“Thank you for the beautiful music you provided for our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding. Because of my musical background, the ceremony and reception music was very important to me. We wanted the music to be a highlight of the festivities and your ensemble did not disapoint. You provided exquisite music for our guests prior to the ceremony, which set the perfect tone. The music during the ceremony was spectacular and your ensemble provided the perfect mood as our guests arrived at the cocktail hour. Our guests were highly complimentary of all the music. You are truly an ensemble of gifted and talented musicians. I greatly appreciated the ease at which we were able to work together to create the perfect repertoire for each venue. I have been pleased to recommend your ensemble and will not hesitate in the future to recommend your lovely music to others planning special events.”
~ Leslie, Mother of the Bride
“The purpose of this letter is to show my enthusiastic support for Dee Sparks and The Rosewood Ensemble.
When my son announced his engagement, I knew he wanted live musical selections to complement his wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. My son is a musician too! Fortunately, for me, a colleague from the St. Louis Symphony pointed me toward Dee and her string ensemble.
Throughout the planning process, Dee made our preparation stress-free. She was always professional, communicated well, was reliable, and able to perform duties on her own to meet our goals. She handled a myriad of details and questions with calm and a concern for how her decisions impact others. It was obvious early on that her musicians and vocalists were cream of the crop-talented, accommodating, and delightful!
During the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, The Rosewood Ensemble was note perfect in every way. In fact, I continue to receive rave reviews of their performance to this day. Both family and friend commented that the music performed was the best they’d ever heard and felt they were attending a private symphony concert! Hearing the group play was clearly worth the wait and a reminder of just how irreplaceable is the live performance experience. Without reservation, The Rosewood Ensemble is truly a noteworthy group.
As your can see from my comments, I hold this group in the highest regard, and I am honored to submit this letter of recommendation. It will be wonderful to have Dee Sparks and her musicians recognized for all of their musical successes, especially contributing to the splendor of my son’s wedding day. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with their performance. Thank you for meeting all of our expectations and making a dream-come-true wedding for everyone”
~ Elaine, Mother of the Bride
Dec 2011 wedding at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church
“Just wanted to thank you for the absolutely beautiful music you and your team provided for Erin and Matt’s wedding. I know it was my precious little girl’s wedding, but it was the most magical experience for me, and your music was so beautiful and classy and was such an important part of the ceremony.”
~ Ann , Mother of the Bride
Wedding Feb 2011
“I wanted to send you a note and thank you for the lovely music the quartet provided at Jessica and Kevin’s wedding. We have received so many wonderful compliments about how beautiful it sounded in the church. My husband and I were so disappointed we couldn’t just sit and listen to all of the song selections. Our only regret is that we didn’t book you for the cocktail hour also. Thank you again for providing another wonderful element to our daughter’s very special day.”
~ Susan, Mother of the Bride
Wedding July 2011
“I cannot begin to tell you how many of our guests came up to us over the course of the evening to say how fabulous it was to walk in the door and hear you playing. The minute they heard you (and your music was the first thing they heard) they knew it was going to be a wonderful evening. You all looked so classically elegant – absolutely gorgeous. We cannot thank you enough for helping to make Liesl’s wedding so special. Saturday night was an unforgettable night for us. It would not have been as special without you!”
~ Christy and John, Parents of the Bride
Wedding July 2011
“This is just a short note to let you know how excited I am to, once again, have the Rosewood Ensemble play for one of my daughter’s weddings. I know what a wonderful performance you will provide. We were thrilled to have you play for our first daughter’s wedding a year ago. You and the other talented musicians of the Rosewood Ensemble were an integral part of an extraordinary day for our family.
The Rosewood Ensemble’s ability to create such beautiful music not only set the mood in the church but continually delighted us with each luscious note from start to finish. Our guests were not only treated to a wonderful prelude concert , but were drawn in throughout the entire Mass. I can hardly wait for the next wedding!”
~ Catherine, Mother of the Bride
“I just wanted to send you a note and let you know we really loved having the Rosewood Ensemble play during our wedding ceremony and reception at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. You were fabulous to work with and the music was fantastic and so beautiful. Derek, my now husband, is actually a musician and he was so impressed with how in tune and on key they were.”
