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Exquisite Sounds for Your Exquisite Day.
Live Music with Unmatched Sound and Service . From Canon in D to Coldplay, endless options await you. Strings, winds, jazz bands, and more. MVSJ explicitly guarantees the professionalism of every musician on every instrument at every event. Your vision is our mission. Hear the MVSJ Difference.
So Happy We Chose Monte Vista Strings!Reviewed on 5/15/2013 ana r
Andrew and his team of Monte Vista Strings and Jazz provided the music for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and during our sit down dinner. Everything was perfect! I trusted completely in Andrew to provide the best music selection, and he delivered! The music and cantor during our ceremony was wonderful. Leaving the cathedral we were greeted by a Mariachi group playing fun and lively music, and it was so delightful. Our guests absolutely loved the 3 piece jazz group during the cocktail hour. During dinner, they provided a contemporary wired strings group that was beautiful. The level of professionalism and performance far exceeded my expectations. I want to thank Andrew and his team for making our special day a memorable one!
If you want a great experience from beginning to end, this is the right choice for you. Andrew is extremely professional, accommodating, and TALENTED. He will make sure he has exactly what you are looking for and will leave your guests speechless. I could not have asked for a perfect experience during our wedding ceremony. I still get the goosebumps when I see the video!
PerfectionReviewed on 10/20/2014 Jocelyn D
The Monte Vista string quartet performed contemporary songs for our ceremony and cocktail reception. They were amazing!!! Andrew was a pleasure to work with from start to finish and the team was highly professional. Our guests are still talking about how beautiful the music was. We highly recommend Monte Vista Strings.
I hired a Monte Vista String stringed trio and piano to play for our wedding in August, two months before our wedding. For me, as a musician that comes from a family of musicians, the most important part of the ceremony for me was the music. When I first spoke to Andrew, he assured me that he and his musicians could learn the bridal processional and bridal party processional pieces. I had the sheet music to one and did not for the other, but he stated that if I sent a recording it would be sufficient to learn. I even paid extra for them to "learn" these pieces. I was SOOO looking forward to hearing these two pieces as they held very special memories attached with them! After they took my $1200 dollars, I could not get a hold of anyone from the ensemble the full week before my wedding until just a few hours before the wedding started! By the time Andrew arrived, I had only a few minutes before I was rushed downstairs and could no preview the music. The musicians admitted they had NEVER EVEN HEARD OR SEEN the desired pieces. He played TAYLOR SWIFT's LOVE STORY as a bridal party processional instead of the piece I chose (which was a slower classical piece)...a song I would have never chosen in a million years! And then for my bridal hymn, they played the base lines rather than the melody for a large portion of the songs. During the rest of the ceremony, the entire ensemble played only a few pieces...it was mostly piano. There were missed timing and notes. I'm sure for the lay person, it was okay. For me and my musical family, it was cringeworthy. And for a bride that was waiting eagerly soon long to here those pieces, I was sorely dissapointed. For $1200, I would expect the musicians to have seen and practiced the music beforehand! I do not recommend hiring this company! Nothing will ruin our special day, but this company made it more stressful and much less beautiful then it could have been. As a musician who performs at weddings, I am very disappointed in their lack of professionalism. Shame on them.
We had Monte Vista Strings for our ceremony and it was just absolutely LOVELY. They were very accommodating with our song choices and there were so many songs to pick from! They even played the Game of Thrones theme song - our guests LOVED it! It was such a beautiful scene with the music in the background and I am SO SO SO glad we chose them to play at our wedding. It made all our guests cry! Highly recommend them!
Monte Vista Strings for the win! Organized, Considerate & Experienced Professionals! MVS performed at our Wedding Ceremony at San Fernando Cathedral. Andrew and his team made a miracle happen with just over two weeks to prepare. The vocalist and pianist were perfectly in sync, even with a slight delay to start the ceremony; they continued with their performance of beautiful prelude music. Very talented and knowledgeable artists. We’re still receiving compliments to this day about how beautiful the ceremony music was. Thank you Andrew and MVS for making our special day a memorable one!
