Pittsburgh Harpist ~ Wedding at the Omni William Penn

Harpist in Pittsburgh

Erin and Ryan had a beautiful Sunday evening wedding at the Omni William Penn. From the 17th floor of the hotel, their ceremony in the Urban Room overlooked downtown Pittsburgh. The high-ceilinged space was filled with harp music, and my harp fit in perfectly with the Art Deco stylings!

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As guests were seated, I played a variety of classical music and contemporary love songs. The wedding party processional was Elton John’s “Your Song.” Erin and her parents came down the aisle to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

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During the Jewish ceremony, they used a kiddush cup that was originally from the groom’s father’s Bar Mitzvah. The rabbi read the ketubah to the guests, and the brothers of the bride and groom recited the seven blessings.

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The ceremony concluded with the breaking of the glass, and I played “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles as the recessional. Guests exited to the cocktail hour, and I continued with upbeat popular music as they went through the receiving line.

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I play for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other events in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Please get in touch to discuss the music for your event! You’ll find more pictures, song lists, and audio/video samples at my website: Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist.

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Columbus Ohio Harpist

Harp music is an excellent choice for any gathering, creating a peaceful atmosphere. For this memorial service, guests entered the Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard as harp melodies filled the room. The music included classical and sacred favorites, such as “Meditation” from Thais, “Arioso” and “Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach, and concluding with Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

Columbus Ohio Harpist

During the service, I played the hymn “Amazing Grace” before the homily and light background music during the petitions. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz concluded the service, with everyone exiting to the lobby for the luncheon.

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I play for funerals and memorial services, as well as other events, in Columbus and throughout central Ohio. Please get in touch at ~ Columbus Harpist ~ to start planning the music.

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Wedding Harpist in Chicago ~ Ceremony at Morton Arboretum

Colleen and Colin’s original wedding date was right as everything in Chicago was closing down in March of 2020.  They had a very small wedding with just immediate families that year, then celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary with a full ceremony and reception at Morton Arboretum in Lisle!

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The ceremony was held in the Founder’s Room, the former library of the mansion.  It was a rainy day, but the snowdrops were blooming and giving us a little taste of spring!  I played harp prelude music as guests arrived for the morning ceremony and took their seats.

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For the seating of family members and the processional of the wedding party, I played “Ave Maria” by Schubert.  “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran was the bridal processional, and the ceremony concluded with “Trumpet Voluntary” as the recessional.

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Harp postlude music continued until the guests had exited and were off to the cocktail hour in the lobby.  The reception followed in the Arbor Room, also in the Thornhill Education Center.  Morton Arboretum has many beautiful indoor and outdoor venues for your wedding!

Morton Arboretum Wedding Music

If you are planning a wedding in Chicago or any of the suburbs and would like harp music, please get in touch!  Visit my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ to contact me for a quote.

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Des Moines Harpist ~ Funeral Musician

When you are celebrating the life of a loved one, the music can really bring back memories and set the tone for the service.  For this family, they chose music from a variety of genres that was meaningful to them.

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I played at Community United Methodist Church in Ogden, Iowa, for the pre-service visitation and the memorial service itself.  For the visitation, I played everything from classical to sacred to Celtic to rock music!  Some of their requests included “Down by the Salley Gardens,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Ode to Joy.”

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As the family entered the sanctuary at the beginning of the service, I played “Stairway to Heaven.”  The music during the service itself was provided by family members, and then I played the main theme of “Game of Thrones” as they recessed.  I continued with other music selections as everyone exited to drive to the graveside service.

For funerals and other events throughout Central Iowa, I specialize in collaborating with my clients to ensure the music is exactly what they want it to be!  Get in touch at ~ Des Moines Harpist ~ to discuss hearing your favorite selections on the harp.

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Catholic Funeral Mass Music – St. Louis Harp & Vocalist

Harp music has the perfect reflective and ethereal sound to accompany a funeral Mass.  For this service, I was joined by one of the vocalists from the Cathedral, Angela Rocchio.  I played prelude music as people entered the sanctuary, ending with “All I Ask of You” by Gregory Norbet, and then she sang the entrance hymn, “Turn to Me” by John Foley with harp accompaniment.

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The harp provided all of the liturgical music for the Mass, and Angela served as the cantor.  For the Responsorial Psalm, we used the Brian Michael Page setting of Psalm 23, followed by the “Celtic Alleluia.”

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“Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)” was sung by the assembly, and the music during the Eucharist was “I Am the Bread of Life” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”  The service concluded with the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

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I continued with solo harp selections as people exited the sanctuary.  For religious or secular memorial services, the music of the harp can be a comfort to grieving families. The music you choose can celebrate your loved one’s life and memory, and is a beautiful reminder of special moments.  You can contact me at any time via my website ~ St. Louis Funeral Music ~ to pre-plan or make arrangements on short notice.

