1st Choice Music Services, founded in 1985, is the only full time professional and insured musician contracting service in Central Illinois. We specialize in engaging premiere performers, musician contracting services, daily attentive service, and moral support until your special event ends. Inquiries are answered within 24 hours. We are well known for being highly responsive to clients & have records to prove it. We often communicate with clients regularly for months until the event ends and will fill openings if and when student groups cancel at the last minute. Wedding & /or reception pricing information, plus numerous client reviews can be found on our agency web site.
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Serving families, the university of Illinois, and regional clients since 1985... Welcome to 1st Choice Music Services where professional Musicians engage, entertain, inspire, & support clients when important life events require live music. Known as the regional "go to source" for live music, lean on us to receive immediate, one on one supportive service, peace of mind, skilled performers, expert, award winning experience! Your special event becomes our 1st priority until it's over. Benefit from our decades of experience serving clients, impress your guests, & make your event a permanent, positive memory.
Orchestral and Broadway veteran, Barbara Hedlund, is a recipient of multiple awards including a shared Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Gran Prix du Disque, and Woman of Distinction awardee. She maintains an active career as orchestral & chamber musician, solo and recording artist, orchestral and college administrator, music editor and publisher, orchestra and ensemble founder, personnel manager, orchestral music librarian, competition adjudicator, associate producer for Public Radio & TV, concert producer, a founding City of Urbana Public Arts & Culture Commissioner, young artist scholarship sponsor and mentor.
With decades of performances, music management & educator experience, her legacy demonstrates commitments to live music, arts education, innovative programming, collaboration, customer and community service, arts management and advocacy.
For more information, go to www.barbarahedlund.com and https://sites.google.com/site/vcellohedlund/home?authuser=0
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Barbara Hedlund of First Choice Music Services is a consummate professional and I have referred brides to her for 15 years. As a wedding planner I must feel comfortable that a vendor I recommend will be a good value for a bride, that they will be willing to respond to communication and provide information in a timely manner and that they are a top professional in their field. All of those qualities describe Barbara and her work through First Choice Music Services. Gwen Wilson Nuptiae, The Wedding & Event Planners
They live up to their business name. They are the 1st choice in my book.
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