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Monte Vista Strings and Jazz

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

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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?
Choir, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6, 7+
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Winds
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
They were great. So helpful with song suggestions and a wide variety of instruments to choose from. Made it very easy since they can start and stop playing as needed. Highly recommend.
They were great. So helpful with song suggestions and a wide variety of instruments to choose from. Made it very easy Read more...
They were great. So helpful with song suggestions and a wide variety of instruments to choose from. Made it very easy since they can start and stop playing as needed. Highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Betsy
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
We used Monte Vista Strings and Jazz for our daughter's Oct 24th wedding and reception. For the ceremony, we used the strings and flute quartet, and we couldn't be more pleased. Due to transportation issues, the quartet ended up playing A LOT more prelude music than we had previously selected, due to the delay in the ceremony start time, but it was all beautiful and appropriate for the setting. During the ceremony, the music was on cue, and the arrangements were lovely - just as I imagined they would be, but they are professionals after all!
The Jazz Ensemble played during the cocktail hour, and for the first part of the dinner, and they were amazing, with a big full sound! I was very pleased with their music selections.
The MV Strings and Jazz Ensemble helped create the magic of the day! Thanks Andrew and team!!!
We used Monte Vista Strings and Jazz for our daughter's Oct 24th wedding and reception. For the ceremony, we used the Read more...
We used Monte Vista Strings and Jazz for our daughter's Oct 24th wedding and reception. For the ceremony, we used the strings and flute quartet, and we couldn't be more pleased. Due to transportation issues, the quartet ended up playing A LOT more prelude music than we had previously selected, due to the delay in the ceremony start time, but it was all beautiful and appropriate for the setting. During the ceremony, the music was on cue, and the arrangements were lovely - just as I imagined they would be, but they are professionals after all!
The Jazz Ensemble played during the cocktail hour, and for the first part of the dinner, and they were amazing, with a big full sound! I was very pleased with their music selections.
The MV Strings and Jazz Ensemble helped create the magic of the day! Thanks Andrew and team!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kirsten
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
If you want a great experience from beginning to end, this is the right choice for you. Andrew is extremely professional, accommodating, and TALENTED. He will make sure he has exactly what you are looking for and will leave your guests speechless. I could not have asked for a perfect experience during our wedding ceremony. I still get the goosebumps when I see the video!
If you want a great experience from beginning to end, this is the right choice for you. Andrew is extremely professional, Read more...
If you want a great experience from beginning to end, this is the right choice for you. Andrew is extremely professional, accommodating, and TALENTED. He will make sure he has exactly what you are looking for and will leave your guests speechless. I could not have asked for a perfect experience during our wedding ceremony. I still get the goosebumps when I see the video! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Monte Vista Strings and Jazz responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Kirsten! Yours was one of our most memorable weddings ever. It was truly an honor to get to work with you.
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired the Wired! Pop Contemporary String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and a jazz band for our dinner hour, both from Monte Vista Strings and Jazz and both absolutely amazing. This company made our day. All our special requests were honored and performed beautifully, and Andrew was always available to give us advice and guidance throughout the entire process. Highly recommend this company.
We hired the Wired! Pop Contemporary String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and a jazz band for our Read more...
We hired the Wired! Pop Contemporary String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and a jazz band for our dinner hour, both from Monte Vista Strings and Jazz and both absolutely amazing. This company made our day. All our special requests were honored and performed beautifully, and Andrew was always available to give us advice and guidance throughout the entire process. Highly recommend this company. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Dee Dee
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Magnificent! Monte Vista Strings performed at our daughter's wedding a year ago, They provided pre-wedding music, processional, recessional and everything in between. Even though we had a quartet, they were able to fill the church with the strong and beautiful Water Music and the sweet, soft strains of Vivaldi throughout the service. They set the tone for a beautiful, traditional and touching nuptials. Also, they were also willing to drive 3 hours out of the city to do so. Andrew Small and the members of the Monte Vista Strings are very creative, professional, attractive and are quite accommodating. We highly recommend them and plan to use them for future celebrations.
Magnificent! Monte Vista Strings performed at our daughter's wedding a year ago, They provided pre-wedding music, Read more...
Magnificent! Monte Vista Strings performed at our daughter's wedding a year ago, They provided pre-wedding music, processional, recessional and everything in between. Even though we had a quartet, they were able to fill the church with the strong and beautiful Water Music and the sweet, soft strains of Vivaldi throughout the service. They set the tone for a beautiful, traditional and touching nuptials. Also, they were also willing to drive 3 hours out of the city to do so. Andrew Small and the members of the Monte Vista Strings are very creative, professional, attractive and are quite accommodating. We highly recommend them and plan to use them for future celebrations. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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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
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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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:
2+ years 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.

    •    
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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