Harpist in Madison ~ Music for a Baby Shower

It’s a girl!  An intimate and socially-distanced group of family members gathered to celebrate with Emily for her baby shower.  They met in the SkyBar of The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, and the room offered beautiful views of both the capitol and Lake Mendota.

Baby Shower Music Wisconsin

The room was decorated with touches of pink, with baskets of flowers around the harp.  It was like playing in a garden!

Harpist in Madison WI

Harp music played throughout the gathering time as guests enjoyed cocktails, and then through the luncheon service.  Their special request pieces included “Here Comes the Sun,” “O Re Piya,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” and “Come Sail Away.”  It provided a nice background of music from popular, folk, Bollywood, and musical theatre genres.  Something for everyone!

Wisconsin Harpist

Adding live music on the harp elevates any gathering – it’s not only for weddings!  I play for bridal and baby showers, corporate events, holiday parties, and more.  Contact me at ~ Madison Harpist ~ to check availability and start planning your event!

Madison Wisconsin Harpist

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West Virginia Harpist ~ Charleston Wedding Music

Elizabeth and Justin were married in the heart of West Virginia, at the Wilderness Lodge just outside of Summersville.  Their venue overlooked the mountains and the Gauley River, and they had perfect weather for their outdoor ceremony!

Harpist in WV

They chose the Ed Sheeran song “Perfect” for the seating of family members, followed by John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” for the wedding party processional.  Once the flower girl made it down the aisle, “I See the Light” from the Disney movie Tangled announced the bride’s arrival.

Harp Player West Virginia

The recessional was another contemporary and non-traditional piece – “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift.  Wedding music should be a reflection of your tastes and style, so anything goes!  The couples with whom I work often choose songs that are not classical or what people expect to hear at a wedding, but are personal to them and sound beautiful on the harp.  Each ceremony I play is completely customized by the couple.

Charleston Harpist

I continued with upbeat modern music for the postlude, as they took a group picture with all the guests and then made their way to the pavilion for the cocktail hour.

The harp is a touch of elegance for any event, and I play for weddings and parties throughout West Virginia.  Visit my website ~ Charleston WV Harpist ~ to get in touch and discuss the details!

West Virginia Harpist

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Tri-Cities Harpist – Wedding at the International Storytelling Center

Alexa and Collin were married at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  They had a beautiful spring day, and the large windows brought the outside in!

Tri-Cities Harp Player

Their ceremony and reception both took place inside, with the fireplace as the backdrop.  Guests who couldn’t attend in person watched on Zoom.  Even after we get back to “normal,” I hope that continues, so people around the world can celebrate together!

North Carolina Harpist

The family and wedding party came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  Alexa chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her processional.  Their unity bead ceremony had the Welsh folk song, “Suogan,” playing in the background, followed by the Scottish folk song, “Loch Lomond” for their handfasting.

All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera concluded the ceremony.  I continued to play as guests exited and the room was flipped for dinner.

Wedding Harpist Tennessee

The music for dinner included classical and Celtic music, such as “Arioso” by Bach, “The Swan” by Saint-Saens, and the Irish folk songs “Carrickfergus,” “Galway Piper,” and “Lark in the Clear Air.”

I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the Tri-Cities area and beyond, including Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Southeast Kentucky.  Get in touch at {Tri-Cities Wedding Harpist} to bring the beauty of harp music to your event!

Virginia Harpist for Weddings

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Wedding Harpist in Toledo ~ Ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art

Wedding Musician Toledo HarpistThis spring has blessed my April couples with beautiful weather!  Although we were indoors at the Toledo Museum of Art, the view was still stunning from the GlasSalon.  The curved, floor-to-ceiling windows brought the outdoors in!

Harp for a Wedding in Toledo OH

As guests took their seats, I played “Trumpet Voluntary,” “Spring” from The Four Seasons, and other classical selections.  The family of the bride and groom entered to the hymn “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.”  The wedding party followed to “To Make You Feel My Love,” and the bride’s processional was the Etta James jazz standard, “At Last.”

Harpist in Toledo OH

They chose “In My Life” by The Beatles for their unity plant ceremony.  The ceremony concluded with J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” as the couple and wedding party exited, followed by “Clocks” by Coldplay and other popular songs for the postlude.

Toledo OH Harp for Weddings

I play for weddings in Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio.  Visit my website – Toledo Wedding Harpist – to listen to more clips, view repertoire lists, and check availability.  I’d love to work with you to create a personalized wedding music experience!

Toledo Wedding Harpist

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Harpist in Jackson, MS ~ Engagement Party

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Alysia and James celebrated their engagement in style!  They completely transformed Capitol 201, in downtown Jackson, into a red and black glamour-filled space.

Harpist in Jackson MS

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The evening began with a cocktail hour, with harp music in the background.  The bride-to-be chose songs you may not expect to hear on the harp!  These included “Rise Up” (Andra Day), “Perfect” (Ed Sheeran), and “Hello” (Adele).

Jackson Mississippi Harpist

As the celebration continued and dinner was served, I played harp covers of songs by John Legend, Bob Marley, Sia, Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce.

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After dinner, the couple shared a dance on a “cloud,” complete with fireworks!

Wedding Harp Music Jackson MS

I specialize in playing contemporary music on a classical instrument.  The harp is perfect for all events, and I can play a variety of music of your choice.  Beyond the beautiful sounds, the harp has an impressive presence that will wow your guests as they walk into the room!

Mississippi Harpist

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If you are planning a wedding or party in Jackson – or anywhere in Central Mississippi – please get in touch!  Visit my website {Jackson Mississippi Harpist} and contact me for availability and a quote!

