Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

Musical Services

Want a string trio or quartet to play background music at your event? Or perhaps a harp and viola duo? Or maybe your outdoor event would be just perfect with a brass chorale?

We can provide many different musical groups for a variety of occasions. Don't just take our word for it. Read what some recent customers have had to say after working with us:

Geri was great at our wedding. She helped us fit the pieces we chose to our ceremony and was very professional and pleasant to work with. Thanks for helping us pull it off!
Ben Hsieh

"The Palo Alto Philharmonic played for the National Psoriasis Foundation Gala as part of our VIP reception and then our general cocktail reception. Their music was terrific and they were excellent entertainment. Geri and her group are professional, easy to work with and very accommodating. We highly recommend the Palo Alto Philharmonic for your next event!
Sonia Kalil

"Geri and her group performed stunningly at my wedding. They played all of the music I asked for, and beautifully. Our guests could not stop complimenting what a wonderful highlight to our ceremony Palo Alto Philharmonic was. I would recommend them to anyone who would ask. Thank you all for making our day even more special and perfect!"

"Thanks so much for playing for the City of Mountain View's Commissioner's Dinner Friday night.   It was delightful and we received many comments about how much people enjoyed the music and what a nice classy touch it gave the whole event.
The Palo Alto Philharmonic sent an absolutely delightful 3 piece group that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We will definitely use them again for events."
Jac Siegel
Mayor, City of Mountain View, California

"We highly recommend Geri Actor and her team at the Palo Alto Philharmonic. We originally contracted Geri to provide us with classical music at a family member's memorial service. Geri suggested a string trio, put together the musicians and worked with us on the music selection. She made the planning process quick and easy. The day of the memorial, she and her team arrived punctually on time and performed beautifully and consistently for three hours. Many of our guests commented on their flawless music, and they greatly added to the occasion. We found their rates reasonable and we were happy to have selected them for our event."
from the Araujo family

"We would highly recommend musicians from The Palo Alto Philharmonic for your event. We contacted Geri for a string trio for our garden party. To have the trio playing on our deck as our guests arrived added a classy touch to our event.
Geri was great to work with, she happily worked with us on the music we had requested to be played. The group arrived on time and played beautifully for 2hrs. All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. Thanks so much for making our event such a lovely afternoon."
from the The Jacksons, Palo Alto.

"We are extremely glad that we hired The Palo Alto Philharmonic Musicians to play for our wedding ceremony. They were very professional and pleasant to work with. We booked them months in advance and they were responsive throughout the whole time. They were very accommodating in learning specific songs that we wanted to play during our ceremony. With their fair and affordable prices, it was a no brainer! We would definitely recommend them to anyone with live musician needs."
Colleen and Vince

"Thank you for playing at our wedding. You guys did a great job and made the ceremony musically beautiful."
Jeremy and Stephanie Shen

"We hired members of the PAP on short notice to play a benefit concert at St Mark's in PA. The program was not easy, and included Poulenc's Organ Concerto in G Minor, as well as Faure's Requiem. The musicians were prompt to every rehearsal, and extremely professional in their interpretation of the music. I was absolutely delighted with the performance and wouldn't hesitate to hire them again."
Jessie Jewitt

Please contact Geri Actor, 'at', 408-395-2911, for further information.