ event...
MVSJ explicitly guarantees the professional credentials of every musician on every instrument at every event we perform. Classical performers hold advanced degrees in performance from the world’s finest music conservatories and all are tenured members of the San Antonio and Austin Symphony Orchestras.
With countless years of collective wedding, special event, and concert experience, MVSJ offers you strings, jazz bands (acoustic and amplified), classical guitar, Spanish guitar, trumpet, flute, harp, piano, organ, vocalist/mass cantor/musical liturgist, mariachis, cocktail piano, and a cutting edge pop/contemporary division, Wired!

MVSJ regularly performs at all major wedding venues in the San Antonio-Austin, TX region.

Visit our site to explore dozens of audio and video samples, learn about the musicians, and check availability.

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Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Formal.Tuxedo or dark suit for men. Formal black for women, unless otherwise requested.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes. Website has dozens of audio and video samples and we welcome prospective clients to attend any of our live performances.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Approximately 20 minutes.
How much space do you usually require?
Varies with size of ensemble involved.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Approximately 50 cents per mile for engagements outside San Antonio or Austin. Travel charge varies, so it's best to request a specific quote.

REVIEWS

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Violet
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I hired Monte Vista as soon as I had a wedding date and venue. They gave me the exact experience I was looking for. It was an element of my wedding I truly enjoyed and had compliments on. Thank you
I hired Monte Vista as soon as I had a wedding date and venue. They gave me the exact experience I was looking for. It was Read more...
I hired Monte Vista as soon as I had a wedding date and venue. They gave me the exact experience I was looking for. It was an element of my wedding I truly enjoyed and had compliments on. Thank you Read less
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Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings provided the PERFECT accompaniment for our daughter's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They were simply the best in all aspects...from booking to performing to saying good-bye. They were not only extremely talented, but professional as well as kind. We loved the music they provided which was classical and then contemporary providing a nice twist and surprise for our guests. Having our daughter and new son exit the gorgeous outdoor venue set at the base of a grassy hill with the Colorado River in the background to the Beatles "All You Need is Love" done by a string trio was phenomenal. I would recommend this group to anyone looking to create the perfect ambiance and tone for a very special event. They are THAT good! Thanks, Andrew, for taking such good care of us!
Monte Vista Strings provided the PERFECT accompaniment for our daughter's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They were Read more...
Monte Vista Strings provided the PERFECT accompaniment for our daughter's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They were simply the best in all aspects...from booking to performing to saying good-bye. They were not only extremely talented, but professional as well as kind. We loved the music they provided which was classical and then contemporary providing a nice twist and surprise for our guests. Having our daughter and new son exit the gorgeous outdoor venue set at the base of a grassy hill with the Colorado River in the background to the Beatles "All You Need is Love" done by a string trio was phenomenal. I would recommend this group to anyone looking to create the perfect ambiance and tone for a very special event. They are THAT good! Thanks, Andrew, for taking such good care of us! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful music for my wedding. My wedding was very small and intimate but also a full, traditional Catholic mass. Andrew walked me through all the music and helped me find the most complementary accompaniment for our ceremony. I had a guitar, violin, and vocalist - It was so perfect – moreso than I could have imagined. I only regretted that we didn’t have more people there to hear how beautiful it was.
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful music for my wedding. My wedding was very small and intimate but also a Read more...
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful music for my wedding. My wedding was very small and intimate but also a full, traditional Catholic mass. Andrew walked me through all the music and helped me find the most complementary accompaniment for our ceremony. I had a guitar, violin, and vocalist - It was so perfect – moreso than I could have imagined. I only regretted that we didn’t have more people there to hear how beautiful it was. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Margaret
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista provided some beautiful music for our wedding. As the bride, I didn't get to hear a lot of it but it certainly pleased my mother, who was a music major and still is a music buff. They were flexible with her requests for specific pieces and they all sounded amazing. She's a tough music customer and this was one of the first times I've ever heard her not have any "constructive criticism" for musicians.
Monte Vista provided some beautiful music for our wedding. As the bride, I didn't get to hear a lot of it but it certainly Read more...
Monte Vista provided some beautiful music for our wedding. As the bride, I didn't get to hear a lot of it but it certainly pleased my mother, who was a music major and still is a music buff. They were flexible with her requests for specific pieces and they all sounded amazing. She's a tough music customer and this was one of the first times I've ever heard her not have any "constructive criticism" for musicians. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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William
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired the Monte Vista Strings for our daughter's wedding in the chapel at St Mary's University in San Antonio. We had just two musicians: violin and cello.

