Looking for high quality musicians to perform at your next special event? Browse the list below for solo artists and/or ensembles for hire.



James Allen

Instrument(s): Guitar
Music Type: Jazz, Brazilian, South American, Classical
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Experienced solo acoustic or electric guitarist who plays a number of styles.
Fee: $125 per hour (negotiable)
Contact: jamesallen2@mac.com


Benjamin Bussey

Instrument(s): Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Music Type: Classical, Jazz, Commercial
Preferred Events: Any
Description: I am well versed in all styles of music.
Fee: Negotiable by event. Contact for details.
Contact: benjamin.bussey@gmail.com


Joshua Cameron

Instrument(s): Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet
Music Type: Classical, Jazz, Commercial/Pop
Preferred Events: Weddings, Ceremonies, Special Events
Description: I am well versed in a wide variety of musical styles.
Fee: Negotiable by event. Contact for details.
Contact: jtcameron@gmail.com, 507-581-1213

Joey Clark

Instrument(s): Voice/Piano
Music Type: Musical Theater, Jazz, Swing, Standards, Early Rock ‘n Roll, Holiday
Preferred Event:  Anything from intimate parties (Cocktail, Holiday, Fundraiser, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Special Events) to Cabarets, Concerts, Conventions, and Theatrical Performances.
Description:  With a background in musical theater and cabaret performance, my forte is singing and accompanying myself at the keys while conversing and engaging with my audiences. Exploring themes, eras, and styles, I work to customize my performance to your specific needs and wishes.
Fee:  Varies, Contact for Pricing
Contact: josephpatrickclark@gmail.com, 917.583.8859

Timothy De Prey

Instrument(s): Piano
Music Type: Classical, Pop, Musical Theater, Light Jazz
Preferred Event: Weddings, Birthday Parties, Special Events
Description: Over 20 years experience playing background and featured music for special events
$250 for the first hour, $75 for 2nd hour, additional hours negotiable
Contact: deprey.timothy@macphail.org


Jean De Vere

Instrument(s): Violin
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Weddings, Funeral, Other
Description: String trio or string quartet
Fee: $150 each
Contact: 612-889-5459


Dan Duke

Instrument(s): Piano
Music Type: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Etc.
Preferred Events: Any
Description: I am available to provide a variety of music for your event, depending on your preferences. I gravitate toward the Great
American Songbook, but also play classic rock, etc.
Fee: Depends on event, to be negotiated
Contact: dan.duke.mn@hotmail.com


Emily Gerard

Instrument(s): Harp
Music Type: Classical, Various
Preferred Events: Weddings, Various
Description: Hire as a harp soloist or combined with other instruments for all event types.
Fee: Varies depending on time and location
Contact: gerard.emily@macphail.org


Crystal Hall

Instrument(s): Oboe, English Horn
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Wedding, Church Service, Special Event
Description: I am a classically trained oboist with over a decade of performing experience. I have played everything from weddings to parties to graduations to solo recitals.
Fee: To be determined based on length of performance and musical requirements.
Contact: To be determined based on length of performance and musical requirements.


Jeff Lambert

Instrument(s): Guitar
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Weddings, Special Events/Parties (background music)
Description: Elegant solo classical guitar music for a classy touch.
Fee: $125/hour
Contact: 952-546-1429


Kelly Lehr

Instrument(s): Violin, Viola
Music Type: Classical, Popular Music, Any Genre
Preferred Events: Weddings, Special Events, Any
Description: Experienced violinist in all genres. I will gladly work with you to find the music that will best complement your event!
Fee: Varies
Contact: lehr.kelly@macphail.org

Caitlin Lucic

Instrument(s): Marimba, Drumset, Percussion
Music Type: Jazz, Rock, Classical, Musical Theater, Sacred Music, Children’s Music, World Music
Preferred Event: Pit Orchestras, Chamber Ensembles, Concert Series, Symphony Orchestras, Lecture Recitals/Educational Events, Church Services/Special Events, Weddings, Receptions/Cocktail Hours, Arts Festivals, Children’s Events
Description:  Caitlin is an active soloist, section percussionist and drummer in the Twin Cities area. She has performed with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the Exultate Chamber Orchestra & Choir, and various church and community groups.  She has designed a children’s educational program focused on the marimba.
Fee: Negotiable
Contact: caitlin.lucic@gmail.com

Katrina Mundinger

Instrument(s): Clarinet
Music Type: Classical, World Folk
Preferred Events: Weddings, Special Events, Educational Workshops
Description: Katrina is an award-winning musician, and can provide classical music (chamber) or world folk music for any type of event.
Fee: Varies
Contact: folkclarinet@yahoo.com


Gail Olszewski

Instrument(s): Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Synthesizer
Music Type: Classical, Musical Theater, Some rock/jazz
Preferred Events: Weddings, Receptions, Special Events
Description: Gail Olszewski has had a long and varied career playing many musical styles on keyboard instruments for many occasions and concerts.
Fee: $250 minimum
Contact: gwolszewski@comcast.net, 651-295-4549


