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Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Twin Cities Pianist for Parties, Sharon Planer. serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and central Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions about

Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties

What music genre do you perform?  

Piano decade Music of the 30's, 40's, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s through Current Hits,  Big Band, Classical, Folk, Jazz Standards, Latin, Oldies, Pop Contemporary & Standards, Swing, Ethnic, Broadway Show Tunes, Movie Hits, Wedding Music, 

What types of events do you service?

Anniversaries, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Cocktail Parties, Dinner Parties, Corporate Events, Engagement Parties, Fundraisers, Funerals, Graduations, Holiday Parties, Memorials, Wine Tastings, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions.


I have been performing for as a solo pianist for over 20 years.  'Pianist for Parties' was established in 2001 as a registered Minnesota business.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. I carry liability insurance and will provide certification upon request.

What is your attire?  

My usual attire is formal black.  For summer events I may wear formal cream-colored or elegant black attire.  For Holiday and Christmas parties, my sparkly red gown or iridescent gold outfit complements the festive settings of the Season. After discussing your event, my attire will be appropriate to your specific event.

Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?  

Visit my 'Events' page at to view public performances where you can meet me and hear me perform live. You can listen online at for sound samples. I will be happy to provide a demo cd as well.

Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?  

I LOVE learning new music to perform as solo piano or accompanying vocalists and other instrumentalists.

Does the venue need to provide a piano?

If your venue has a nicely tuned piano, I will be happy to use it!  If your venue does not have a piano, I can provide my portable piano and amplification.  My equipment has state-of-the-art sound quality,

How much time do you usually need for setup?  

I always arrive an hour early. If I need to provide my portable piano and amplification, I need at minimum an hour to set up my equipment.

How much space do you usually require?  

I require a 5 x 5 foot area for my portable piano and access to one electrical outlet.

What special equipment is offered with your service?  

My portable piano and audio speakers are state-of-the-art for sound quality. I can provide a microphone for a vocalist or an officiant. I have a silent portable generator that can power my portable piano, audio speakers and microphone for outdoor events that do not have access to electricity.

What is your policy on taking breaks?  If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?  

I do not require a meal break. For events two hours or less, I do not require a break. For events more than two hours, I ask for a 5 minute break after the second hour and every hour thereafter.

Do you play recorded music during your break?  

If a quick break is needed, I try to take if during 'toasts' or speaking so there is no need to play recorded music. If I am using my portable piano, during my break I can play songs that I have pre-recorded.  If I am playing an acoustic piano that does not have recording capability, I will ask the venue if they are able to play recorded music during my break. 

Also, as the noise of the guests increases and decreases during an event, if I am performing using my digital piano, I record a song while playing it live and then replay the recorded version while I walk through the room to assess if I need to change my volume. During a dinner or reception, my goal is to make sure that the guests can easily converse while still being able to hear and enjoy my music.

If you are unable to attend, what is your backup plan?  

I am very conscientious about performing for my client's events.  I have other musicians that I can contact in the extremely unlikely event that I am not able to perform.  If extreme weather conditions prohibit travel, I will use my best judgement in determining if I should travel. I will be in contact with the client to help in this decision as well. 

Do you attend wedding rehearsals?  

 It is usually not necessary that I attend rehearsals.  Prior to your ceremony I will contact your officiant to coordinate any cues needed for your ceremony.  If I am available and you wish me to attend your wedding rehearsal, I will be happy to do so.. My price for attending a rehearsal is listed on my web site at

What are your prices?  

You can view my prices on my web site at

What is your overtime rate?  

My overtime rate is the same as my basic rate. You can view my prices on my web site at

Do your provide a contract?  

Yes, I provide a typed contract that is agreed upon and signed by myself and the client.

What is the required deposit to secure your services?  

A $100 deposit is required for events totaling less than $500. A $200 deposit is required for events totaling more than $500.

When is the balance due?

Your specific contract will specify the terms of when the balance is due. Usually the balance will be due on the date of your event. 

What forms of payment do you accept?  

I accept check, cash, or credit card.  Please make your check to 'Sharon Planer'.

Do you travel outside of the Twin Cities and what do you charge for travel expenses?

There is no travel charge within the greater Twin Cities area or St. Cloud. Beyond that region, my travel rate is 50.5 cents per mile.   I am willing to cover the Southern Minnesota through Central Minnesota area, including the Brainerd Resort area, Duluth, Rochester, and Red Wing.