Northern Michigan Harpist | Traverse City Wedding Music

Sierra and Blake could not have asked for a more perfect day for their beach wedding.  The ceremony took place on the Beach Club deck of the Grand Traverse Resort.  As the parents were seated, I played the 1960s hit “A Summer Place.”

Traverse City Harpist

The wedding party entered to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, the flower girl to “Something There” from Beauty and the Beast, and Sierra’s processional was “Here Comes the Bride.”

Northern Michigan Harpist

The traditional recessional “Wedding March” concluded the ceremony, and then I was off to downtown Traverse City to play for the reception at the City Opera House.

Harp for a Wedding on the Beach

First, it was for the cocktail hour in the lobby.  I played a variety of popular and classical pieces, so there was something that would be familiar to guests of all ages.

Traverse City Wedding Music - Harp

For dinner, I moved the harp to the balcony of the auditorium.  What a stunning venue!   The wedding party was seated on the stage, and the guest tables were on the main floor.

Traverse City Wedding Reception Music

I continued to play through dinner service, including the mother of the bride’s special request “Somewhere in Time.”  They live on Mackinac Island, and the couple had their engagement pictures taken at the Grand Hotel.  It’s a beautiful piece, and evocative of a place that is special to the family (I love playing for weddings on Mackinac Island, too!).

Traverse City Wedding Musician

In Traverse City and throughout Northern Michigan, I play for weddings and events of all types.  Please visit my website – Traverse City Harpist – and contact me about including harp music in your plans!

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South Bend Wedding Harpist

Kate and Jared were married at the groom’s family home in South Bend, Indiana.  Although rain was forecast, the weather turned out beautifully and the ceremony was able to go ahead as planned, with the St. Joseph River in the backdrop.  The guests (and harpist!) stayed cool in the shade of the tent.

South Bend Wedding Harpist

As guests arrived, I played a variety of classical pieces and popular love songs.  They chose “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional, and Kate entered to “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”  The couple included a tree-planting ceremony during the service, in which they combined soils from their childhood homes.

South Bend Harpist

During the signing of the marriage license, I accompanied the cousin of the bride singing “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.  The recessional was “Here Comes the Sun,” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

Following the ceremony, I continued with upbeat popular and classical music as guests exited the tent and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres.  The reception followed later at Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, Indiana.

Wedding Musician in South Bend

I play for weddings throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and beyond, so please contact me about providing music for your event!  Check my website ~ Harpist in South Bend ~ for details!

Northern Indiana Harpist

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Chicago Harpist – Harp Duet for a Wedding Reception

One harp at a wedding is beautiful, but two harps at a wedding are spectacular!  There is definitely a visual and auditory “wow” factor with the harp, and even more so when there is more than one!

Chicago Harp Duet for Weddings

Katerina chose a harp duet to play for her cocktail hour at the Westin River North in downtown Chicago.  We played for the first two hours of the reception, as guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and the beautiful sights along the Chicago River.

The bride’s music requests included a few classical selections, but were mostly from the pop and rock genres – with lots of Disney and movie songs!  Among others, we played:

Quite the playlist – and not things you expect to hear on the harp!  Guests definitely loved the selections we played, as well as the surprise of hearing contemporary music on classic instruments.

Chicago Harpists for Weddings - Harp Duet

I work with many other professional musicians, and can provide several instrument groupings for weddings and parties.  Along with this lovely two-harp duet, you can also book a harp & violin, harp & flute, harp & cello, harp & piano, harp & vocalist, or harp & steel drums duo.  Trios, quartets, and larger ensembles are also available.

For more information on having a harpist or ensemble for your event, please visit my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist.  We can work together to determine what group of musicians is best for the type of music you’d like to have played!

Harp Ensemble in Chicago

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Princeton Illinois Wedding Harpist

Natilie and Joseph were married on a Friday afternoon at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton, Illinois.  Not every parish allows this, but they filled their ceremony with popular and Irish music!  The sanctuary was stunning, bursting with flowers and draped in white.

Princeton Wedding Harpist

As guests filed in, I played several Celtic and classical pieces, plus “Stairway to Heaven,” “Only Time” by Enya, and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.  The mothers were seated to “I Love How You Love Me.”

