Harp & Flute Duet ~ Champaign-Urbana Wedding Music

Although their wedding ceremony was in India, the bride and groom chose to have a reception to celebrate with friends in Central Illinois.  On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, they met at the Silvercreek Greenhouse in downtown Urbana.  It was already decorated for the approaching holidays!

Christmas Harp Music

One of the most popular ensembles I offer is a harp and flute duet.  Even Mozart wrote a concerto for this combination!  No concerto on this program, although there was a little bit of everything else!

Central Illinois Harp and Flute

They originally planned on having a Bollywood-centric music lineup, but expanded beyond that, including classical, jazz, Arabic, popular, and Irish music, along with the Indian hits.  Some of their requests included:

  • Aatini el-nay
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Imagine
  • O Re Piya
  • Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones
  • Sakura Sakura (Japanese folk song)
  • River Flows in You
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine

Harp Music Champaign-Urbana

For two hours, we played background music as their guests enjoyed dinner and a slideshow of their ceremony in India.  With two musicians, we are able to alternate short breaks, to provide continuous music.

Champaign-Urbana Harpist

Either as a soloist or with a duet or larger ensemble, I love working with couples to play music that is uniquely suited to their tastes.  Whether you prefer classical music, something more contemporary, or something that celebrates your cultural heritage, the music of your choice sounds fresh and new on the harp!

Contact me via my website {Champaign-Urbana Wedding Musician} to check availability and receive a quote.

Christmas Wedding Harp Music

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Harpist in Springfield

With the holidays around the corner, Denney Jewelers in Springfield hosted a customer appreciation event the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Harp music filled the store one evening, as guests browsed the cases and enjoyed drinks and refreshments.

Central IL Harpist

I played primarily popular love songs and light classics, with a few Christmas pieces for those getting a head start on their holiday shopping!

Springfield Harpist

Any event is enhanced and made more memorable with live harp music!  I am available in Springfield, Central Illinois, and throughout the Midwest.  Contact me for details, or to receive a quote.

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Jacksonville Illinois Harp Music

The Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches puts together a Thanksgiving service each year, featuring a choir with members from area churches.  This year, it also included organ, violin, and harp music!

Central Illinois Harpist

I played two solo harp pieces, “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure and the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth.”  Some excerpts are included in this video:

Along with weddings, I perform for various services and events throughout the year, in Central Illinois and throughout the Midwest.  Please contact me for availability!

Jacksonville Harpist

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Decatur Wedding Harpist

The bride’s family farm was the setting for this elegant fall wedding in rural Moweaqua.  The shed had been transformed with lights, draping, and silver chairs.  The sunlight through the windows made everything sparkle!

Decatur Harpist for Weddings

I played background music as guests arrived by bus and found their seats.  The bride chose “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for the processional of the family and wedding party.  She went with the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for her own entrance music.

During the ceremony, I played the hymn “Amazing Grace” during the unity ritual.  The recessional was also traditional, the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.

Shelbyville Harp Player

I continued with postlude music until the guests had exited and were on their way to the reception. For weddings in Decatur, Shelbyville, and throughout Central Illinois, get in touch to check my availability and receive a quote for your wedding!  Visit my website for more details – Decatur Wedding Harpist.

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Des Moines Harpist – Birthday Party Music

What better way to celebrate a 70th birthday that with close friends, family, and harp music!

Iowa Harpist

This gathering was on the top floor of Aposto at The Scala House in Des Moines.  Upscale Mediterranean food was served in the elegant atmosphere of the Victorian mansion, and I played throughout the dinner.

Harp Music Des Moines

With multiple generations present, I made sure to play something everyone would recognize, from Elvis to The Beatles to Coldplay!  The night ended with guests singing “Happy Birthday” with harp accompaniment.

Des Moines Harp Player

The harp is not just for weddings!  I play for private events of all types, as well as corporate functions, religious services, and holiday gatherings.  Contact me at {Des Moines Harpist} to check availability and receive a quote for your event!

Des Moines Harpist

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Wedding Harpist in Northern Mississippi

Mississippi Harp Player

Although they currently live in California, Jill and Rieker came to Mississippi for their wedding.  Their November wedding had perfect fall weather!  With the ceremony at the Tomnolen Baptist Church in Eupora, MS, and the reception in the adjacent church hall, it was convenient for their guests, too!

Wedding Harpist Mississippi

I played classical music and love songs as guests entered the church and took their seats.  When the families were ready to enter, I played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The wedding party entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, and Jill chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for her processional.

Mississippi Harpist

During the ceremony, friends of the couple played guitar and sang as the bride and groom created their unity cross.  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary” on the harp, and then everyone was off to the reception!

Harp Musician Mississippi

They didn’t have any specific music requests for the dinner hour, so I played a variety of contemporary songs, jazz standards, and classical pieces.  Some of these included “Cantique de Jean Racine,” “Perfect,” and “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.”

