- Can I hear you play before I decide to use harp at my wedding or event?
- How far in advance can I book you?
- Will you play outdoors?
- Will you play outdoors year-round?
- Can you play my favorite song for my wedding ceremony?
- Do you perform with other musicians?
- My wedding ceremony is very short. Do you still charge the same amount?
- My wedding is a week away! Can you still play for me?
- My niece (sister, aunt, etc.) took a few harp lessons awhile back. Can she use your harp to play a piece during the ceremony?
- Can my children “try out” your harp at an event?
- Do you take requests?
- What do you wear for events?
- Do you take breaks during events?
- Can you play “Stairway to Heaven”?
Can I hear you play before I decide to use harp at my wedding or event?
Yes! Please contact me for sound clip files. You are also more than welcome to attend any public performances. However, weddings are private events, and out of respect for the families, I will not invite potential clients to see me perform at private functions.
How far in advance can I book you?
I generally accept bookings up to 12 months in advance. Most weddings are booked 4 to 6 months in advance.
Will you play outdoors?
I will play outdoor events but there is an additional charge of $50.00 for any outdoor performances. I require a dry and level surface for my harp. If it begins to rain during any event I will immediately cover my instrument and move to a covered area. The harp is delicate and very costly. Please understand that my first priority is protecting my harp. I also require a back-up plan for outdoor events. If there is no plan for inclement weather and weather conditions make playing outdoors impossible, I will not perform. The full balance of the contract is still due.
Will you play outdoors year-round?
Due to unpredictable weather, temperature, and humidity, no outdoor bookings are accepted for pedal harp during the months of November through March.
Can you play my favorite song for my wedding ceremony?
Most of the time, yes! If the song has been printed as sheet music I can usually transcribe it for harp. I do require at least 30 days notice for music selections. Please select the Diamond package for your ceremony to utilize this option.
Do you perform with other musicians?
Yes. I can perform as a duet or trio with a flutist, violinist, harpist, trumpeter, clarinetist, and other musicians. Contact me for additional ensembles.
My wedding ceremony is very short. Do you still charge the same amount?
Even with a short ceremony, there is a significant amount of time that goes into musical preparation, your consultation, transporting the harp, set-up, and strike. A fifteen minute ceremony is usually at least a two-hour commitment for me, not including your consultation or music preparation time.
My wedding is a week away! Can you still play for me?
If I am available for the date, yes. I may not be able to accommodate musical selections that are not already in my repertoire.
My niece (sister, aunt, etc.) took a few harp lessons years ago. Can she use your harp to play a piece during the ceremony?
It will depend on the situation but I usually do not like to let others use my harp during events.
Can my children “try out” your harp at an event?
I am more than willing to introduce the harp to children (and adults) at appropriate times during events, however I do ask that anyone interested have freshly washed hands and wait until I invite them to touch the harp. I will not let anyone stand on the baseplate or lean against the column.
Do you take requests?
If the selection is appropriate for the event and in my repertoire, than I’d love to play it for you.
What do you wear for events?
I usually wear long formal black unless otherwise requested.
Do you take breaks during events?
Usually for any event that lasts more than an hour I take a five minute break every 25 minutes. I can usually coordinate my breaks to coincide with a toast, speech, or other event that requires no background music. I do not take breaks during a wedding ceremony.
Can you play “Stairway to Heaven”?