Having a string quartet for my ceremony made the day extra special. Although I didn't get to hear most of the music being that I was the bride and inside, walking out and hearing it was so beautiful. We also got many compliments on the music!
Our ceremony music was beautiful!!! I was on the fence of having them for our ceremony, but I do not regret it one bit! They are very talented and very professional. Thank you!!
PerfectReviewed on 2/01/2016
The music was absolutely beautiful. Monte Vista played during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner, and we loved hearing everything from Bach to Journey played to perfection.
The Best!Reviewed on 10/31/2015 Terry L
Monte Vista Strings played at our wedding ceremony last September. What a great choice. Their music was beautiful. The Water Music was the perfect recessional. They also played beautiful pieces matching our selections as guests were being seated. They were highly professional and polished. They are a "must have" for an elegant wedding. They made are special day even better.
Magnificent!Reviewed on 10/31/2015
We have had Monte Vista Strings perform at 2 major family events this past year. I can't say enough about how wonderful they are! They performed at our daughter's wedding ceremony a year ago, providing pre-wedding music, processional, recessionals and everything in-between. They set the tone for a beautiful, traditional and touching nuptials. They were also willing to drive 3 hours out of the city to do so. The Monte Vista Strings also performed at the reception after my mother's funeral last month. Again, they set the tone for an elegant and tender celebration of my mother's life, playing many of her favorite classical pieces. Andrew Small and the members of the Monte Vista Strings are very creative, professional, attractive and are quite accommodating. We highly recommend them and plan to continue to seek their services in future celebrations.
Absolutely AmazingReviewed on 10/30/2015 Lisa N
We hired the Wired! Pop Contemporary String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and a jazz band for our dinner hour, both from Monte Vista Strings and Jazz and both absolutely amazing. This company truly made our day. All our special requests were honored and performed beautifully, and Andrew (the coordinator) was always available to give us advice and guidance when needed. Highly recommend this company.
Great groupReviewed on 10/30/2015
Very professional, accommodating and easy to work with. Their experience and expertise made the wedding ceremony a "no worries" event.
Absolutely PERFECT!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Laura B
Monte Vista Strings & Jazz is the best in south Texas! They absolutely exceeded all of my expectations. Very easy to work with and were professional in every capacity. They even learned a new song to accompany the soloist in my wedding. If I ever have a need for a small ensemble, they'll be at the top of my list. Book them now!
Great Wedding CeremonyReviewed on 10/30/2015
Andrew from Monte Vista Strings is great to work with. We book a trio and a cantor for our wedding and they were amazing. Made our wedding even that more elegant. Thank you guys for a great job.
Monte Vista Strings and JazzReviewed on 10/30/2015
We had the Monte Vista Strings and Jazz play for our daughter's wedding on July 4, 2015 at the Lakeway Resort and Spa in Lakeway Texas. They performed the prelude, during the ceremony and at the cocktail hour. Our choice of ensemble was The Classic and Wired! Pop/ Contemporary String TRIO and they were absolutely fabulous. We really appreciate great music as we have several musicians in our family, who ironically were in the wedding party thus we needed the Monte Vista Strings. We spoke with Andrew and he delivered on everything we talked about. He kept in touch with us from beginning to end. They were on time and played the songs we had requested from their playlist, stayed until our agreed upon time and we could not have asked for more. Our guests thought they did a beautiful job!. We highly recommend the Monte Vista Strings and Jazz! Working with Andrew was a pleasure and we would love to use them again in the future! They really are so professional and sound incredible!
Beautiful Music by Monte Vista Strings and JazzReviewed on 10/28/2015 Betsy Z
We used Monte Vista Strings and Jazz for our daughter's Oct 24th wedding and reception at Lost Mission in Spring Branch, and are so happy with our choice. In the planning stage, Andrew was a pleasure to work with, and I knew we were in good hands. For the ceremony, we used the strings and flute quartet, and we couldn't be more pleased. Due to transportation issues, the quartet ended up playing A LOT more prelude music than we had previously selected, due to the delay in the ceremony start time, but it was all beautiful and appropriate for the setting. During the ceremony, the music was on cue, and the arrangements were lovely - just as I imagined they would be, but they are professionals after all! The Jazz Ensemble played during the cocktail hour, and for the first part of the dinner, and they were amazing, with a big full sound! I was very pleased with their music selections. The MV Strings and Jazz Ensemble helped create the magic of the day!
