Hill Country Strings



Hill Country Strings gives busy couples a coherent experience --- from planning to wedding day --- ceremony music, often with songs made to order, under the direction and vision of founder Thomas van der Brook.
The mission of Hill Country Strings is to share their love of music through spirited and elegant performances on your wedding day, while maintaining a fun atmosphere during the planning and choosing of your music.  They help the goal-oriented couple get the exact ceremony music they want, while saving them the trouble of having to sift through multiple websites and dozens of baffling song selections.  They guide and assist you to get the best ceremony music so you can save your energy for other important tasks also demanding your attention.
Hill Country Strings gets the timings in the ceremony perfect nearly 100% of the time!  They also give you a full 30 minutes of prelude music as your guests are arriving.  This is standard, they have always done this, and no other Austin string group even offers.
Many instrumentations are provided by Hill Country Strings, the most popular options being string quartet, string trio, solo guitar, solo harp, and Dulcinea Duo (guitar and violin).
 

HILL COUNTRY STRINGS
SAMPLE REPERTOIRE


Please note Hill Country Strings' repertoire is too vast to list here.  However, when you book Hill Country Strings, you will receive a list of their full repertoire, as well as a COMPLETE guide to help you choose the perfect music for your wedding.  Also, you will receive a worksheet to help you plan the ceremony, and their complete pop repertoire (over 100 songs). 

Following are some favorite ideas to help you visualize how various music may fit in your wedding ceremony or special event.


WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC

I.  MOTHER’S AND GRANDMOTHER’S ENTRANCE MUSIC

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Hill Country Strings Arrangement) - Traditional Hymn
Air (On The G String), From Suite #3 In D Major - Bach, Johann Sebastian
Ave Maria - Schubert, Franz
Ave Maria / Bach Gounod - Bach, Johann Sebastian
Sheep May Safely Graze From Cantata # 208 - Bach, Johann Sebastian

II.  BRIDESMAID’S PROCESSIONAL
(INCLUDES THE FLOWER GIRLS AND RING-BEARER)

Canon In D - Pachelbel, Johann
Sheep May Safely Graze From Cantata # 208 - Bach, Johann Sebastian
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring From Cantata #147 - Bach, Johann Sebastian
Sweet Afton (Hill Country Strings Arrangement) - Nickel Creek
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke, Jeremiah
Trumpet Tune - Purcell, Henry

III.  BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL

Bridal Chorus From Act III Of Lohengrin - Wagner, Richard
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke, Jeremiah
Trumpet Tune - Purcell, Henry
Meditation From “Thais” - Massenet, Jules

IV.  RECESSIONAL

Wedding March From A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
Water Music Suite / Hornpipe - Handel, George Frederick
Rondeau From Sinfonies De Fanfares - Mouret, Jean-Joseph
Allegro From Violin Concerto In E Major, Op.8 #1 “Spring” - Vivaldi, Antonio

JEWISH WEDDING MUSIC

Hill Country Strings have a complete set of traditional Jewish wedding music for string quartet.  The Woodwind Trio has proven to be especially popular for Jewish Weddings.  They also offer a collaboration with a traditional and folk fiddle player and string bass, who play either solo, as a duo, or in a small band for Scandinavian solo fiddle music, and traditional Jewish and klezmer styles for your wedding or event.

COCKTAIL HOUR AND DINNER MUSIC

Generally, Hill Country Strings will play a variety of music that fits with the theme of your wedding.  Often, they will start with Baroque music like Bach and Vivaldi, then work their way through the Classical Era, the Romantic Era, play some tangos, and end up with a selection of modern tunes and pop music.  This gives a nice arc connecting the more formal ceremony and leading in to the less formal reception.  Of course, they always consider what is the best thing for each wedding, and they love it when you have a specific musical vision, and will happily make that happen.

NON-WEDDING OCCASIONS

Hill Country Strings have plenty of music to fill any occasion with the appropriate ambience.  This includes Christmas parties, which they have done quite a number of, especially with the string quartet and saxophone quartets.