    •    We found them initially through a friend of a friend, but hired them on the basis of their excellent and very helpful website (with samples of many different pieces to listen to) and my exchange of emails with the director. We were contacting them only a couple weeks before the wedding, yet the director was responsive and very accommodating. Their web site is very well laid out and it was good to have the music options laid out so clearly.    •    


Getting now to the most important thing: their performance. I'm a former performing harpsichordist myself and I thought they both were EXCELLENT musicians. Our music choices were traditional—all Baroque (heavy on the Bach and Handel). Although the pieces we selected were intended for much larger ensembles (or for organ), the two-instrument arrangements they played were really good and the small ensemble was perfect for our venue (and our tight budget).     •    


And everything was done professionally and comfortably. They arrived on time, quickly sized up the venue and picked the best place for them to set up, started on time—and as I said, played beautifully.

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Their music provided a beautiful dimension to a beautiful ceremony. A number of our guests commented to me at the reception how beautiful the music at the ceremony was. I can recommend them enthusiastically.
We hired the Monte Vista Strings for our daughter's wedding in the chapel at St Mary's University in San Antonio. We had Read more...
We hired the Monte Vista Strings for our daughter's wedding in the chapel at St Mary's University in San Antonio. We had just two musicians: violin and cello.

    •    We found them initially through a friend of a friend, but hired them on the basis of their excellent and very helpful website (with samples of many different pieces to listen to) and my exchange of emails with the director. We were contacting them only a couple weeks before the wedding, yet the director was responsive and very accommodating. Their web site is very well laid out and it was good to have the music options laid out so clearly.    •    


Getting now to the most important thing: their performance. I'm a former performing harpsichordist myself and I thought they both were EXCELLENT musicians. Our music choices were traditional—all Baroque (heavy on the Bach and Handel). Although the pieces we selected were intended for much larger ensembles (or for organ), the two-instrument arrangements they played were really good and the small ensemble was perfect for our venue (and our tight budget).     •    


And everything was done professionally and comfortably. They arrived on time, quickly sized up the venue and picked the best place for them to set up, started on time—and as I said, played beautifully.

