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Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles

Philadelphia , PA
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PO Box 29405
Philadelphia, PA US 19125 (map)

PHONE

215-739-0713

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ABOUT US

The Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles is one of Philadelphia's most sought after organizations for providing live music for concerts and special events.

RSQ has enjoyed... Read more
The Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles is one of Philadelphia's most sought after organizations for providing live music for concerts and special events.

RSQ has enjoyed longstanding relationships with producers and promoters throughout North America and perform regularly at Philadelphia's finest venues.

RSQ proudly offers live music ranging from chamber music to full orchestras with personalized service and customized musical packages. Services include recording sessions, providing local talent for headlining stars, accompanying choirs or providing an orchestra for a special concert, as well as weddings and special events.

The Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles are known for their professionalism, consistency, and quality musicianship. RSQ musicians are known as much for their spirited and engaging personalities as for their outstanding musical performances, and look forward to sharing their talents with you! Read less
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, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Formal unless otherwise requested
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Both, upon request. Please email us for upcoming performances and/or a free copy of our demo CD.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Only about 5 minutes, but we arrive 30 - 45 minutes before prelude music so that we are ready to start if things run early.
How much space do you usually require?
Roughly a 10' x 10' space for a quartet
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We only charge additionally for travel if your venue is located more than 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Costs depend on the day and time of your event, as well as the distance from the City. Travel ranges from $15 to $75 per player, in a 100 mile radius.

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Rhea
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We used RHS for our ceremony and cocktail music and it was beautiful! We had lots of comments on how lovely the music was. It was very easy, I had a few requests for the ceremony and they were done without a problem. Very nice and friendly to work with!
We used RHS for our ceremony and cocktail music and it was beautiful! We had lots of comments on how lovely the music was. Read more...
We used RHS for our ceremony and cocktail music and it was beautiful! We had lots of comments on how lovely the music was. It was very easy, I had a few requests for the ceremony and they were done without a problem. Very nice and friendly to work with! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Wonderful, very professional group, music was terrific. I'd really recommend them for a wedding.
Wonderful, very professional group, music was terrific. I'd really recommend them for a wedding.
Wonderful, very professional group, music was terrific. I'd really recommend them for a wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mori
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing!! They went above and beyond, to include learning to play a new song, to ensure that our day was extra special!!!
Absolutely amazing!! They went above and beyond, to include learning to play a new song, to ensure that our day was extra Read more...
Absolutely amazing!! They went above and beyond, to include learning to play a new song, to ensure that our day was extra special!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
The musicians were great and played a special request song as well.
The musicians were great and played a special request song as well.
The musicians were great and played a special request song as well. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rebecca
Wedding:
6/21/2014
1.0/5.0
As a disclaimer, I will admit that the music director of my church played a part in this problem in regards to dragging his feet and contacting RSQ for my ceremony music; however, my issue with them is there total lack of communication. After I received there contact information from the musical director, I immediately emailed RSQ to confirm that they were indeed scheduled to play at my ceremony and requested we quickly be in touch since my wedding was in 2 weeks. I emailed and called them EVERY day for one week and did not get a SINGLE response. Their voicemail talks about how they pride themselves on communication and that email is best because they are only in the office 3 days a week. What a joke! I followed up my daily voicemail to them with an email as well and never heard from them once! It was incredibly disheartening and frustrating that on top of having to last minute deal with the ceremony music fiasco that I couldn't even get a simple reply from them saying "yes or no" we can do it. With my wedding in one week I finally had to throw in the towel with RSQ and go with the church organ since I didn't hear a peep from them. I can't imagine what the rest of the process would have been like working with RSQ if it was like pulling teeth to even get an initial response. I'm sure they are very musically talented, but such poor communication really sends a bad message when it is such a simple task to respond to someone. There is no excuse for that in my book.
Moral of the story? Contact them MONTHS ahead but be prepared for headaches in communication and serious difficulty contacting them.
As a disclaimer, I will admit that the music director of my church played a part in this problem in regards to dragging Read more...
As a disclaimer, I will admit that the music director of my church played a part in this problem in regards to dragging his feet and contacting RSQ for my ceremony music; however, my issue with them is there total lack of communication. After I received there contact information from the musical director, I immediately emailed RSQ to confirm that they were indeed scheduled to play at my ceremony and requested we quickly be in touch since my wedding was in 2 weeks. I emailed and called them EVERY day for one week and did not get a SINGLE response. Their voicemail talks about how they pride themselves on communication and that email is best because they are only in the office 3 days a week. What a joke! I followed up my daily voicemail to them with an email as well and never heard from them once! It was incredibly disheartening and frustrating that on top of having to last minute deal with the ceremony music fiasco that I couldn't even get a simple reply from them saying "yes or no" we can do it. With my wedding in one week I finally had to throw in the towel with RSQ and go with the church organ since I didn't hear a peep from them. I can't imagine what the rest of the process would have been like working with RSQ if it was like pulling teeth to even get an initial response. I'm sure they are very musically talented, but such poor communication really sends a bad message when it is such a simple task to respond to someone. There is no excuse for that in my book.
Moral of the story? Contact them MONTHS ahead but be prepared for headaches in communication and serious difficulty contacting them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this feedback; the only way we can fix problems/make things right is by knowing how clients feel.
The confusion here arose by having the church music director involved in this communication. RSQ was told contacted by him (not the wedding family). He asked for our pricing and info and spoke to the family, and then confirmed RSQ to play this wedding. We were given the name of the soloist (who we know and have worked with) and told him we would contact him directly to coordinate the songs for which we would accompany him. We had no idea that the wedding family did not receive the same confirmation from him that we did. Unfortunately, as a small business, there are only 2 of us that actually work in the office. The emails and phone calls about this wedding all came into our office last week (10 days before the wedding). One of our office people was out sick, and the other was dealing with a family emergency. The 3 days you left messages were the 3 days there was no one in the office, and we feel terribly about the upset that this lapse has created. Of course, when we don't have a music director involved, we have a steady stream of communications with our clients over a longer period of time, which would have kept this from happening. Given that this wedding has not yet occurred, we would be happy to make amends and play your wedding this Saturday as planned!
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Naomi
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with RSQ was so easy and wonderful. They were very responsive and helpful in answering my questions before the wedding. On the day itself, I didn’t get a chance to meet them, but the music they played was absolutely lovely and just what I had wanted. A totally stress free experience!

