Importance of Investing In Your Music Program for Your Wedding – Toronto GTA Corporate Event Singer

As a singer, I have been blessed with the responsibility of performing at the wedding ceremonies for a number of couples. This is not a service or request that I take very lightly as I am always honored to be asked to provide music on someone’s special day considering all of the options that are available to people in Toronto and the GTA. However, there are some (music) ceremonies that are a bit more memorable than others. One that comes to mind is a Roman Catholic wedding service that I sang at in the summer of 2018 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Toronto.

The bride had contacted me via email after hearing some of my music samples on-line. After some back and forth emails, we set a date for our consultation to meet in person to help choose liturgically appropriate music for her wedding. At our meeting in April /2018, I could tell from the onset that she really wanted the music program for her service to be very special.

During our meeting, she began asking about the possibility of adding a violinist and cellist. To me, that was literally and figuratively speaking the sweet sound of music to my ears. As a singer, there is nothing more that I enjoy than adding different instruments to the music program. The addition of strings can take a piece of music that people are familiar with to a whole new level of beautiful.  After discussing her budget, she agreed to add a violinist and a cellist in addition to the organist that would be accompanying me.

Being in the music and wedding business for over 35 years, fortunately, I have made connections with some pretty amazing musicians. I was able to secure a cellist and violinist who I had worked with in the past along with an organist who had many years of playing at not only his regular parish but throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto.

The wedding took place on June 30, 2018 at 7p.m. We had a short rehearsal with the string players prior to the start of the ceremony and we were good to go. The bride had also chosen great songs that showcased the beauty of the musical quartet we were on that day. Songs such as the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and the Prayer of St. Francis were all selections that she had chosen.

One of the reasons I remember this wedding so well is the emotion that overtook me when I went to sing The Prayer of St. Francis. As a singer, I always feel blessed when I hear someone tell me that my singing gave them goose bumps. Well, that is the same feeling I experienced when I was singing this song and heard the combination of the strings and organ. I literally began to smile as I was finishing the first line of the song from the feeling that overcame me. As a matter of fact, listening to the combination of the strings and organ for all of the songs was quite moving and is something that I remember quite fondly.

At the end of the wedding service, we were approached by a number of guests who had very flattering things so say about the music program. As a hired musician, all you can hope is that your music is enjoyed and appreciated by the guests and client. I also bumped into the bride outside who expressed how happy she was with my singing and the sound of the music program overall.

However, in thinking back on the day, the real winner was the bride. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event and you can only hope that you will make wonderful memories on what is supposed to be one of the happiest and enjoyable days of your life. In investing in her music program, she was able put together a music program that awed her guests and most importantly, left her happy and fulfilled. The bride sent me an email a couple of days later which I feel best summarizes the feelings of those who take an interest in ensuring they have a good music at their wedding. In her email she wrote “Hi Jonathan. To have you and the people you work with at my wedding ceremony was the best decision I made. Everyone was amazed with your voice. Everything was wonderful. Thank you for your professionalism and for making my day so special. I know I will hire you again.”

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