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Their music provided a beautiful dimension to a beautiful ceremony. A number of our guests commented to me at the reception how beautiful the music at the ceremony was. I can recommend them enthusiastically. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Hi William,
Thank you for your kind and gracious comments. They mean so much coming from a fellow musician AND father of bride. :)
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Pam
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for ceremony music for my daughter's wedding. We hired their string quartet. They were professional , on time, and created the beautiful classical music we envisioned for the wedding. I would highly recommend Monte Vista Strings. Pam Galindo
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for ceremony music for my daughter's wedding. We hired their string quartet. Read more...
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for ceremony music for my daughter's wedding. We hired their string quartet. They were professional , on time, and created the beautiful classical music we envisioned for the wedding. I would highly recommend Monte Vista Strings. Pam Galindo Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Chris
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely superb! Andrew went above and beyond in every step of the planning process and made it extremely easy to plan the music. He was quick to return emails, phone calls, and inquiries. They were prompt to the ceremony, exquisitely dressed, and of course, sounded amazing! I seriously doubt you find a higher level of professionalism and quality of music. Highly highly recommend.
Absolutely superb! Andrew went above and beyond in every step of the planning process and made it extremely easy to plan Read more...
Absolutely superb! Andrew went above and beyond in every step of the planning process and made it extremely easy to plan the music. He was quick to return emails, phone calls, and inquiries. They were prompt to the ceremony, exquisitely dressed, and of course, sounded amazing! I seriously doubt you find a higher level of professionalism and quality of music. Highly highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind remarks, Chris. Everything was great that day! We look forward to working with you again any time the need may arise.
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Ana
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Andrew and his team of Monte Vista Strings and Jazz provided the music for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and during our sit down dinner. Everything was perfect! I trusted completely in Andrew to provide the best music selection, and he delivered!
The music and cantor during our ceremony was wonderful. Leaving the cathedral we were greeted by a Mariachi group playing fun and lively music, and it was so delightful. Our guests absolutely loved the 3 piece jazz group during the cocktail hour. During dinner, they provided a contemporary wired strings group that was beautiful. The level of professionalism and performance far exceeded my expectations. I want to thank Andrew and his team for making our special day a memorable one!
Andrew and his team of Monte Vista Strings and Jazz provided the music for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and during Read more...
Andrew and his team of Monte Vista Strings and Jazz provided the music for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and during our sit down dinner. Everything was perfect! I trusted completely in Andrew to provide the best music selection, and he delivered!
The music and cantor during our ceremony was wonderful. Leaving the cathedral we were greeted by a Mariachi group playing fun and lively music, and it was so delightful. Our guests absolutely loved the 3 piece jazz group during the cocktail hour. During dinner, they provided a contemporary wired strings group that was beautiful. The level of professionalism and performance far exceeded my expectations. I want to thank Andrew and his team for making our special day a memorable one! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Hi Ana!
You guys are the best!! From San Fernando to The Pearl Brewery, that day was one we won't soon forget. :)
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Chrissy
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely the best! Our ceremony was like a dream...like being in a romance film. :) I love watching the film of that day and hearing the beautiful instruments that Monte Vista played. Truly amazing! Highly recommend them. Great vendor!
Absolutely the best! Our ceremony was like a dream...like being in a romance film. :) I love watching the film of that day Read more...
Absolutely the best! Our ceremony was like a dream...like being in a romance film. :) I love watching the film of that day and hearing the beautiful instruments that Monte Vista played. Truly amazing! Highly recommend them. Great vendor! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Chantal
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
MVSJ is an incredible group! We had them not only for our wedding ceremony but also for the reception. We aren't big on dancing and had a small, intimate wedding so we opted out of having a DJ. MVSJ plays a huge variety of music (it's awesome hearing pop songs on strings!), and we even requested a custom song for our first dance. We were so happy with the music, and they helped create the perfect ambiance.
MVSJ is an incredible group! We had them not only for our wedding ceremony but also for the reception. We aren't big on Read more...
MVSJ is an incredible group! We had them not only for our wedding ceremony but also for the reception. We aren't big on dancing and had a small, intimate wedding so we opted out of having a DJ. MVSJ plays a huge variety of music (it's awesome hearing pop songs on strings!), and we even requested a custom song for our first dance. We were so happy with the music, and they helped create the perfect ambiance. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
They sounded so beautiful in the church that day! Every single song they played was tapered off very well. I am just so glad that I have it recorded on video so I can always hear it whenever I want!
They sounded so beautiful in the church that day! Every single song they played was tapered off very well. I am just so Read more...
They sounded so beautiful in the church that day! Every single song they played was tapered off very well. I am just so glad that I have it recorded on video so I can always hear it whenever I want! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Stephanie!
Thank you so much for hiring us to share in your celebration at Mission San Jose. Everything about the wedding was so seamless and smooth and we were honored to take part.
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Jill
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
The wedding was absolutely perfect, and the music truly had a role in this. We had classical Spanish guitar at our tiny 12 person outdoor ranch wedding, and it just made the wedding that much more magical. If we had a larger wedding, I would have loved a larger string ensemble. As a musician, I felt not only completely comfortable working with Monte Vista Strings and Jazz but thoroughly impressed. Honestly, I wasn't sure which instruments would be the best, but Andrew customed designed this choice for our wedding. They truly understand weddings!
