The Brass String Chamber Ensamble
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  Paul Semanic, a Chicago native, has been The Do-It-Yourself Messiah trumpet soloist for over a dozen years. He currently performs with (and is Personnel Manager of) the Rockford Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Stonegate Brass, the Bach Chamber Orchestra and the Brass String Chamber Ensemble. Paul has also performed with the Grant Park Symphony, Symphony II, Concertante di Chicago, Knoxville Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, St Charles Music Festival and the Woodstock Mozart Festival.

Paul is an orchestral soloist specializing in baroque trumpet literature, and he enjoys performing recitals and presenting master classes and clinics to young brass enthusiasts. He has earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance (on scholarship), and is currently the Brass Instructor at Benedictine University in Lisle and runs a private trumpet studio in Streamwood.

Performance (on scholarship), and is currently the Brass Instructor at Benedictine University in Lisle and runs a private trumpet studio in Streamwood.

When not performing music, Paul can be found studying T'ai Chi Ch'uan, a Chinese martial art/meditative exercise.

Paul's primary (non-musical) role within the Brass String Chamber Ensemble is that of musician contractor. His comprehensive database of musicians is a collection of the finest in the area. Paul also contracts for the Rockford Symphony and the Bach Chamber Orchestra so he is constantly meeting new, talented musicians who love to play for weddings. He contracts other musicians outside of the "Brass String" category... pianists, organists, vocalists, jazz ensembles, harps, bagpipes, woodwinds, etc. are all just a phone call (or e-mail) away. Last-minute requests can often be granted, but of course more notice is always better!

Kris, a Chicago-area native, has been playing the violin since grade school. She majored in Violin Performance at Butler University where she studied with Larry Shapiro. After graduation she played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago which is the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony.

She currently performs with the Brass String Chamber Ensemble, the Rockford Symphony and the Bach Chamber Orchestra and is called on frequently to play with the Elgin Symphony as well as other ensembles in the Chicago area. She has played with many internationally renowned soloists including Luciano Pavarotti and Itzhak Perlman. She also has performed numerous "contemporary" concerts with artists such as Page & Plant (Led Zeppelin), the Moody Blues, ELO, Anne Murray, Doc Severinsen, Orbert Davis (jazz), Bandana (bluegrass) and others. She uses this wealth of musical experience to create exciting string quartet arrangements of classical and contemporary selections as requested by her clients.

Kristine's primary (non-musical) role within the Brass String Chamber Ensemble is customer service. You will likely speak with her when you call for information or with questions, and she will respond to your e-mails in a timely manner. She will work with you to select appropriate and beautiful music for your ceremony and/or reception. Kristine also designs and prints unique and beautiful wedding ceremony programs.

Past Performances At Banquet Halls, Country Clubs, Resorts and Hotels

Best Western, Burr Ridge
Chantilly, LaGrange
The Clock Tower, Rockford
Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago
The Country Squire, Grayslake
Deerpath Inn, Lake Forest
Dewes Mansion, Chicago
The Drake, Chicago
The Drake, Oakbrook
The Four Seasons, Chicago
Geneva National, Lake Geneva
The Herrington, Geneva
Hilton and Towers, Chicago
Hotel Intercontinental, Chicago
Hotel Sofitel, Rosemont
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, O'Hare
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, Hinsdale
Le Meridien, Chicago
Marriott Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire
Meson Sabika, Naperville
Mission Hills, Northbrook
Montefiori, Lemont
Oak Meadows CC, Addison
Odyssey CC, Tinley Park
Rolling Knolls CC, Elgin
The Seville, Streamwood
Sheraton Suites, Elk Grove
Villa Olivia CC, Bartlett
Wyndham Hotel, Itasca

