Current Students

Entertainment Bureau/Applause Gig Office


The Applause Office is the student entertainment booking service, or "gig" office. The staff coordinates requests for orchestral, classical and jazz ensembles for weddings, anniversaries, corporate affairs, birthdays, holiday events, and other special occasions. The office handles primarily musical talent, although referrals can be made to other performance areas. Most of the students working for the Applause Office are undergraduate and graduate level professional free-lance musicians. Performers are available for functions in the Piedmont as well as statewide or regionally, depending on the event and students’ schedules.

To ensure highest quality, performers are screened and recommended by faculty, based on performance and maturity level.

Please contact Rebecca Nussbaum for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Types of Talent Available

Talent available is generally classical music or light classical music, provided by the following instruments and ensembles. If the UNC School of the Arts does not provide a certain type of talent, we will attempt to make a referral at no charge.

Weddings and Receptions

For a trio, generally there are two options:
1) Flute, violin, and cello
2) Two violins and cello

String Quartet
Two violins, viola and cello.

2 violins
Violin and flute
Violin and cello
Flute and cello

Vocal Soloist (for wedding ceremony)

Trumpet Player (for wedding ceremony)

Woodwind Quintet            
(Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)

Brass Quintet         
(2 Trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)

After-Dinner Entertainment
2-4 Singers and piano (15-30 min. program)
Includes Broadway favorites, jazz standards, special or seasonal music. Note: we do not provide costuming for special events. If client wishes singers to wear costume, the costume must be provided.

Reception Music
Piano, classical guitar, jazz combo, piano

We can book small or large orchestral groups, or individual instrumentalists. Available for either professional orchestras or special church programs. Fee is comparable to the local professional orchestra rate.

We have a limited availability of jazz combos--duo, trio and quartet. The Applause Office makes referrals to local artists when student jazz musicians are not available.

How to Book Talent

The director of the Applause Office will discuss with you your event and the type of talent which will best suit your needs and budget. The Applause Office will personally contact individuals who are available and best qualified to perform at your event.

After confirmation that the talent is available, a contract will be mailed to you. You will return the contract with deposit, if indicated. One of the performers will contact you prior to the event, and you will pay individuals at the event.

Requests for musicians may be made by calling the office at (336) 770-3339. Or, by sending an email to Rebecca Nussbaum, at

When submitting your request, please specify the date, time, location, and nature of your event, and the specific type of music you wish to have performed.

Note: The Applause Office is an office of the UNC School of the Arts. Because students are not always available during summer months or holidays, the Applause Office policy is to accept all requests, and fill them with professional artists or alumni, when necessary. In some case this may cause a slight increase in the rates ( i.e. $25-50 per performer.)

What Is The Cost?

Wedding Ceremony

$375 total
Plus travel; if outside our local area (see travel).
Fee includes: 30 minutes of prelude music, processionals, possible selection during the ceremony, and recessional music.

$500 total
Plus travel, if outside our local area (see travel).
Fee includes: 30 minutes of prelude music, processionals, possible selection during the ceremony, and recessional music.

Woodwind Quintet            
(Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
Wedding $500 total
Fee includes: 30 minutes of prelude music, processionals, possible selection during the ceremony, and recessional music.

Brass Quintet
(2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)
Wedding $500 total
Fee includes: 30 minutes of prelude music, processionals, possible selection during the ceremony, and recessional music.

$300 ($150 per player)

After-Dinner Entertainment
Singers and piano (15-30 min. program)
$150 per singer + $150 for pianist.
Includes Broadway favorites, special or seasonal music.

Reception or Party Music (piano, guitar, jazz combo, trio or quartet)
NOTE: Travel fees apply (see below)

One hour = $100 per musician (unless the performers are also playing at the wedding ceremony)**
Two hours = $150 per musician for background music.
Three Hours = $225 per musician.

**If musicians are booked to play for wedding ceremony, the fee for background music during reception is $75 per each additional hour, per musician

Booking Fee
We charge a $50 flat fee per booking which goes to the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Travel Fees
Our playing area includes the Triad area (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) or approximately a 30-mile radius from Winston-Salem. This is not an exact formula, but generally speaking, we charge $25 per player for 40-60 min drive. For a 60-90 min drive the charge is $50 per player, and for 90-120 minute drive, the charge is $75 per player. These fees can be negotiable.


We request that you select your program from the following. If you have a piece(s) that is not included, please contact the office and we will let you know if we can include it on your wedding program.

(String Quartet = 2 violins, viola, cello)

Note: The following selections are readily available. Requests for other selections are not encouraged, but will be discussed if desired.

Alleluia: Mozart
Ave Maria: Schubert
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride): Wagner
Canon in D: Pachelbel
Rondeau: Mouret
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Bach
Rejoicing (from Royal Fireworks Music): Handel
March: Mozart
Meditation from "Thais": Massenet
Sheep May Safely Graze: Bach
Theme from "1st Symphony": Brahms
Trumpet Tune: Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary: Clarke
Hornpipe from Water Music: Handel
Wedding March (Recessional): Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy: Beethoven
Selections from The Water Music: Handel
The Lord’s Prayer: Malotte
Selections from The Four Seasons: Vivaldi

Instruments for the trio are flute, violin and cello, or 2 violins and cello.

