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Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles

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

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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
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6, 7+
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Liability Insurance, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals

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Bridget
Wedding:
12/19/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired a solo violinist from Rittenhouse Strings for our church ceremony wedding at Old St. Mary's Church in December 2015 upon recommendation from the organist at OSM. The people at Rittenhouse Strings were so nice and helpful as we went through the planning process. Karen was our violinist on the wedding day and she sounded beautiful!
We hired a solo violinist from Rittenhouse Strings for our church ceremony wedding at Old St. Mary's Church in December Read more...
We hired a solo violinist from Rittenhouse Strings for our church ceremony wedding at Old St. Mary's Church in December 2015 upon recommendation from the organist at OSM. The people at Rittenhouse Strings were so nice and helpful as we went through the planning process. Karen was our violinist on the wedding day and she sounded beautiful! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Janet Fleetwood
Wedding:
10/10/2015
4.8/5.0
RIttenhouse Quartet was wonderful. They played classical music at the ceremony and cocktail hour, plus some contemporary pieces. They sounded and looked very professional. I recommend them highly.
RIttenhouse Quartet was wonderful. They played classical music at the ceremony and cocktail hour, plus some contemporary Read more...
RIttenhouse Quartet was wonderful. They played classical music at the ceremony and cocktail hour, plus some contemporary pieces. They sounded and looked very professional. I recommend them highly. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelley
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
We loved working with the Rittenhouse string quartet for our October 2015 wedding. They were responsive and professional, and above all the music was excellent. They played prior to the ceremony, the processional/recessional, and during cocktail hour. We received so many compliments on how wonderful they were. We would highly recommend them to other couples looking for a string quartet for their wedding.
We loved working with the Rittenhouse string quartet for our October 2015 wedding. They were responsive and professional, Read more...
We loved working with the Rittenhouse string quartet for our October 2015 wedding. They were responsive and professional, and above all the music was excellent. They played prior to the ceremony, the processional/recessional, and during cocktail hour. We received so many compliments on how wonderful they were. We would highly recommend them to other couples looking for a string quartet for their wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.6/5.0
We unfortunately had a very negative experience with the business side of Rittenhouse Quartet. The music itself - great! The problem was the owner and how the business is run.

We hired Rittenhouse for our September 2015 wedding back in the spring, sending in the initial deposit and contract. The last we had heard from them was an email in April 2015.

Flash forward to two weeks before our wedding and we had not heard a peep from Rittenhouse. We emailed them asking if they would call and they called once, where I unfortunately missed the call. We called them back and...nothing. We left more messages, but did not hear back. This culminated in my finance texting the owner asking if they would call us back so at least we knew that they were coming! Nothing.

I called them again in desperation two days before my wedding and actually got through and spoke to one of the musicians, who was lovely. The owner then got on the phone and said they needed payment by credit card that moment (which they charge extra for) and would not accept a check day of. She said we had violated the contract by not sending them a final payment two weeks before. I was shocked because we had heard nothing from them since April and then we had, on our own initiative, been trying and trying to touch base with them two weeks before! When I asked if they would not charge us the extra credit card fee, the owner launched into a tirade about how horrible we were. I responded only with "I don't understand?" and she said she just "couldn't deal" and would have someone else call me back. Again, this happened two days before the wedding.

No one ever called back, we just received a terse email saying to pay by credit card that instant or they would not show. So we did.

They did come and the music was lovely. But the whole experience left a sour taste. Completely not responsive, then yelling at the bride two days before her wedding is no way to run a business.
We unfortunately had a very negative experience with the business side of Rittenhouse Quartet. The music itself - great! Read more...
We unfortunately had a very negative experience with the business side of Rittenhouse Quartet. The music itself - great! The problem was the owner and how the business is run.

We hired Rittenhouse for our September 2015 wedding back in the spring, sending in the initial deposit and contract. The last we had heard from them was an email in April 2015.

Flash forward to two weeks before our wedding and we had not heard a peep from Rittenhouse. We emailed them asking if they would call and they called once, where I unfortunately missed the call. We called them back and...nothing. We left more messages, but did not hear back. This culminated in my finance texting the owner asking if they would call us back so at least we knew that they were coming! Nothing.

I called them again in desperation two days before my wedding and actually got through and spoke to one of the musicians, who was lovely. The owner then got on the phone and said they needed payment by credit card that moment (which they charge extra for) and would not accept a check day of. She said we had violated the contract by not sending them a final payment two weeks before. I was shocked because we had heard nothing from them since April and then we had, on our own initiative, been trying and trying to touch base with them two weeks before! When I asked if they would not charge us the extra credit card fee, the owner launched into a tirade about how horrible we were. I responded only with "I don't understand?" and she said she just "couldn't deal" and would have someone else call me back. Again, this happened two days before the wedding.

No one ever called back, we just received a terse email saying to pay by credit card that instant or they would not show. So we did.

