New Owner of Musikgarten Studio

The Music Factory - Musikgarten Classes in Springfield, IL

I am so excited to announce that I am the new owner of The Music Factory  ~ a Musikgarten studio in Springfield, Illinois, offering music and movement classes to children from birth through age 10!

Summer Music Camp in Springfield, Illinois Music Class for Babies in Springfield, Illinois

My daughter Menai is attending classes there (we started last summer when we moved back from Nigeria), and I am very excited for what the future holds at the studio.  This Spring, we have approximately 250 students enrolled, and I have big plans for Summer (art class is back!).

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We offer parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, group musicianship classes for children from preschool through age eight, and piano classes for children age seven and up.  Private harp and piano lessons are also available, and we will be expanding offerings in the summer and fall to include group harp classes.

Harp Lessons in Springfield, Illinois

Preschool Music Class in Springfield, IL Baby Music Class in Springfield, IL

If you are interested in seeing what we do and learning more about the Musikgarten philosophy, please contact me to arrange for a free preview class.  We have a few openings left for this semester, and Summer registration will begin in late April/early May.

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More information about The Music Factory can be found on our website,, our Facebook page, or by calling 217-502-4958.

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Hotel Blackhawk Wedding Music | Quad Cities & Iowa Harpist

Quad Cities Wedding Music

Tim and Torie had an elegant and sophisticated wedding at Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa.  The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were all held in the hotel.

As guests entered the ceremony room, the first thing they saw was the harp!  The music of the harp is beautiful, and the visual element of the instrument adds an extra “wow” factor.  While the family and friends of the couple were finding their seats, I played a variety of classical harp music.

Iowa Harpist for Weddings

The first part of the processional, which included the parents and some of the wedding party, was to Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”  The remaining members of the wedding party and child attendants (including one very reluctant ring bearer!) entered to “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings.  Torie chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner for her processional.

Quad Cities Harpist for Weddings

During the lighting of the unity candle, I played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The ceremony concluded with the traditional recessional, “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

If you are looking for a wedding musician in the Quad Cities, please contact me!  On my website – Davenport Iowa Wedding Harpist – you’ll be able to see pictures from other events, listen to additional audio clips, and read about the wedding services I provide.  Happy planning!

Wedding Musician Quad Cities

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Grand Rapids Harpist ~ Wedding Ceremony & Reception Music at CityFlats Ballroom


Grand Rapids Harpist

On Sunday, February 5th, some people were watching the Super Bowl.  Others, however, were getting married!  Paul and Yunseo held their ceremony and reception at the CityFlats Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids Wedding Harpist

What an outstanding venue!  A beautiful setting for the wedding, and the staff members were very helpful and attentive.  I played as guests arrived and found their seats for the 4:30 ceremony.  As the families entered, I played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach – a favorite of the groom’s mother.

Yunseo and her father entered to the traditional “Bridal Chorus” – also known as “Here Comes the Bride.”  When the couple lit the unity candle, I played another selection by Bach, “Arioso.”  The recessional was Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” following which all of the guests gathered for a group picture taken from the balcony.

Grand Rapids Wedding Music

Harp music continued into the evening, through the cocktail hour and dinner service.  Some special requests for this time included “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Hallelujah,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “Fields of Gold.”

The uplighting changed throughout the night, from white to pink to blue.  Very dramatic!  After dinner, the bride and groom changed into traditional Korean attire to honor the bride’s family and heritage.

Grand Rapids Wedding Musician

For weddings in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan, I love working with couples to provide music that is meaningful for them.  On my website, Grand Rapids Wedding Musician, you can review my song lists, see additional pictures from other weddings, and contact me to request a quote for your ceremony and reception.

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Missouri Harpist ~ Grand Opening Music in Festus, MO

I love it when people I’ve worked for before hire me again for other events!  Last November, I played for the grand opening of the La Quinta Hotel in Effingham, Illinois, and over the weekend, I played for the same group at their new hotel in Festus, Missouri!

Festus Missouri Harpist

This La Quinta Hotel is just off I-55, about thirty miles south of St. Louis.  The evening began with a welcome from the developers, ribbon cutting, the presentation of a donation to a local charity, and a tour of the renovated rooms.  The party also featured a slight-of-hand magician.

East Missouri Harpist

As guests and community leaders enjoyed the new facilities, they were treated to pop, jazz, and Bollywood harp music.

St. Louis Harpist

As a St. Louis harpist performing throughout Missouri and Illinois, I love working with party and event hosts to enhance their gathering with live harp music!  On my website ~ Festus Missouri Harpist ~ you can find more performance venues, song lists, and services.  Please contact me for availability and a quote!