The wedding was absolutely perfect, and the music truly had a role in this. We had classical Spanish guitar at our tiny 12 Read more...
The wedding was absolutely perfect, and the music truly had a role in this. We had classical Spanish guitar at our tiny 12 person outdoor ranch wedding, and it just made the wedding that much more magical. If we had a larger wedding, I would have loved a larger string ensemble. As a musician, I felt not only completely comfortable working with Monte Vista Strings and Jazz but thoroughly impressed. Honestly, I wasn't sure which instruments would be the best, but Andrew customed designed this choice for our wedding. They truly understand weddings! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Carol
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Our goal was to have a wedding that was elegant and beautiful. Andrew and his team of musicians helped us accomplish that! We hired their string trio for pre-ceremony, ceremony and cocktail hour music. It was a perfect touch to our beautiful outdoor ceremony at Los Encinos Hill Country Estate. Their music set the mood for the ceremony and provided the perfect background music during the cocktail hour conversation. I really appreciate that their website allows you to listen to the music in advance and customize the music for each stage of the evening. Thank you Andrew for providing such a wonderful service!
Our goal was to have a wedding that was elegant and beautiful. Andrew and his team of musicians helped us accomplish that! Read more...
Our goal was to have a wedding that was elegant and beautiful. Andrew and his team of musicians helped us accomplish that! We hired their string trio for pre-ceremony, ceremony and cocktail hour music. It was a perfect touch to our beautiful outdoor ceremony at Los Encinos Hill Country Estate. Their music set the mood for the ceremony and provided the perfect background music during the cocktail hour conversation. I really appreciate that their website allows you to listen to the music in advance and customize the music for each stage of the evening. Thank you Andrew for providing such a wonderful service! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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kgraham
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Our spanish guitarist was the perfect piece to the romantic ceremony we wanted. We selected our songs with Andrew and they couldnt have been a better fit. We also had him play for cocktail hour and that was a real treat for our guests. Very professional and very talented musicians!
Our spanish guitarist was the perfect piece to the romantic ceremony we wanted. We selected our songs with Andrew and they Read more...
Our spanish guitarist was the perfect piece to the romantic ceremony we wanted. We selected our songs with Andrew and they couldnt have been a better fit. We also had him play for cocktail hour and that was a real treat for our guests. Very professional and very talented musicians! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Abbie
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
They did a fantastic job! Their song list to choose from is amazing, and they provided the perfect background music for the outdoor setting.
They did a fantastic job! Their song list to choose from is amazing, and they provided the perfect background music for Read more...
They did a fantastic job! Their song list to choose from is amazing, and they provided the perfect background music for the outdoor setting. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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ContempoGal
Wedding:
2/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Andrew was extremely responsive from my first inquiry. He made sound suggestions to ask of any company that I would choose to use for my wedding. His genuine and caring nature about the event is what led me to choose to work with his organization. Everything was easy and MVSJ was flexible about meeting all the special music requests I had and taking time to answer every question I had to make the day flow smoothly. When I walked down the aisle and heard the music playing, I knew my beloved and I had made the right choice. All of our guests commented that the music made the event feel intimate and personalized to our contemporary wedding style. A million thank you's to Andrew and MVSJ for an amazing event, they will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Andrew was extremely responsive from my first inquiry. He made sound suggestions to ask of any company that I would choose Read more...
Andrew was extremely responsive from my first inquiry. He made sound suggestions to ask of any company that I would choose to use for my wedding. His genuine and caring nature about the event is what led me to choose to work with his organization. Everything was easy and MVSJ was flexible about meeting all the special music requests I had and taking time to answer every question I had to make the day flow smoothly. When I walked down the aisle and heard the music playing, I knew my beloved and I had made the right choice. All of our guests commented that the music made the event feel intimate and personalized to our contemporary wedding style. A million thank you's to Andrew and MVSJ for an amazing event, they will always hold a special place in our hearts. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alison
Wedding:
11/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings provided us with our Ceremony music and the music during Cocktail hour. The music was superb! They're musicians created the perfect atmosphere for the cocktail hour and I was very happy to walk down the aisle to their playing of Canon in D. With little time to plan our wedding, they were very flexible and patient with our last minute changes.
Monte Vista Strings provided us with our Ceremony music and the music during Cocktail hour. The music was superb! They're Read more...
Monte Vista Strings provided us with our Ceremony music and the music during Cocktail hour. The music was superb! They're musicians created the perfect atmosphere for the cocktail hour and I was very happy to walk down the aisle to their playing of Canon in D. With little time to plan our wedding, they were very flexible and patient with our last minute changes. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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MP
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings performed well above expectation. Andrew Small (Director) was professional, guiding and responsive to all of our requests. Monte Vista Strings provided the perfect music for our wedding. We could not have asked for a finer performance or experience. The music was the perfect enhancement for the perfect wedding and we will always be grateful.
Monte Vista Strings performed well above expectation. Andrew Small (Director) was professional, guiding and responsive to Read more...
Monte Vista Strings performed well above expectation. Andrew Small (Director) was professional, guiding and responsive to all of our requests. Monte Vista Strings provided the perfect music for our wedding. We could not have asked for a finer performance or experience. The music was the perfect enhancement for the perfect wedding and we will always be grateful. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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TexasJen84
