Music is a personal choice that will enhance the beauty and meaning of your wedding ceremony. The following guidelines will help you in planning this aspect of your wedding at the Lee Chapel.
The chapel balcony is furnished with an Erben organ that was given to the University in 1872 in memory of General Robert E. Lee by a group of women from Texas, led by the mother of a recent Washington College graduate. The organ was restored in 1998 as part of W&L's 250th anniversary celebration. Because of the historical significance and age of this instrument, we require that you use an organist from our approved list (visit Resources.)
A grand piano is also located on stage and can be used by a pianist of your choice. The piano must stay in its present location, below the portrait of George Washington, and may not be moved under any circumstances. The piano is the property of the W&L Music Department and is regularly turned. If you feel that an additional tuning is required, you must make arrangements through that department. You may contact the music secretary, Dymph Alexander, at email@example.com or 540-458-8852 to schedule the University's approved piano technician.
While the use of the organ is restricted to our approved list of musicians, the choice of other musicians is yours. Stringed quartets, vocalists, trumpeters or other musicians are welcome. Visit Resources for a partial list of local musicians. There are, however, a few restrictions:
You are welcome to bring your own simple sound system to play CDs or tapes. There are electric outlets near the stage, which may be used; there are also outlets in the balcony. A detailed description of confirmed equipment and electrical needs must be submitted at least three months in advance to the Manager, who will advise you whether you may proceed with your plans and will approve the location of the equipment. If prior approval is not given, our staff is instructed that no sound equipment will be allowed for your ceremony.
The audio equipment for Lee Chapel is strictly off limits to the public. This is not only for the security and safety of the equipment, but also because of we lack the staff to monitor it, even for University events. All controls are pre-set for the speakers that the University hosts and we cannot afford the time to continually reset them.
The acoustics in the Chapel are excellent and microphones are generally not needed. However, if you feel that your officiant or readers need amplification, you are welcome to provide portable, battery operated microphones for their use.