~ Jessica, Bride
Wedding November 2010
“The Rosewood Ensemble was the highlight and tone-setter for our Navy Birthday Ball Celebration. Attendees from around the country noted their versatility and charm—playing everything from sea shanties and ragtime favorites to more classic pieces. Their stage presence and audience rapport was graceful and engaging , but not intrusive to the convivial atmosphere we – with their help- were able to achieve!”
~ Commander Russell Ashford,
U.S. Transportation Command, Morale & Welfare Chairman
“The Rosewood Ensemble has been a joy to work with as part of an awards ceremony during the Saint Louis Art Fair. Over the last 2 years they have provided a professional presentation and were extremely easy to work with. Without hesitation, I would recommend the Rosewood Ensemble to compliment any event or reception… private or business.”
~ David Smith, Chairman of the Board, Cultural Festivals (producer of the St. Louis Art Fair)
“We had set up a great venue and wonderful food for our Holiday party, but the addition of the Rosewood Ensemble to our ambiance took our celebration to a new level of classy and elegant. Dee and the Ensemble were very easy to work with, professional and simply amazing musicians. At an amazing price, this is the best thing we could have added to our celebration and I will be using them again and again!”
~ Laura O’Donnell, Operations Coordinator/Executive Asst. to the Director, Teach for America, St. Louis
“Thank you for providing the lovely music at our wedding ceremony. We received many compliments on the music and your performance made the ceremony complete. We also appreciated your guidance when we were making the music selections- you made a daunting task much easier. Thanks again.”
~ Stephanie and Joel, Bride and Groom
“We received many compliments on the arrangements of music we chose for the wedding. Not only was your music wonderful to listen to, but the way in which you played added a special touch of lightness and warmth to the occasion. It was a pleasure working with you and we thank the Ensemble for making our day such a success.”
~ Al and Jill, Bride and Groom
“Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did at our wedding. The music was beautiful and everything ran very smoothly. I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate your professionalism and helpfulness during the planning phase. We didn’t have to worry at all because we had complete faith in you and you did not disappoint. Please express our gratitude to the rest of the Ensemble. Thank you again for such a beautiful performance.”
~ Kelli S., Bride
“Thank you for sharing your passion for music to make my daughter’s marriage day a romantic occasion to remember. We will always remember the warmth and eloquence that your musical strings added to her special day.”
~ Peggy S., Mother of the Bride
“Thank you so much for being willing to work with me last minute. The music was beautiful; I had many positive comments about your ensemble. It was just the right touch. My uncle who is a retired music teacher and a musician himself was extremely complimentary. Once again thank you.”
~ Gwen, Mother of the Bride
“Some girls dream about the perfect wedding dress. I , however dreamt about my perfect wedding music and you took my dreams and put them on your music stands. It was an exciting process, hand-picking and “designing” our wedding music-but even more exciting was that I had you all to work with because you cared. You arranged , did research and performed beautifully. Thank you so much for everything! Your presence at our day was a blessing!”
~ Leigh and Andrew, Bride and Groom
“We are so thrilled to have booked your group to play during our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Your group was able to blend beautifully with our church organist and the effect was stunning and so elegant. The cocktail hour was phenomenal. I still hear our guests rave about how wonderful our ensemble was. The popular music, such as Coldplay, Sting, and the animated classics were a huge hit! We couldn’t have been more pleased with your services. Thank you!!”
~ Angie and Billy H., Bride and Groom
“I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful job your quartet did — you were professionals. It was so beautiful and I would love to recommend you to anyone that has any questions.”
“Thank you for sharing your time and talent to make our wedding day so special. We’ll remember how much your music added to the beauty of our wedding.”
~ Katy and Kevin, Bride and Groom
“The way in which you played added a special touch of lightness and warmth to the occasion.”
~ Lee & Al, Bride and Groom
“The Rosewood Quartet performed at our daughter’s marriage before, during, and after the ceremony leading up to dinner. The group was professional, accommodating, and enchanting. They even broadened their repertoire to include one of our daughter’s favorite songs. We were very pleased with the Rosewood Quartet.”
~ Les & Connie B., Parents of the Bride
“You made all of my visions for the ceremony come to life. I still can’t believe how wonderful it all was.”
~ Leigh, Bride
“THANK YOU for the beautiful music at our wedding ceremony on October 18th! We are still receiving compliments!”