Trumpet Tune: Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary (bridal processional): Clarke
Wedding March (here comes the bride): Wagner
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba: Handel
Rondeau: Mouret
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Bach
Ave Maria: Schubert
Air on the G String: Bach
Canon in D: Pachelbel
Largo from Four Seasons: Vivaldi
Rejoicing (Royal Fireworks Music): Handel
Air from Water Music in F: Handel
Bourree from Water Music in F: Handel
Hornpipe from Water Music in F: Handel
Allegro Maestoso from Water Music: Handel
Wedding March (traditional recessional): Mendelssohn
London Trio: Joseph Haydn
"Alleluia" from Exultate Jubilate: Mozart
Traumeri: Schumann
Wachet Auf: JS Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze: Bach
Ode to Joy: Beethoven
Arioso: Bach
Panis Angelicus: Franck

Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Music

Will you play outdoors? 
Yes, but due to the safety of the instruments, we cannot play outside if the temperature is extremely cold, usually under 55 degrees, although the musicians reserve the right to make the call on this. If there is any precipitation or if the temperature is above 85F degrees, adequate shelter from the elements MUST be provided (i.e., under a tent or gazebo)  

What equipment do I need to provide? 
Upright chairs without arms and adequate space to play (about 8 feet by 8 feet). If the lighting is low, we require that you provide lamps, or some other type of lighting.
How do the musicians dress? 
Musicians are prepared for different requests. Typically the musicinas wear all black. If requested, the dress can be formal, men wear tuxedos and women wear all black, or businees attire (i.e. coat and tie for men).

Prelude: Should I have music before my ceremony?
We recommend 30 minutes of prelude music before the start time of the ceremony. This sets the mood for your guests as they arrive and wait for the wedding ceremony to begin.

How do I choose the prelude music?
It is not necessary for you to choose all the prelude music, unless of course you want to. We can select the appropriate music, following input on your preferences.

View a Sample Prelude

How many pieces should I choose for the processional?
For a typical Christian or a non-denominational wedding, you might have three separate pieces: one for the entrance of the mothers, one for the bridal party, and finally one for the entrance of the bride. This will be determined by the size of the bridal party and the venue. We will help you with this decision.
Do we need to know how long the music will be in order to time our entrances to finish with the music? 
No, you can leave that up to us. We are very skilled in ending the music at just the right time. We need only know how many people are processing to each piece of music.

Can I have music during my ceremony?
During a ceremony, there is often room for short pieces of music: after readings, during the lighting of the unity candle, and during communion or parts of the Mass. We recommend asking your officiator about these too, as there are certain pieces of music that may not be appropriate or allowed in specific churches.
How many pieces do I choose for the recessional?
In general, there would be one piece performed during the exit of the entire wedding party, and one or two more for the exit of your guests.

How far in advance should we book musicians?
We encourage you to book as early as is feasible, since the majority of weddings take place on weekends.  We can handle requests with just a few weeks notice, although that is not recommended.

Repertoire (music selection)
We will send a repertoire list with the demo CD. The standard fee for weddings is based upon programming these selections. If you have a special request, it may change your fee.

Special Requests
We discourage clients from selecting pieces that are not on the repertoire list that is sent with the demo CD, since UNCSA owns music for those specific pieces. We will discuss a special request with you, but cannot guarantee that we can perform requests. If a request requires additional rehearsal, your fee may change.  If you fell strongly about having a piece performed that is not available, we can suggest an arranger to have it arranged for trio or quartet, which runs about $100 per piece.

Can I change the music selections?
Up to one week before your wedding you may change your selection(s). Please, no last minute requests.

Will you perform with guest singers?
We generally prefer not to perform with guest singers. Accompanying soloists can be problematic, and we suggest that you use the church organist or pianist to accompany vocal requests. We can perform the Schubert “Ave Maria” with a guest singer, as long as the singer is experienced at performing in public.

Do we need to meet in person?
It is actually not necessary to meet in person. All details can be addressed over the phone, but, if you prefer meeting in person, we would be happy to meet.

Will the ensemble attend the wedding rehearsal?  
It is not necessary for us to attend. We are experts in timing the music to the right length. If you feel that it is necessary for a musician to attend the rehearsal, you can pay an additional fee to one person to attend the rehearsal, schedules permitting. TIP: If you want to rehearse with the processional music, you can use the demo CD to familiarize the wedding party with the music.


In additions to weddings, UNCSA performers have represented UNCSA at numerous corporate and civic functions. Recent clients include:

190th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of NC
Carolina Adoption Services
Clemmons Kiwanis Club
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (Biotech Conference)
Featherlite Coach Company
High Point Regional Hospital
Hutchison Algood Printing
Lexington Choral Society
Maitland Smith Furniture
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
NC Assoc of County Finance Collectors
NC Association of Community College Presidents
NC Bar Association
National Conference for Cancer Patients Education Network
Old Salem
RJR Tobacco
Retired Military officers Association
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Salvation Army
Village of Clemmons
Wachovia Wealth Management
Western Piedmont Symphony
Winston-Salem Foundation
Winston-Salem Journal

What Our Clients Say

“The performers were fantastic.  They arrived in plenty of time (actually were the first ones at the church), were nicely dressed, and did an outstanding job performing.   I wasn’t sure what a guitar and flute would sound like together, and was more than pleasantly surprised.  The music was perfect for this setting.  In fact, the minister at the church thought they were the best musicians he had heard there.  The musicians were easy to work with and were very helpful in recommending appropriate music. Thank you so much for recommending them to us. “

“The musicians were great and very professional.  The music was beautiful.  We received a lot of great comments.  If we lived in the area and were having other events I would definitely book through you again.  Thank you for your help.”

“The musicians were terrific.  On time, dressed appropriately, played beautifully.  It was exactly what we had wanted!!”

“They were wonderful! Everyone was talking about how great they are! They were on time, dressing very nice and we were more then satisfied with their performance. Thanks again for all your help!!”