The Lyrical String Quartet has performed
professionally for six years and is composed of two violins, viola, and cello. The group has performed music for
corporate events, private parties and hundreds of weddings on Long Island and in the major New York Metropolitan area.
We enjoy a special chemistry as both musicians and friends having known each
other for over 15 years. As avid
musicians, we met at schools, summer music festivals and area orchestras.
Our obvious enthusiasm for making music together, combined with our
professionalism, is the key to ensuring our clients and their guests derive
the maximum enjoyment from our performances.
Frequently asked questions:
Do we perform as a smaller music ensemble?
No, we are a string quartet and arrange our performances as such.
Performing as a trio or duet reduces the lushness of the tone that audiences
expect, therefore we respectfully decline requests of this nature.
perform with other musicians?
Yes, we are often asked to perform with other musicians, we do have a
repertoire of wedding ceremony music for trumpet and string quartet as well
as a fantastic trumpet player (Violinist Robin Maddox's husband) Bill, who has
performed with us giving the string quartet more of a majestic sound.
Additionally we have accompanied professional singers, harpists, flutists,
organists and pianists on numerous occasions.
We ask that you notify us at least three months in advance if you would like
us to coordinate with outside musicians.
Do you perform outdoors?
Yes, we perform outdoors, however the concern of the string quartet is
moisture. String instruments are made of wood, held together by
tension and glue.
If there is any precipitation on the day of the event, we must be completely
covered to protect the instruments or we will have no choice but to pack up
in order to protect our instruments.
How do I select
music? or I don't know much about music?
Listen to the sound clips on this site, think about the mood you have in
mind for the event and try to match the piece to the mood you want to create. Additionally any one of our
quartet members would be happy to assist you in selecting music.
Simply contact our quartet coordinator and we would be happy to discuss it
I would like a piece performed that is not on the
play list, are you able to satisfy the request?
Yes, We constantly are adding to our
quartet repertoire, if you have a request simply ask, many pieces requested
we have readily available. We do request a three month lead time to
gather such materials, if they are not readily available, custom
arrangements can be made for a modest fee.
How far in advance should I book The Lyrical String Quartet:
At the time of this writing, we have several bookings as far as eleven
months in advance, the best advice is to book as early as possible to
reserve your date.
How do I book a date with The Lyrical String Quartet?
An event is considered booked when a signed written contract and deposit is
received by the quartet. We have found that a written contract
protects both the quartet and you from possible misunderstandings.
What does the quartet require to
We require four armless chairs and an approximately ten foot by ten foot area
to setup our equipment.
Can the quartet
attend the rehearsal for wedding ceremonies?
Yes, but we generally do not attend the rehearsal, as it is normally unnecessary.
However, should you have specific directions that require rehearsal or
pre-function attendance is possible for an additional fee. The normal
arrangement is to discuss the proceedings of the day beforehand, and to
arrive fifteen to thirty minutes before we are scheduled to start playing on
the day in order to set up and confirm details. During this time we will
meet with the minister or celebrant.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation of the written agreement once signed will automatically forfeit
Will the musicians I see and hear on the website be the same ones at
Yes, The members of The Lyrical String
Quartet pride ourselves on our
commitment to being a part of this music ensemble. We are not a “pick-up” quartet. When you hire The Lyrical String Quartet for your special
event, you will get us. The only time a substitute musician
would be playing with the ensemble would be in the case of illness or if one is out of town. Should either of these
things happen, we work with a number of substitute
professional musicians who know our literature and are excellent players
in their own right. At no time will you ever get an entire quartet of
Should I tip the quartet?
Tips are not
required nor expected but are greatly appreciated.