2 Grand Central Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Us

Elegant Ensembles recently celebrated 19 years of business with over 2500 Chicago area performances. We have spent several years putting together a roster of top-notch musicians who are not only some of the most experienced wedding performers, but also some of the most passionate music makers in the Chicagoland area. Our owner, April Berkowski is also a professional violinist who has personally performed at over 1000 weddings. With her extensive first hand experience, she understands all the aspects of planning and executing a successful music performance. Additionally, her knowledge of appropriate song selections, religious and secular ceremony protocol and various ethnic ceremonial traditions is quite extensive.

For Wedding ceremony performances, we generally recommend that you have the musicians start about 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time so that your guests will enter in to the ceremony area hearing the lovely sounds of our performing ensemble. We make sure that the pre-service music sets the proper tone for the ceremony to follow.

Please see the below for a summary of some of our most beloved ceremony music ensembles:

String Quartet (2 violins, viola and cello) ….Traditional lush, rich sounds from Bach to the Beatles….depending upon your taste! A versatile repertoire of Classical, Opera, Waltzes, Tangos, Ethnic, Movie, Theater, Pop and Rock music. Perfect for weddings of any size.

String Trios or Flute-Violin-Cello Trio or Piano-Violin-Cello …Very comparable to the String Quartet in repertoire…graceful string sounds on a lower budget with special arrangements just for three instruments. The instrument missing from the quartet is not lost…but instead intertwined between the remaining three instruments. Great for weddings of 175 or less guests. Nice with added pianist or trumpet player.

Duets: Violin-Guitar, Flute-Guitar or Violin-Piano, Piano & Trumpet or Flute-Piano …Duets are simple yet well-designed ensembles whose players express music in a small but moving way. They are usually acoustic instruments which are amplified (if necessary) so that up to 250 guests can hear the performance. Their song list includes many traditional classical favorites, and just about any style of music including a much more vast option of light rock, pop and music of today.

Harp & Harp Ensembles …This glorious instrument is not only a stunning visual for your guests, but also a calming, comforting sound that carries very well both indoors and outside(on a flat surface). The repertoire of a harpist(and of harp ensembles) is very similar to that of the above duets. Utilized for ceremonies, cocktail music and dinner performances, your guests will be enamored with the grace and style of such a lovely sight and sounds.

Brass & Brass Ensembles …Magnificent in majesty, the royal blend of brass instruments is unlike no other. There is a noble romanticism behind a proper ensemble of horns that will bring an impressive presence of grace and power to the space in which it is heard. The traditional baroque and classical pieces of a stately wedding are best showcased by this ensemble which can be hired with either four or five instruments.

Soloists …If you are looking for just one musician…we can certainly provide that, but only recommend hiring the following types of instrumentalists when they will be performing as a solo artist:

A la Carte …Get creative and put together the ensemble of your dreams! We have the ability to put together an endless amount of other ensembles for you, and will be happy to guide you in what instruments will (and won’t) work together. Here are a few ideas:

  • Guitar, Violin & Cello
  • String Trio + Trumpet
  • Pianist/Vocalist + String Trio (very nice for Catholic weddings!)
  • Brass Ensemble + Organist

Reviews

mywedding.com

Elegant Ensembles was great to work with. Not only do they have sample music to get you started, but they were flexible in finding music that we wanted that they didn't already have. Our pianist was great and April makes everything easy!

Sep 24, 2014
mywedding.com

April was awesome to work with and the trio was great! Our wedding was 6/14/14 and the trio dressed the part, was very professional and nice. Great musicians and I was very pleased with their performance at my wedding. I would highly recommend.

Jun 30, 2014
mywedding.com

Poised, personable, and professional, Elegant Ensembles (string trio) was the perfect complement to my daughter's wedding. April was easy to work with and handled our special requests perfectly. We received many compliments on the music. Five stars plus!

Charles
Apr 26, 2013
mywedding.com

April and Ken were fantastic! They added elegance and grace to our wedding. They were ready to play outside in the 90+ heat early and eager. Their music was beautiful and we are very happy with everything.

Michael
Sep 15, 2013
mywedding.com

We were so happy with the beautiful music! Thank you!

Danielle
Aug 23, 2013
mywedding.com

Elegant Ensembles (trio of two violins/cello) provided the perfect accompaniment to my daughter's wedding. April was a pleasure to work with and arranged a nice mix of classics, pop tunes, and special requests. Classy, personable, professional--5 stars!

Charles
Apr 25, 2013
mywedding.com

Love, Love , Love April and Jim! You really set the an Awesome, Festive Mood for Our Anniversary Party!!! You two were such a delight! The Song he sang was sooo beautiful....Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!!!! Warmest Regards, Cynthia & JB Barnes

Cynthia
Dec 06, 2012
mywedding.com

Thank you for making our wedding reception and cocktail hour so magical! April with Elegant Ensembles is amazing to work with and the ambiance that was created was absolutely memoralbel! Thank you, thank you one million thank yous!! Tricia & Blair

Tricia
Sep 11, 2012