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St. Louis Funeral Musician ~ Harpist

Playing for a memorial service is an honor, and I’m so glad this family included me in their plans.  The visitation and service took place at the United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis.

St. Louis Funeral Musician

The family – musicians themselves – requested that I play ambient music that wasn’t sad or recognizable for the visitation.  The harp is perfect for this type of music, and can create a peaceful and uplifting atmosphere without being obtrusive.

St. Louis Funeral Music

Some of the pieces I played included “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure, “Bois Solitaire” by Godefroid, and “Reverie” by Grandjany.

St. Louis Harpist

For all life events, the harp can provide peaceful music for reflection or celebration.  Please contact me via my website ~ St. Louis Harpist ~ for details.

St. Louis Harp Player

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Christmas Eve Harpist ~ Music for Church Services in Bloomington-Normal

Bloomington-Normal Harpist for Christmas

Nothing is more beautiful than harp music on Christmas Eve!  This year, I played prelude music for two services at College Park Christian Church in Normal, Illinois.

Christmas Eve Harp Musician Illinois

The sanctuary was beautiful and peaceful, and the sound of harp music playing familiar Christmas carols was a welcome respite from the mad dash that always seems to lead up to the holiday!

Central Illinois Christmas Eve Harpist

I played for a half hour prior to both services, with different music for each.  Some of the pieces included “Still, Still, Still,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and “Away in a Manger.”  They loved the harp music so much, they’ve already hired me again for Christmas 2017!

For church services or private/corporate parties, the harp is the perfect way to bring elegance to any holiday gathering.  You can find more information on my website ~ Bloomington-Normal Harpist ~ or contact me for a quote for your event.

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Peoria Harpist – Christmas Music for an Open House in Washington

Peoria Harpist - Open House Music

Morningside of Washington held an open house and Christmas party for their residents, families, and the community, and harp music greeted everyone upon their arrival.  The harp was set up on the balcony overlooking the front door, and Christmas music filled the lobby.

Peoria Christmas Music

Throughout the rest of the facility, they were giving tours and enjoying a special holiday dinner.  Several families spent time sitting in the room with the harp, just relaxing and enjoying some of their favorite Christmas carols.

Peoria Christmas Musician

From assisted living facilities to churches to corporate parties, the harp is an excellent way to bring live music to your holiday celebrations!  Please visit my website ~ East Peoria Harpist ~ and contact me for availability and a quote.

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Harpist in Midland Michigan ~ Holiday Party with Live Music

Midland’s H Hotel was the setting for this corporate holiday party on a Friday evening in December.  The harp music began in the lobby, and then as a local choir sang, I moved into the dining room and played through dinner.

Harpist in Midland, Michigan

I included a variety of traditional Christmas favorites, along with some more contemporary songs – a little something for everyone!  The evening concluded with dancing to the music of a live band.

Midland MI Harpist

Harp music is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.  Please contact me about including a harpist in your plans!  You’ll also find more information, including a Christmas repertoire list, on my website – Central Michigan Harpist.

Central Michigan Harpist

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Springfield Illinois Harpist – Christmas Luncheon Music

This was a very special event, and I was honored to be asked to take part in it.  The West Side Christian Church in Springfield has a widows and widowers luncheon during the Christmas season, and this year, they were treated to harp music!

Springfield Illinois Harpist

Once the guests were all gathered, I presented a program of about 45 minutes of classical music associated with Christmas (“Canon in D,” “Winter” from The Four Seasons, “Angelus”) and traditional carols – some of which inspired a few people to sing along!

The music of the harp soothing and the perfect way to relax during what is typically a busy time of year.  As I played, you could feel the tension leave the room as the guests relaxed and enjoyed just being present with the music.

I am available to play the harp for any event – concerts, parties, weddings, church services, and more – so please contact me!  You’ll find additional information on my website – Springfield Illinois Harpist.

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Central Illinois Harpist – Music for the Governor Duncan Holiday Gala

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

During the holidays, parties are held any night of the week!  This Tuesday evening event was a fundraiser for the Governor Duncan Mansion, and held at Hamilton’s 100 Northeast in Jacksonville, Illinois.

As guests arrived and perused the silent and live auction items, I played holiday classics, from “O Holy Night” to “Frosty, the Snowman.”

Central Illinois Harpist

Those in attendance enjoyed a wonderful dinner and a rendition of “Twas the Night before Christmas” by the local living legend, Dr. Bone.

Harpist in Central Illinois

December dates always fill up early on my calendar, so if you are interested in having harp music for your holiday event (corporate, family, or community), please contact me as soon as you have a date finalized!  You can read more on my website – Central Illinois Harpist – and contact me for rates and availability.

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