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Beautiful music! Professional musicians! Excellent service! They even accomodated a last minute change without any trouble at all! I would recommend them to anyone!
Beautiful music! Professional musicians! Excellent service! They even accomodated a last minute change without any trouble Read more...
Beautiful music! Professional musicians! Excellent service! They even accomodated a last minute change without any trouble at all! I would recommend them to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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jander231
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Andrew Small and the Monte Vista Strings were the perfect complement to our commitment ceremony. We had a very complicated song for them to accompany our singers on, and they came through with aplomb and grace. I only wish I could have sat in the audience to hear it all. EVERYONE commented on how much the string quartet added to the ceremony. Absolutely perfect. Their flexibility, promptness, flexibility and their A-1 talent are what you are looking for--if you want only the best.
Andrew Small and the Monte Vista Strings were the perfect complement to our commitment ceremony. We had a very complicated Read more...
Andrew Small and the Monte Vista Strings were the perfect complement to our commitment ceremony. We had a very complicated song for them to accompany our singers on, and they came through with aplomb and grace. I only wish I could have sat in the audience to hear it all. EVERYONE commented on how much the string quartet added to the ceremony. Absolutely perfect. Their flexibility, promptness, flexibility and their A-1 talent are what you are looking for--if you want only the best. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Cranesbury View
Wedding:
11/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Stings is Wonderful! I have the opportunity to recommend vendors to my brides to help them in the process of planning their wedding all the time. Monte Vista Strings is always my recommendation for the ceremony music! Andrew is a pleasure to work with, because he loves what he does! He is very professional and always returns my calls. When Monte Vista Strings is booked at my venue, I never have to worry, I know the music is going to be incredible, and the service impeccable. Andrew, I can not thank you enough for the beautiful ambiance you create at every wedding you play at.
Monte Vista Stings is Wonderful! I have the opportunity to recommend vendors to my brides to help them in the process of Read more...
Monte Vista Stings is Wonderful! I have the opportunity to recommend vendors to my brides to help them in the process of planning their wedding all the time. Monte Vista Strings is always my recommendation for the ceremony music! Andrew is a pleasure to work with, because he loves what he does! He is very professional and always returns my calls. When Monte Vista Strings is booked at my venue, I never have to worry, I know the music is going to be incredible, and the service impeccable. Andrew, I can not thank you enough for the beautiful ambiance you create at every wedding you play at. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Cynthia Black
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz delivers what they promise. Andrew works hard to make sure he meets his clients needs. As a Wedding Planner, recent Bride and lover of music, my husband and I utilized MVS & J not once but twice and on both occasions we were thrilled with the level of quality AND talent of the individuals who performed at our two separate weddings. Our first ceremony was two years ago and the recent was weeks ago. Nothing changed over the two years...and that is a good thing! Dependable, Professional, and Friendly.
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz delivers what they promise. Andrew works hard to make sure he meets his clients needs. As a Read more...
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz delivers what they promise. Andrew works hard to make sure he meets his clients needs. As a Wedding Planner, recent Bride and lover of music, my husband and I utilized MVS & J not once but twice and on both occasions we were thrilled with the level of quality AND talent of the individuals who performed at our two separate weddings. Our first ceremony was two years ago and the recent was weeks ago. Nothing changed over the two years...and that is a good thing! Dependable, Professional, and Friendly. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sarah Fitzsimons
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for my daughter's wedding. They were so professional, and flexible, and easy to work with. And most importantly, the music was beautiful!
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for my daughter's wedding. They were so professional, and flexible, and easy to Read more...
Monte Vista Strings was the perfect choice for my daughter's wedding. They were so professional, and flexible, and easy to work with. And most importantly, the music was beautiful! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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MOB10911
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Andrew and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job providing classical music for our daughter's wedding. We live out of state so we coordinated the entire thing via email and phone calls - - I never even met Andrew until after the ceremony was over. But he is such a professional and it was clear we were in good hands. A week before the wedding, we opted to move the ceremony from an outdoor venue to a nearby barn due to weather, meaning some other changes to logistics and flow from ceremony to reception. Even though it was in a barn, it was a formal wedding and the musicians dressed accordingly. Andrew was able to adapt to the new plan with no problem. I have to say, having live music played on beautiful classical instruments lent an elegance to the ceremony that was beyond my expectations. My daughter and her husband were very happy with Monte Vista Strings.
Andrew and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job providing classical music for our daughter's wedding. We live out of Read more...
Andrew and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job providing classical music for our daughter's wedding. We live out of state so we coordinated the entire thing via email and phone calls - - I never even met Andrew until after the ceremony was over. But he is such a professional and it was clear we were in good hands. A week before the wedding, we opted to move the ceremony from an outdoor venue to a nearby barn due to weather, meaning some other changes to logistics and flow from ceremony to reception. Even though it was in a barn, it was a formal wedding and the musicians dressed accordingly. Andrew was able to adapt to the new plan with no problem. I have to say, having live music played on beautiful classical instruments lent an elegance to the ceremony that was beyond my expectations. My daughter and her husband were very happy with Monte Vista Strings. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! This wedding was like a dream!!!!
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June Bride
