Request Student Musicians
First, I would like to thank you for considering East High School Orchestra students to perform for your event. We have eager students that would be thrilled to play out in the community. We have a gig board where all pending requests are posted. Requests will be picked up if student musicians can make it work with their schedule. I will, then, contact you directly.
REQUEST STUDENT MUSICIANS:
Please email the following information to Janeen Wilkins at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy and paste the 9 bullet form below into your email with the information filled in. We will take this information and post it on our gig board.
Point of Contact (your name):________________
Phone and Email: ________________
Type of Group Desired: Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, more?_______________
A Description of the Event (number of attendees, is it background music or a performance, indoor or outdoor: ________________
Event Location (Please include address):________________
Performance Times (Include start time, end time, and breaks):________________
Payment per performer (total):________________
Description of Preferred Performer Attire (Tux, casual, something in between)________________
Many people ask:
What is a fair amount to pay students?
Generally $25 per student per hour is a good starting place if it is not a wedding; you can get a student string quartet for about $100 (A professional quartet is about $600/hr). Students will earn 70% of the money earned towards our travel plans with the rest going towards the Orchestra fund.
Final Important Points:
Please do not ask musicians to play in full sun or when precipitation of any kind could touch the instruments. Outside is okay, but only when players are protected from the elements.
Lastly, remember that they are kids! Our kids are some of the best student performers in the area, but if you are looking for professionals, we encourage you to contract professionals.
Weddings Are Different
Weddings are different because of their importance to the families and especially the bride. People notice and get upset more about mistakes, and when we add this high pressure performance with a number of unpredictable variables—like how long will it take for different people to get down the aisle, how many brides maids, mothers, grandmothers are there—these high stakes performances are very tricky to do well.
When people ask me to have my students play at weddings, I tell them that the most important day of a young bride’s life is exactly the type of day you want to hire professionals. Below are the names of some professionals that frequently perform for weddings in the Anchorage area.
Dawn Lindsay- email@example.com/907-440-1812
Solo violin, cello-violin duo, piano-violin duo, string trio,
string quartet and jazz combo.
Nina Bingham: Ensemble in Black and White
If you are a professional who would like your group added to the list above, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).