Melegari Chamber Players
We hired the Melegari Chamber Players after looking into a number of musicians and groups to play for our wedding reception. A number of those groups and individuals simply did not respond to my attempts to contact or were very sporadic which made it very difficult to get anything planned for the event. When your main focus in life temporarily becomes centered around one day and the stresses involve ensuring that the center pieces are PERFECT, you come to appreciate the people involved who make your life a little easier. Melegari Chamber Players did that for me. I appreciate music, but I had no idea what I wanted for a song list or any particular songs aside from a few Beatles songs and sort of a general idea of the atmosphere we wanted. I was worried this might be a bit too general, but I put my faith in their professional experience and I was not disappointed. Erin was in close contact with me, considered my input and gave me some options about the number of musicians, instruments, and advised me about the capabilities and limitations to all of this. What we ended up with was a duo and a song list that worked brilliantly with our setting. I was very happy with the level of professionalism, the quality of playing, and the value I received. I'd absolutely recommend Melegari Chamber Players for your event. I cannot thank them enough for alleviating one of the stressful elements in planning out wedding, it was such a joy to know that someone who was experienced and confident in providing music was handling that aspect so I could continue to worry about centerpieces and trivial things that were deathly important!
My (new!) husband and I want to thank you for the fabulous music you and your musicians provided at our wedding...you were outstanding! It was a supreme pleasure and an honor to hear you (and you are all so beautiful & talented)! Thanks for being so on top of things and professional. It was a pleasure to work with Sarah and Paloma.
Superb!!..Melegari Chamber Players were fabulous! From start to finish all questions were answered promptly and the players have a great selection of pieces for weddings. We had 4 musicians and they complimented each other; played our favorite music from start to finish and were prompt ..Melegari Chamber Players are fantastic,and professional and we could not have asked for more! Our guests loved Melegari Chamber Players!
I was all around totally impressed with Melegari. I had a string trio for my morning ceremony and during the brunch - 150 people.
I worked mostly with Sarah but also talked with Kirsten when Sarah was out of town. I was coordinating the music over the holidays so I was expecting delayed response times but I never waited more than 24 hours to hear from someone, even the day before Christmas Eve I got a call back. They were extremely helpful in suggesting music and accommodating my requests. A week before my wedding I requested a song that was not in their "repertoire" online and they busted their little rumps to find the music for me. So special.
The ladies who played were complete professionals and did a fabulous job. If you are interested in a string duo/trio/quartet I would recommend them most...
The players were great and very professional. Coming from a musician-filled family, we were a bit picky about who we used for the ceremony. This group did a great job and were a very pleasant addition to the wedding. My only suggestion is for better communication as we were constantly chasing the assistant down for responses, info etc.
The music and muscians were excellent! The music created a loving and elegant mood for the wedding ceremony. The muscians were professional, on time, and pleasant. It was such a joy to have them be a part of the wedding.
I was very impressed with the fast responses, leave of detailed information and overall professionalism. I was very assured everything would work out perfectly and it did. The music was wonderful!
Melegari Chamber Players - what a fantastic group of musicians!!! My wedding was earlier this month and I was so lucky to have them be a part of our special day. The music was magnificent, timing was perfect and each one of them had smiles on their faces - evidence to me that they really enjoy what it is they do - making BEAUTIFUL music. Professional and super easy to work with - I didn't worry about a thing! I would highly recommend them!!!
Happily-married - Mrs. Kay Norsen
Paloma played the violin at our wedding and did an amazing job!! She was very easy to work with (we live out of town) in setting everything up and did a beautiful job at the ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
I absolutely loved the music that they played. The sound went through the entire backyard and was heard by all. I was a little unsure at times why they stopped playing for they received a break during the ceremony so I would work that out ahead of time with them. Defintely would recommend them and 2 hours isnt enough, I would say book 3 hours!!
The Melegari Players were wonderful. They were very professional so I did not have to worry about anything going wrong, they were friendly, and of course, they played beautifully.
We hired a string quartet from this organization that played for the ceremony and and cocktail hour . If you are looking for excellent musicians with a repertoire of stunning classical music, this is the one! We gave them ideas of composers and specific works we liked, and worked with them on the ceremony music, and they took care of us beautifully. They are very organized and clear about the set up they need which is very helpful when you are trying to organize your event.
Our wedding was in a garden, and I can tell you that walking into such beautiful music was magical!
The Melegari Chamber Players filled in for a friend that developed a conflict and could not play at our wedding. They were very easy to work with and stepped right in with no flaws. We loved their music and were very, very professional. The members of group had delightful personalities.
These musicians are absolutely amazing and are worth the high price tag. You could go for students or canned recorded music, but nothing says "class" like live classical music. They are the best in the whole city!!
Melegari Chamber Players were great! They played at both my ceremony and reception (which were in different locations) and were a fantastic part of our event. We received so many compliments from our guests about them. Actually some of my guests gave them a standing ovation when they finished their set at the reception. They have an extensive repetoire for weddings and they were very professional and flexible. We requested for one of my friends, a singer, to perform with them and they made it happen! I would not hesitate for a second to work with Melegari.
The music and professionalism of the performers was excellent! I was sorry I didn't have adequate time to thank them more in person. The only small thing I would have liked in the planning, would have been slightly more specific options of what classical music would be played, and also the possibility that contemporary string music might have been played in addition to the earlier periods. I didn't have specific music in mind, but if the ensemble had a list of contemporary compositions to choose from, or simply as examples, I would have valued the option to choose some of that.
Beautiful, wonderful people and AMAZING musicians! I love having this memory of my wedding - it made the day, and the whole planning experience, just that much more special. Anyone who has the pleasure of working with any one from Melegari is in for a treat! FIVE OUT OF FIVE!!
I have had the pleasure of working with a number of individuals who are part of Melegari over the years (as part of Collage Music or in other classical music engagements). They are highly polished, very professional musicians and wonderful people too!
Melegari Chamber Players are exquisite! We have coordinated a number of weddings with this group and they always impress us. They are talented and easy to work with, a great combo. We are excited to work with them again this year and give them our highest recommendation!
This is a beautiful and elegant way to make your day memorable. They sound amazing.
Chamber Music For Weddings and Special Occasions
The Melegari Chamber Players is made up of passionate, professional musicians based in Portland, Oregon. The members of MCP have played together for over 15 years, and perform together frequently in such ensembles as the Oregon Symphony, Pink Martini, Fear No Music, the Portland Cello Project, 45th Parallel, and the Arnica Quartet.
Services: Classical and eclectic chamber music for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, receptions, and similar events.Packages include unlimited telephone and email contact and start at $205.00. Please visit us at http://www.melegarichamberplayers.com/weddings.php
2013 rate change update: We recently re-structured our rates to make them more competitive, and are now offering military discounts and discounts for paying in full upon booking. Please inquire.
Our ensembles include:
* string duo (violin and cello)
* string trio (2 violins and cello, or violin, viola and cello)
* string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)
* solo instruments of all kinds
* mixed ensembles with vocalists, guitar, woodwinds, and brass
To hear audio examples of our groups, please see the "Ensembles" and pages of our website at: www.melegarichamberplayers.com/groups.php
To learn more about our services or inquire about our rates, please visit us at www.melegarichamberplayers.com
The best way to get in touch with us initially is by email: email@example.com
Please include the date, time, and location of your event, any other details you'd like us to know, and whether you prefer to be contacted by email or phone.