Oxford MS Harpist

When a couple of toddlers came up close to observe, I began to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”  It’s a hit with the preschool crowd!  They sang along and danced.  Most people never have the opportunity to see a harp up close, and I love to share what I do with them – especially children!

Tupelo Harpist

I play for weddings and events in the Oxford area and throughout Northern Mississippi and Memphis.  Visit my website ~ Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ to get in touch and start planning your wedding music!

Northern Mississippi Harpist

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Jackson, MS, Harpist ~ Wedding at McClain Lodge

Jackson MS Wedding Music

This was my final outdoor wedding for the year.  Fall weather is definitely upon us, and it’s nearly time to get out the Christmas music!  Hannah Grace and Henry were married at the lakeside pavilion, complete with a fireplace (wonderful on a cool autumn evening!), at McClain Lodge in Brandon, Mississippi.  Just a short drive from Jackson, it’s secluded and beautiful, and has indoor and outdoor options for both your ceremony and reception.

Wedding Harpist Jackson MS

The bride chose to have mostly Disney music for the ceremony.  The groom and officiant entered to “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and the family took their seats as I played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” both from The Lion King.  The wedding party processional was “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, and Hannah Grace came down the aisle to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.”

Jackson Mississippi Harpist

They had a dove release at the conclusion of the ceremony.  The doves didn’t want to go very far at first (even through I was playing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana), and wandered among the family seated in the front row!  The recessional was from Aladdin – “A Whole New World.”  I continued to play upbeat postlude music as guests walked to the reception in the lodge.

Harp Player in Jackson MS

Whether you prefer traditional classical music or something entirely different, the harp can provide all of the music for your wedding ceremony!  I play in Jackson and throughout Mississippi for weddings and other events (corporate, parties, holidays, church services, etc.).  Get in touch via my website ~ Jackson Mississippi Wedding Harpist ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

Central Mississippi Harp Player

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Harpist in Grand Rapids ~ Downtown Market Greenhouse Wedding

I absolutely love greenhouse weddings.  You get the feel of being outside, but without the worries about the weather!  They are a year-round option for weddings, as well.  This ceremony was in the Downtown Market Greenhouse in Grand Rapids – very convenient to grab some great Thai food for lunch before the ceremony!

The flowers for this wedding were stunning!  Huge arrangements lined the aisle and a beautiful arch framed the bride and groom exchanging vows.  They requested popular songs for guest arrival music, so I included “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and the jazz standard “At Last.”

Family members were seated to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney movie Pinocchio, and the wedding party processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  Lauren chose another Disney song, the theme from Beauty and the Beast, for her walk down the aisle.

During the ceremony, the couple created a time capsule to open on their 10th anniversary, containing a bottle of wine and notes to each other and from their family and friends.  The recessional was “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, and I kept the music going as the newlyweds dismissed their guests to the reception across the hall.

I play for weddings in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan.  Contact me to check availability for your date at {Grand Rapids Wedding Music}!

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Cedar Falls Wedding Musicians {Harp, Violin, & Cello Trio}

A harp by itself is impressive, but add a violin and cello, and it makes your wedding music even more spectacular!  Lyda and Cory’s ceremony took place at First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Iowa, and featured this trio.  The bride’s parents had a harpist at their ceremony, so this was a special way to remember their own wedding day.

Waterloo Iowa Harpist

We played popular love songs for the prelude as guests arrived, including “All of Me,” “Stand by Me,” and “Perfect.”  The family seating selection was Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and the wedding party and bride both entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  When this piece is chosen for the entire processional, we reserve the faster, more majestic section for the bride’s entrance.  It makes the music have a consistent flow, but still something special for the bride!

Wedding Harpist Iowa

During the service, we accompanied a vocalist for two pieces.  “In This Very Room” was performed as a special solo at the beginning of the ceremony, then Malotte’s “Lord’s Prayer” was sung during the unity sand.  The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary,” which we followed up with more up-tempo classical pieces and waltzes.

Harp Violin Cello Trio Wedding Music

From solo harp to a small orchestra, I can provide whatever musicians you would like for your ceremony!  We play for weddings in Iowa and throughout the Midwest, and you can check availability and receive a quote by contacting me via my website:  Iowa Wedding Harpist.

Cedar Falls Harpist for Weddings

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Birthday Party Music ~ Springfield Harpist

I play for lots of weddings – but that’s not all!  On a Sunday evening, a local children’s book author planned a special birthday celebration for his wife.  He hired a chef from a fine dining restaurant to cook them dinner in their home, and I played harp for them!

Springfield Harpist

Neither of them had ever seen a harp up close, but now there was one in their living room!  They had a very eclectic list of requests, everything from Beethoven to Ed Sheeran to the theme song from Super Mario Brothers.  Yes, I can play that on the harp!

I have played for guest lists of 2000+ and for 2.  No event is too large or too small to add harp music to the plans!  Contact me at {Springfield Harpist} to check availability and discuss your event.

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