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Musical Heart Strings is a professional ensemble in Martinez, California, available to perform at weddings and other special occasions. Founders Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egen have been performing music together for 20 years, including jazz, pop, rock and roll, and the occasional heavy metal. With influence from the Vitamin String Quartet, all of Musical Heart Strings’ music are original arrangements, making their compositions and covers unique to their ensemble.

Services Offered

Musical Heart Strings’ compositions are for an instrumental duo, a soloist, or a trio, as well as string quartet and trio. They are fully insured and can play compositions using the cello, piano, viola, and violin. They have anywhere from one to five musicians available for your event, depending on the style composition you’d like performed. Musical Heart Strings can perform acoustically, using foot percussion, and with amplification.

  • Woman-owned

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Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Sample Music
Sound/PA System

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental - Duo
Instrumental - Trio
String - Trio
String - Quartet

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6

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What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Liability Insurance
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sample Performances
Sound/PA System
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Arianna H. Married on 12/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly and professional Musicians

We had the absolute pleasure of having Musical Heart Strings perform at our wedding, and we couldn't have asked for a more magical experience. From the ceremony to the cocktail hour, their musical talent added an enchanting touch to our special day.

The duo's ability to create a beautiful atmosphere was remarkable. The ceremony music was both elegant and emotionally moving, setting the perfect tone for our vows. During the cocktail hour, their versatile repertoire had a few people, in the spirit of the holidays.

Not only were they incredibly skilled musicians, but their professionalism and flexibility made the planning process a breeze. They took the time to understand what we wanted and answer any questions we had.

If you're looking for talented, professional, and personable musicians to elevate your wedding day, Musical Heart Strings are the perfect choice.
Paola M. Married on 10/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Reccomend

Musical Heart Strings, Gretchen and Julie, were absolutely the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. They are professional, reliable and independent since they play there often.
All of our guests complimented us for their music and huge repertoire. I highly recommend them!
Celina E. Married on 08/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

So incredibly special!!

Musical Heartstrings duo Gretchen and Kerry were such an amazing addition to our Ceremony and Cocktail hour. Our guests were raving about the music. They truly helped make our Wedding incredibly special. We really enjoyed that they had an extensive repertoire to choose from and allowed us to select what we would like played. Gretchen was extremely professional and responsive. She was so helpful and pleasant to work with. My husband and I couldn’t have been happier with them.
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Ceremonies of the Heart Ceremonies of the Heart Wedding Officiants

Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egan of Musical Heart Strings are talented musicians whose name says it all. If you're looking for a professional string ensemble that pulls at your heart strings, look no further than Musical Heart Strings. I've had the pleasure of working with Gretchen and Kerry frequently over the past several years and I'm always impressed by the unusual music selections they play that are tailored to each couple's musical tastes. They are gifted musicians who beautifully render traditional wedding songs, and delightful, adventurous souls who work with you on non-traditional music, too! They are a joy to work with and I highly recommend them. Rev. Lisa Joslen, Ceremonies of the Heart

Denise Kramer Weddings Denise Kramer Weddings Wedding Planners

Musical Heart Strings duo, Gretchen and Kerry, never cease to impress me with their wide range of music from the classics to one-of-a-kind arrangements by client request. I have worked together with them in over thirty weddings, even having a bride walk down the aisle to Rockelbel and a groom (a law enforcement officer) come in to the theme from Cops. Never caught without a smile, they seem to take pleasure in their work and bring “heart” to every event their music graces. They are always timely and professional. Clients just love them!


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