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Our Monte Vista string quartet was the something-extra-special every bride wants on her wedding day! The music performance superb, communication with the director prompt and range of music choices comprehensive. We had many compliments from our guests regarding Monte Vista's interpretation and presentation of our selected songs. The quality of the audio samples on the website are superior~ check them out for yourself. Highly recommend Monte Vista Strings!
Our Monte Vista string quartet was the something-extra-special every bride wants on her wedding day! The music performance Read more...
Our Monte Vista string quartet was the something-extra-special every bride wants on her wedding day! The music performance superb, communication with the director prompt and range of music choices comprehensive. We had many compliments from our guests regarding Monte Vista's interpretation and presentation of our selected songs. The quality of the audio samples on the website are superior~ check them out for yourself. Highly recommend Monte Vista Strings! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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safetypinraitch
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings was great. I had very specific idea about what music I wanted played for the ceremony and reception (mostly baroque). They played exactly what I wanted. Andrew Small is the director of the outfit and he was wonderful to work with. Most importantly, on the day of the wedding everything went smoothly. All the musicians play for the San Antonio Symphony, and their professionalism shines through. The music was beautiful.
Monte Vista Strings was great. I had very specific idea about what music I wanted played for the ceremony and reception Read more...
Monte Vista Strings was great. I had very specific idea about what music I wanted played for the ceremony and reception (mostly baroque). They played exactly what I wanted. Andrew Small is the director of the outfit and he was wonderful to work with. Most importantly, on the day of the wedding everything went smoothly. All the musicians play for the San Antonio Symphony, and their professionalism shines through. The music was beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Thank you for sharing this. We absolutely loved working with you!
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Rebeccaja1
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings is more than Strings and jazz. At my daughter's wedding in April, with a Fiesta themed ceremony, Andrew Small provided us with professional Mariaches to play for the ceremony. He made sure that they included the string sounds we wanted and also that they were capable of playing a more lively performance for the coctail hour, and that they could provide vocals for the cocktail hour! He worked with us within our budget to make all of this happen! It was a huge success with many out of town guests appreciating the flavor and quality of the music, bringing us many compliments throughtout the evening and beyond. Whatever my musical needs are in the future, I will turn to Monte Vista Strings first for their guidance in all things musical! Gratefully, Ms. Rebecca Allen, Mother of the Bride!
Monte Vista Strings is more than Strings and jazz. At my daughter's wedding in April, with a Fiesta themed ceremony, Read more...
Monte Vista Strings is more than Strings and jazz. At my daughter's wedding in April, with a Fiesta themed ceremony, Andrew Small provided us with professional Mariaches to play for the ceremony. He made sure that they included the string sounds we wanted and also that they were capable of playing a more lively performance for the coctail hour, and that they could provide vocals for the cocktail hour! He worked with us within our budget to make all of this happen! It was a huge success with many out of town guests appreciating the flavor and quality of the music, bringing us many compliments throughtout the evening and beyond. Whatever my musical needs are in the future, I will turn to Monte Vista Strings first for their guidance in all things musical! Gratefully, Ms. Rebecca Allen, Mother of the Bride! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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mluvher75
Wedding:
11/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Very professional. Easy to work with. Beautiful music.
Very professional. Easy to work with. Beautiful music.
Very professional. Easy to work with. Beautiful music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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kelly
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings provided incredible music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I worked closely with the director, Andrew Small, to select the perfect songs and musicians for our event. The string quartet provided the gorgeous, traditional sound I envisioned for my church ceremony, while the classical guitar/violin duo helped transition the evening to a more contemporary "party" ambiance at the cocktail hour. I truly appreciated MVS's professionalism and talent. When we decided to add a vocalist to the ceremony at the last minute, MVS was flexible and accommodating, even going so far as to learn a new song and adapt it to strings. It was executed beautifully! I would recommend MVS to any bride seeking fabulous music for her wedding - they are outstanding!
Monte Vista Strings provided incredible music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I worked closely with the director, Read more...
Monte Vista Strings provided incredible music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I worked closely with the director, Andrew Small, to select the perfect songs and musicians for our event. The string quartet provided the gorgeous, traditional sound I envisioned for my church ceremony, while the classical guitar/violin duo helped transition the evening to a more contemporary "party" ambiance at the cocktail hour. I truly appreciated MVS's professionalism and talent. When we decided to add a vocalist to the ceremony at the last minute, MVS was flexible and accommodating, even going so far as to learn a new song and adapt it to strings. It was executed beautifully! I would recommend MVS to any bride seeking fabulous music for her wedding - they are outstanding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Andy was fabulous, very professional, and I loved his website, which had a multitude of songs to choose from. He also allows you to choose from many different types of music. For example, there are harpists, acoustic guitarists, string quartets, pianists, etc. Monte Vista Strings is a one stop shop for your ceremony music needs. We were very pleased.
Andy was fabulous, very professional, and I loved his website, which had a multitude of songs to choose from. He also Read more...
Andy was fabulous, very professional, and I loved his website, which had a multitude of songs to choose from. He also allows you to choose from many different types of music. For example, there are harpists, acoustic guitarists, string quartets, pianists, etc. Monte Vista Strings is a one stop shop for your ceremony music needs. We were very pleased. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Liz
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
