Bloomington-Normal Harpist – Christmas Eve Harp Music

Back at College Park Christian Church for Christmas Eve!  I played there last year, and the music director contacted me again in January to be sure they got on my calendar again for this year.  Always good to plan far in advance for popular dates, and Christmas Eve is one of the most requested performance dates for harpists!

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As I did last year, I played half-hour preludes for both services.  The pieces I played included Christmas carols from well-known to less familiar, from all around the world.  The service included readings, video presentations, and congregational singing of carols.

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The harp is an excellent choice to provide music for church services throughout the year, but especially at Christmas!  The music is peaceful and relaxing, and is a unique way to present familiar songs.

Christmas Eve Harp Music Illinois

I am available in Bloomington-Normal, throughout the Midwest, and beyond for church services, holiday parties, and weddings.  Visit my website – Bloomington Harpist – and contact me to reserve your date on my calendar.  It’s never too soon to be thinking about next year’s events!

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Detroit Harpist {Library Christmas Concert}

Christmas Harp Music in Detroit

The best news of my holiday season is that – so far – I haven’t had to move my harp in the snow!  I know it’s coming, but I’m thankful for every Christmas gig that doesn’t involve shoveling.

I was invited to present a program of holiday harp music for the Romeo District Library in Washington Township, on the north side of Detroit, Michigan. The room was full of people that were able to enjoy an evening to just relax and listen to harp music and avoid the hustle of the upcoming holiday, even if just for an hour!

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The concert included many traditional Christmas carols, along with a few classical pieces.  When I get to choose the program, I also have the opportunity to include a few of my personal favorites!  My most-loved carols tend to the obscure (“I Wonder as I Wander,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” were among those I played), so this was a chance to introduce them to the audience.

During December, I play for events of all types ~ weddings, concerts, corporate parties, and religious services.  If you are interested in having harp music for your special event, contact me soon at {Detroit Harpist}, as holiday dates fill up quickly!

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Harpist in Des Moines ~ Christmas Party at Salisbury House

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Salisbury House is an amazing venue!  Constructed in Des Moines from parts of buildings brought over from Europe, it has a definite Old World feel, right in the Midwest.

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I played for the Christmas party for a company’s board of directors, starting with cocktails in the entryway.  The harp was set up in the balcony (a former choir stall from a church in England).

Iowa Harpist in Des Moines

As the guests took a guided tour of part of the mansion, I moved the harp into the “common room” for dinner.  Set up right next to the Christmas tree, and a one-of-a-kind Steinway piano, the room was dazzling!

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Throughout the evening, I played favorite songs of the season, from traditional carols to contemporary songs.  Given the surroundings, I also made sure to include some Medieval and Renaissance Christmas music!

Iowa Harp Player for Christmas

For any type of event taking place in central Iowa, the harp is the perfect addition to the celebration.  Please visit my website – Des Moines Harpist – and contact me about playing the harp for your wedding, party, holiday gathering, or other event!

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Kankakee Harpist ~ Christmas Music on the Harp

No, you don’t need to get your eyes checked.  Yes, it’s a harp at the eye doctor’s office!

On a Monday afternoon in December, people coming in for their eye exams were surprised to see a harp set up in the waiting room at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center in Bourbonnais, IL.  The Christmas tree and decorations were beautiful, with doughnuts set out – plus harp music in the background. Having beautiful holiday music played puts everyone in a festive mood, no matter where they are!

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The harp adds a touch of class and elegance to happenings at any location.  Visit my website – Harpist in Kankakee – to discuss hiring a harpist for your event!

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Kalamazoo Wedding Harpist // Reception Music for a Winter Wedding

There is something magical about winter weddings!  Everyone is already in a festive mood for the holidays, and having a wedding to celebrate makes it all the more exciting!  Add to that the venues that are decorated with lights and Christmas trees, and you have the makings of an elegant winter wonderland.

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Tiffany and Jeffrey were married on December 16th, and held their reception at the Kalamazoo Country Club.  Dinner was served in their Cathedral Dining Room, over looking the partially-frozen lake.  Snow covered the ground outside, and the 21-foot Christmas tree was the centerpiece of the room!

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The bridesmaids wore gold sequined dresses (a big trend this year, and dazzling!), and all of the flowers were white.  Guests were treated to an Italian Soda bar, photo booth, ice sculpture, and harp music!

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They requested that I play classical harp music.  The bride plays piano and violin, and one of her sisters is also a harpist.  We even had the same harp teacher!  I played from the social hour through dinner, and until the couple exited to the ringing of bells.