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Hot Springs Wedding Music ~ Arkansas Harpist

First outdoor wedding of the year, and it was a beautiful day with perfect spring weather!  A small group of friends and family gathered at the farmhouse at Humphrey’s Dairy Farm outside of Hot Springs.  Lots of boho-inspired and rustic decor gave it a personal touch!

Arkansas Harpist for WeddingsTheir prelude included the special request “Purple Rain.”  As the groom and officiant entered, I played “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5.  Stephanie’s bridal processional was Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.”

Hot Springs Wedding Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the newlyweds recessed back down the aisle to “Stand By Me.”  I continued playing classic and contemporary love songs as the guests made their way inside the farmhouse for the reception.

Wedding Music Arkansas

If you are planning a wedding in Hot Springs, or anywhere in Central Arkansas, get in touch!  I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the region, customizing the music to match your preferences and include your favorites.  Visit my website ~ Hot Springs Wedding Music ~ to check availability and receive a quote!

 

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Audio Clips – Harp, Violin, & Cello

I have recently added several new audio clips to my website.  These samples of songs are helpful for couples planning their wedding music, as it is sometimes difficult to imagine how songs sound on the harp!

For solo harp, I’ve added three clips of Bollywood songs:

Last year, I recorded a few wedding ceremonies when I was playing as part of an ensemble with other musicians.  Although the majority of my weddings are solo harp, adding other string instruments is also popular.

Wedding Quartet St. Louis

These are of my harp and violin duet, recorded live at an outdoor wedding ceremony:

Adding a cello adds extra depth and warmth to the sound.  These recordings are of my trio with harp, violin, and cello, also recorded live at wedding ceremonies:

Harp Violin Cello Trio Wedding Music

For something really unique and impressive, try a two-harp duet!  Other options that will surprise your guests include harp and steel drums or harp and marimba.

I love working with couples to plan their wedding music!  Whether you choose harp solo, a classic duet or trio, or a more unexpected combination of instruments, the music for your ceremony will be customized to include your favorite pieces and special requests.  Get in touch today (www.TheClassicHarpist.com) to start making plans!

Chicago Harp Duet for Weddings

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Valentine’s Day Wedding | Harpist in Kansas City

What better day for a wedding than Valentine’s Day!  It was a cold and snowy day, but Grace and Sam were all smiles for their ceremony at the Anthony Chapel.  Although the rest of Powell Gardens was closed, the chapel was bright and welcoming.

Valentine's Day Wedding Music

Putting together a wedding during a pandemic calls for some creative thinking, and they planned this in three weeks!  The smaller guest lists that are currently necessary actually make it easier to adapt, find unique venues on short notice, and still be able to have a lovely wedding – even if it isn’t 200 people on a dance floor!

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

I played classical harp music as guests took their seats, and switched to Bach’s “Prelude in C” for the wedding party processional.  The bride’s entrance music was “Ave Maria” by Schubert.  The ceremony was officiated by the grandfather of the bride, and her brother played a guitar solo during the unity candle lighting.  A true family celebration!

Kansas City Harpist

The recessional was “Trumpet Voluntary,” and I continued with other uptempo classical selections as guests exited and snow swirled around outside the windows.

Powell Gardens Chapel Wedding Music Kansas City

I play for weddings throughout the year, and weather never stops me!  It’s an honor to bring the beautiful music of the harp to couples and their guests, and it adds a touch of elegance to ceremonies and receptions in any venue.  Get in touch via my website ~ Kansas City Harpist ~ to discuss the details of your event!

Wedding Music Kansas City

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Harp Music for Funerals

The music of the harp is a wonderful way to honor loved ones who have passed.  I can play a variety of music special to your family, including popular, classical, folk music, and hymns.  I play for services in churches, funeral homes, and at the graveside.

In January, I played for two funerals/visitations.  The first was at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibsonburg, Ohio.  I played during the visitation, and the organist played for the service itself.

Toledo Harpist

The following weekend, I played for the visitation and funeral Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana.  The music included several Irish songs to celebrate the family’s heritage.  During the Mass, I collaborated with the church music director and a vocalist.

South Bend Harpist

With COVID precautions in place, we were more spaced out, with the singer in a separate room.  The church has done an excellent job using their sound system and monitors so that live music can continue in a safe way.

Funeral Harp Music

I am available to play for funerals and memorial services in Northern Indiana and the Toledo area, as well as throughout the Midwest and beyond.  Please contact me at my website ~ Harp Music for Funerals ~ to discuss your musical needs.

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Top Wedding Music of 2020

Well, 2020 was certainly different!  Far fewer weddings than a “normal” year, but I still wanted to do this recap of what my couples who were able to get married this year chose as the soundtrack for their wedding days.  Some were early in the year, before everything shut down, and then as places started to re-open, some were rescheduled.  Many of my 2020 weddings will happen later in 2021 (or even 2022!).

This list of the most-requested wedding ceremony songs from 2020 is a wonderful place to start your music planning.  You’ll see the traditional favorites, plus many more unique options.  A harp can be classic or contemporary – or a mix of both!

COVID-19 Wedding Harp

Instead of creating just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my couples in 2020.  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.

Harpist in St. Louis

Canon in D” is still popular, for both wedding party and bridal processionals, but the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner was only used by one of my brides from this year.  Overall, there were more requests for contemporary and popular songs instead of classical and traditional music.  Either way, the harp is a beautiful and elegant choice for your ceremony music!

Indy Wedding Harpist

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):

Rockford IL Harp Player

Family seating:

Harp Music Mackinac Island

Wedding party processional:

Harpist in Northwest Indiana

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

Hot Springs Wedding Harpist

Recessional:

Wedding Music Madison WI

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!

Kansas City Wedding Harpist

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