Book musicians

The Finishing Touch

Musicians for every occasion

The Finishing Touch  is a service to assist you with providing oustanding performers from the School of Music - students, alumni and staff - for your event.


Please note you will be charged for pack-up/set-down time of the musicians on top of performance time. < 30 minutes is usually sufficient.

Publishing fee $75 (applies to every booking)

Student rate

Soloist $100 per hour

Duo/trio/quartet $80 per musician per hour

Staff and Alumni

Solist $220 per hour

Duo/trio/quartet $180 per musician per hour

If you have a quote from the Finishing Touch and you would like to pay online, please pay here: School of Music online payments

Contact details
Event details
e.g. wedding, corporate dinner etc.
e.g. solo, duo, trio, quartet etc.
Please note that bookings with less than 48 hours' notice cannot be processed, and no booking enquiry can be guaranteed.
Please advise the time in which you require the musicians to begin setup.
Student Rate or Staff/Alumni Rate

The musicians usually play light classical or jazz  background music. They are happy to discuss their repertoire with you, including the music to be played during the signing of the register or fanfares to welcome speakers, prize winners etc. The musicians may charge additional fees where specific music is requested, in concert situations and where soloists/singers need to rehearse with an accompanist. Please discuss any specific requirements with the musicians.

The venue and the anticipated number of guests at your event will determine the size and nature of the ensemble. For example, a duo may be sufficient for an intimate wedding but a brass ensemble is better for an outdoor product launch.

A running sheet or program should be provided for the musicians. They usually require chairs (without arms), adequate lighting and a covering against the elements.

  • Ensembles and soloists will be quoted for a minimum call of 1 hour.
  • For singers, an additional cost to cover rehearsal and performance with an accompanist may be required.
  • After midnight, on Sundays and Public Holidays the fee for all musicians may increase, as negotiated.
  • Fees for larger ensembles can be negotiated.
  • Fees are payable prior to the event; please note:
    • 50% of the total agreed fee may be charged for any performance cancelled within two weeks of the booking date.
    • 75% of the total agreed fee may be charged for any performance cancelled within one week of the event.
    • 100% of the total agreed fee may be charged for performances cancelled within 48 hours of the event.
  • Additional charges for travel will be applicable for functions outside the ACT.

Additional Considerations For A Successful Event

  • Meals and accommodation should be offered for out-of-town and evening engagements.
  • Food and drinks should be provided for the musicians where agreed, especially for performances of 3 hours or more.
  • Musicians will require 10-15 minute break each hour.
  • You should ensure you have suitable public liability and workers compensation insurance to cover the musicians in accordance with current legislation.
  • If an outdoor event is planned, an alternate venue should be organised in case of inclement weather. Cancellation and full fee may be payable if alternative venues are not provided.
  • All venues for Jazz Musicians must have access to electrical outlets.


Possible combinations for Classical Musicians include:

  • Solo players:
Violin, cello, flute, guitar, piano, harp
Guitar with violin, cello or flute/clarinet
Singers with accompanist

  • Trios:
String (violins/viola with cello)
Wind (flute, clarinet & bassoon)
 Guitar, flute & Cello
String (2 violins, viola & cello)
Trombone, guitar & brass


Students, graduates and faculty musicians are happy to play at a large variety of special occasions including:

  • Wedding receptions
  • Corporate functions
  • Award nights
  • Balls
  • Dinners
  • Birthdays
  • Parties.

Any variety of ensembles can play at your event including:

  • Solo piano/guitar
  • Duos or sextets
  • Blues/Funk/Latin.

It is possible to build an ensemble during your function. For example, a soloist or a duo can be used for pre-dinner drinks, musicians can be added for dinner music and then again for dancing after dinner.

Possible combinations for Jazz musicians include:

  • Solo players: Guitar or piano.
  • Duos: Guitar or piano with bass, horn or vocals.
  • Trios: Guitar or piano with bass and horn, Drums or vocals.
  • Quartets and quintets: Various combinations of the above.
  • Larger ensembles by request

"The Wolfgang Quartet were just so wonderful creating a beautiful setting and their music was perfect!
 Please pass on our sincere thanks and I hope they receive some enquiry as we mentioned both The School of Music as well as them to a impressed audience of over 300 plus.
 Again - thank you so much!"

Trish Murray

Yummy Mummy Inc. Sydney

"... the ensemble leader was an absolute pleasure to deal with as were his colleagues. Their music provided a great atmosphere to the occasion and provided quite a "wow factor" as the guests arrived."

Michelle L. Fisher

“…(the musicians were) very professional, courteous and friendly, not to mention their fantastic entertainment!” 
“They are a credit to the University.”
 “Thank you for providing such a wonderful service and we will certainly use your students more in the future, it’s a great way to support our local talent!”

Kellie Hogan

Events & Communications Manager

Canberra Business Council

“I just want to pass on my thank you for the jazz quartet, led by Andy Butler, that played at my 50th birthday party on Saturday night. They were absolutely fabulous and it really made the night a very special event for me and created a great atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed the music so much I kept extending the hire period beyond what I had originally intended. They were very professional and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Another thing, the cleanest part of the house after the party was where the band was so that was another bonus! Thank you so much for having this facility available to book professional musicians.”

Maria Mitchell

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer