By GALA Expert
May 27, 2023
Tips and links for hiring instrumentalists and ASL interpreters at Festival 2024.
Hiring Instrumentalists and ASL
As you prepare for your Festival concert set be sure to review these tips.
- You may bring your own instrumentalists or request musicians through GALA’s Minneapolis instrumentalist contractor. The basic cost for a union instrumentalist is $375 including your performance and up to 2 hours of rehearsal. Cartage fees are $35.
- Plan any instrumentation with the acoustics of your performance hall in mind and be ready for unknowns in amplification and sound reinforcement.
- A list of certified ASL interpreters will be available by March 2024
Your tech rehearsal on stage is not a space to rehearse for your performance since the time is so limited. See notes below on this page for scheduling a rehearsal space. We are currently scheduling requested Chorus Rehearsals and will incorporate that schedule with your instrumental requests.
à la carte Instrumentalist Requests
The menu below outlines the costs to hire local Twin Cities instrumentalists for your Festival performance. All instrumental performers will be active members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 30-73. Costs below are per instrumentalist. Instrumentalist requests open on December 15, 2023 and are due by February 1, 2024. Requests for instrumentalists after February 1 will be filled depending on availability of instrumentalists.
IMPORTANT: make sure you follow this form all the way to the end (after you upload your scores) and hit SUBMIT!
Chorus Concert (30-minute performance block within a longer concert)
One rehearsal (up to 2 hours)
Coffee Concert (1-hour performance)
One rehearsal (up to 2 hours)
One tech rehearsal (up to 1 hour)
Any player asked to perform on more than one instrument in the same program.
25% more per additional instrument
(different rates apply for percussion doubling – call for custom quote)
Percussion rental needs should be communicated with GALA (or Conor O’Brien) directly and a custom quote will be provided, taking into account cartage, rental, doubling, and any other fees associated with percussion needs. Conor O’Brien and a percussion specialist will work together to source and provide any instruments needed.
A supplement of $175 applies to booking a harpist for any type of concert.
Any ensemble of 8 instrumentalists or more will require a custom quote. Please supply exact needs, including numbers of players desired, instrumentation, rehearsal lengths, and any other relevant information.
For more information contact:
Conor O’Brien, DMA
Rehearsal Space Rental
Choirs may book an optional rehearsal space in Minneapolis prior to your performance for $120 per hour. Rehearsal time may be reserved in 30-min blocks with a maximum of 3 hours. Your rehearsal space rental includes water service, piano or keyboard, chairs, and one music stand. Additional music stands and a drum kit may be requested. Reserve rehearsal space through the Integra app.