(704) 275-1855 | music@christenstephens.com

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What are your rates?
Rates are determined by a number of factors including the ensemble you choose, performance length, and travel fees for outside the Denver metro area. For wedding music price ranges, see my Weddings page and for event music price ranges, see my Events page.

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How does booking you work?
In order to reserve our music for your wedding or event day, I require a non-refundable deposit of one half the total bill and a signed contract. For payment, I accept personal checks, bank transfers, free online transfers through Venmo, and credit card payments through PayPal (a 3% fee applies for credit cards). The contract can be signed electronically or returned to me by mail. The remaining balance is due one week before our performance.

Will you play overtime if needed?
We will play overtime upon mutual agreement providing that we have no commitments elsewhere. If you believe in advance that you may need us to play longer, you can make arrangements with us for possible overtime. Our overtime rate is the same as our hourly rate for social occasions, and will be charged in fifteen minute increments.

Do you play outdoors?
Yes. All instruments are suitable for outdoor performances. To maintain the quality of our musical performance, I require that the temperature be between 60 and 95 degrees. During hot times of the year, I require a canopy or natural shade to protect stringed instruments from direct sun or rain.

Do you provide amplification?
Our instruments are very resonant and our sound carries surprisingly well, but for large events or in settings with lots of ambient noise, I routinely provide amplification to give you and your guests the best possible experience. I have both a state of the art Bose L1 sound system and a battery powered sound system. I use a professional Sennheiser microphone that clips to my flute and custom pickups for the string instruments. I can also provide additional microphones including a wireless microphone or a clip-on microphone for the officiant, vows, or vocalist.

Do you travel outside the Denver and Boulder Colorado metro area?
Yes. We travel to Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Colorado mountain locations including Vail, Breckenridge, Estes Park and more. When I give you a quote for your wedding or event music it will always include travel costs.

How do the musicians dress?
We will always dress and present ourselves professionally and in keeping with the atmosphere of your event.

Do the ceremony musicians come to the wedding rehearsal?
We are available to come to your wedding rehearsal for an extra fee that will be included in the contract, however it is very rare that we are contracted for a rehearsal. We are experienced with weddings and know how to time the music to fit your ceremony. I also speak with your wedding coordinator, the site manager, and/or your officiant before the wedding ceremony to iron out the ceremony details and cues.

Will you perform with other musicians, or only your musicians?
I will perform with any other musicians as long as they make arrangements for the music with me at least a month in advance and arrange to rehearse with me before your wedding or event.

How does the music selection process work?
You can choose your level of involvement in selecting music. Once I get a feel for the type of music that you want, I can create a personalized set list for your wedding or event. If we are playing for your wedding ceremony, you will receive additional guidance and help in selecting your processional and recessional songs at our consultation.

What is your break policy?
We will need one ten minute break every hour for performances two hours or longer.

Will the musicians need to be fed at the reception?
Food is not necessary, but for longer performances it is welcome.

Are there any upcoming performances where we could see you play live?
I mostly perform at private events and weddings, however, I do occasionally have a public performance which you are welcome to attend. I will announce these performances on my Facebook page. Before you book, you are welcome to join me for a complimentary personal music consultation where you can hear me play live music samples.

Do you take special song requests?
I love taking special requests for music that is beyond our repertoire and can accommodate most requests if given at least one month’s notice. I also enjoy making custom music arrangements if needed. There is a charge for special music requests.

Should I tip the musicians?
Tips are always welcome, but not required.