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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Waupaca Harpist ~ Wedding at Par 4 Resort

Finally some snow for this December wedding!  Both the ceremony and reception were held at Par 4 Resort in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Waupaca Harpist for Weddings

For the ceremony, I played “Canon in D” for the wedding party processional, and “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bride’s entrance.  The recessional was Mendelssohn’s traditional “Wedding March.”

I also played for the cocktail hour, which included Christmas favorites, as well as popular songs such as “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, “What a Wonderful World,” “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, and “Collide” by Howie Day.

Waupaca Wedding Music

It was the perfect mix of seasonal music and love songs that are meaningful to the bride and groom!  They customized all of the music for their ceremony and cocktail hour ~ contact me about how you can do the same!  I play for wedding ceremonies and reception throughout Wisconsin (and beyond).  Visit my website ~ Waupaca Harpist ~ for details.

Waupaca Wedding Reception Music

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Remembrance Service Music | Chicago Harp Player

The holidays are not always joyful.  For those who have lost a loved one, especially recently, the season can bring sorrow and pain.  The Diocese of Joliet held a service for these families at the Resurrection Cemetery Chapel in Romeoville, Illinois.

Christmas Remembrance Service Music

I was honored to play the harp for the service, and to bring a bit of beauty to the holidays for them.  As people gathered and filled the pews, I played traditional Christmas carols.  The final piece of the prelude was “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.”

Chicago Harp Music for Christmas

During the service, I played “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night” as harp solos.  As names were read and family members placed an ornament on the Christmas trees, I played “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” lightly in the background.  The service concluded with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Memorial Service Music - Chicago Harpist

For any occasion, harp music is soothing and evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.  I play for events throughout the Chicago area, so please visit my website to contact me:  South Chicago Harpist.

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Harpist in Columbia, Missouri ~ Harp Music for the Holidays

Harpist in Columbia, Missouri

Another lovely Christmas party, this time at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia.  Employees and their families enjoyed appetizers, cocktails, a buffet dinner, and live harp music.  There were even gifts for the children in attendance!

Columbia MO Harpist

Guests of all ages love harp music, especially when I’m playing familiar Christmas songs.  Book me for your next event, for anything from a casual family get-together with a sing-along to a gala holiday ball!  You can get in touch at Columbia MO Harpist.  Happy holidays!

Columbia Harpist

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Harpist in Omaha {Christmas Party Musician}

Christmas music season continues!  This event was an after-work party at the Omaha Press Club.  Located on the top floor of the First National Tower, there are lovely views over downtown and even across the river to Iowa.

Harpist in Omaha

Guests first mingled in the main part of the club for cocktails and appetizers.  During this time, they were serenaded by one of their coworkers who also happens to play the bagpipes!

Omaha Harpist

Dinner was served with harp music in the background, including traditional Christmas carols and more contemporary popular songs of the season.

Harp music makes any event feel extraordinary!  Contact me about providing music for your party by visiting my website:  Omaha Harpist.

Omaha Harp Player

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St. Louis Harpist ~ Harp & Singer for a Wedding Ceremony

What a beautiful venue!  Mike and Ginger had 60-degree temperatures for their December ceremony.  Inside, however, the refurbished church was lit with soft blue lights, draped in white, and looked like a winter wonderland.  The Christmas trees on the stage completed the look!

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

The Main Street Abbey in Columbia, Illinois, was the setting for both their ceremony and reception.  I provided the music for the ceremony, and was joined by a vocalist for the processionals and recessional.  Popular music was the prelude for guest arrival.  When everyone was lined up for the processional, she sang “And I Love Her” with harp accompaniment.

Ginger chose “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac to be sung for her processional.  During the ceremony itself, they requested several times to have light harp music playing in the background.  These pieces included “Somewhere in Time,” “Ave Maria,” and the theme from Love Story.  The recessional was another Beatles song with vocals, “Here Comes the Sun.”

Harpist in St. Louis

I continued playing as the wedding party and guests headed to the cocktail hour and reception at the back of the event space.  Just outside, the town’s Christmas parade was underway!

I can play solo harp, in ensembles with other musicians, or accompany a vocalist for your wedding.  Get in touch via my website, St. Louis Harpist, for details!

Southern Illinois Harp Player

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Christmas Party at Allerton Mansion

I always love the first holiday party of the year.  With a summer and autumn full of weddings, it’s exciting to get my fingers back on the traditional carols.  There’s nothing like these familiar songs to get me counting the days before Christmas ~ music is my favorite part of the season!

Christmas Party Music ~ Harpist

This year, my first Christmas performance was for a company holiday party at the Allerton Mansion in Monticello, Illinois.  Their guests filled both the ballroom and the library.  The harp was set up at the bottom of the grand staircase, and I played for their cocktail hour prior to dinner.

Christmas Harp Music

From  “Jingle Bells” to “Silent Night,” guests loved hearing their favorite Christmas songs!  Contact me via my website ~ Harp Music in Central Illinois ~ to book me for your company or family gathering!

Harp Music for Christmas Parties

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