Amazing!Reviewed on 10/05/2015 Colleen D
We hired Monte Vista for our wedding ceremony and our reception music. I worked with Andrew through the whole process of figuring out what we wanted, and he was so patient with us when we introduced some extra songs and ended up changing the musicians we hired for the reception. During the busy season, he was harder to get in touch with, with emails going unanswered for a couple weeks at a time, but it was always clear that the emails were being read and that they were working on our questions and requests, so I was never worried or frustrated by it. Everything was executed perfectly. Andrew was incredibly professional and up front about everything with us, which was awesome. And, he was also very approachable and easy to talk to, which was great since my music knowledge is very limited! At the wedding, the musicians were incredible. It is clear why they also play for the San Antonio and Austin symphonies. The quality of their work is incredible, and we were so pleased! Our guests are still commenting on how beautiful the music was. Overall, we are so pleased that we worked with Monte Vista. They complemented our wedding and reception perfectly, and were fantastic to work with. I cannot recommend them enough!
Wonderful to work with!Reviewed on 10/30/2014 Kaydee C
Monte Vista Strings is wonderful to work with and we could not have been more pleased with how everything went. They are extremely professional and Andrew is a pleasure to work with! If you are looking for the perfect wedding music then MSV is it! They made my sister's wedding absolutely perfect!
Exactly what I wanted!Reviewed on 5/21/2014 Laura M
I booked the Wired String Quartet. Honestly, I didn't get to enjoy much of the string quartet since I was the last person to enter the ceremony, the first one to leave, and didn't get to attend the cocktail hour. But from what I did get to hear (my entrance song and the recessional), they did an amazing job! And we did receive a lot of feedback from our guests that they really enjoyed listening to the musicians play modern songs at the ceremony and cocktail hour and that their renditions were lovely.
unique and funReviewed on 1/05/2014 Hannah E
First of all, Andrew Small is very easy to work with. He communicates well and offered suggestions along the way. They were on time and played beautiful music!
WEDDING MAGICReviewed on 8/19/2013 Calli D
As a bride, everything about a wedding goes by quickly. You don't always have time to stop and smell the roses, but with Monte Vista Strings, their beautiful music helped me stay in the moment. It's very difficult to incorporate music in your wedding that doesn't feel cheesy or overdone, but they offer a huge selection of songs that will make it easy to craft a unique musical arrangement. My husband and I are both musicians, so the music was probably the most important part of the wedding planning. Andrew made it so easy, and was very flexible when we wanted to incorporate a few of our musician friends into the ceremony. For a very reasonable fee, Andrew learned a Neil Young song that he played with a few friends and executed it perfectly, with very little time to practice. They are talented, sweet, and wonderful musicians. I can't thank you enough!
Monte Vista and Our Ceremony MusicReviewed on 6/20/2013 Christine G
Absolutely the best! Our ceremony was like a dream...like being in a romance film. :) I love watching the film of that day and hearing the beautiful instruments that Monte Vista played. Truly amazing! Highly recommend them. Great vendor!
Fabulous musicians!Reviewed on 1/06/2013 Courtney D
We had a string duo play for our wedding ceremony and afterwards for cocktails on the patio. The music was absolutely beautiful! Very talented musicians!
Very GoodReviewed on 11/29/2012 Lauren Whitney K
Andrew Small is extremely professional and easy to work with. We booked strings and mariachi's through him. The music was fantastic and the cantor was beautiful. Highly recommended for CATHOLIC weddings! Andrew even played himself at our wedding and we were thrilled! Service is very good and make sure to add the 15 extra minutes of potential over time.