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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Quad Cities Harpist – Christmas Music in Iowa

On the day of the first big snow of the season, Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport hosted a women’s open house for Christmas.  The ladies who attended enjoyed food and a variety of music.

Quad Cities HarpistIn various rooms throughout the church, they could sit and listen to Christmas music performed on the harp, the guitar, or by singers.  I played harp arrangements of a variety of traditional carols, including “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” Following the open house portion of the evening, they held a worship service in the sanctuary of the church.

Harpist for an Open House at Christmas

The harp is the perfect accompaniment to any event during the Christmas season!  For more information about having harp music for a holiday party, please visit my website – Quad Cities Harpist.

Davenport Harp Music

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Chicago Harpist for Christmas – Luminary Service in Arlington Heights

Christmas Harpist in Chicago

My first event of the holiday season was for a luminary service held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  It was a time for those who had family members buried there to visit, create Christmas tree ornaments celebrating their loved ones, listen to harp music, and leave luminaries on the graves.

Chicago Harpist for Christmas

It was a beautiful night, and many people were touched by the music and the memories.  It is always a joy to get out my Christmas and Hanukkah music every year, and it was even more special being able to use that music to soothe grieving families.

Chicago Harp Player for the Holidays

From memorial services to weddings to holiday parties, I perform for all types of events throughout the Chicago area.  If you are interested in including live harp music at your next function, please contact me!  You’ll find more information (and can check availability and request a quote) on my website: Chicago Harpist.

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Effingham Harpist – Live Music for a Grand Opening Celebration

The La Quinta Hotel in Effingham, Illinois, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, November 10th.  I provided harp music for the evening, playing through guest arrival, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, and the ribbon cutting (that got a special glissando!).  Community members and local government and business leaders were invited to tour the remodeled facility, watch a magician, and listen to harp music.

Effingham Illinois Harpist

I played a variety of music, but mostly contemporary popular songs to complement the modern style of the hotel.  Some pieces included “Chasing Pavements” by Adele, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, and “Yellow” by Coldplay.

Music for a Grand Opening

My favorite moment of the evening was when a group of guests approached and asked if I could play any Hindi music.  There aren’t many harpists who can answer that with a “yes,” but I can!  Having spent two years living in and performing throughout India, I have an extensive repertoire of Bollywood music that I have adapted for the harp.  I played “O Re Piya” and “Teri Meri” for them, and they loved it!

Special requests are great – I love the challenge of seeing what I can do on the spot! – but they’re even better when I can really surprise people with what the harp is capable of doing.  From traditional classical music to lively Irish jigs to mellow easy listening hits (and yes, Hindi songs, too!), I have an eclectic repertoire of harp music to enhance any event.

Harp Player for a Grand Opening

A harpist based in Illinois, but available worldwide, I would love to add the elegance and ambiance of harp music to your event!  I play for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and private parties, and the music I play is always customized for each client.  Please visit my website – Effingham Illinois Harp Music – and contact me for availability and rates!

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