What do you require at the venue?
All we need to perform at our best is armless chairs (for the quartet and 2 for the duo) and ample space, about 8 by 8 feet and good lighting. If you require electric instruments, we will bring our own sound equipment.
Will you perform outdoors?
Yes, we frequently perform outdoor concerts, ceremonies, cocktail hours, and other events. However, our instruments cannot be played in extreme temperatures or when there is precipitation. Covered areas such as gazebos, verandas, and pavilions are most ideal. New Age Strings will perform rain or shine as long as an alternate venue is prepared in case of extreme weather.
How long do you perform?
We perform according to your time slots. For example, if your event or cocktail hour is from 6-7, we perform from 6 to 7. If the timeline falls behind a half hour or so (things happen), we perform for an hour from when the cocktail hour begins. Ceremonies generally require a half hour of performance as the guests arrive and are being seated. If guests do not start arriving in the ceremony room until 10 minutes before the ceremony itself begins, we do not perform until there is at least one guest in the room.
Do you take breaks?
We generally take one 5 minute break during a cocktail hour, and 10 minute breaks every 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the length of the performance.
How do the musicians dress?
Our musicians dress in black formal attire for most occasions unless otherwise requested.
How do I secure New Age Strings for my special event?
You may email or call to inquire about our availability and pricing. Once we confirm the musicians’ availability, you will be asked to complete our contract and Song Selection guide and to submit a specified deposit.
What instruments are included in the String Quartet?
Our Quartet Ensemble typically seats two Violins, a Viola, and a Cello.
Other instruments available include Piano, Guitar, Harp, and Voice.
Do you provide your own instrument and equipment?
Yes. There is nothing for you to rent or provide.
Do you perform by memory?
Not generally. We will bring stands and our music for your event. We do not however always use music during a reception, or while playing along with a soundtrack.
What types of performances do you offer?
We offer acoustic classical performance with our professional wooden instruments, electric instruments with modern music read from sheet music (generally during a cocktail hour), electric instruments performed over soundtracks with no or little sheet music, and performing along with your already selected DJ. [When performing with a DJ, please ensure that your DJ is comfortable performing with an instrumentalist. We do not require the DJ to play any specific songs. We will adapt to what he or she is already spinning.]
How much do you charge?
Each event is different. To better answer this question, please fill out our questionnaire on our “Contact” page.
How do I tip the performers?
If you’d like to add a tip, the best way would be to personally hand an envelope with your cash tip to each performer.
How much is a normal tip?
It all depends on what you feel is appropriate. If a duet performs for a ceremony, or ceremony and cocktail hour, anywhere between $20-$40 is appreciated per performer. If your musician is performing for the reception portion of a wedding, anywhere around $50 per performer is appreciated.
Is it frowned upon not to tip my performers?
No, not at all! Please never feel obligated to tip. We love what we do, and we love being a part of such amazing times of love and good cheer.
Do you offer Payment Plans?
Yes, we do. All payments must be submitted before the event date.
How do I pay NAS?
We require a deposit once you sign our Retainer Document, which is generally half the price of the total cost of the performance. The final or remainder of your payment must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. Payments can be submitted by mailing a check or using Venmo or Cash Ap.