Nina Olsen

Instrument(s):  Clarinet
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Indoor Events
Description: Member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra for over 20 years. Frequently accompanies choirs and performs special music for church services, often suggesting and providing the repertoire for the service.
Fee: Varies
Contact: olsen.nina@macphail.org


Thomas Pieper

Instrument(s): Bass, Electric Bass
Music Type: Jazz, Classical, Church
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Tom is available to play in or organize an ensemble for any of your musical needs. You can hear Tom’s compositions with the Illicit Sextet on CDBaby and Youtube. If you are looking for music for a worship service please check out Salem English Lutheran Church where Tom has been leading the Jazz service since 1997.
Fee: Negotiable
Contact: thomas.pieper@wayzataschools.org

Shari Latz Rothman

Instrument(s): Harp
Music Type: All
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Harp music adds elegance to all events. Versatile musician able to perform as soloist or as part of an ensemble.
Fee: Please contact for fee information
Contact: sharirothman@comcast.net, 952.807.2175

Sue Ruby

Instrument(s): Piano
Music Type: Classical…or anything else you have musical notation for!
Preferred Events: Weddings, Funerals, Parties;  Recitals, Auditions, etc.
Description:  If you need background music, audition help, I’m your musician. I have a couple decades of collaborative piano (accompanying) experience with all ages, abilities and instrumentation.
Fee: $150/hour
Contact: ruby.sue@macphail.org


Jacqueline Ultan

Instrument(s): Cello
Music Type: Any
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Jacqueline’s unique versatility as a cellist, composer and collaborator is represented in her diverse musical groups. She is a 2015 McKnight Performing Artist Fellow.
Fee: Negotiable
Contact: cellojacq@gmail.com


Sandy Waterman

Instrument: Piano/keyboard, Celtic harp, Ukulele/Voice, and World Drums (djembe, doumbek, cajons, etc.). I also own and use a set of Tibetan singing bowls useful in meditation, stress reduction, yoga, and in worship settings.
Music Types: Jazz, popular standards, classical, improvisational music, and from charts as keyboard contributor to ensembles (piano/keyboard). Irish, Scottish, American, and other folk music, plus improvising/orginals (Celtic harp). Accompaniment in ensembles, and for dancers (drums). Lively songs/soothing ballads with ukulele as accompaniment.
Preferred Events: Weddings, funerals, private parties, background music for events as desired by client; also improvisational piano for theatre and sketch comedy work. I can work with the client to develop a unique format for that special event.
Description: Sandy Waterman is a professional pianist and music educator, as well as a musician in theatre, worship, public and private, and tailor-made settings. She supplements her piano music by offering harp, ukulele, drums, Tibetan singing bowls, and vocal selections, singing with her own accompaniment or a capella. Sandy works as a composer also and loves working with amateur musicians who may be part of a family and wish to contribute some selections as part of a birthday celebration, toast, etc.
Fee: As a soloist with no other preparation, and no haul-in of keyboard, $60 per hour, for a two-hour minimum. With keyboard hauled in and used on site, $25 additional fee. With separate rehearsal involving solo singer or instrumentalist before engagement, on same day only, or research and procurement of special music to fit the occasion, $25 additional, plus cost of sheet music or downloads. If a budget must be adhered to, please state budget, and I will respond. I take minimal breaks to keep the music going!
Contact:  waterman.sandra@macphail.org, 612.767.5336





Artful Tone Quartet

Instrument(s): Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Music Type: Classical, Rock
Preferred Events: Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Parties
Description: We will work with you to provide music for your special event. We take into consideration the space, invitees, and purpose of the event to help you select music to highlight the occasion.
Fee: $100 per musician per hour
Contact: kblarusso@gmail.com




Instrument(s): Taiko, Guitar, Voice
Music Type: Folk, Japanese-American
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Ensemble-MA uses traditional Japanese drums along with guitar and vocals to create contemporary Japanese American influenced music.
Fee: Negotiable
Contact: ensemble-MA@gmail.com


Elbow Room (Jazz with a Twist)

Instrument(s): Voice, Keyboard, Percussion
Music Type: Original arrangements of jazz standards by legendary performers such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, and more, with our own take on rhythms, interesting stylistic elements, etc. We also like to present pop/folk music, Latin tunes (bossa nova, etc.), country tunes by Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams, to name a few, and other genres that are a change of pace for us and the listeners.
Preferred Events: Any. We can be a headliner or a background group at a large gathering. Advance notice is recommended so that schedules of all three members can be verified and confirmed.
Description: All-female jazz trio
Fee: $100 per performer, per hour; $300 per hour.
Contact: Sandy Waterman (waterman.sandra@macphail.org, 612.767.5336)