From the very beginning of the wedding it was apparent we were listening to a flawless and articulate group of musicians. They were impressive in every respect yet had the professional restraint to provide a backdrop that allowed the bride and groom to be the focus of the ceremony. In fact, they performed so well the church vicar offered Andrew, one of the musicians, a position to play weekly at their church services. Other family members, including the bride and groom, commented on how pleased they were with the whole musical experience. I would definitely recommend this fine group to perform at any wedding or event where an elegant touch is desired. Grandmother of the bride.
From the very beginning of the wedding it was apparent we were listening to a flawless and articulate group of musicians. Read more...
From the very beginning of the wedding it was apparent we were listening to a flawless and articulate group of musicians. They were impressive in every respect yet had the professional restraint to provide a backdrop that allowed the bride and groom to be the focus of the ceremony. In fact, they performed so well the church vicar offered Andrew, one of the musicians, a position to play weekly at their church services. Other family members, including the bride and groom, commented on how pleased they were with the whole musical experience. I would definitely recommend this fine group to perform at any wedding or event where an elegant touch is desired. Grandmother of the bride. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Martha
Wedding:
1/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful accompaniment to my daughter's wedding and then moved seamlessly to the cocktail reception which they made both elegant and fun. The musicians among us were in awe of their expertise with both traditional and contemporary pieces, and I was exceedingly pleased with how Andrew Small helped me through the planning process. While the musicians may stay in the background, their performances are truly center stage!
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful accompaniment to my daughter's wedding and then moved seamlessly to the Read more...
Monte Vista Strings provided the most beautiful accompaniment to my daughter's wedding and then moved seamlessly to the cocktail reception which they made both elegant and fun. The musicians among us were in awe of their expertise with both traditional and contemporary pieces, and I was exceedingly pleased with how Andrew Small helped me through the planning process. While the musicians may stay in the background, their performances are truly center stage! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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SusanR
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
The music was the most memorable aspect of the wedding. Absolutely outstanding!
The music was the most memorable aspect of the wedding. Absolutely outstanding!
The music was the most memorable aspect of the wedding. Absolutely outstanding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Cathy
Wedding:
3/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Andrew and the Monte Vista Strings group was absolutely wonderful. The music was lovely, and really created the perfect ambience at my wedding. He also was very helpful, as initially I was going to book a string quartet, but he recommended the string trio because my venue was very acoustic. They sounded amazing, and actually helped me save money! I was so happy I found them!
Andrew and the Monte Vista Strings group was absolutely wonderful. The music was lovely, and really created the perfect Read more...
Andrew and the Monte Vista Strings group was absolutely wonderful. The music was lovely, and really created the perfect ambience at my wedding. He also was very helpful, as initially I was going to book a string quartet, but he recommended the string trio because my venue was very acoustic. They sounded amazing, and actually helped me save money! I was so happy I found them! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Catherine
Wedding:
10/9/2011
4.9/5.0
These musicians provided beautiful ceremony music with perfect timing. As the bride, I was not able to hear all of their music before the ceremony, but after watching the video it looks like it set the tone for our ceremony just perfectly. And the music just filled up the barn like magic when I walked down the aisle. My mom, who planned much of my wedding, did most of the correspondence with Monte Vista Strings and said they were very easy to work with as well as responsive.
These musicians provided beautiful ceremony music with perfect timing. As the bride, I was not able to hear all of their Read more...
These musicians provided beautiful ceremony music with perfect timing. As the bride, I was not able to hear all of their music before the ceremony, but after watching the video it looks like it set the tone for our ceremony just perfectly. And the music just filled up the barn like magic when I walked down the aisle. My mom, who planned much of my wedding, did most of the correspondence with Monte Vista Strings and said they were very easy to work with as well as responsive. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jana
Wedding:
12/3/2011
4.7/5.0
I booked Monte Vista Strings for my reception. They were wonderful and my guests loved them!! They were sometimes delayed in their email responses to me but I do understand that they are busy!! So I gave them 3.5 stars in that category but I overall loved them!! I asked that they play a variety of music. They played classical music, pop/contemporary such as Cold Play, musicals (such as Phantom of the Opera), and I also requested a specific song in advance that they waited to play during a special moment at our reception. I would definitely book them again for an event.
I booked Monte Vista Strings for my reception. They were wonderful and my guests loved them!! They were sometimes delayed Read more...
I booked Monte Vista Strings for my reception. They were wonderful and my guests loved them!! They were sometimes delayed in their email responses to me but I do understand that they are busy!! So I gave them 3.5 stars in that category but I overall loved them!! I asked that they play a variety of music. They played classical music, pop/contemporary such as Cold Play, musicals (such as Phantom of the Opera), and I also requested a specific song in advance that they waited to play during a special moment at our reception. I would definitely book them again for an event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Hi Jana,
We very much enjoyed that great night at Hotel Contessa. Thank you for your kind comments.
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Rachel
Wedding:
3/20/2010
4.7/5.0
Beautiful, especially in a small setting like The Inn at Craig's Place. Very receptive to songs that we wanted played and was even able to play songs outside of the box-- Anyone Else But You, The Simpsons Theme song, etc. Very personable, great addition to our wedding. We received a lot of complements, very happy.
Beautiful, especially in a small setting like The Inn at Craig's Place. Very receptive to songs that we wanted played and Read more...
Beautiful, especially in a small setting like The Inn at Craig's Place. Very receptive to songs that we wanted played and was even able to play songs outside of the box-- Anyone Else But You, The Simpsons Theme song, etc. Very personable, great addition to our wedding. We received a lot of complements, very happy. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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jennab09
