Recent Client Raves (unsolicited)
When your life requires live music, lean on us for immediate, award winning, experienced service!
(Wedding Wire 5 Star Review) "Of all the people we worked with to make this day possible, you were definitely the best. Your helpfulness and quick responses were greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for making our wedding day wonderful!" - Shannon and Jordan Johnson
"Thank you for all the preparation, correspondence and musical execution for our wedding ceremony. The music for the wedding was everything our families and guests could have hoped for. Also of note, thank you for your professionalism over the months leading up to our wedding in September 2014." - Hailey (Weber) Folwes & Matt FowlesFounded in 1985, 1st Choice Music Services assists clients to create ambiance and warm, positive memories with live music performed at their special event. We will help plan your special event and engage premiere level, high calibre, professional string players, vocalists, pianists, organists, brass players, jazz combos, dance bands, bagpipers, harpists, folk music groups, & orchestras.
We are the only full time, full access, insured professional musician contracting service in Central Illinois. As the region's first source for music services, we not only specialize in musician contracting & search services, but provide immediate, attentive customer service, and moral support until your special event ends.
Events we assist and perform for include: all weddings, civil unions, commitment ceremonies, memorial services, receptions, concerts, back up orchestras, birthday celebrations, school programs, churches, adult living centers, VA Hospitals, restaurants, hotels, commencement ceremonies, receptions for 60 + university departments, and more. Artists are researched, auditioned, and secured with performance agreements and over site by Owner/Executive Director Barbara Hedlund.
1st Choice Music Services is an approved vendor with the University of Illinois, Robert Allerton Park, Pear Tree Inn, the Carle Foundation, Busey Bank, area country clubs (Champaign, Urbana, Lincolnshire, Stone Creek), hotels, a State of Illinois and US Government Central Contractor Registrant with listings on Dunn & Bradstreet, the Manta Business Directory, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Wedding Mapper, Central Illinois Weddings, Wedding Wire, The Knot, Gathering Guide, 40 North/88 West Champaign Arts Council, area churches & bridal coordinators, ChamberofCommerce.com, and more.
Check our reputation & references with: the Allerton Park Wedding staff, church music directors & organists, wedding planners, caterers, florists, clergy, hotels, photographers, offices of the UI President, Chancellor, Provost, Alumni Association, or School of Music, Champaign Urbana Symphony, Danville Symphony, Prairie Ensemble, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sugar Creek Opera, & customers listed on this web site.
From first contact - the "get go" - we care about your needs & provide services. From your free first inquiry, planning information, policies, fees, instrument choices, a wedding music planning template, & more is available. Feel free to download the planning information attached at the bottom of this page. Fee quotes, a wedding music planning guide, and answers to many FAQ is also available to view and download from this web site. Let the benefits of our years of serving families guide you on your planning journey.
Our son's surprise proposal to his beloved at sunrise in Puerto Rico, Dec. 31, 2013 & Wedding June 2014.
A Wedding Wire 5.0 Review Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility -
"Barbara Hedlund was so great to work with & very responsive! We used an acoustic guitar player through her & he far exceeded my expectations..would definitely recommend!!" -
Sarah Leach Wedding April 14, 2014 Robert Allerton Park
Mrs. Gloria Wilhelm - "You are absolutely an invaluable resource for any bride and mother. I have already told many people about your services. Thank you very much for all your support,
help, organization, & encouragement! You are the best!"
John Peeler - "Their trio played at my wedding two years ago in West Side Park and did a great job! - Hands down the BEST musicians money can buy!"
Dr. Brent Reifsteck & Kevin Burnside (September 2014) - "Thank you for being a part of our celebration. Your hard work and attention to details were appreciated and reassuring.
Wedding and reception at Stone Creek Event Center" (October 2014 ) - WOW! You really went above and beyond for this one! You couldn't have put together a better group! Quiet excellence and professionalism, zero attitude, no egos. They made my life easy after all the worry and flurry! Adding the two players at 8:00 provided a natural flow. Bravo, and thank you!" - Band leader/keyboardist Gordy Wilson
Sara Devine married to Tony Steele at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Urbana, IL - “Barbara Hedlund was simply phenomenal - timely response to e-mails, caring, organized, efficient, conscientious. And most of all, she provided musicians of the highest caliber."
Laurie Tucker "A Bride’s Best Friend" Bridal Consultant retired - “I want you to know how much it has meant to me to get to know and work with you. Your professionalism and humor
in tough situations is wonderful. I always knew when I recommended you that my brides would not only receive wonderful ceremony & reception music, but would also receive great care & compassion throughout the process. I will continue to recommend you and sing your praises whenever I can."
Joseph Madden, Executive Director CU Symphony - "From my experience working with you, I know you take the best care of everyone involved (client and musician) every single time.
I ALWAYS notice and appreciate it. Given all you do for your clients, I can't understand why anyone wouldn't follow through-- it's their loss. Your fully satisfied clients far outnumber people
who are price shopping."
Mrs. Jennifer Dixson, former Executive Director, Danville Symphony Orchestra: - “Barbara is an amazing asset to the DSO. She works as not only the Principal Cellist for our orchestra,
but also functions to locate music and talent for the organization. Her commitment to music and education in the area has benefited Danville and Vermilion County beyond Measure. We are always happy to refer Barbara to other organizations or individuals looking for music or assistance because we are confident in her capabilities and talent.”
Maestro David Commanday, Heartland Festival Orchestra - "Outstanding HFO Contractor/Personnel Manager - thorough, conscientious, strong attention to detail, quick to respond, great communications, and ready to do what needs to be done - also my outstanding Principal Cellist."
A Windsor of Savoy birthday recital client (June 2014): "The special program to honor our mother's birthday went “superbly”. We want to thank the performers & you from the bottom
of our hearts. Our mother was “transported”. We hoped the recital would prove to be a gift to our mother & Windsor of Savoy community - and it was."
Angela Overholt, former Life Enrichment Coordinator, The Windsor of Savoy - "You were able to see my vision and make it come to life. Thank you so much for all your help and hard
work making that happen!!"
"Central Illinois Business", on WDWS Radio with host Alex Ruggieri, featured 1st Choice Music Services on (3.19.2011) (begin @27 min. 30 secs.)
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