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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Christmas Harp Concert | Advent Allegro Series

Another harp solo Christmas concert!  This was part of the Advent Allegro series at Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Illinois.  Coming back to this church was especially meaningful for me – it was where I had my very first harp performance, just a couple of months after my first lesson.  I’ve certainly improved since then!

Christmas Harp Concert

I began the concert with “Angelus,” a piece by French composer and harpist Henriette Renie.  The remainder was Christmas music, both traditional (“Away in a Manger”) and less familiar (“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”). I closed the concert with the Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still.”

Christmas Harp Music

Contact me about giving a concert, either as a soloist or with a larger ensemble, for your organization or performance series!  I am available in Central Illinois and throughout the Midwest, and you can contact me via my website:  Central Illinois Harpist.

 

 

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Harpist in Columbia, Missouri

I played for a holiday party at the Country Club of Missouri last year, and returned this year for another organization’s Saturday morning client appreciation brunch!  At sunrise or sunset, this is a beautiful venue.

Central Missouri Harpist

Music included traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites, the perfect way to celebrate the season!

Harpist in Columbia City, MO

You can have a harpist for your event, whether it is a wedding or a corporate function, anywhere in Columbia, Jefferson City, or throughout Central Missouri.  Get in touch via my website ~ Central Missouri Harpist.

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Springfield Illinois Christmas Music

A beautiful day at Panther Creek, playing holiday harp music!  Guests listened to favorite songs of the season and enjoyed a luncheon and motivational speaker.

Harpist in Springfield

Central IL Harpist

For events in Springfield or anywhere in Central Illinois, get in touch to book harp music for your next celebration.  Visit my website ~ Central IL Harp Player ~ for more information!

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Rock Island Harpist — Christmas Concert

My holiday harping season started off with a Christmas concert at the Rock Island Public Library, as part of their Tuneful Tuesdays concert series.  I love my first performance each year with my favorite carols!

Rock Island Harpist

For this concert, I chose some traditional favorites (Away in a Manger, Silent Night) and some more obscure – but equally beautiful! – Christmas songs (Gesu Bambino, Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming).

At the end of the concert, I always invite the audience up to see the harp up close and ask questions about the music or the instrument.  It’s not often that you get to see a harp in person!  If you are looking for a harpist to play for a wedding, party, or concert, please visit my website {Rock Island Harpist} to get in touch and start planning!

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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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