Central IL Wedding Music ~ Harpist at The Rail, Springfield

Lindsay and Brandon were married at The Rail in Sherman, Illinois.  They had a beautiful fall day for their ceremony on the golf course, with their reception following in the on-site tent.

Central Illinois Harpist

As guests arrived, I played popular songs, including “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks, and “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth.  Not quite the type of music you’d expect to hear on the harp, but that’s exactly my specialty!  I love surprising people with the contemporary music I can play on a classic instrument.

Wedding Harpist Springfield

The wedding party entered to “Everything I Do, I Do it for You” by Bryan Adams, and Lindsay’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight.  Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited to the bride’s special request, “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland.

Springfield IL Harpist

Through the receiving line, I continued to play popular music, such as “Time of Your Life” by Green Day, “Collide” by Howie Day, and “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.

Wedding Musician Springfield

Not a single piece of classical or traditional music in sight at this wedding!  And that’s exactly how the bride and groom wanted it.  Your wedding music should be music you like, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the wedding “classics.”  The music for each wedding ceremony I play is customized by the couple, and can be anything they want it to be, from rock ballads to Debussy.

I play for weddings in Springfield and throughout Central Illinois.  Please visit my website ~ Springfield IL Wedding Music ~ to inquire for availability and a quote!

Springfield Wedding Music Harpist

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{Chicago Harpist} – Wedding at Bobak’s Signature Events

Chicago Wedding Harpist

I’m loving these cooler temperatures – it’s really starting to feel like autumn at these September weddings!  Tara and Matthew were married in the garden at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, with the reception following in the adjacent ballroom.

Chicago Wedding Musician

The wedding party, including the couple’s adorable 1-year-old son as ring bearer, entered to “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.  Tara’s processional music was “Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings.

Chicago Wedding Harpist

As they poured the sand for the unity ceremony, I played “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, followed by “Falling Slowly” from Once for the presentation of roses to their mothers.

Chicago Wedding Music

Harp Player for Chicago Weddings

The recessional was “Marry Me” by Train.  I continued to play in the garden for the cocktail hour.  It was such a lovely evening that many guests preferred to stay outside!  Music during the reception included:

  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter (the bride’s special request!)
  • Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  • Glitter in the Air by Pink
  • Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
  • Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  • Clocks by Coldplay

Chicago Cocktail Hour Music - Harpist

Guests loved hearing songs they recognized!  It’s not every day you get to hear a harp, but when I’m playing something you know, that’s even more exciting!  I play for weddings throughout the Chicago area, so please get in touch via my website ~ Chicago Wedding Harpist ~ to discuss the music for your ceremony and reception!

Chicago Harp Musician

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Harpist in the Upper Peninsula ~ Wedding Music

This gorgeous U.P. wedding took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Au Train at the family cabin.  It was a beautiful setting, surrounded by trees and with the sounds of water and wildlife all around, and a hand-built chuppah decorated with flowers!

The ceremony took place in a clearing close to the water’s edge.  It was muddy and the hill was too steep to get the pedal harp down there on its cart, but I had a back-up!  Knowing it could be an access issue, I brought my Celtic harp along, too.  As a bonus, this allowed me to set up the pedal harp at the reception site on the cabin’s deck ahead of time, so there would be no lull in the music between the ceremony and reception.  Everything was in place, so I could just sit down and play!

For the ceremony, the couple opted for a harp and cello duet.  Guests could hear the prelude music as they came down the hill.  For the seating of family members, we played Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  The wedding party came in to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, and Susanne chose every cellist’s favorite, “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens, for her processional.

The recessional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  Following the ceremony, guests headed back up the hill for cocktail hour and lawn games.  Music for the cocktail hour was solo harp, and included popular music such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Only Time,” and “Say You Won’t Let Go.”

As a wedding harpist available throughout the Upper Peninsula (plus Northern Wisconsin, Mackinac Island, and Northern Michigan), I would love to provide elegant music for your wedding!  Harp music, either alone or collaborating with other professional musicians, is the perfect accompaniment for your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower.  You can contact me via my website ~ Upper Peninsula Harpist ~ for a quote!

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Decatur Harpist ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music

Megan and Brandon were married on Labor Day weekend at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois.  This is a stunning, historic church, and was a beautiful setting for their ceremony.

Wedding Music Central Illinois

As guests arrived, I played a variety of classical music.  When the bridesmaids came down the aisle, that was to “All My Loving” by The Beatles.  Megan’s own processional was the French song “La Vie en Rose,” which was made famous in the 1940s by Edith Piaf and is now a jazz standard.

