Huntsville Harpist

Sometimes I get booked a couple of years in advance, and sometimes it’s less than 24 hours.  This was the latter – they called on Thursday evening for an 8pm performance on Friday!  I’m always open for last-minute bookings, provided I have the date and time free on my calendar.  Booking in advance is a better guarantee of my availability, but I’m happy to work with a shorter time frame, too!

I played a special solo and background music for dinner at a conference in Albertville, Alabama’s Compassion City Church.  They kept my performance a surprise as long as possible!  At the end of the evening’s presentations, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and then continued with classical and popular songs as the attendees enjoyed their meal.

If you are looking for a harpist in Huntsville or anywhere in Northern Alabama, get in touch!  Visit my website ~ Alabama Harpist ~ to contact me for availability and rates.

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Wedding Harpist Kansas City ~ Leap Day Wedding at The Everly

Alyssa and Colby had a wedding date no one could forget ~ Leap Day!  With the 29th of February falling on a Saturday, there were several weddings going on around Kansas City.  Their ceremony and reception were in the Crossroads Arts District at The Everly Event Space.

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

They chose primarily non-traditional music for their wedding.  The prelude included “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and “Faded” by Alan Walker.  The families processed to the theme from Beauty and the Beast.  The wedding party entrance music was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and Alyssa came down the aisle to the classic “Canon in D.”

Harpist Kansas City

Another Ellie Goulding song, “Love Me Like You Do,” was the recessional.  This was followed by more contemporary music, such as “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran, and “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron.

Kansas City Harp for Weddings

There is no rule that your wedding music must be classical!  So long as your venue and officiant have no guidelines to the contrary, the songs I play for your wedding are completely your choice!  The harp is versatile and I play music of all genres.  Get in touch by visiting my website ~ Kansas City Wedding Harpist ~ to receive a quote and discuss your wedding music!

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St. Louis Harpist – Wentzville Wedding

I love weddings in January!  The holiday rush is over, and it’s wonderful to have an event to anticipate during the cold and snowy days of winter.  Christi and Tom’s January wedding ceremony took place at Bear Creek Golf Club in Wentzville, Missouri.  Their flower girl was fascinated by the harp!

Harp Music St. Louis

They chose “What a Wonderful World” for the family seating, followed the Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional.  The bride came down the aisle to “Moon River” from the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

During the ceremony, the mother of the bride read the text of “The Gift of Love” while I played a harp solo version of the tune (the same as the English folk song “The Water is Wide“) in the background.  “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music accompanied the unity ritual.

St. Louis Harpist

As the newly married couple walked back up the aisle, I played “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell.  I continued with upbeat classical music until the DJ was ready to take over for cocktail hour.

I play for weddings in St. Louis and throughout the metro area.  Please get in touch from my website ~ St. Louis Harp Player ~ to check availability and receive a quote for your event!

Wedding Harpist in St. Louis

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Audio Clips

A Groovy Kind of Love

All My Loving

Ashokan Farewell

A Summer Place

A Time for Us

At Last

Ave Maria

Beautiful Dreamer

Bless the Broken Road

Canon in D

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Cantique de Jean Racine

Edelweiss

Eyes on Me

From this Moment On

Hallelujah

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Top Wedding Music of 2019

Every year, I go back over all of the weddings I played, and put together a list of the songs my couples chose for their ceremonies.  It’s interesting to see the trends from year to year, and it’s a great way for those planning weddings this year (and in the future!) to get some ideas for their ceremony music.

Fort Wayne Harpist

In 2019, I played for nearly sixty events.  I regularly travel across the globe to play for weddings and other celebrations.  No matter where you need a harpist, I’d be happy to play for you – the harp and I travel well together!

Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2019.  Each list has the most popular pieces at the top, and the numbers in parentheses tell you how many times I have played that song for that particular moment of a ceremony.  Click on the songs highlighted in blue to hear a sample of me playing those pieces on the harp.

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Canon in D” remains popular, topping the lists for both wedding party and bridal processionals.  “Can’t Help Falling in Love” shows up in every category except as the recessional.  I’ve played everything from Bach to Metallica, and soundtracks from The Lego Movie to The Muppet Movie!

This year, there was more variety overall.  In previous years, the top choice in most categories accounted for half of the weddings represented.  Now, even if the top choice is the same, fewer couples are choosing the most “traditional” options and looking for something more personal or unexpected.  No matter your preference, harp music is an elegant choice for classical or contemporary songs!

Champaign-Urbana Harpist

If you are looking for a musician for your wedding, contact me to discuss the music for your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner!