Harpist in Princeton Illinois

Falling Slowly” from Once was the bridal party processional, and Natilie chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance.  During the sign of the peace, I played “Amazing Grace,” and the recessional was “Marry Me” by Train.

Northern Illinois Harpist for Weddings

The postlude for guest dismissal included more Irish tunes, along with “Hey Jude” by The Beatles and “Come Sail Away” by Styx.  Quite the eclectic mix of songs!

If you are looking for a wedding harpist in Princeton (or anywhere in Northern Illinois), please contact me!  You’ll find repertoire lists, more pictures, and my calendar on my website at Northern Illinois Harpist.  Please contact me for availability and a quote for your event!

Princeton IL Harpist

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Wedding Ceremony Music – Harpist in Central Illinois

What a special day to be able to play for the wedding ceremony of a couple I’ve known for years and see every Sunday at church!  Doug and Dianne were married at Wesley Chapel United Methodist in Jacksonville on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Central Illinois Wedding Music

Dianne wasn’t picky about the music – she just wanted it to be beautiful.  Her only request was absolutely no “Here Comes the Bride”!  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, and her entrance music was “Canon in D.”  Classical, but not the traditional bridal march!

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke.  I played upbeat classical music as guests exited the sanctuary and headed to the fellowship hall for the reception.

For weddings in Central Illinois and beyond, visit my website ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music ~ for song lists, availability, and to contact me for a quote.

PS – What you don’t see in these pictures is my back-up harp hiding in the choir loft.  The night before the wedding, a metal rib in the body of my pedal harp snapped, and it made a terrible buzzing noise with every note I played.

I “MacGuyver-ed” a fix (with poster putty!) to keep the buzzing at bay, but I wanted to be prepared for any eventuality.  So I brought two harps to the church!  My BlevinSong harp was within arms reach throughout the ceremony, just in case the buzzing in my pedal harp came back.  No matter what, the music for this wedding was going to happen!  I’ve never been so relieved after playing the last note for a ceremony – my harp and my improvised fix held up!

As soon as the harp factory opened in Chicago (6:00 am on Tuesday), I was waiting outside the door, harp in tow, to get a permanent fix.  All good to go again!

Back-up harp

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Springfield Illinois Harpist ~ Music for an Open House

Heritage Health in Springfield hosted an open house for their new hospice center, and harp music was the perfect background!  Guests enjoyed appetizers and desserts as they had  a ribbon cutting and toured the newly remodeled facility.

Central Illinois Harpist

Music included popular songs familiar to all generations, from “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to “Hey Jude,” along with classical and Celtic pieces.  The harp is so versatile, I can play songs that your guests will recognize and love hearing!

Springfield IL Harpist

Contact me if you are looking for a harpist in Central Illinois.  I play for corporate events, weddings, private parties, and other functions throughout the area.  Harp music enhances any event!

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Chicago Harpist for Weddings – Ceremony & Reception Harp Music

Devin and Michael had a beautiful wedding!  On such a rainy day, St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale was especially welcoming.  A gorgeous sanctuary with wonderful acoustics, I played as the guests arrived to the Nuptial Mass.

Chicago Catholic Wedding Musician

After the families were seated, I played Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the wedding party processional.  Devin entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

Chicago Catholic Wedding Ceremony

The church’s music director played the organ and piano at various times during the service, and accompanied the sung portions of the Mass.  During the presentation of gifts, I played “Hymne,” followed by another Bach work, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” during Communion.

Ave Maria” for the presentation to the Blessed Mother and “Ode to Joy” for the recessional were also on the organ, then back to harp for the postlude as guests exited the sanctuary.

Chicago Catholic Harpist for Weddings

Following the ceremony, I took the harp to the Oak Brook Hills Resort for the reception.  I played for the cocktail hour in two of their adjoining banquet rooms until the guests made their way to the Marquis Pavilion for dinner.

Harp Music for Cocktail Hour

The room was elegantly decorated in blush pink, gold, and lace, with vintage furniture.  As guests mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, they listened to jazz, popular, Celtic, and a few classical harp pieces.

