The Dragon Duo is a St. Louis-based ensemble offering eclectic musical accompaniment tailored to suit your taste and needs for any special event.
We offer standard classical repertoire as well as pop favorites, film hits, folk, tango, Celtic, and other styles. Whether you seek the elegance of traditional classical music or a fresh, modern feel with the pop songs you know and love, we will do what it takes to make your event special and unique. We will help you choose the right music for your ceremony. Whatever your preference is rest assured that the Dragon Duo will deliver with the utmost elegance and professionalism. We also offer trio and quartet options if you would like a larger ensemble.
A typical performance for a wedding ceremony consists of the following parts, which we will tailor to meet your specific needs.
What to expect the day of the ceremony
We will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the prelude to set up and make sure all logistical issues are sorted out. This takes the place of attending a rehearsal. We will also be in contact with the wedding coordinator or other contact person before the ceremony to make sure we are prepared.
We will need someone to cue us when it is time to end the prelude and begin the actual ceremony. We may also need to be cued 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 require armless chairs set up in an adequately lit location with plenty of space for movement. We will provide our own music stands.
View their performance on the Fox 2 morning show..
The women of the Dragon Duo met in the orchestra of a high school opera production called “The Reluctant Dragon” and have played together in various orchestras and chamber groups throughout the years. View their performance on the Fox 2 morning show.
The Dragon Duo has repeatedly received the Couples’ Choice Award from Wedding Wire for ceremony music. The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the Wedding Wire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, The Dragon Duo was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
The Dragon Duo is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the Wedding Wire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“Wedding Wire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the Wedding Wire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, Wedding Wire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate The Dragon Duo for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”
We are happy to announce that The Dragon Duo is one of the very best Ceremony Musicians within the Wedding Wire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites Wedding Wire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on Wedding Wire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.
Melissa Horine Hayes
Melissa Hayes began studying violin at the age of ten. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Master of Music in Violin Pedagogy from Missouri State University. She opened her own private lesson studio, South City Strings, in 2015 and is an instructor for the Community Music School of Webster University. She also freelances with local rock and country bands. Melissa is currently a member of Mariachi Nuevo Azteca. She has toured with Trans Siberian Orchestra tribute band, The Prophecy and is a former member of the St. Louis Philharmonic and Gateway Festival Orchestra, Springfield(MO) Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Regional Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, and Fort Smith Symphony.
Jenger Wollard began playing the violin at the age of 10. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and holds K-12 Music teaching certifications in Texas and Missouri. Jenger has performed with the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra, Springfield (MO) Regional Opera, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, Austin Conspirare, Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society, as well as Kenny Rogers and Rosemary Clooney. She currently resides in St. Louis and teaches orchestra in Rockwood School District.
“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.”
They were absolutely AMAZING! They showed up right on time and really worked with us throughout all the chaos. Initially we had them slotted for social hour (5-6) and then again a little while later during dinner (7:15-8), but things moved quicker than we anticipated and dinner was served at 6:30. They had no problem adjusting! And the music was beyond fantastic. All of our guests, including Brigadier Generals, Colonel’s, and Lieutenant Colonel’s, claimed this was the best Military Ball they had ever been to. We will definitely be using Dragon Duo again… I’ve recommended them to literally every person I know.
“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.”
“The music was beautiful!! I still tear up when I think of our daughter walking down the aisle on her Dad’s arm, accompanied by your beautiful music. We could not have been more pleased with your professionalism and talent. Thank you for helping to make life long memories of Katy’s wedding day.”
“These ladies made the night super wonderful. I proposed to my girlfriend (now fiance) with a romantic musical serenade provided by these ladies/angels. They help make the night legendary. This group was highly professional and reasonable priced. They even had other tables trying to request songs.”