Memphis Harpist – Luxury Wedding Music at The Cadre Building

Memphis Harpist

Shawndra and Conlee had a beautiful, luxurious wedding at The Cadre Building in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  The historic building was filled with white flowers and gold accents, and the ceremony took place on the raised stage.  The harp was situated in front of a screen with their names in gold, framed by flowers.

Tennessee Harpist for Weddings

As guests arrived, the harp prelude included “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “All of Me” by John Legend, and “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” by Van Morrison.  The families were seated to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The Elvis connection was especially appropriate for a Memphis wedding!

Memphis Wedding Harpist

Shawndra’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  Their unity sand ceremony was accompanied by “Reverie” by harpist and composer Marcel Grandjany, and the recessional was “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles.  I continued to play as guests made their way to the upstairs balcony for the cocktail hour.

Memphis Luxury Wedding

For upscale weddings, harp music is the perfect choice!  The sound, visual impact, and ambiance created by the instrument set a sophisticated and elegant tone for your entire event.  Contact me via my website ~ Memphis Wedding Harpist ~ to check my calendar for your wedding date!

Luxury Memphis Wedding Musician

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Orchestral Harpist with the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra

My freelance performing schedule doesn’t permit me to participate in an orchestra regularly, but the slower season in February worked out for a night of playing harp parts for some well-known operatic love songs and symphonic pieces!

Illinois Orchestra Harpist

I joined the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra for their “That’s Amore” concert at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, featuring works by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and Mascagni.  It also gave me the opportunity to mentor the harpist from the youth symphony, who was also playing for this concert.  I would have loved to have someone sit next to me to help with cues and counting all those rests during some of my first orchestral experiences!

Orchestral Harpist Illinois

Although most of my work is for weddings and private events, I also play orchestral and chamber music, and love collaborating with and accompanying other musicians on projects large and small.  Contact me through to discuss your musical needs!

Harp in an Orchestra

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Decorah Harpist {Music for a Company Dinner}

Harp music adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any event!  This banquet celebrated long-time employees and their years of service to the company.

Decorah Iowa Harpist

Employees and executives gathered at the Steyer Opera House on the third floor of Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah, Iowa.  I played harp music for the cocktail and dinner hours, with music ranging from classical pieces to contemporary popular songs.

Harpist in Decorah Iowa

I play for events throughout Iowa and around the Midwest, and love working with event planners to add the ambiance of live music to their celebrations!  Contact me via my website ~ Northeast Iowa Harpist ~ for details!

Iowa Harpist in Decorah

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St. Louis Harpist – FLOAT Convention Musician

Even the polar vortex couldn’t stop me from playing for this event!  It also didn’t stop the amazing artists at the FLOAT Convention from creating a stunning setting for their awards night.

St. Louis Harpist - FLOAT Convention

This banquet was the final event for their convention, and guests entered the ballroom at the St. Louis Airport Marriott through a rainforest – created entirely of balloons!  The harp was set up inside, and I played throughout dinner.

Harp Player in St. Louis

To match the enchanted garden theme, I played a selection of French classical music, “harp-y” music with lots of glissandos, and some familiar love songs.  And when someone requests “Stairway to Heaven,” I’ll play it!  I know people think it’s a joke to ask, but I’m always ready to play a little Led Zeppelin!

I play for all types of events in the St. Louis metro area, from trade shows to weddings.  Visit my website for more information:  St. Louis Harpist.

Missouri Harpist

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Top Wedding Music of 2018

One of my favorite activities for January is to go back over my previous year of weddings, recording their music selections, and seeing what comes out on top as the most-requested songs for the year!  I also love looking back over the pictures from the events I’ve played, and seeing all the exciting places I’ve been able to share my harp music over the past twelve months.

If you are planning a wedding, now is a great time to contact me to discuss the music for your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner!

2018 started for me with a January 3rd destination wedding on the beach in Boca Chica, Panama.  Not bad, especially as I left behind a snowstorm!

Wedding Harpist in Panama

Along with all the weddings in both magnificent and intimate venues (everything from a yacht at Chicago’s Navy Pier to a backyard concert in Manhattan, Kansas), I partnered with a flautist from Bahrain to play a series of performances for the Gulf Brands Expo in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.  Lots of passport stamps for me – and the harp – this year!

Harp and Flute Duet Saudi Arabia

Going beyond just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2018.  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.