They did come and the music was lovely. But the whole experience left a sour taste. Completely not responsive, then yelling at the bride two days before her wedding is no way to run a business. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Rittenhouse String Quartet and Ensembles responded with the following comments:

It is always unfortunate when clients do not read their contracts...We had a long string of correspondences with the groom, which included notification that credit card payments include a surcharge. As a matter of fact, the client originally said they would pay the deposit by credit card and then changed their mind to avoid the surcharge. The contract clearly states that the final payment is due 7 days prior to the event, yet these clients seemed surprised that we required the payment prior to the event, and "disputed" the credit card surcharge, which was the only way to pay since they waited to the last minute to make the final payment. We had no interaction at all with the bride until the week before the wedding, and she did not seem to be aware of any of the information we had exchanged (repeatedly) with the groom, which is why were flabbergasted that she was surprised that there was a payment due, and that there is a surcharge (in print, that they knew about) for credit card payments. In the end, we gave them an excellent product and our musicians received the payment at the wedding that they deserved, despite the fact that we got caught in the middle of the lack of communication between bride and groom regarding the contract they signed and the requirements of payment. We wish them a long, happy life together, and are proud of the music we provided for their wedding
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Ryan
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Two months before our wedding this year, we found ourselves without the live music that we had planned for during our cocktail hour and ceremony. After some desperate searching and worrying, we heard about Rittenhouse String Quartet through a friend and I am so glad we found them. After listening to some of their sample performances and talking with them, we were put completely at ease. They were professional, quick to respond, and completely reasonable with pricing and scheduling. We opted for the (maybe unusual) combination of two cellists, who ended up creating the perfect atmosphere for our event. I would absolutely recommend Rittenhouse String Quartet to anyone looking for classy and professional musical accompaniment.
Two months before our wedding this year, we found ourselves without the live music that we had planned for during our Read more...
Two months before our wedding this year, we found ourselves without the live music that we had planned for during our cocktail hour and ceremony. After some desperate searching and worrying, we heard about Rittenhouse String Quartet through a friend and I am so glad we found them. After listening to some of their sample performances and talking with them, we were put completely at ease. They were professional, quick to respond, and completely reasonable with pricing and scheduling. We opted for the (maybe unusual) combination of two cellists, who ended up creating the perfect atmosphere for our event. I would absolutely recommend Rittenhouse String Quartet to anyone looking for classy and professional musical accompaniment. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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dawn
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired RSQ for our daughter's wedding and could not be more pleased. We chose them for value and their ability to play just about anything that can be play with a Quartet. We had three violins and one cello and it was the perfect sound for our daughter's garden wedding. They played prior to the ceremony and during the processional and recessional; as well as at the cocktail hour. RSQ was easy to work with and while their response would take a day or two; it was understood since they are usually very busy every weekend. I highly recommend them.
We hired RSQ for our daughter's wedding and could not be more pleased. We chose them for value and their ability to play Read more...
We hired RSQ for our daughter's wedding and could not be more pleased. We chose them for value and their ability to play just about anything that can be play with a Quartet. We had three violins and one cello and it was the perfect sound for our daughter's garden wedding. They played prior to the ceremony and during the processional and recessional; as well as at the cocktail hour. RSQ was easy to work with and while their response would take a day or two; it was understood since they are usually very busy every weekend. I highly recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Becs8684
Wedding:
5/16/2015
4.6/5.0
Rittenhouse Strings helped make our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful! We used a violin and trumpet, which was the perfect mix (with our organ and piano) for soft, romantic songs or big, dramatic entrances and exits. The musicians worked with our vocalists and our church's music director so we really didn't have to coordinate much beyond selecting our music and sending the program.

They were a bit hard to get a response from along the way, so my only advice would be to engage with them early and get all of the details ironed out.
Rittenhouse Strings helped make our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful! We used a violin and trumpet, which was the Read more...
Rittenhouse Strings helped make our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful! We used a violin and trumpet, which was the perfect mix (with our organ and piano) for soft, romantic songs or big, dramatic entrances and exits. The musicians worked with our vocalists and our church's music director so we really didn't have to coordinate much beyond selecting our music and sending the program.

They were a bit hard to get a response from along the way, so my only advice would be to engage with them early and get all of the details ironed out. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We worked with Rittenhouse String Quartet for our ceremony and cocktail hour. It took a few emails and phone calls to figure out the selections for our ceremony, since my original selections weren't exactly optimized for the quartet format. (I actually would have been fine with a very pared down version of the orchestral score, but I got the impression that they didn't want to compromise on the quality, which I can respect). Regarding communication, they typically responded within 2 days, and their office manager was very nice and pleasant. The music itself was nothing short of gorgeous, and the processional even moved my groom to tears! The cocktail hour music was perfect: great selections, not too loud to overpower conversations, but just loud enough for people to enjoy. Would definitely work with them again!
We worked with Rittenhouse String Quartet for our ceremony and cocktail hour. It took a few emails and phone calls to Read more...
We worked with Rittenhouse String Quartet for our ceremony and cocktail hour. It took a few emails and phone calls to figure out the selections for our ceremony, since my original selections weren't exactly optimized for the quartet format. (I actually would have been fine with a very pared down version of the orchestral score, but I got the impression that they didn't want to compromise on the quality, which I can respect). Regarding communication, they typically responded within 2 days, and their office manager was very nice and pleasant. The music itself was nothing short of gorgeous, and the processional even moved my groom to tears! The cocktail hour music was perfect: great selections, not too loud to overpower conversations, but just loud enough for people to enjoy. Would definitely work with them again! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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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:
1+ year ago
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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