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Musical Heart Strings

Martinez , CA
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P.O box 814
Martinez, CA 94553 US (map)

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925-603-3002

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ABOUT US

Musical Heart Strings is a professional ensemble founded by Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egen. We have been performing together for twelve years and offer an extensive repertoire. Our list... Read more
Musical Heart Strings is a professional ensemble founded by Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egen. We have been performing together for twelve years and offer an extensive repertoire. Our list includes classical, jazz, pop, rock and roll and even some heavy metal. Influenced by the Vitamin String Quartet, we arrange most of the music ourselves, making them original covers performed only by Musical Heart Strings.The musicians are some of the best in the bay. The arrangements are for duo, trio,or quartet. Our premier ensemble is comprised of violin, viola, cello and keyboard. Clients love this ensemble above all else. We are available for hire for any gathering: weddings, parties, funerals, corporate events, or even for serenading a romantic dinner for two or wedding proposal. We can play acoustically or with amplification. Feel free to listen to the sound samples on our site. Click on repertoire then then on the icons indicated by two notes (duo), three notes (trio) and keyboard (piano quartet). If you wish to hear a piece that is not highlighted, we can record a sound bite on our list especially for you (at no charge).

Please feel free to browse our website at http://www.musicalheartstrings.net

You can also call us at (925) 603-3002 or email us at info@musicalheartstrings.net

With Music in our Hearts,
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

REVIEWS

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Stacey
Wedding:
7/10/2016
5.0/5.0
We were delighted with our selection of Musical Heart Strings for our wedding event in July at the Edgehill Mansion on the Dominican University Campus in San Rafael. We selected a trio with Gretchen on the Cello, Megan on the violin and Matt on the keyboard. They did an outstanding job playing before the ceremony and at the cocktail hour on the beautiful wraparound porch, coming onto the lawn for the ceremony, and playing inside the mansion during dinner. Their musical abilities were impressive and along with their good humor, flexibility, experience and high energy we felt we made the perfect choice for our wedding music.
Kerry was very helpful in explaining the selection alternatives for instruments and arrangements. We chose music from their large selection of arrangements spanning from the Beetles to Louie Armstrong to Vivaldi. Comments from the guests were enthusiastically positive. One guest said she thought the ceremony was moving, the venue beautiful, the food excellent but for her the music was the highlight of the evening. Thank you Musical Heart Strings for making our hearts sing. Stacey C
We were delighted with our selection of Musical Heart Strings for our wedding event in July at the Edgehill Mansion on the Read more...
We were delighted with our selection of Musical Heart Strings for our wedding event in July at the Edgehill Mansion on the Dominican University Campus in San Rafael. We selected a trio with Gretchen on the Cello, Megan on the violin and Matt on the keyboard. They did an outstanding job playing before the ceremony and at the cocktail hour on the beautiful wraparound porch, coming onto the lawn for the ceremony, and playing inside the mansion during dinner. Their musical abilities were impressive and along with their good humor, flexibility, experience and high energy we felt we made the perfect choice for our wedding music.
Kerry was very helpful in explaining the selection alternatives for instruments and arrangements. We chose music from their large selection of arrangements spanning from the Beetles to Louie Armstrong to Vivaldi. Comments from the guests were enthusiastically positive. One guest said she thought the ceremony was moving, the venue beautiful, the food excellent but for her the music was the highlight of the evening. Thank you Musical Heart Strings for making our hearts sing. Stacey C Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My hubs and I came across Musical Heart Strings at one of the local wedding fairs in San Francsico about two years ago when we first got engaged. At the time, having strings at our wedding was not on our radar. However, when We heard them play the theme song from Games of Thrones we were smitten! From there, we saw them play a few more times at local restaurants just to see them perform in different atmospheres. We were sold! We booked them for our wedding last weekend in Aptos CA. They were wonderful! They played exactly the type of sweet romantic music for our ceremony in the redwoods, but then busted out their more upbeat trendy music for our cocktail hour. Our guests and venue raved about how amazing they sounded outside! They were so easy to work with and I had to do absolutely nothing the day of the wedding as they came in seamlessly, worked with my coordinator, and got all set up. They were the perfect addiction to our wedding!
My hubs and I came across Musical Heart Strings at one of the local wedding fairs in San Francsico about two years ago Read more...
My hubs and I came across Musical Heart Strings at one of the local wedding fairs in San Francsico about two years ago when we first got engaged. At the time, having strings at our wedding was not on our radar. However, when We heard them play the theme song from Games of Thrones we were smitten! From there, we saw them play a few more times at local restaurants just to see them perform in different atmospheres. We were sold! We booked them for our wedding last weekend in Aptos CA. They were wonderful! They played exactly the type of sweet romantic music for our ceremony in the redwoods, but then busted out their more upbeat trendy music for our cocktail hour. Our guests and venue raved about how amazing they sounded outside! They were so easy to work with and I had to do absolutely nothing the day of the wedding as they came in seamlessly, worked with my coordinator, and got all set up. They were the perfect addiction to our wedding! Read less
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Musical Heart Strings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words Megan and Jon. You are truly a wonderful couple. We knew you were when we first met you, but were convinced when we heard your vows. We are so happy to have been a part of your wedding.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Five plus stars for Musical Heart Strings! =D

We met MHS at the Presidio Bridal event in San Francisco over a year before my wedding. We knew right away that we wanted them to play at our wedding. They were one of our best vendors. We got married during Memorial weekend at the Observation Post Presidio in San Francisco.

