Lalitha began her piano career at age four and continued taking private lessons until attending the University of Toronto where she completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees, earning scholarships in both programs. For more than 35 years, Lalitha has taught piano and conducted choirs as well as being sought after as an accompanist. She has held posts as church music director and has taught music in both public and private elementary and high school systems. In addition to being a Suzuki teacher, Lalitha is also a Suzuki parent with a son studying violin and a daughter studying piano. She’s a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and the Ontario College of Teachers.
Jeremy's musical career began with violin lessons at age 7 and continued through years of study including opportunities at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the renowned Meadowmount School of Music, New York. Jeremy taught violin at the Huntington Conservatory, Laurentian University before earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 1986. He then went on to do a Master of Arts degree in California.
Today, Jeremy has a vibrant violin studio, sits on the board of directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario and is a member of ACTRA (the professional actors union in Canada) doing voice work for radio, television and film.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What size of group should we hire?
There are two practical reasons for considering size of group: price and space. A large group will probably cost more than a small one. A large group looks very impressive and produces a full sound but will also require more space than your location will allow. A small group will cost less, will produce a warm, intimate sound and will be able to unobtrusively fit into a small space.
If you’re hoping that the music will provide a backdrop to conversation and visiting choose the group whose sound will best facilitate that. The goal is to add subtle energy not take over.
How much do live musicians cost?
This varies between groups. Most musicians have a flat rate for the wedding ceremony which may or may not include taxes and travel expenses. The rate for receptions/dinners/parties will be an hourly rate which might require a minimum of one or one and a half hours with half hour increments available after that.
How can I add warmth to my event and make it memorable?
Live musicians performing pieces which you have selected are a pleasant attraction for your guests to watch and listen to during your wedding. Also, they can be fun to interact with during your cocktail or reception.
How do we go about selecting music for our wedding ceremony?
Choosing music is the easy part. Once you have found the right group for your occasion they will arrange a time to meet with you before your wedding day. When you meet with them they will play excerpts from several styles of pieces which they feel are appropriate for your event. All you have to do is listen until you hear something you really like. You can select music for your bridesmaids entrance, your entrance, communion, signing of the registry and a recessional. Extra music between readings or as a meditative time, lighting of unity candle, etc. is also available.
How can we create a lasting impression on our guests?
Besides the ceremony, the most effective use of live musicians at the reception is during the cocktail period while you are having your photographs taken.
This session lasts from sixty to ninety minutes and during that time your guests have little to do but consume cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Live musicians engage your guests and give them something on which to focus.