~ Lauren S., Bride
“Dee, Thank you so much for your partnership with the Y98 Mega wedding. The day was beautiful and the Rosewood Ensemble made the ceremony so much more so. Thanks again and it was a pleasure working with you.”
~ Lindsey W., Bride
“I wanted to thank you again for playing at our wedding. The music turned our simple ceremony into an elegant affair. We got a lot of compliments on our ceremony and everyone loved the music. The Rosewood Ensemble made our wedding romantic and memorable. Thanks again.”
~ Dorothy and Tim, Bride and Groom
“We want to thank the Rosewood Ensemble for such a wonderful performance at our daughter’s wedding in June. The music was performed at the best volume for the Jewel Box and provided an excellent mood. The coordination with the trumpeter worked beautifully. The music during the cocktail hour at the reception was “the icing on the cake.”
~ Debbie and Tom, Parents of the Bride
“We loved your music! Thank you for adding to the happiness of Marguerite and John’s reception at Powell Hall. Your music was lovely and lively and added so much to the joy of the day! Our thanks!”
~ Barbara O., Mother of the Bride
“From the day I heard your music at a friend’s wedding, I knew I wanted you to be a part of the ceremony for my daughter’s big day. The day was beautiful, the weather was ideal, the flowers popped, the bride a picture, but the music absolutely could not have been surpassed. Thank you for sharing your musical gifts, which you’ve clearly perfected with dedicated passion! Now, I’m looking forward to another daughter’s wedding in September. Having the Rosewood Ensemble again was one of our earliest decisions we’ve made. Truly can’t wait to hear your beautiful music again. Thank you so much!”
~ Mary F., Mother of the Bride
“We knew very early on in our wedding planning process that we both wanted a string quartet, and we were both very serious about it. We looked at many options, listened to sample pieces, compared pricing, read reviews… and we landed on The Rosewood Ensemble. While they might not have the lowest price, we felt that our money was very well spent. Their performance at the wedding was flawless. A few guests mentioned that the quartet was one of the major highlights of the evening. Working with The Rosewood Ensemble is pleasant. We had a very non-traditional format for our wedding, and while we could tell that they had certain assumptions on what a wedding may look like (in all fairness, almost the entire wedding industry does), The Rosewood Ensemble was very accommodating. Overall, I would highly recommend The Rosewood Ensemble. Thank you and keep up the good work!”
“I booked the Rosewood Ensemble for our wedding ceremony and everything was amazing from start to finish. I worked directly with Dee Sparks. She was amazing and made everything so easy! She communicated often and I had no worries the day of the wedding. We had the string quartet and it was absolutely beautiful! The music made the ceremony elegant and classic and was everything I dreamed I wanted. If you are looking for a string ensemble at your wedding or event I would highly recommend The Rosewood Ensemble.”
“This quartet set a beautiful mood for the ceremony with their superb music. The quality of the classical pieces at the ceremony was outstanding and for cocktails they played more contemporary music beautifully. They were flexible, congenial and dependable and I can’t say enough about how happy I was that they were part of my daughter’s wedding. I will definitely be booking them for my second daughter’s wedding when the time comes.”
The Rosewood Ensemble did a wonderful job for our wedding! They were very easy to work with and extremely professional. We received many compliments about their lovely music from our guests.
The Rosewood Ensemble performed SPECTACULARLY for my daughter’s wedding! They were professional, highly skilled, flexible, conscientious, and most helpful. When a traffic snarl delayed the arrival of many guests, the ensemble took it in stride and happily extended the prelude period. They even took the time to rehearse and perform a piece of music that I composed for the occasion. I would strongly recommend them for any special event and I look forward to engaging them again in the future!
If you are looking for amazing ceremony musicians, look no further! The ensemble sounded absolutely incredible in our ceremony space and performed wonderfully! Thank you for providing us fond memories of our mass, we will cherish them forever!
Having the Rosewood ensemble play and cantor at our wedding was so wonderful. The music made our Mass so beautiful and guests were complimenting the music quite frequently. The music selection process was easy and full of choices! Dee was our contact person throughout the planning process and she was super easy to get a hold of and to work with. You won’t regret having the Rosewood Ensemble play at your wedding.