MHS have been great from the very beginning. The email communications from the very start were fast in response time and sweet. On our wedding day our family and friends complimented on how beautiful the musical arrangements were. Everyone's favorite were of course, Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones.

Gretchen, Kerry and Megan are definitely very talented, sweet and delightful to work with. I'm subscribed to their email newsletters and will definitely come out to Danville to listen to them play again. I definitely recommend MHS to anyone that is looking for beautiful music arrangements that will be a memorable experience on your special day.
Five plus stars for Musical Heart Strings! =D

We met MHS at the Presidio Bridal event in San Francisco over a Read more...
Five plus stars for Musical Heart Strings! =D

We met MHS at the Presidio Bridal event in San Francisco over a year before my wedding. We knew right away that we wanted them to play at our wedding. They were one of our best vendors. We got married during Memorial weekend at the Observation Post Presidio in San Francisco.

MHS have been great from the very beginning. The email communications from the very start were fast in response time and sweet. On our wedding day our family and friends complimented on how beautiful the musical arrangements were. Everyone's favorite were of course, Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones.

Gretchen, Kerry and Megan are definitely very talented, sweet and delightful to work with. I'm subscribed to their email newsletters and will definitely come out to Danville to listen to them play again. I definitely recommend MHS to anyone that is looking for beautiful music arrangements that will be a memorable experience on your special day. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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S
Wedding:
3/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Wonderful music and terrific ladies to do business with.
I would recommend them for any event you have!
Wonderful music and terrific ladies to do business with.
I would recommend them for any event you have!
Wonderful music and terrific ladies to do business with.
I would recommend them for any event you have! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nicole
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
We booked the string trio, and from our first contact with Kerry through their final song at our reception dinner, we were so happy with our choice and thankful we were able to book them. Their extensive repertoire (from wedding classics to contemporary pop songs) and lovely sample recordings drew us in, and their professionalism meant that everything went incredibly smoothly once we were booked. Their rendition of our processional song (for which they acquired the sheet music and rehearsed for a small additional fee) was breathtaking, and at the dinner reception they even went the extra mile in playing some last minute requests. Our wedding would not have been the same without Musical Heart Strings and I can't recommend these talented musicians highly enough.
We booked the string trio, and from our first contact with Kerry through their final song at our reception dinner, we were Read more...
We booked the string trio, and from our first contact with Kerry through their final song at our reception dinner, we were so happy with our choice and thankful we were able to book them. Their extensive repertoire (from wedding classics to contemporary pop songs) and lovely sample recordings drew us in, and their professionalism meant that everything went incredibly smoothly once we were booked. Their rendition of our processional song (for which they acquired the sheet music and rehearsed for a small additional fee) was breathtaking, and at the dinner reception they even went the extra mile in playing some last minute requests. Our wedding would not have been the same without Musical Heart Strings and I can't recommend these talented musicians highly enough. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Musical Heart Strings responded with the following comments:

Nicole, you are so sweet! Thank you taking the time to write these lovely words. We hope to see you and Nick in the future!
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Amelia
Wedding:
12/12/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband was dead-set on having a string quartet for our wedding, and after some digging around online we found Musical Heart Strings. From the moment I e-mailed them to inquire about the wedding, they were nothing but responsive, professional, and unbelievably kind. And their music is incredible! Many guests said it was their favorite part of the wedding. I cannot recommend them enough!!
My husband was dead-set on having a string quartet for our wedding, and after some digging around online we found Musical Read more...
My husband was dead-set on having a string quartet for our wedding, and after some digging around online we found Musical Heart Strings. From the moment I e-mailed them to inquire about the wedding, they were nothing but responsive, professional, and unbelievably kind. And their music is incredible! Many guests said it was their favorite part of the wedding. I cannot recommend them enough!! Read less
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Musical Heart Strings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so very much Amelia! We so appreciate the kind words. You and Ryan are such a lovely couple. We hope to see you again.
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Stacy
Wedding:
10/28/2015
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I planned our elopement (just the two of us), Musical Heart Strings was highly recommended by our wedding planner. I am SO THANKFUL for that recommendation! The duo of Kerry on violin and Gretchen on cello truly set the stage for a memorable event (and some even more memorable photos!). We selected a few specific songs, as well as a few "songs to avoid" from their vast repertoire, and they "filled in the blanks" with additional music that fit our style and personality. Due to the intimate nature of our event, we were able to interact with these talented musicians and we found them to be friendly, flexible, and fun to be around. Our wedding would not have been the same without them. If you're considering hiring Musical Heart Strings for your event, JUST DO IT!
When my husband and I planned our elopement (just the two of us), Musical Heart Strings was highly recommended by our Read more...
When my husband and I planned our elopement (just the two of us), Musical Heart Strings was highly recommended by our wedding planner. I am SO THANKFUL for that recommendation! The duo of Kerry on violin and Gretchen on cello truly set the stage for a memorable event (and some even more memorable photos!). We selected a few specific songs, as well as a few "songs to avoid" from their vast repertoire, and they "filled in the blanks" with additional music that fit our style and personality. Due to the intimate nature of our event, we were able to interact with these talented musicians and we found them to be friendly, flexible, and fun to be around. Our wedding would not have been the same without them. If you're considering hiring Musical Heart Strings for your event, JUST DO IT! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Christine
Wedding:
10/14/2015
5.0/5.0
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLYYYY RECOMMENDED