I'll also note that we made a special request for our recessional song. We wanted them to play the throne room song from Star Wars. I even specified a point in the youtube video where I wanted them to start. They were so cool about it and the effect was exactly what we were going for!
Working with RSQ was so easy and wonderful. They were very responsive and helpful in answering my questions before the Read more...
Working with RSQ was so easy and wonderful. They were very responsive and helpful in answering my questions before the wedding. On the day itself, I didn’t get a chance to meet them, but the music they played was absolutely lovely and just what I had wanted. A totally stress free experience!

I'll also note that we made a special request for our recessional song. We wanted them to play the throne room song from Star Wars. I even specified a point in the youtube video where I wanted them to start. They were so cool about it and the effect was exactly what we were going for! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Marie S. (aka Princess Leia)
Wedding:
10/12/2012
2.3/5.0
The music was like listening to a slice of heaven during our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful & at times so moving it brought me, my husband & many of our guests to tears.

The process of us getting to the ceremony however was VERY difficult as we did not want music out of a can. If you want Canon in D & other common wedding music selections then it won't be difficult to work with RSQ but if you think out of the box and want your music to be unique then be prepared for the owner to write you emails intimating that you are difficult, micromanaging and should seek other musicians...

Their website says you can have as much control as you'd like picking YOUR music & that services are coordinated via email and phone calls. Be prepared though if you send them a list of music A MONTH IN ADVANCE (9/16) that isn't part of their canned prescription they'll work diligently to put you back into their box & then call you to say you're difficult.

A few more disturbing points of contention-be prepared for emails to take 2-3 days to be responded to & there won't be any phone calls to clear up misunderstandings. Be prepared to find solutions for them-If you have a particular song in mind and do not provide them the exact title they will not help you - I had to send them YouTube videos of the song choices. Only after receiving the videos did they come back & tell me they don't have the arrangements on Strings. I had to suggest a piano & then miraculously they could play it. (we have the emails) It seemed as I was the one finding the solutions for them to play our non-obscure music selections.
Rebuttal: I welcome all brides & grooms to contact me for copies of the emails showing delayed responses, and me providing them the music selection in 4 weeks in advance, ME suggesting the piano and ME doing all of the leg work. And my fav email from RSQ - the belittling email is a true GEM that any bride would love to receive 8 days b/4 the wedding.
The music was like listening to a slice of heaven during our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful & at times so moving it Read more...
The music was like listening to a slice of heaven during our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful & at times so moving it brought me, my husband & many of our guests to tears.

