Vlazville Music/Katrina Wreede Musical Groups
About this pro
We are highly experienced, classically trained musicians who are also professional jazz musicians, meaning we can offer a wide range of authentic repertoire to satisfy every kind of bride and guest. We can also play Italian, Jewish, American Songbook, and sacred music on request. Music is not what I do, it's who I am. It's not a job. Playing special event music is one of my favorite skills because I get to help people plan and enjoy one of the most pivotal and important days of their lives. It's a great responsibility and gift to participate in that.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Pricing is mostly based on hours and number of musicians. The base rate is $250/musician for up to 2 hours. There are some instruments, like harp, that are a higher fee. Solo violin can be for shorter times and lower rates. There might also be an additional travel fee if we go outside a 60-mile radius from Oakland. Please let me know if you'd like a quote.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I do more continuing education training for other musicians at this point in my career. I am a regular presenter for the American String Teachers Association and will be doing teacher training at the Music Educators National Conference in 2011. My main purpose is to get teachers thinking about different styles of music and how students can bring music into the community rather than just sitting in a concert hall.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Performing music had the biggest challenge, the most interesting people, the best emotional payback, and I started earning money at it at age 15. Pretty addictive! I started my professional career as a symphony musician but quickly discovered that I liked the freedom and autonomy of being an independent artist.