James Allen

Instrument(s): Guitar, Voice
Music Type: Jazz, Latin
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Vocal and guitar duo performing jazz standards, contemporary, jazz, 60s rock/pop tunes
Fee: $150 per musician (negotiable)
Contact: jamesallen2@mac.com


Jess & Zeb

Instrument(s): Guitar, Vocals
Music Type: Jazz, Blues
Preferred Events: Concerts, Weddings, Private Events
Description: A highly versatile acoustic duo.
Fee: Varies
Contact: www.jessandzeb.com


Karin Valdizan

Instrument(s): Violin-Viola-Cello in flexible combination
Music Type: Classical, Traditional, Pop Tunes
Preferred Events: Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events
Description: Traditional string duo, trio or quartet to fit needs of client.
Fee: 1) Wedding ceremony (15-20 minutes each, pre and post-service; processional/recessional and incidental ceremony music) OR cocktails/reception Total time up to 1.5 hours: $200 per player
2) Wedding (see above) OR cocktails/reception up to 2 hours: $230 per player
3) Wedding (30-45 minutes max) PLUS 30-60 minutes reception: $230 per player
4) Wedding PLUS up to 2 hours reception: $260 per player
Contact: valdizan.karin@macphail.org, 612-581-8828


Minnesota Percussion Trio: Bob Adney

Instrument(s): Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Log, 5 Gallon Bucket, Drumset, Cowbells, Castanets, Woodblocks, Paper…
Music Type: Programs for All Ages
Preferred Events: Community Fine Arts, Libraries, School Concerts
Description: Family friendly repertoire that is exciting to listen and learn about. www.minnesotapercussiontrio.com
Fee: $500
Contact: adney.robert@macphail.org




Instrument(s): Oboe, Double Bass
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Recitals, Receptions, Educational Presentations
Description: OboeBass! is the only duo of its kind in the world! We perform recitals of original, engaging music and also present educational programs to elementary schools and senior residences.
Fee: Varies
Contact: Carrie Vecchione: (651) 319-1414 or carvec@aol.com


Orkestar Bez Ime

Instrument(s): Clarinet, Accordion, Vocal, Bass, Guitar, Violin
Music Type: Balkan Folk/Romany
Preferred Events: Wedding Receptions, Parties, Dances
Description: Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) is an award-winning Balkan folk band which provides lively music for dancing. OBI can provide a dance instructor/leader as well, for a complete evening of entertainment.
Fee: $1000
Contact: Katrina Mundinger: folkclarinet@yahoo.com

Paula Lammers and the Silver Linings

Instrument(s): Vocalist and piano or guitar with the option of adding bass, drums and sax to make a trio, quartet, or quintet
Music Type: The Great American Songbook (1920’s-1950) Latin Jazz, Blues, 1970’s Singer/Songwriters (think Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor)
Preferred Events: House Concerts, Ballroom Dances, Special Events, Weddings, Fundraisers
Description: Paula Lammers and her group are sure to delight with Paula’s beautiful voice and spot-on intonation and with the band’s top-notch instrumentals.
Fee: $150 per musician
Contact: www.paulalammers.com


Second Winds

Instrument(s): Flute, Oboe, Clarinet
Music Type: Classical
Preferred Events: Any
Description: Members of the MN Opera Orchestra, we have performed together for over 10 years: in recital halls, schools, senior centers and the skyways. We are comfortable performing for audiences of all ages.
Fee: Varies
Contact: olsen.nina@macphail.org


Sonorous Strings

Instruments: Violin – Viola, Violin – Viola – Cello, and Standard String Quartet
Music Type: Classical, Pop, Rock, Frank Sinatra
Preferred Events: Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events, Funerals
Description: Duos, Trios, and Quartets with an extensive repertoire and experience playing for weddings and events.  Custom song arrangements available.  See website for more details: www.sonorousstrings.com
Fee: 90-minute minimum, starting at $375 Duo, $550 Trio, and $700 Quartet
Contact: info@sonorousstrings.com


Tom Pletscher Trio

Instrument(s): Piano, Bass, Drums
Music Type: Jazz
Preferred Events: Special Events
Description: Swinging jazz trio to make any event special.
Fee: $600-$900 depending on hours, location, and if I need to provide a keyboard.
Contact: trptunes@aol.com, 651-227-9466


Vicky Mountain

Instrument(s): Voice (with piano or guitar as a duo, adding bass, drums and saxophone as trio, quarter or quintet)
Music Type: Jazz, The Great American Songbook (Standards), Latin Jazz, Blues
Preferred Events: Special Events, Themed Parties, Weddings, Openings, House Concerts
Description: Vicky Mountain and her excellent players will add a definite spark to your event with their far ranging repertoire of background jazz, danceable standards and hip light rock and blues.
Fee: From $300 – $400 for a duo to $750 – $850 for a quintet. Cost may vary depending on length of engagement, travel time, etc.
Contact: mountain.victoria@macphail.org, 612-875-0393