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Along with recognizable classical pieces (Prelude in C, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Largo from the New World Symphony), originally written for other instruments, I played several harp-specific pieces that I’m sure the family heard ringing through their home at some point!

Kalamazoo MI Harpist

For weddings, the harp can provide the music for your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, shower, and engagement party.  The music you select can be anything you’d like, from classical to jazz, Celtic to Bollywood.  I love creating a custom musical program for each event I play!  To start our collaboration, visit my website //  Kalamazoo Harpist // and contact me for a quote.

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Harpist in Louisville – Christmas Music on the Harp

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During December, my normally wedding-centric calendar shifts to include more private and corporate parties.  This holiday open house was held by a couple at their home in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, and was a wonderful way to see friends and business associates and celebrate the season together.

Louisville Wedding Harpist

On a Sunday afternoon, they welcomed their guests with hot chocolate, other drinks, and appetizers, as well as harp music!  Adults and children alike enjoyed hearing their favorite Christmas songs played on the harp.  At the hosts’ request, I played a variety of classical and popular pieces, along with traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

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For parties to celebrate any occasion – weddings, too! – contact me via my website {Louisville Kentucky Harpist} to learn more about including harp music in your plans!

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Pittsburgh Harpist ~ Harp & Violin Wedding Music at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Christmas Wedding at Nemacolin

What a beautiful winter wedding!  Stephanie and Chris were married on December 9th at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.  Throughout the resort, the Christmas decorations sparkled, and a light dusting of snow made it finally look (instead of just feel) like winter!

Nemacolin Christmas Wedding

They chose to have a harp and violin duet for their ceremony and cocktail hour.  The ceremony took place in one of the Salons of the Marquis Ballroom, with the cocktail hour following down the hall in the Nemacolin Room.  The dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom.

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As guests found their seats, we played the bride’s special requests of “Fields of Gold,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Only Time,” “You Raise Me Up,” along with classical and holiday pieces.  The families entered to “Meditation” from the Massenet opera Thais.

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The bridesmaids, all in gold sequin dresses, and a somewhat reluctant flower girl processed to “Prelude in C” by Bach.  The bride came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  For the unity candle lighting, we played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

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The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Once the bridal party exited, the violinist headed to the cocktail hour to greet guests there with strolling violin music.  I stayed in the ceremony room to play postlude music as the guests exited.  When you have multiple musicians booked, this is the perfect way to have music in two places at once!  After the guests had made their way to the cocktail hour, I followed behind with the harp.

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During the reception, we played harp and violin duets including classical, Christmas, and popular pieces.  “Happy Together” by The Turtles was a guest favorite!

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As a solo harpist, or in any combination of instruments, I love working with couples to create beautiful music for their weddings.  Contact me for details and availability via my website:  Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist.

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Peoria Harpist ~ Client Review for Anniversary Party Music

“Just a note of thanks for making my parents’ 50th Anniversary so special. My mom and dad and all the guests were so in awe of your beautiful talent. You set the tone for an elegant day for them! My son even said, ‘Mom, she’s playing Coldplay!’ Big hit, elegance and grace!! Thank you again.”

~ Kim, Anniversary Party Hostess – October 20, 2017

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Des Moines Harpist ~ Christmas Music at the Iowa Events Center

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I always love the first Christmas performance of the holiday season!  Playing Christmas carols, both traditional and contemporary, is my favorite part of December.

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For this event, I was playing for the cocktail and dinner hours of a company’s holiday party at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.  The music I played ranged from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “Silent Night,” with amplification so the music could be heard by all 700 of the guests!

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The harp is the perfect addition to any Christmas gathering, from large parties to intimate family dinners.  Visit my website ~ Des Moines Harpist ~ and contact me about bringing beautiful harp music to your celebration!

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Harp Music for the Holidays

At the end of the year, I often have a few performances that are open to the public.  If you’d like the opportunity to hear the harp in person, this is it!  I’m also available to chat before or after most events, so can answer any questions you have about the music for your wedding.

Dates are still being added, but my current schedule of public events in December and January is:

  • December 21, 7:00 pm – Holiday Concert at the Graubner Library in Washington, MI
  • December 24, 5:00 & 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve services (prelude beginning at 4:30 and 6:30), College Park Christian Church, Normal, IL
  • January 13, 2018, 6:00 pm – Strawn Art Gallery Opening, Jacksonville, IL

Check the calendar page on my website or email me for updates or more details on any of these events.  I’d love to meet you and talk about your wedding plans!

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