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The Gig Connection

Hire a DePaul musician for your next event!

Whether you need 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.

The Gig Connection request platform is a free service for our clients. All gig performance rates are negotiated between you and the selected DePaul musicians. Before filling out the performer request form, be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions below and the list of available instrument combinations.

String Quartet in the DePaul Art Museum
String Quartet in the DePaul Art Museum
  • School of Music Students

    DePaul School of Music students looking to join Gig Connection should fill out the application.

    Student Application

  • Request Notice Requirements

    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.

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 the Gig Manager, who will then notify qualified DePaul musicians.
3. The Gig Manager 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 three to seven 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 four months and two weeks prior to the event date.

Still have questions? Please contact Mary Arendt at

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 four​ 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. ​​​

I'm looking for assistance with audio recording. Is this service provided?

​Yes! Gig Connection now hosts students and alumni from the Sound Recording Technology program within the School of Music. These students have been extensively trained in sound reinforcement. Rates per hour will be discussed directly with our rostered specialists, and are determined by the length of the event and specific technical requirements. The DePaul University School of Music does not provide audio or video equipment for events.
When submitting your musician request form, indicate your need for an audio specialist in the "Any Additional Information We Should Know?" section.

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

*Harp is currently unavailable


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
French horn

Trombone Quartet

3 tenor trombones, bass trombone

Brass Quintet

2 trumpets
French horn

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 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​




French Horn







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.


Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)


Rhythm Section


​Sound Recording Technology students and alumni are available to provide sound reinforcement services for events. Audio and video equipment is not provided by the DePaul School of Music.