The musical staff of Alice Millar Chapel seeks to assist you in planning beautiful and meaningful music for your wedding ceremony. We hope you will find these wedding music samples helpful and convenient. A CD of these samples are available from the chapel office on request.
The pipe organ in Millar Chapel is a 100 rank four-manual Aeolian-Skinner, and one of the most magnificent organs in the region. The pipe organ in Vail Chapel is a two-manual mechanical action organ from 1864 (significantly restored). We have provided musical suggestions on the website which can be nicely realized on either organ.
In keeping with the nature of weddings as worship gatherings which are genuinely joyous celebrations before God, the Director of Music, Music Associate and Chapel Organists have the responsibility of maintaining an appropriate musical quality. We do not use explicitly non-sacred works such as operatic marches from Wagner’s Lohengrin (“Here’s Comes the Bride”), or the Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
There are basically four parts of the wedding service which call for music:
Music played prior to the service while guests are being seated. Prelude music generally begins 15 minutes before the Processional. Generally 15 to 20 minutes of music is planned.
The music to which the wedding party enters the church
The main part of the ceremony can include quite a bit of music, or none at all, depending on your preferences. Some couples decide to have vocal or instrumental pieces, perhaps a congregational hymn, while others have no music between the Processional and Recessional
The music to which the wedding party exits the church, followed by the guests
Sample Music Media
Suggested Wedding Music Selections
Suggestions not heard on the website:
|O Lord Most Holy||César Franck|
|The Lord's Prayer||Malotte|
|Simple Song (from Mass - usually soprano or tenor)||Leonard Bernstein|
Selections are emailed to Eric Budzynski, Music Associate & organist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Explanation of Instrumental Key for Wedding Music
- O = organ
- T = trumpet (with organ)
- Str. = String Quartet
Example: Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring (O, T, Str., arr. for others) - J. S. Bach
(This selection can be played by organ alone, organ and trumpet, strings, or with a number of other instruments)
Example: Air de Trompette (T) - G. P. Telemann
(This selection can be played when a trumpet is used, but not by organ alone)
Example: Sonata in E-flat Major (O) - W. A. Mozart
A Word About Vocal Pieces
The use of vocal soloists is welcomed. Excellent singers are available from the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, and the greater Chicago area. The musical samples includes some suggestions for vocal music. Since every singer's repertoire is different, it is best to consult with the soloist in selecting vocal repertoire.
Soloists usually sing one to three selections. In the standard wedding ceremony, solos often come just before the Processional, after the Questions, after the Pastoral Prayer, or at the Lighting of the Candle. Any text that is appropriate for a religious service may be used for the wedding ceremony. If you have a favorite secular song, consider having it played during your wedding reception.
Some Common Questions
How should I use this wedding information and music samples?
Please read this material completely and listen to the selections. Couples may wish to include other family members in the selection process. Contact Eric Budzynski, Music Associate (organist) or Dr. Stephen Alltop at any time to ask questions, and to help finalize your choices. Please send your selections by email to Eric Budzynski (email@example.com). All wedding parties, regardless of whether they are utilizing Chapel musical staff, must submit their specific musical selections to the Music Associate in writing no later than 1 month prior to their wedding.
Am I limited to the selections listed here?
The pieces listed here are offered as suggestions. We will be happy to accommodate appropriate requests for other repertoire whenever possible.
How do we engage organists, additional musicians, or soloists?
The Music Associate will be happy to engage whatever musicians you may desire. Even if you do not plan on using our staff musicians, please email your musical plans NO LATER THAN THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY to the Music Associate. Please note that, once a musician’s services are engaged at the request of the wedding party, the wedding party is responsible for compensating that musician in accordance with the established fees. Some of Chicago's finest musicians perform in ceremonies at Millar Chapel, so it is recommended that arrangements be made as far in advance as possible to ensure their availability. If you desire one or more trumpets, a brass quartet or quintet, excellent players can be engaged from the Millar Brass Ensemble.
The Music Associate will be happy to engage a soloist on your behalf. Professional singers of every voice type can be engaged.
If you wish to arrange for a soloist on your own, please be aware of the following requirements:
The soloist(s) must be of professional vocal quality and capable of projecting without amplification.
If organ or piano accompaniment is required by the organist, music must be provided at least two weeks prior to the wedding in the key and specific arrangement required by the soloist.
What are the musician's fees?
- Wedding without Soloist or Instrumentalist - $250.00
- Wedding Ceremony with One Soloist or Instrumentalist - $275.00
- Personal Meeting in addition to phone consultations - $100.00
- If organist must oversee rehearsal in place of a minister - $125.00
Instrumental or Vocal soloist: $225.00
When is the music rehearsed? Does the Organist attend the rehearsal?
Musicians will coordinate and rehearse selections prior to the wedding ceremony. Chapel organists DO NOT attend rehearsals for ceremonies officiated by Chapel clergy (they will confer on order and cues prior to ceremony). When guest clergy are involved, organists may attend rehearsals (for an additional fee of $125) by request to confirm cues for the Processional, Recessional, and any other music in the ceremony but this is not normally neccesary.
When should the musician's be paid?
Musician’s honoraria must be mailed or delivered to Alice Millar Chapel no later than one week prior to the wedding (c/o Eric Budzynski, Music Associate, Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, 60208). Please provide checks made out to the individual musicians.
Wedding Music Checklist
- Receive Wedding Information (and CD if requested) upon reserving Chapel for Wedding Ceremony
- Review Music on website (or CD) and Wedding Information. Contact the Music Associate with any questions
- Submit request for Organist or any additional musicians by email to the Music Associate no later than three months prior to the ceremony (required of all wedding parties)
- Send musical selections to Music Associate by email as soon as possible. Selections must be submitted at least one month prior to ceremony (required of all wedding parties)
- Musician’s honoraria sent or delivered to Music Associate at Alice Millar Chapel at least one week prior to wedding ceremony