Past Church Performances

Ascension of our Lord, Oak Brook Terrace
Assumption Church, Chicago
Baker Memorial Chapel, Geneva
Barrington United Methodist Church, Barrington
Bloomingdale Church, Bloomingdale
Bond Chapel, Chicago
Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville
Childerely Chapel, Wheeling
Corpus Christi, Carol Stream
Des Plaines Methodist, Des Plaines
Epiphany Lutheran, Elmhurst
Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka
First Presbyterian, Libertyville
First St Paul Lutheran, Chicago
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Gary Memorial Church, Wheaton
Grace Lutheran Church, Mt Prospect
Hammerschmidt Chapel, Elmhurst
Holy Family, Inverness
Holy Trinity, Westmont
Immaculata Congregational Home, Bartlett
Immaculate Conception, Chicago
Nativity BVM, Chicago
Old Stone Church, Lemont
Our Lady of Grace, Chicago
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Melrose Park
Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago
Our Lady of Ransom, Park Ridge
Presbyterian Church, Barrington
Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village
Resurrection, Woodstock
Sacred Heart, Palos Hills
St Andrews, Park Ridge
St Anne’s, Barrington
St Anthony, Rockford
St Barbara, Bridgeport
St Cecilia, Mt Prospect
St Clement, Chicago
St Daniel the Prophet, Wheaton
St Dennis, Lockport
St Dominic, Bolingbrook
St Ferdinand, Chicago
St Franciscan Convent, Frankfort
St Giles, Oak Park
St Hugh Parish, Lyons
St Hyacinth, Chicago
St Isidore, Bloomingdale
St James Lutheran, Chicago
St John Lutheran, Wheaton
St Johns Lutheran, LaGrange
St Johns, Streamwood
St Joseph, Chicago
St Josephs, Downers Grove
St Lukes Evangelical Lutheran Church, Park Ridge
St Margaret Mary, Algonquin
St Martha, Morton Grove
St Martins, Des Plaines
St Mary of the Angels, Chicago
St Mary’s, Elgin
St Mary's, Buffalo Grove
St Mary's, Downers Grove
St Matthew Lutheran Church, Lake Zurich
St Matthews, Glendale Heights
St Matthews, Lemont
St Michaels, Chicago
St Michaels, Wheaton
St Nicholas, Chicago
St Norbert, Northbrook
St Pascals, Chicago
St Patricks, Wadsworth
St Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge
St Paul the Apostle, Gurnee
St Paul's Catholic Church, Chicago Heights
St Tarcissus, Chicago
St Vincent dePaul, Chicago
St Walters, Roselle
Visitation Catholic Church, Elmhurst
Wesley United Methodist, Aurora
Zion Lutheran, Hinsdale

The Brass String Chamber Ensemble, as our name implies, specializes in
the majestic combination of brass and string instruments. There are many
combination available as you'll see in the partial list below.

String Quartet and Trumpet
String Quartet and Two Trumpets
String Quartet and Brass Trio
String Quartet and Brass Quartet
String Quartet and Brass Quintet
String Trio and Trumpet
Solo Trumpet and/or Solo Violin
String Quartet
String Trio
Brass Quintet
Brass Quartet
Large Brass Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra

You deserve only the best on your wedding day and that includes your music. The Brass String Chamber Ensemble will provide beautiful, elegant, inspirational and majestic music that will be enjoyed by you and your wedding guests. Nothing quite compares to the excitement you'll feel when you hear the trumpet fanfare announcing your processional, and an exciting recessional is sure to start your new life as husband and wife with a smile. We have delighted over 1000 Chicagoland brides and grooms in just over 10 years and our unique ensemble is more popular than ever. Here's what one client wrote to us:

"We could not have chosen a better ensemble.
Thank you again for your time and thank you for being so helpful!"


We know (from our own wedding) how many details you have to coordinate before the big day, and we will give that same attention to detail to the planning and performing of your wedding music. When you choose The Brass String Chamber Ensemble you are choosing experienced professionals, essential for the perfect Ceremony.

We will coordinate all details with your organist and/or vocalist (if you are using either one).

We will offer specific instrumental combinations that we believe to be the most appropriate based on conversations with you.

We will work with you until you are completely satisfied with the musical selections and choice of instruments.

We will create a custom arrangement for you if your special request is not in our Music Library.

Perhaps most importantly.. we will exceed your expectations and treat your guests to beautiful classical music!

All members of The Brass String Chamber Ensemble are classically trained professionals who take great pride in their performance. We truly enjoy making beautiful music and would be honored to perform for you and your special guests on your Wedding Day!


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