Wedding Music Decatur Illinois

During the lighting of the unity candle, I played “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  The recessional was back to classical music, and the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Other joyful music followed (including “Trumpet Tune” and “Trumpet Voluntary“) as the bride and groom dismissed their guests from the sanctuary.

Decatur IL Harpist

I play for weddings throughout Central Illinois, and would love to be a part of your celebration!  I work with each of my couples to customize their wedding music, so it can be traditional or not (or a mix of everything!).  More information on my website ~ Decatur Illinois Wedding Music.

Decatur Wedding Harpist

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Reviews for Harpist Devon Carpenter

I am so very lucky to work with such amazing couples as they plan their weddings!  It is such a joy seeing all of the plans come together for their ceremonies, and they all realize how important music is in setting the mood and ambiance and creating a memorable first impression of their wedding.

When guests arrive, they will hear the harp music before they see the flowers and decor or taste the cake.  Just the sound of the instrument sets the stage for an elegant event – but harps look visually stunning, too!

Here are some comments from a few of my summer couples:

“Devon added a special touch to our wedding day. She traveled to Ottawa, IL to play at our ceremony. She is very approachable and was always quick to respond to emails. Received MANY compliments, she even got the groom to get teary eyed!”

~Marissa, bride – July 16, 2017

Northern Illinois Wedding Harpist

“Devon was wonderful to work with. She was emailing me periodically just to make sure see what I wanted from here and to make sure nothing had changed since we had talked last. Her music was absolutely beautiful. I would definitely recommend Devon to anyone wanting a harpist.”

~Kristen, bride – July 7, 2017

Southern Ohio Wedding Harpist


“Devon was such a pleasure to work with! She responded quickly to all the emails I sent her and was such a great person! Her harp playing was amazing and was exactly what we wanted for our ceremony music! I would HIGHLY recommend Devon!”

~Taylor, bride – June 30, 2017

Hornbaker Gardens Wedding Harpist

“Devon was a true pleasure to work with! She was professional and prompt in all dealings leading up to the wedding. She made our ceremony perfect with her beautiful music.”

~Kate, bride – June 17, 2017

South Bend Wedding Harpist

To read more reviews, going back several years, view my listing at The Knot or read the Testimonials on my website.


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Wedding Harpist in Northern Michigan | Leland Lodge

Last weekend I was playing for a wedding on the shores of Lake Huron, this weekend on the other side of the mitten in Leelanau County, overlooking Lake Michigan.  I love road trips and I love playing the harp, so “have harp, will travel”!

Northern MI Harpist

Maura and Jordan chose Leland Lodge as their wedding venue.  Their ceremony and cocktail hour took place outdoors on the patio, with the reception inside.  As guests arrived and found their seats, I played “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “Carolan’s Welcome.”

Wedding Harpist Northern Michigan

The bride requested that if I needed more music for this time (or for after the ceremony), that I play Celtic music.  For the prelude, I included a variety of airs and ballads from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man.  It might not be as well known as that of other Celtic nations, but the Manx musical tradition has given us some beautiful tunes that deserve to be played more often!

Leelanau County Wedding Harp

For the seating of grandparents and parents and the entrance of the wedding party, I played “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  Maura’s processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Leland Wedding Harpist

During the ceremony, the bride and groom braided a cord of three strands and signed their marriage license to the hymn “Amazing Grace.”  The recessional was “A Groovy Kind of Love,” and the postlude included “All My Loving” and more Celtic tunes – but this time, uptempo jigs and reels!

Leland MI Wedding Music

For weddings anywhere in Michigan (or around the world!), please contact me about having a harpist for your ceremony or reception.  Visit my website ~ Northern Michigan Wedding Music ~ to get in touch!

Northern MI Wedding Harpist

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Cincinnati Harpist | Jewish Wedding Music

When Aaron and Jeremy contacted me about playing for their wedding, I knew it was going to be full of amazing music!  They had very unique pieces that they wanted included in their ceremony, including several pieces by the indie-folk harpist Joanna Newsom.

Cincinnati Wedding Harp Music

I’m always up for the challenge of expanding my repertoire!  Many of these special requests by couples end up becoming some of my own favorite pieces to play.

Jewish Wedding Harpist Cincinnati Wedding Musician

Although Aaron and Jeremy live in New York City, they came to Cincinnati to celebrate their wedding at Adath Israel Congregation.  The ceremony was officiated by two rabbis – uncle and niece!

Cincinnati Harp Player

Walking into the ceremony site was absolutely magical.  The area was draped in off-white, and the florist lined the walkway with trees and large floral arrangements.  Then, the chuppah!  Absolutely spectacular, and my pictures could never do it justice.

