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Music Policy

Music Guidelines

Because weddings at Hendricks Chapel take place in diverse faith traditions and are officiated by a wide variety of clergy, the appropriateness of music may be different from one wedding to another.

We believe that music is an integral and meaningful part of a wedding ceremony, and that the music should be carefully selected to appropriately represent the faith tradition(s) in which the wedding is taking place.  We ask that you work with your officiant and musician(s) to help decide what music is best for your ceremony.  We also ask you to be sensitive to the musical wishes of the clergy person who is officiating your ceremony, since it is often important to them to uphold the integrity of their own faith tradition.  In addition, we ask guest officiants to work with couples to find music that is most appropriate to Hendricks Chapel, which we consider a sacred and spiritual place.  To reflect the sacred nature of the ceremony, we recommend sacred classical music.

  • Sacred music is music in which the words make specific references to religion, and are often based on religious texts such as the Bible or rites such as the Roman Catholic Mass. 
  • Secular music is music in which the words are overtly non-religious, such as most love songs. 
  • Music without words (i.e. not sung by a vocalist, but played by an instrument) can be either sacred or secular, though it is normally considered neutral unless clearly associated with a specific text.
  • Classical music is generally considered to be anything written before the twentieth century or anything written in a similar style, and usually played by instruments.  Much of the traditional wedding music comes from the classical repertoire.  Classical music can be either sacred or secular. 
  • Popular music is, for example, music on the radio or in Broadway musicals.  There is much sacred music written in a popular style as well, though most popular music is secular.

Your officiant must approve all musical selections to be performed at the wedding.  In addition, the wedding administrator and Dean of the Chapel reserve the right to deny permission for a musical selection.

Please note, CD and tape recorder usage will not be permitted.

Using the Chapel Organ

The services of the Chapel wedding organist are not included in ceremony reservations and usually require an additional fee.

Courtesy and professional etiquette require that the organist (or their designate) play at all weddings that use the Chapel organ.  You must contact an approved wedding organist about playing for your wedding or contracting other musicians in advance.  Because of the value of the instruments, if you are seeking a guest musician(s) who will play the organ, the guest musician(s) must be approved by the wedding organist at least three months in advance.

Select Musicians Who Have Worked with Hendricks Chapel

Approved Wedding Organists
Joseph Downing
(315) 424-0783
jdowning@syr.edu

Glen Kime
(315) 729-3734
gkimeorganist@gmail.com

Abel Searor
(315) 529-9080
atdoboe@aol.com

Vocalists
Janet Brown
janbrown@syr.edu

Peppie Calvar
jcalvar@syr.edu

String Quartets
Candlelight Music: Robert Connell & Janice Carr
(315) 637-0251
Candlelight Music website

Clinton Quartet
Mr. Michael Bosetti
(315) 471-0315
info@clintonstringquartet.com  

Magnolia Quartet
Jennifer Bearup
(315) 272-6512
info@magnoliaquartetny.com