Parkwest Strings has performed together professionally for over twelve years and has performed music for corporate events, private parties and hundreds of weddings in the major Chicago and Metropolitan area. The Parkwest String Quartet, two violins, one viola, and one cello, is the most popular form of chamber ensemble requested. The String Quartet offers a full and vibrant sound.
The beauty of string quartets are that while they can easily be heard, it's possible to enjoy a conversation as the music plays. Another advantage of opting for a string quartet is it's versatility. Stringed ensembles can play virtually any form of music and can adapt popular songs to instrumental-style arrangements. See our complete list of over 200 selections here String Quartet Music Library.
A string quartet is extremely portable and can move around within and between different venues at a given event. Weather permitting, a string quartet can also perform outdoors and will not normally need amplification or a power supply.
Frequently asked questions
Do we perform as a smaller music ensemble?
Yes, we are a available to arrange our performances by reducing the instruments to a string trio or string duo.
Do we perform with other musicians?
Yes, we are often asked to perform with other musicians and we do have a repertoire of wedding ceremony music for trumpet and string quartet. We will happily accompany singers and can offer recommendations for professionals we have worked with before in the past. (We ask that the singer attends a 30 min. rehearsal before the prelude or start of the ceremony)
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. Additionally, temperatures must be within 60-100 degrees.
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 we would be happy to assist you in selecting music.
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 Parkwest 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 Parkwest 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 perform?
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 the deposit.
Should I tip the quartet?
Tips are not required nor expected but are greatly appreciated.