The process of us getting to the ceremony however was VERY difficult as we did not want music out of a can. If you want Canon in D & other common wedding music selections then it won't be difficult to work with RSQ but if you think out of the box and want your music to be unique then be prepared for the owner to write you emails intimating that you are difficult, micromanaging and should seek other musicians...

Their website says you can have as much control as you'd like picking YOUR music & that services are coordinated via email and phone calls. Be prepared though if you send them a list of music A MONTH IN ADVANCE (9/16) that isn't part of their canned prescription they'll work diligently to put you back into their box & then call you to say you're difficult.

A few more disturbing points of contention-be prepared for emails to take 2-3 days to be responded to & there won't be any phone calls to clear up misunderstandings. Be prepared to find solutions for them-If you have a particular song in mind and do not provide them the exact title they will not help you - I had to send them YouTube videos of the song choices. Only after receiving the videos did they come back & tell me they don't have the arrangements on Strings. I had to suggest a piano & then miraculously they could play it. (we have the emails) It seemed as I was the one finding the solutions for them to play our non-obscure music selections.
Rebuttal: I welcome all brides & grooms to contact me for copies of the emails showing delayed responses, and me providing them the music selection in 4 weeks in advance, ME suggesting the piano and ME doing all of the leg work. And my fav email from RSQ - the belittling email is a true GEM that any bride would love to receive 8 days b/4 the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles responded with the following comments:

With all due respect to this client....
This client engaged the services of a violin/cello duo and submitted a music request list one week before their event with music that was
a) largely unplayable for that combination of instruments and
b) incorrectly titled so we could not recognize what music they really wanted.
We engaged in a dialogue (via email) explaining which pieces were possible for violin/cello duo and which were not, but the disappointment and frustration of the client was evident.

Every email was responded to promptly, and the end result was that we found the proper titles, and OUR suggestion of adding a keyboard made it possible for the pieces requested to be played.

While we try to accommodate musical requests, Rittenhouse Music will not compromise our product by playing inappropriate music for the ensemble engaged.

We always offer compromises that will ultimately result in the quality they expect when hiring RSQ.

We are grateful that in the end this client did, in fact, have the music they requested (when they engaged the proper ensemble!) and ultimately rated the product as 5-star. That is what RSQ is known for!
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Allison
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough positive things about the Rittenhouse String Quartet. We actually booked a string trio through this company but they were absolutely amazing! We ended up booking RSQ after things fell through at the last minute with another trio we booked. RSQ was wonderful and right away made us feel like we made the right choice. They had lots of demos on-line to listen to (which were gorgeous) and minutes after I sent the group our ceremony song list the office manager wrote me back to say that my selection were great and the church coordinator was already working on organizing timings for our ceremony. At the Catholic wedding ceremony the trio was wonderful. We hired 2 violins and a cellist and they sounded gorgeous in the church. The were loud but not too loud for the setting (which was perfect) and their timings were exactly right. They sounded amazing. We got tons of compliments on these musicians after the ceremony. I am thrilled that we chose the rittenhouse string quartet and i would recommend them overwhelmingly to any bride!!!
I can not say enough positive things about the Rittenhouse String Quartet. We actually booked a string trio through this Read more...
I can not say enough positive things about the Rittenhouse String Quartet. We actually booked a string trio through this company but they were absolutely amazing! We ended up booking RSQ after things fell through at the last minute with another trio we booked. RSQ was wonderful and right away made us feel like we made the right choice. They had lots of demos on-line to listen to (which were gorgeous) and minutes after I sent the group our ceremony song list the office manager wrote me back to say that my selection were great and the church coordinator was already working on organizing timings for our ceremony. At the Catholic wedding ceremony the trio was wonderful. We hired 2 violins and a cellist and they sounded gorgeous in the church. The were loud but not too loud for the setting (which was perfect) and their timings were exactly right. They sounded amazing. We got tons of compliments on these musicians after the ceremony. I am thrilled that we chose the rittenhouse string quartet and i would recommend them overwhelmingly to any bride!!! Read less
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