After finding our venue and realizing that the city of Sunol does not allow outdoor amplified music, we HAD to find a band/string to play our ceremony! Oh boy more money.

After researching a bit and looking at the venue's preferred vendors, my husband started looking on their websites and listening to samples. Well, he fell in LOVE with MHS. WE got a quote and then decided to head to one of their little gigs they do. They had one at the Pear in Napa, and we were sold. (Luckily we went to hear them play because during the wedding we were too busy taking pictures to enjoy the cocktail hour! Alas, but we KNOW they did wonderfully and guests loved them).

We hired the trio, just in case the duo wasn't "loud" enough. Kerry and Gretchen are awesome! (Sorry, I never properly met the third person!!) They are so outgoing and cheerful, we felt we were in safe hands! (They had a mini tumble during the gig we watched in Napa, but they kept on playing without missing a beat!! So enthusiastic! LOVE IT!)

Their music list is awesome, we loved it all. We will definitely continue to try to go out to Napa to hear them play again! Communication was easy, didn't feel pressured for payments, received a lovely card from them after. THANK YOU LADIES!
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLYYYY RECOMMENDED

After finding our venue and realizing that the city of Sunol does not allow Read more...
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLYYYY RECOMMENDED

After finding our venue and realizing that the city of Sunol does not allow outdoor amplified music, we HAD to find a band/string to play our ceremony! Oh boy more money.

After researching a bit and looking at the venue's preferred vendors, my husband started looking on their websites and listening to samples. Well, he fell in LOVE with MHS. WE got a quote and then decided to head to one of their little gigs they do. They had one at the Pear in Napa, and we were sold. (Luckily we went to hear them play because during the wedding we were too busy taking pictures to enjoy the cocktail hour! Alas, but we KNOW they did wonderfully and guests loved them).

We hired the trio, just in case the duo wasn't "loud" enough. Kerry and Gretchen are awesome! (Sorry, I never properly met the third person!!) They are so outgoing and cheerful, we felt we were in safe hands! (They had a mini tumble during the gig we watched in Napa, but they kept on playing without missing a beat!! So enthusiastic! LOVE IT!)

Their music list is awesome, we loved it all. We will definitely continue to try to go out to Napa to hear them play again! Communication was easy, didn't feel pressured for payments, received a lovely card from them after. THANK YOU LADIES! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Musical Heart Strings was amazing to work with for our wedding and made our ceremony and cocktail hour absolutely perfect! We went to listen to them before our wedding in Danville so we had a great understanding of what they were going to play at our wedding and we were able to pick our songs. They also learned a string version of a song we found on YouTube and composed sheet music BY EAR! They were truly incredible and made our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour an event to remember! I'd highly recommend them for any event, especially a wedding!
Musical Heart Strings was amazing to work with for our wedding and made our ceremony and cocktail hour absolutely perfect! Read more...
Musical Heart Strings was amazing to work with for our wedding and made our ceremony and cocktail hour absolutely perfect! We went to listen to them before our wedding in Danville so we had a great understanding of what they were going to play at our wedding and we were able to pick our songs. They also learned a string version of a song we found on YouTube and composed sheet music BY EAR! They were truly incredible and made our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour an event to remember! I'd highly recommend them for any event, especially a wedding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Kerry and Gretchen were easy to work with, very affordable and did a fantastic job playing at our wedding during both our ceremony and cocktail hour. Would recommend to anyone that wants to add flair to their nuptials!
Kerry and Gretchen were easy to work with, very affordable and did a fantastic job playing at our wedding during both our Read more...
Kerry and Gretchen were easy to work with, very affordable and did a fantastic job playing at our wedding during both our ceremony and cocktail hour. Would recommend to anyone that wants to add flair to their nuptials! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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