Reviews

“The Perfect Touch to Our Wedding. I contacted the Dragon Duo for information to play at our wedding and I was surprised with the prompt response. They were able to help me find a package that fit into my price range and suggested music choices for each part of the ceremony. They were very easy to work with and sounded great during our ceremony. I have gotten many compliments and inquiries on them.” -- Cindy W.

"“William and I are both blown away by the fact that you learned our song, “Grace,” in such a short time.” “”I want to take this time to thank you two lovely ladies for your role in making our wedding such a lovely day! The music was so beautiful. William and I are both blown away by the fact that you learned our song, “Grace,” in such a short time. It was perfect. Music is such an important part of everyone’s lives, and I am so grateful that it was part of our day in so many ways. We’ll definitely be recommending you.” -- Kathryn

Now Offering Violin Lessons

Violin and Viola Instruction by Melissa Hayes
Classes at South City Strings begin May 6th. Reserve your lesson time now while there are still slots available.

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Please contact me at southcitystrings@gmail.com for more information. We also have lessons available at The Community Music School of Webster University at the Webster Groves and Chesterfield branches.

Much of my performance experience and formal training are in the classical realm, but I have also performed with numerous rock and country bands, including the Rough Ryders and John Henry and the Engine. In 2013, I toured with Denial 3 a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I am a founding member of the Dragon Duo. We perform a wide variety of musical styles for weddings and other special events.

FAQ Page

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We will play with a professional vocalist of our choosing. There is an additional fee for adding a vocalist to the ensemble.

We wear formal concert black or black and white. This is standard attire for professional musicians. If you have a special request for dress we will try to accommodate you, within reason.

A duo is two violins. A trio consists of two violins and cello or violin, viola and cello. A quartet is two violins, one viola and one cello. A trio or quartet will have a slightly louder, fuller sound which may be better suited to an outdoor event or a large indoor venue. There is also a difference in price. Please ask if you are not certain which group will best fit your needs.

We will travel up to one hour outside of the St. Louis metro area. Events outside of the St. Louis area are subject to a travel fee. Please refer to Pricing for more information on travel fees.

It is not necessary for us to attend wedding rehearsals. We will arrive in ample time before our performance to make the necessary preparations. We will need to know the name of the wedding coordinator or other contact person to ask a few questions and may need someone to cue us for specific events within the ceremony. For example, we don’t want to start playing the piece for the procession of the bridesmaids if they are not all lined up and ready to go! An unobstructed view of the entrance of the wedding party and the altar area make it easier for us to correctly time the beginning and ending of our pieces. A wedding program and/or script is also extremely helpful.

We play for weddings(traditional, nontraditional and theme), corporate events, memorial services, dinner parties, receptions, holiday parties or any other occasion you want to make extra special.

We offer musical selections from the following genres: classical, pop, jazz, folk, sacred, tango, gypsy, Irish and early music(medieval and renaissance). We can play a mix of different styles or keep to a particular theme or mood. We will work with you to tailor the music to your taste. Please see Repertoire for a complete listing of music and sample programs.

We will do our best to make this process as easy as possible. First, you select the size of ensemble you would like (duo, trio, or quartet). Then we will ask you questions about the style of music you have in mind. If we are picking music for a wedding we will make suggestions for each portion of the ceremony. Please see Weddings for a detailed description of what we do in a typical ceremony. If you have specific pieces in mind please feel free to request them. If you are interested in a song we don’t have in our library we may be able to order it or compose an arrangement for you. Arrangement fees depend on the type of ensemble, length and complexity of the piece. If you pick music from our repertoire list you can decide as late as two weeks prior to the event. If you would like a special piece that must be ordered or arranged please let us know ASAP. If you don’t want to worry about it, we can pick the music for you. Please visit the Repertoire section of the site for a comprehensive listing of our musical selections as well as sample programs.

Please see Pricing for our basic fee schedule. To receive a quote for your event please view the instructions on Contact / Hiring page of our site. Fees for featured performances may vary from the basic fee schedule.

Yes, but we prefer to play inside. We will not play outside in inclement weather. This includes any amount of precipitation and in temperatures below 60 degrees or above 90. Extreme temperatures and precipitation are very harmful to our instruments and we cannot risk damaging them. We want to give our best performance for your event and conditions such as wind or muddy or uneven ground create logistical difficulties that interfere with our performance. The performance area should be shaded from the sun and adequately protected from rain, including rain driven by wind.  

We require armless chairs and flat surface on which to set up. We will bring our own music stands.   If the performance is outside, particularly in the summer, we need to be shielded from direct sunlight. We also have the following approximate space requirements: for a duo 5’x10’, a trio 8’x10’, and a quartet 10’x10’.