Dear Wedding Couple,
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. These web pages include the St. Ignatius wedding music information sheet, a wedding planning sheet, and recordings of organ and vocal music most commonly performed at weddings held at St. Ignatius. The recordings were made to approximate the actual performances at weddings. Therefore, there is no editing or splicing on the audio tracks and I turn my own pages of the musical scores while playing the same way that I do at weddings. These are frequently requested selections. However, I am open to playing selections that are not found on these recordings. I hope that these items are helpful and I look forward to meeting with you soon to finalize the plans for your wedding music.
Dr. Brian DuSell-Director of Music
St. Ignatius Church
6559 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 764-5936 ext. 17
Planning music for your wedding is best done at least three months in advance of the liturgy. Once the date of your wedding has been set, please contact our director of music, Dr. Brian DuSell. He may be reached via voicemail: (773) 764-5936 ext. 17 but the recommended way of contacting him is by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. There are links to audio recordings of the most commonly requested music at the end of this web page. Please listen to these selections performed at St. Ignatius and begin filling in your choices on the planning sheet. Next, you will arrange a meeting with Brian to finalize the plans for your wedding music. This meeting will take place at church and usually lasts about an hour. During this meeting, Brian will review with you how music is integrated into your wedding liturgy. He will also play additional musical excerpts as needed to assist you in deciding which music you would like for the various parts of the liturgy.
Brian also requests that you select a family member or friend to assist him during the wedding processionals. The person you appoint will have a wonderful view of the procession and will act as Brian's eyes and ears so that he can time the prelude and processional music with precision. It is a tremendous help to Brian if you appoint someone who will do the following things at the start of the wedding ceremony.
Cantors are most commonly hired professional singers stipended separately from the music director fee. Often Brian hires qualified cantors from St. Ignatius Parish or professional vocalists who live in the neighborhood. Cantors who are relatives or friends of the family are most welcome to sing at the wedding liturgy. However, they must be experienced cantors for Catholic liturgy. A 30 minute rehearsal between the music director and a visiting cantor is included at no extra charge. Additional rehearsal time for cantors may be purchased at the rate of $30.00 per half hour. Brian does not usually attend the wedding rehearsal. However, if the rehearsal is the only possible time to rehearse with a cantor who is a family member or friend, then Brian will attend and rehearse with the soloist.
Brian is most happy to assist you in selecting and hiring additional instrumentalists. He also recommends Chicago Musical Connection that provides top quality additional instrumentalists for weddings. These agencies typically charge $200.00 per player and up. These agencies provide the highest quality players in the city and are 100% dependable.
Chicago Musical Connection
Thomas Yang-violinist and contractor
Brass Quartet or Quintet
The basic fee for wedding music at St. Ignatius is usually $375.00 which includes the cost of planning, Brian's fee ($225.00) as organist/pianist, and the cantor or vocal soloist fee (ranging usually from $125-$200 depending on the soloist, often $150.00). For Spanish language weddings, Brian often serves as both accompanist and cantor. In this case, Brian's fee is the same ($225.00). People often request the Coro Hispano to sing at weddings. Members of the Coro Hispano (usually 4 or 5 singers) may be hired to sing in place of a cantor. The fee for the Coro Hispano is $100.00. Therefore, the total fee for music at a wedding in Spanish with the Coro Hispano is $325.00.
Additional fees are charged if professional instrumentalists such as violinists, trumpeters, harpists, or flautists are hired. The stipend for most of these musicians is $175.00-$200.00 per player. Some instrumentalists, such as harpists, are more costly due to the expense of transporting their instruments. Harpists may charge $300.00 and up for performing at weddings.
Brian requests that you provide full payment for the wedding music in advance of your wedding day. The best options are to leave payment at the rectory office sometime during the week preceding your wedding or on the night of your wedding rehearsal. This eliminates the uncomfortable circumstance of Brian having to interrupt your post ceremony celebration and photographs to solicit payment.
If you would like to bring in your own musicians to play for the wedding, the music for your ceremony still has to be approved by Brian. While there is no "bench fee" there is a $75.00 set-up/orientation fee which is charged to cover the cost of Brian setting up sound equipment for the visiting musicians and orienting them to the space and the instruments.
If Brian is unable to play for your wedding, he will assist you in finding substitute musicians of the finest calibre to play for your wedding ceremony. This will be done free of charge.
This is a list of the information needed for wedding music planning.
You may also download a PDF copy of the Wedding Music Planning Form here.
Please refer to the Wedding Organ Musicand Wedding Vocal Music pages which have audio examples of wedding music recorded at St. Ignatius. Please listen to the examples and complete the form as much as possible in advance of your wedding music planning meeting. These examples represent only some of the most well known and frequently performed musical selections for weddings. Remember, that while the default mode for weddings in the church is to perform the Prelude, Processionals, and Recessional on the organ with the rest of the liturgy accompanied on the piano, you may request to have the entire liturgy accompanied by either instrument.