Harpist in Cincinnati

As guests arrived (and were wowed by the space!), I played the couple’s requests: “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks, “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens, and “This Charming Man” by The Smiths.  I can safely say that I’ve never played any of those pieces for a wedding ceremony before!

Cincinnati Wedding Harpist

The families and wedding party entered to “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” and the grooms followed to the Joanna Newsom song “Bridges and Balloons.”  The entered from opposite aisles, then circled one another before joining their parents under the chuppah.

Cincinnati Jewish Wedding Music

Their service was filled with love and laughter and Jewish traditions, from the wine sharing to the breaking of the glasses.  The couple exited to the guests singing “Siman Tov u’Mazel Tov,” and I continued with that piece as guests made their way outside for the cocktail hour (where a jazz combo was playing).

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A couple more Joanna Newsom pieces followed (“Peach, Plum, Pear” and “Sadie”), and by that time, the florist and wedding planner were hard at work turning the room over to get ready for dinner.  I did sneak a picture of the tables set up behind the curtain!

Cincinnati Wedding Reception Music

As a professional wedding harpist, I play for ceremonies of all faiths and traditions.  Yes, I play for same-sex weddings, too!  Please visit my website – Cincinnati Wedding Harpist – to contact me for availability and a quote.

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Port Huron Harpist ~ Music for a Wedding Ceremony

Kelsey and Nathan were married at a friend’s home in Port Huron, Michigan, right on the shores of Lake Huron.  They could not have asked for a more beautiful setting, and had perfect weather, too!  The tent kept the guests comfortably out of the sun (and would have been very useful if the weather hadn’t cooperated), but the backdrop of the waves and sailboats passing by reminded us that we were still close to the beach!

Port Huron Wedding Harpist

Guests were brought to the ceremony site on chartered buses.  As they arrived, I played the bride’s special requests of “Stand by Me,” “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen (one of my personal favorites!), then filled in with other similar pieces until it was time for the wedding to begin.

Eastern Michigan Harpist

The grandparents and parents were seated to “What a Wonderful World,” and the bridesmaids and ring bearers followed to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.  Kelsey chose Sting’s “Fields of Gold” for her processional music.

Port Huron MI Harpist

The ceremony concluded with the recessional “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.  I continued playing until all of the guests had made their way back to the buses and were headed off to the reception.

Port Huron Harpist

In Port Huron and throughout Eastern Michigan, I love providing harp music for couples who want something elegant and romantic added to their wedding plans!  Visit my website – Port Huron Wedding Harpist – and contact me for availability and a quote.

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Learn to Play the Harp!

Springfield Harp Lessons

Have you always wanted to play the harp?  Have a child who shows an interest?  Just want to try something new and different?

This fall, I will be teaching a beginners group harp class at The Music Factory in Springfield, Illinois.  This class is designed for those who have little to no previous experience with the harp, and you don’t even need to know how to read music.  The class is open to students age 7 and up (including adults!).

You don’t even need to own a harp!  Harps will be provided for in-class use.  If you’d like to have a harp to practice on at home in between classes, we have a limited number available for $15 per month.

Learn to Play the Harp in Springfield

Classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm at The Music Factory, 1139 N. MacArthur, in Springfield.  The first class is September 13th, and the semester is 14 weeks long (with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas).  The final class will be January 17th.

Harp Class in Springfield IL

Tuition for the group class is $210 for the 14-week semester, plus books ($37.89 + tax).

If a group environment isn’t the thing for you, or the class time doesn’t work with your schedule, private harp lessons are available, and can be set up for a time that is convenient for you.

Register online at www.SpringfieldMusicFactory.com, or call (217) 502-4958 with questions!

Harp Teacher Springfield Illinois

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Harpist in Springfield IL – Music for Seniors

I received a last-minute call to fill in as the presenter for an educational session at Concordia Village Senior Living, and was delighted to share the music of the harp with the residents there!  On Monday afternoon, I presented a recital program that included Celtic, classical, popular, and jazz harp music.

Springfield IL Harp Recital

In addition to the performance aspect of the afternoon, I included a little bit of harp history, some stories about weddings I’ve played and my work in India, and answered questions about the structure, transport, and inner workings of the harp.

Music for Seniors - Springfield Illinois

Some of the music I played included:

Springfield Illinois Harpist

From educational presentations and recitals to weddings and corporate parties, a harp delights people of all ages!  Contact me via my website ~ Springfield Harpist ~ for details and a quote.

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