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The Gig Connection

Hire a DePaul Musician for your next event!

Gig \gig\
Definition:
1. a job usually for a specified time; especially an entertainers engagement.
2. to work as a musician.

Whether you need music for a private party, a corporate function, a wedding, church service, theater production, or any other special event, The DePaul University School of Music can help connect you with some of the area's finest young musicians.

By hiring our talented students and recent graduates, you'll receive a great value while helping support emerging young artists. All rates are negotiated between you and the DePaul Musicians. The Gig Connection service is free to both the Client and the DePaul Musician. 

Before filling out our Musician Request Form, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions and the list of available ensembles and instruments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure DePaul Musicians are right for my event?

The Gig Connection service is open to our top-tier upper classmen undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate level students (master and certificate degree candidates) and alumni (up to five years after graduation). Each ensemble and soloist is recommended by a faculty member and approved by the Gig Manager. The Gig Manager will work with you to find the best musician for your event.

How far in advance should I book a performer/ensemble?

Due to the rotating nature of our student ensembles, we cannot accept requests more than 4 months prior to your event. 
And while we will do our best to fill all requests, those submitted less than one month in advance limit the number of potential DePaul Musicians available.
Requests submitted two weeks or less before the event are unlikely to be filled.​​

What is the going rate for DePaul Musicians?

The DePaul Musician(s) set their own pay rates and negotiates with the Client on all aspects of the gig. We strongly believe this process is an important aspect of career training. For a typical, one-hour gig for a trio or quartet, you can expect to pay $100-$125 per hour, per musician.

What styles of music do DePaul Musicians perform?

Because the DePaul School of Music provides a conservatory-style music education, The Gig Connection focuses strictly on jazz and classical music. If you have a request outside of those genres, please select “Other” on the request form, write the style you are looking for, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. All non-classical and non-jazz requests will be posted at the discretion of the Gig Manager.

I have no idea what songs or repertoire I want the musicians to play. Can they help me figure this out?

​​Of course! Our musicians will work with you picking the perfect selections for weddings, holiday parties, corporate events, or whatever your event may be.

I am interested in having live music at my event, but my budget is tight. Are DePaul Musicians interested in volunteer opportunities?

Because giving back to DePaul and surrounding communities fulfills an important aspect of the University’s Vincentian mission, DePaul School of Music supports our students if they choose to volunteer their time and talent for charitable causes. While the primary goal of the Gig Connection is to connect students with professional, compensated opportunities, those students interested in volunteer work will be notified of such opportunities per the discretion of the Gig Manager. ​​​

Check the lists below to see the solo instrumentalists and pre-formed ensembles available for hire.

  • ​CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES
  • JAZZ ENSEMBLES
  • CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTS
  • JAZZ SOLO INSTRUMENTS

​CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES

String Duo

2 violins; violin, cello; violin, viola

String Trio

Violin, viola, cello

String Quartet

2 violins, viola, cello

Woodwind Trio

Flute, oboe, bassoon
Flute, clarinet, bassoon
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Mixed String/Woodwind Trio
Flute, Violin, Cello

Woodwind Quintet

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn

Brass Trio
Trumpet
French horn
Trombone

Trombone Quartet

3 tenor trombones, bass trombone

Brass Quintet

2 trumpets
French horn
Trombone
Tuba

Vocal Ensemble (number of singers vary, please inquire for details) 

JAZZ ENSEMBLES

In jazz vernacular, ‘horn’ refers to woodwinds (primarily saxophone, and occasionally flute or clarinet), trumpet and trombone. Not sure which horn to pick? Feel free to ask Rachael for help.

Jazz Trios
Piano, bass, drums
Guitar, bass, drums
1 horn, bass, drums
piano, guitar, bass

Jazz Quartets
1 horn, piano, bass, drums
1 horn, guitar, bass, drums
2 horns, bass, drums
2 horns, guitar, bass
2 horns, piano, bass

Jazz Quintets
2 horns, guitar, bass, drums
2 horns, piano, bass, drums​

CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTS

Woodwinds
Flute

Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone

Brass
French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba

Strings
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Voice
Soprano
Mezzo-soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass

Piano

Guitar

Percussion

JAZZ SOLO INSTRUMENTS

In jazz vernacular, ‘horn’ refers to woodwinds (primarily saxophone, and occasionally flute or clarinet), trumpet and trombone. Not sure which horn to pick? Feel free to ask Rachael for help.

Reeds

Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)
Clarinet/Flute

Brass
Trumpet
Trombone

Rhythm Section
Piano
Guitar
Bass
Drums

Ready to get started?

Follow these simple steps to submit your request.

1. Fill out our Musician Request Form
2. Your request will be reviewed by Gig Manager Rachael Smith, who will then notify qualified DePaul Musicians
3. Rachael Smith will give your preferred contact information to available DePaul Musicians
4. DePaul Musicians will contact you to discuss and negotiate terms of agreement for gig, approximately within 3-7 business days of making your request

Due to the rotating nature of our student ensembles, we ask that requests for Student Musicians are made between 4 months and 2 weeks prior to the event date.
 

Still have questions? Please contact Rachael Smith at rsmith37@depaul.edu