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Top Wedding Music of 2021

This year was certainly better for weddings than 2020!  I’m so happy for the couples who were finally able to celebrate with family and friends this year.  If you are making plans for your ceremony music, this list is a great place to start!  You’ll find many traditional favorites, as well as some pieces you might not have considered.

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Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2021.  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.  You’ll also see pictures of a few of the venues where I played for weddings this year.

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This was the first year, in over 18 years of playing for weddings, that not a single couple chose the traditional “Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)” for the bridal processional!  “Canon in D” is still a popular choice, used by my couples for the family seating, wedding party processional, and bride’s entrance.

But popular music is becoming even more requested!  It’s a natural choice for the recessional at the end of the ceremony to send your guests off to the party (the Beatles topped this section), but other pop songs are making appearances for other moments of the ceremony.  Your wedding music is about YOU – so it should be whatever songs speak to you!

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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:

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Wedding party processional:

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

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Recessional:

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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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Wedding Reception Music in Springfield

It was a cold winter day, but the fireplace made the room at Mariah’s Steakhouse cozy for this intimate wedding reception!

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Originally scheduled for the fall, the couple moved their wedding to January.  They gathered with their families for dinner, with a soundtrack of harp music.  They chose “Canon in D” and “River Flows in You” for the time as guests were arriving, then “Marry You” by Bruno Mars for when they made their entrance.

The first dance was to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and the glass unity ceremony was accompanied by “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.  During the cake cutting, I played “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Harp Player Springfield

During dinner, I played a variety of contemporary love songs, including “All of Me,” “Love Me Like You Do,” “I’ll Be,” and “Stay with Me.”

For wedding ceremonies and receptions (yes, even your first dance!), the harp can provide a classic and elegant atmosphere, all with covers of classical and modern music that you choose.  Visit my website ~ Springfield Wedding Music ~ to check my availability and receive a quote!

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Alabama Harpist ~ Wedding Music in Birmingham

Amanda and Taylor were married in a the church (New Life Assembly of God in rural Woodstock, Alabama) where the groom serves as the youth pastor.  It was a rainy January day, but the candles in the sanctuary made it feel warm!

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As guests arrived, I played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” “Amazing Grace,” and a variety of other hymns, classical pieces, and popular love songs.  They chose “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the flower girl’s entrance, followed by “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris for the bride’s processional.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the newly-married couple, and the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn accompanied their walk out of the church.

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I continued to play upbeat music as the guests exited the sanctuary and made their way to the reception.  I play for weddings and other events in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and throughout Alabama!  Visit my website ~ Alabama Wedding Harpist ~ to contact me about my availability for your date and to receive a quote.

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Milwaukee Harpist ~ Wedding on New Year’s Day

There is no better way to ring in the new year than with a wedding!  Aimee managed to dodge the worst of a snowstorm, and had a beautiful winter day for her January 1st ceremony at the Sixth Floor Event Venue in downtown Milwaukee.

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The venue is located inside the Hampton Inn, and has a nice view over the city.  The colors of teal and maroon were also the colors of the bride’s parents’ wedding!  Guests gathered for the afternoon ceremony as harp music, including “Perfect,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Your Song,” played in the background.

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There was no wedding party, so the bride’s processional to “Faithfully” marked the beginning of the ceremony.  During the handfasting, I played Adele’s “All I Ask.”  The ceremony concluded with another Ed Sheeran song, “Castle on the Hill.”

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Following the recessional, I played a few more uptempo popular songs as guests headed to cocktail hour and the ceremony space was re-set for dinner.

If you are planning a Milwaukee wedding and looking for a harpist, please get in touch!  I play throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and would love to put together the perfect playlist for your celebration.  Visit my website ~ Milwaukee Harpist ~ to contact me for availability and a quote!

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Christmas Eve ~ Central IL Harpist

This year, we were back in-person at College Park Christian Church!  I’ve played for their Christmas Eve services for several years.  Last year, it was pre-recorded, but for 2021 we were able to meet together in the sanctuary again.

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I played for a half-hour prelude prior to the evening service.  Music included traditional Christmas carols, such as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” along with some more obscure favorites of mine, “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High.”

Christmas Eve Harpist

Christmas music sounds especially magical on the harp!  Throughout the holiday season, I typically play for church services, private parties, and company gatherings.  It’s always a busy time of year, and never too soon to book!  Get in touch via my website ~ The Classic Harpist ~ to inquire about having a harpist for your holiday celebration.

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