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Whether you're in need of music for a wedding ceremony, a corporate function, a private party, church service, theater production or any other special event, the DePaul University School of Music can help connect you with some of Chicago's finest young musicians.
Before filling out a performer request form, be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions below, as well as the list of possible instrument combinations.
DePaul School of Music students looking to join Gig Connection should fill out our application.
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.
Follow these simple steps to submit your request.
Still have questions? Please contact Mary Arendt at
All DePaul musicians have passed rigorous entrance auditions in order to join our programs. The Gig Connection service hosts our 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 one of our top-tier faculty members and approved by the Gig Manager.
The recommended hourly rate for the Gig Connection platform is $100 per musician. However, DePaul musician(s) may set their own pay rates and negotiate 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.
Our musicians maintain the right to decline a gig if an offer amount is believed to be inappropriate.
Because the DePaul School of Music provides a conservatory-style music education, The Gig Connection focuses on genres studied within the institution - mainly jazz/Black American Music 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.
Of course! Our musicians can help suggest the perfect selections for weddings, holiday parties, corporate events, or whatever your event may be.
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.
When submitting your musician request form, indicate your need for an audio specialist in the "Any Additional Information We Should Know?" section.
2 violins; violin, cello; violin, viola
Violin, viola, cello
2 violins, viola, celloWoodwind TrioFlute, oboe, bassoonFlute, clarinet, bassoonOboe, clarinet, bassoonMixed String/Woodwind TrioFlute, Violin, CelloWoodwind QuintetFlute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn
Brass TrioTrumpetFrench hornTrombone
3 tenor trombones, bass trombone
2 trumpetsFrench hornTromboneTuba
Vocal Ensemble (number of singers vary, please inquire for details)
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 us for help.
Jazz TriosPiano, bass, drumsGuitar, bass, drums1 horn, bass, drumspiano, guitar, bass
Jazz Quartets1 horn, piano, bass, drums1 horn, guitar, bass, drums2 horns, bass, drums2 horns, guitar, bass2 horns, piano, bass
Jazz Quintets2 horns, guitar, bass, drums2 horns, piano, bass, drums