Bridal Processionals (entrance music for the bride):

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Family seating:

Wedding party processional:

Jackson Mississippi Harpist

Mid-ceremony interludes (for the unity candle/sand, etc.):

Central Illinois Harpist

Recessional:

Harpist in Chattanooga

If you are planning your wedding, please visit my website:  The Classic Harpist.  I work with couples worldwide to plan their wedding music.  With the harp, that can be anything you want it to be!  I play all of the classical wedding favorites, as well as non-traditional options: jazz, pop, rock, Broadway, Bollywood, Arabic, Celtic, Renaissance, and more!

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Chattanooga Harpist ~ Wedding at the Church on Main

The holidays allow you to more easily schedule a wedding any day of the week – like a Monday!  This New Year’s Eve Eve ceremony took place at The Church on Main in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Even though it was a weekday, everyone was ready to celebrate with Emily and Hunter!

Harpist in Chattanooga

They had their ceremony on one side of the old church, with the reception on the other side of a curtain.  Two full set-ups, with no need to flip the room in between!  You could see the harp through the arched windows of the historic church.

Harp Player East Tennessee

The prelude music for guest arrival and seating included popular contemporary love songs, such as “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Marry Me” by Train, and “Everything I Do, I Do it for You” by Bryan Adams.  The family and wedding party entrance music was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Chattanooga Wedding Harpist

Emily opted for “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn for her processional.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the DJ played the recessional as they opened the curtains and welcomed guests into the reception.

I play for weddings in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and throughout East Tennessee.  Find out more on my website ~ Tennessee Wedding Harpist.

Devon Carpenter, Wedding Harpist

This was my last wedding for 2019.  What a wonderful year, celebrating with so many couples as they began their married lives together!  Looking forward to more in 2020 and beyond!

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Christmas Eve Services with Harp Music

Christmas Harp Music

For the fourth Christmas Eve in a row, I was back to play pre-service music at College Park Christian Church in Normal, Illinois.  It’s always a delight to see familiar faces and be a part of their church and family Christmas tradition!

Bloomington-Normal Harpist

I play for church services at Christmastime and throughout the liturgical year.  Visit my website ~ Central Illinois Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Christmas Harpist in Central Illinois

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Wedding Music St. Louis – Harp, Violin, Cello, & Trumpet

Wheeler and Eleanor were married in the iconic Jewel Box of Forest Park in St. Louis.  In December, their 4:30 ceremony was just before sunset!  The always-beautiful venue was even more stunning with the colors of the sky streaming through the windows.

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

They originally booked a harp and violin duet, but as their wedding music plans came together, decided to add a cello and trumpet to make a fantastic quartet!  The violin plays the melody, cello takes the bass lines, and the harp fills in the harmonies.  The trumpet is reserved for the bride’s big entrance!  It is an amazing sound, with varied texture, warmth, and depth.

We played prelude as guests arrived in the greenhouse, including favorite Christmas carols selected by the couple’s families (O Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, What Child is This).  The family was seated to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and the wedding party processional was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Wedding Quartet St. Louis

A fanfare on the trumpet announced the arrival of the bride, and she walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke.  They chose the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” for their recessional, and then we continued to play other Christmas favorites (Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas) as guests exited.

Harpist in St. Louis

No matter what you envision for your ceremony music, I have professional musician colleagues that I can collaborate with to create the perfect sound!  Harp and violin is a very popular option, and you can expand upon that or create a different duet with instruments such as flute, cello, trumpet, guitar, piano, marimba, steel drums, vocalists, and multiple harpists.  Get in touch with your ideas by visiting my website:  St. Louis Wedding Musicians.

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Western Pennsylvania Harpist ~ Holiday Party in Titusville

Harpist Erie PA

Another beautiful holiday party!  I played seasonal background music as residents and guests at Southwoods Assisted Living in Titusville, PA, enjoyed dinner and conversation.  They even had a harp-shaped ice sculpture!

Harp Ice Sculpture

I play for events across Western Pennsylvania (including Erie and Pittsburgh) and Eastern Ohio (including Cleveland, Akron, and Canton).  Get in touch via my website {Pennsylvania Harpist} to receive a quote for your event!

Titusville PA Harpist

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Wisconsin Dells Harpist ~ Christmas Wedding

I love Christmastime weddings!  Venues are already beautifully decorated, and everyone is in a festive spirit.  This December ceremony took place on a Saturday afternoon at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Wedding Musician in Wisconsin Dells

The bride and groom decided to include primarily popular music in their selections (with approval of their pastor, of course!).  The family was seated to “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne, and the wedding party processional was “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison.  Lindsey chose the classic “Canon in D” for her entrance to the ceremony.

Wisconsin Dells Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, once the pastor had pronounced them as husband and wife, I played “Better Together” by Jack Johnson for their recessional.  I stuck with popular songs for the prelude and postlude, including James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.

Harpist in Wisconsin Dells

I play for weddings year round, in Wisconsin Dells and throughout the Midwest.  Get in touch via my website ~ Harpist in Wisconsin Dells ~ to check availability and receive a quote for your ceremony or reception!

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