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frequently asked questions

 

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WILL YOU PERFORM FOR MY OUTDOOR EVENT?

We will perform for an outdoor event during the months of March through September provided that we receive protection from anything that could damage our instruments (direct sunlight, precipitation, tree debris, extreme temperatures, etc.). We will not perform for any outdoor event during the months of October through February.


DO YOU ONLY HAVE A TRIO? WHAT INSTRUMENTS DOES THE GROUP PLAY?

While the string trio (violin, viola, and cello) is our most requested group we also offer solo (violin, viola, or cello), duo (violin and cello) and quartet (two violins, viola, and cello). 


HOW DO I BOOK YOU?

Robyn will write up a contract with all necessary information (location, time and date, total price, etc.) and send it electronically, along with an invoice for a $150 non-refundable booking fee. The return of the contract and payment of the booking fee can be taken care of electronically, via mail, or in person. Upon receipt of the signed contract and retainer, your date and time are secured.


WILL YOU ATTEND MY REHEARSAL?

No, we do not attend rehearsals. All timing, cues, and song concerns will be addressed before the rehearsal via phone, email, or text, or in person. If we are accompanying any performers not in Robyn James Ensembles, rehearsal will take place on the day of service.


WILL YOU HELP ME CHOOSE MY MUSIC? WHAT ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR SELECTIONS?

Robyn will give you as much or as little assistance as you'd like while choosing music. A great starting place is our YouTube playlists, which group songs together by genre, speed, and their place in the ceremony: Robyn James Ensembles @ YouTube


WILL YOU PLAY [SONG I REALLY LIKE]?

We offer a wide range of classical, popular, film, and folk music from which to choose. We will accommodate up to three additions to our repertoire if possible. Lists of our non-classical offerings are available upon request. You can also see a small sampling of what we offer in our YouTube playlists: Robyn James Ensembles @ YouTube


HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE MY MUSIC?

Your music selections need to be finalized no later than four weeks before the event. However, we understand that last-minute bookings can occur and will take that into account when possible.


DO YOU HAVE A DEMO/AUDIO SAMPLES?

Yes, we have a few audio and video samples posted on YouTube. Visit a playlist showcasing our performances here: RJE Live @ YouTube


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Private Instruction

DO I NEED TO HAVE AN INSTRUMENT FOR MY LESSONS?

Yes, you will need to either purchase or rent an instrument prior to beginning your instruction. Suggested stores in Knoxville: Wilhite Strings and Lunsford's Musical Instruments.


HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN PLAY [SONG I REALLY LIKE]?

Since each student learns at their own pace, Robyn can't promise an exact timeline. However, most beginners can usually play Mary Had A Little Lamb in a few weeks.


DO I NEED TO HAVE A MUSICAL BACKGROUND PRIOR TO STUDYING VIOLA/VIOLIN WITH ROBYN?

Not at all. Robyn will establish your level of knowledge and then build on that at a pace that's comfortable for you, including teaching you to read music if needed.