Price List for Weddings and Special Events
Solo music fees are the same for piano, cello, or both, for example, cello for the wedding ceremony and piano for cocktails. Maximum playing time is 5 hours. Minimum playing time within the no travel fee area is one hour. Minimum playing time outside the area depends on the travel distance; for Toronto events it is currently two hours. After the first hour, musicians take a short break each hour. We do not charge taxes, so the total amount is the music fee plus the travel fee, if any. For consecutive hours of music at the same location, the music fee is:
For a wedding ceremony, you may hire a singer to perform one to three songs with Michelle or her ensemble. The vocal soloist's fee is $300 for one or two songs, and $350 for three songs.
"Hours" are consecutive hours at the same location. If a wedding ceremony and reception, or two related events on one day, are non-consecutive and/or are held at two different locations, they are either treated as two different engagements or the clock runs continuously. The best price depends on your event locations and the length of the time gap between events. Outside and inside a venue, or different rooms within the same venue, are considered the same location.
For wedding ceremonies, the minimum booking is one hour, which includes a quarter hour of music before the ceremony as guests arrive, more music as needed if the ceremony begins late, and processional, signing of the register and recessional music for a 20-30 minute ceremony. For longer ceremonies such as Catholic ceremonies with mass, the 1.5 hour fee applies.
A travel fee may apply, which is based on mileage. Michelle will travel anywhere in Canada to perform, for the appropriate travel fee. Ensembles may be available to travel, depending on timing and location. Beyond the no travel fee area, the minimum playing time may depend on the travel distance. Please provide the postal code of your venue to obtain a quote.
For piano engagements at a venue that has no piano, Michelle can provide a keyboard and amplifier for an equipment transport fee of $100.
If you request music not usually played on the instrument(s) chosen, Michelle can write a custom arrangement for you, working from piano sheet music and/or a recording to write out music that can be played on the instrument(s) chosen. Custom arrangements are not usually required for piano as piano sheet music is usually available, however it may be required for solo cello or ensembles. One custom arrangement is included. Additional custom arrangements for solo cello are $50 per song/piece. Additional custom arrangements for ensembles are usually $100 per song/piece. The price may vary with the complexity of the music and the chosen instrumentation.