Oak Brook Hills Resort Wedding Harpist Chicago

I am a Chicago wedding harpist, and would love to provide music for your ceremony and reception!  Downtown or in the suburbs, harp music is an elegant addition to any wedding event.  Please visit my website – Chicago Harpist – to inquire for availability, rates, and music selections!

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St. Louis Harpist – Awards Night Musician in De Soto, MO

On a Friday evening, the residents of De Soto, Missouri, packed the Knights of Columbus Hall for an awards banquet.  The Chamber of Commerce honored local graduates receiving college scholarships, as well as area business leaders and volunteers.

Missouri Harpist for Events

I provided harp music throughout the social hour and dinner.  They had no special song requests, so I got to play some of my favorites that aren’t often requested but people love (and are surprised!) to hear on the harp – like “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie.  Lots of variety, and something for guests of all ages to enjoy!

Harp Musician for Awards Night

For corporate events, private parties, and weddings, the harp is the perfect musical accompaniment!  I am available throughout the greater St. Louis area, or anywhere in Missouri or Illinois, and love to travel.  Please visit my website – South St. Louis Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote!

South St. Louis Harpist

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Harp Music for Mother’s Day – Central IL Harpist

This was my second Mother’s Day since gaining the name “Mama,” and it was such a pleasure to spend it with the mothers and daughters at Centenary UMC in Jacksonville!  My own mother (who spent countless hours on the road driving me to harp lessons) and daughter were able to come along.

Central Illinois Harpist

The church held their mother-daughter banquet on the Monday after Mother’s Day, with a dinner in the basement of the church, followed by the program in the sanctuary.  After honoring the oldest and youngest mothers in attendance, I began the program playing “Great Day” by Nancy Gustavson.  Filled with glissandos, this is a piece that really shows off the harp!

Honoring the harp’s Celtic heritage, I played a set of Irish songs (Fanny Power, Carolan’s Welcome, Brian Boru’s March, and Danny Boy), followed by the wedding classic “Canon in D.”  I told the audience a couple of my favorite wedding stories (no, I won’t post them here!), and continued with a group of older pop songs – “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by  Elvis, and “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles.

Jacksonville Illinois Harpist

I love playing music that people don’t expect to hear on the harp!  That’s especially true of my Bollywood repertoire.  The film music of India is something that isn’t heard much in Central Illinois, much less so on the harp!  I played one of my personal favorites, “O Re Piya,” and followed that with a set of Disney songs for all generations – “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella, and “Let it Go” from Frozen.

The concert concluded with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a song I sing to my daughter every night at bedtime.  I loved sharing the harp with the ladies of Centenary!  Please contact me or visit my website (Jacksonville IL Harpist) to schedule a concert or program for your organization!

Harp Program in Central Illinois

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Wedding at Allerton Park – Central Illinois Harpist

My second Allerton wedding of the year!  Sarah and Mike had a perfect spring day for their outdoor ceremony in the Sunken Garden.  As guests assembled, I played a variety of classical music.  For the wedding party processional, they chose the theme from “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets.  Sarah’s entrance music was the Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond.”

Allerton Sunken Garden Wedding Harpist

They both love Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” so even though it isn’t a traditional, fanfare-like recessional, it was a beautiful send-off after their personal ceremony.  Guests gathered for a group photo, and I loaded up the harp to head back to the mansion!

Central Illinois Harpist at Allerton Park

With only a short time between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception, I did a partial set-up in the mansion before taking the harp to the gardens.  As that was ready to go, I just needed to drop off the harp, park my van, and start playing!  Harp bench, music stand, and my sound system were already waiting for me.

The bride and groom didn’t have any specific requests for the cocktail and dinner hours, just a mix of classical and popular songs.  This ranged from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles!  The harp is versatile enough to provide music for your wedding covering genres that will appeal to all of your guests – classical, jazz, Celtic, rock, popular, and more.

Wedding Reception at Allerton Mansion

I’ve played for dozens of weddings at Allerton Park, in the mansion and throughout their many gardens.  If you are planning a wedding there (or anywhere in Central Illinois), please contact me about providing music for your ceremony and reception.  Check my website – Central Illinois Harpist – for details!

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