Hire a Musician

Whether you need music for a private party, a corporate function, a wedding, a church service, or any other event, the Bienen School of Music can help you hire some of the area’s finest young musicians. All fees are negotiated between you and the musicians; the referral service charges no commission to either the client or the performer.

Individual performers and groups are available and can provide music in a wide array of styles, from classical to standards to jazz and contemporary. By hiring our talented students and recent grads, you’ll get a great value while helping to support emerging artists.

To book an individual or group:

  • You must email hire-musician@northwestern.edu to request your entertainment needs.
  • We provide a list of appropriate musicians – each recommended by a Northwestern music faculty member – and how to reach them.
  • You contact the musicians, negotiate a fee, and make the necessary arrangements. Our referral office has no involvement in contracts between you and the musicians.

Please note that it can take anywhere from 3-7 days for a response. The best time to contact us is approximately 3 months before your event so that students will have an idea of their upcoming schedules.

Musician Referral Service Contact Information

Vanessa Hughes
847-491-5741
hire-musician@northwestern.edu