Wedding:
3/28/2009
3.9/5.0
First off, the music was beautiful. We had the String Quartet for the church. When I signed up I put String Quartet and Trumpet Voice Pending Samples. I had a few questions through the process. Once he was out of town and understandly couldn't go over my paperwork. I was never called when he was back in town. I also called closer to the wedding, left a message and was never called back. We decided against the Trumpet and Voice, I wrote a check and sent it in a week and a half before the wedding (7 days before is deadline.) The remaining balance was off so Andrew called me. We went over it and I realized I was $80.00 off. I wrote a check the following Monday and sent it out. Wednesday he hadn't received it so he asked for cash the day of the wedding. I was a little offended when I was told Thursday would have been too late for the check to deposit into the bank and "go through" It actually take a few weeks sometimes for a check to process and "go through". I gave him cash the day of and he returned the check. After spending thousands of dollars for a wedding, why would someone write a $80.00 check and bounce it? None of this would of happened if a phone call would of been returned. My suggestion, Monte Vista Strings is wonderful. We received MANY compliments about the ceremony music. Be persistent when calling. Mention when you have called before. Ask for a personalized receipt. Receipts of first payment are sent out in bulk, not including what you owe or itemized. So if something changes and you add or remove something you don't know what to add or subtract. After everything, the day of the wedding you will be VERY PLEASED.
First off, the music was beautiful. We had the String Quartet for the church. When I signed up I put String Quartet and Read more...
First off, the music was beautiful. We had the String Quartet for the church. When I signed up I put String Quartet and Trumpet Voice Pending Samples. I had a few questions through the process. Once he was out of town and understandly couldn't go over my paperwork. I was never called when he was back in town. I also called closer to the wedding, left a message and was never called back. We decided against the Trumpet and Voice, I wrote a check and sent it in a week and a half before the wedding (7 days before is deadline.) The remaining balance was off so Andrew called me. We went over it and I realized I was $80.00 off. I wrote a check the following Monday and sent it out. Wednesday he hadn't received it so he asked for cash the day of the wedding. I was a little offended when I was told Thursday would have been too late for the check to deposit into the bank and "go through" It actually take a few weeks sometimes for a check to process and "go through". I gave him cash the day of and he returned the check. After spending thousands of dollars for a wedding, why would someone write a $80.00 check and bounce it? None of this would of happened if a phone call would of been returned. My suggestion, Monte Vista Strings is wonderful. We received MANY compliments about the ceremony music. Be persistent when calling. Mention when you have called before. Ask for a personalized receipt. Receipts of first payment are sent out in bulk, not including what you owe or itemized. So if something changes and you add or remove something you don't know what to add or subtract. After everything, the day of the wedding you will be VERY PLEASED. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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vkling
Wedding:
5/14/2011
1.7/5.0
Monte Vista Strings's musicians are excellent, however, I was shocked and embarrassed at the lack of professionalism. My son's wedding ran 20min late & I had previously approved for them to continue to play in the event that this were to happen for an additional fee. I was appalled that as soon as the ceremony was over & my husband & I were not even down the aisle and Andrew Small from Monte Vista Strings approached me & insisted on payment then & there. Mind you I paid in full months before. I asked if he could give me a minute as I had guests greeting & hugging & he said no. He would not even move out of the way as some guests were trying to take pics. This was even after the wedding coordinator tried to intervene & asked for him to give us a second. He acted like we were going to run away. Guests even made comments. Mind you we paid over $65,000 for this wedding, we were not going anywhere. I understand he needed his money, but I much would have rather he ask for a deposit up front to avoid this embarassment! Also whenever you call Mr. Small he is always not where he can talk & often doesnt return emails or calls. I would not rehire.
Monte Vista Strings's musicians are excellent, however, I was shocked and embarrassed at the lack of professionalism. My Read more...
Monte Vista Strings's musicians are excellent, however, I was shocked and embarrassed at the lack of professionalism. My son's wedding ran 20min late & I had previously approved for them to continue to play in the event that this were to happen for an additional fee. I was appalled that as soon as the ceremony was over & my husband & I were not even down the aisle and Andrew Small from Monte Vista Strings approached me & insisted on payment then & there. Mind you I paid in full months before. I asked if he could give me a minute as I had guests greeting & hugging & he said no. He would not even move out of the way as some guests were trying to take pics. This was even after the wedding coordinator tried to intervene & asked for him to give us a second. He acted like we were going to run away. Guests even made comments. Mind you we paid over $65,000 for this wedding, we were not going anywhere. I understand he needed his money, but I much would have rather he ask for a deposit up front to avoid this embarassment! Also whenever you call Mr. Small he is always not where he can talk & often doesnt return emails or calls. I would not rehire. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

We are deeply saddened by this review. Prior to August 2011, all MVSJ wedding clients, including this reviewer, were asked prior to their wedding date to either authorize or decline musician overtime. The policy clearly stated that charges in the case of overtime would be due in cash immediately following the ceremony. Too many times in the past, if overages were not addressed immediately, the charge would often go unpaid for weeks or indefinitely, despite the best intentions of all parties involved.
Out of consideration for this client's experience, we have instituted a new policy wherein all clients may authorize or decline overtime through advance credit card authorization, avoiding any potential stress on the wedding day. We thank this client for her feedback as it has resulted in an improved policy.
Regarding flexibility, it should be noted in this case that musicians performed a significantly extended prelude to cover the extra waiting time of the guests and stayed to perform overtime despite an unusually tight schedule on that particular day.
Furthermore, MVSJ replies to all telephone and email inquiries as promptly as possible, usually the same day. We have recently implemented upgrades that will prevent delays during our busiest periods.

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