If you are looking for live music at your wedding definitely check out Duo Con Brio. After almost 25 years in business they have incredible experience and take great care in arranging music that fits each couple. You can listen to sample tracks here and check out their list of pop songs, too! See questions we asked owner Corey Averill below.
When were you founded?
We were founded in 1989 in my sophomore year of college at Portland State University. The business began with myself and my violinist Karen Walthinsen. In 2003 I began working with violinist James McLennan and continue to do so today. We have happily serviced more than 3000 events since our inception.
What is your specialty?
We specialize in provide professional quality string duo/ string trio/ string quartet/ Duo with Flute or Guitar. Additionally we provide one special pop song arrangement for each couple at no charge. Each wedding is created specially for the bride and groom. Finally, we have several hundred pop arrangements for our instrumentation available to all of our clients.
What sets you apart?
What sets us apart is customer service, value, and the quality of our product.
Why did you get into weddings?
We originally got into the wedding business as a way to supplement our income. Within a couple of years I grew to love working with people in the wedding industry. To be part of a bride/grooms special day is a blessing and a gift! Our business has grown organically and not to quickly. I have never relied on the income to support my family directly (in other words I’ve always had another full time job – for the past 15 years I’ve been the music director at the Portland Waldorf School).
What is your favorite part about weddings?
Helping people create lasting memories.
What advice would you give a couple planning their wedding?
Come prepared to share your visions of your day while allowing your professional vendors to share ideas and make recommendations as well. The most successful events have been a collaborative effort by both parties.
A favorite review:
Corey and Duo con Brio,
This letter is long overdue, but thank you so much for an amazing performance at our wedding in September at Mt.Hood Organic Farms! Your performance truly helped make our day so precious. Not only was your music beautiful during the ceremony and cocktail reception, but you were so professional and attentive in taking care of all the details so that the entire day flowed flawlessly- it helped beyond words to be able to put everything in your trust during a busy wedding day. Furthermore, we truly appreciate how you were so thorough and helpful throughout the whole process leading up to the wedding day. Thanks again and we wish you will continue to bless many people through your beautiful playing.
Seon and John
What is your pricing?
From our homepage on our website we have a feature which allows any potential customer to “get and instant quote”. This way they can play with various ways of making our services affordable for their day. Our rates start at about $225.
What discount do you give Powers clients?
We give a 10% discount to Powers customers.
How should clients contact you?
Email is the best, but by phone too. email – email@example.com ; 503-407-6256
Do you charge for travel?
We travel all over the state and southwestern Washington. For events outside the Portland metro area there is a fee of .55 per mile round trip for one vehicle. The instant quote feature calculates that for you. All events within the Tri- County are includes free travel.