Harpist in Northwest Indiana

Bridal Processionals (entrance music for the bride):

Chicago Wedding Harpist

Family seating:

Chicago Harp Musician

Wedding party processional:

Indy Wedding Harpist

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

Champaign Wedding Harpist


Central IL Harpist for Weddings

If you are planning your wedding, please visit my website:  The Classic Harpist.  I work with couples from across the globe to customize their wedding music, and play music from classical to rock ballads to Bollywood hits to Irish reels.  Contact me to get started putting together your wedding music plans!

Harpist in St. Louis

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Harry Potter Wedding Music ~ Harpist in Central Illinois

I love when couples choose wedding music that has special meaning to them!  Anne and Jason asked for me to play all of the music I knew from the Harry Potter movies for their cocktail hour at the Wyndham City Centre in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

Harry Potter Wedding Music

It went along perfectly with their “lightly” Harry Potter-themed wedding celebration!  Along with the movie themes, I also played their special requests of “Dream On” by Aerosmith, “You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder, and “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.  Not traditional harp music, but playing unexpected pieces on the harp is my specialty!

Springfield Wedding Harpist

No matter what your musical tastes, I can customize the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner to match.  Get in touch via my website ~ Central Illinois Harpist ~ to discuss your wedding plans!

Harpist in Central Illinois

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Music ~ Northern Illinois Harpist

What better way to ring in the new year than at a wedding!  I’ve played for several New Year’s Eve weddings.  It doesn’t matter the day of the week, everyone is ready for a party!

This year, I was at Chapel Hill Golf Course and Event Center outside of Princeton, Illinois, playing for Aimee and David’s wedding ceremony.  The ceremony was held at the chapel on site, with the reception just up the drive at the clubhouse.  Amber uplighting gave the whole space a warm glow on a very cold night!

New Year's Eve Wedding Music

The families and wedding party entered to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, and Aimee came down the aisle to the traditional processional, “Bridal Chorus.”  A harp solo, “At Last,” preceded the creation of a memory box, with “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran playing in the background.

A handfasting ceremony was their unity ritual, during which I played “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn, followed by “Trumpet Voluntary” and “Marry Me” as the guests exited the chapel.

Northern Illinois Wedding Harpist

Contact me about adding the elegance of the harp to your wedding – on New Year’s Eve or any day of the year – at my website {Northern Illinois Wedding Music}.

Harpist on New Year's Eve

Spot the harp reflected in the window!

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Harp Music for Christmas Eve

It was such a pleasure to be back at College Park Christian Church.  This was the third year in a row that I have played harp preludes for their Christmas Eve services.

Harpist in Bloomington-Normal

Harp music sets a peaceful and reflective mood for any church service – especially during the Christmas season!

Christmas Eve Harpist

Visit my website to contact me about playing for church services, any time of the year, at Central Illinois Harpist.

Harp Music on Christmas Eve

And one picture of my daughter, all dressed up in her Christmas finery, waiting for me at home to take her to our own later service!


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Zanesville Wedding Harpist ~ Christmas Wedding

This was my last wedding before Christmas.  I always admire the couples who can manage to plan a wedding in the midst of the holiday rush!  This ceremony took place on December 22nd at Northside Church of the Nazarene in Zanesville, Ohio.

With a Christmas wedding, they chose all Christmas music!  The bride was preceded down the aisle by her daughter and all eleven of the couple’s grandchildren.  The entire processional was to “Away in a Manger.”

During the prayer and unity candle, I played “Silent Night” transitioning into “O Holy Night.”  “Joy to the World” makes a perfect recessional for a Christmas wedding!

I play for weddings throughout the year in central Ohio and throughout the region.  Christmas parties and church services are also an excellent place to include harp music in your celebrations!  You’ll find more song lists, pictures, and information on my website at Zanesville Ohio Harpist.  Contact me about hiring a harpist for your event!

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Christmas Wedding at Pere Marquette

Grafton Wedding Music

I’m loving all the Christmas weddings this year!  Marilyn and Greg were married in front of the fireplace at Pere Marqette State Park Lodge in Grafton, Illinois.  The harp looked beautiful with the giant Christmas tree!

Christmas Wedding Music

The prelude included “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.  The wedding party entered to “Canon in D,” and then we went completely non-traditional, with David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down” for Marilyn’s processional!

Pere Marquette Christmas Wedding

Their recessional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and postlude music as the guests made their way to the reception included “Paradise” by Coldplay.  I touch of traditional wedding music, but mostly songs that are meaningful to the couple – just the way a wedding should be!

Central IL Harpist for Weddings

I love playing for weddings at Pere Marquette, either in the lodge or the park (during the warmer months, of course!).  Contact me about including harp music in your wedding plans by visiting my website:  Pere Marquette Wedding Music.

Jerseyville Harpist

Wedding Music at Pere Marquette

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