Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding my work and services. Please contact me to discuss any other questions you may have.
How long have you been playing the harp and how did you become a harpist?
I saw my first harp when I was 4 years old, and fell in love with it instantly! Our pastor at the time had a teenage daughter who played the harp, and she demonstrated it for the children’s choir during one of our rehearsals. All I remember is desperately wanting to touch it, and knowing that I was going to play it when I became a “big girl” like her. I began taking lessons when I was 9 years old, and played for my first wedding when I was 16. By the age of 18, I was regularly performing for private events, and have never looked back!
We love your services and the testimonials you’ve gotten! Everything sounds fantastic. Can you tell us what sets you apart from other harpists?
Like many harpists, I started my college career wanting to become a harpist for an Opera company. Two years into my college training, I changed course and decided to focus on performing for private events. This is not a second choice for me. While I still enjoy occasionally performing for area orchestras and chamber groups, I absolutely LOVE participating in important events in the lives of individual clients. Weddings are my absolute favorite! I understand the emotions my clients are facing. In the past 5 years I have planned a wedding, and buried a loved one. In the past, I have also been on the planning committee for a large event. I understand how very important your wedding day is to you, and am honored to play a part in making it special and memorable.
This all sounds so wonderful, but it also sounds expensive. Are we going to be able to afford it?
Incorporating live music at an event that is meaningful to you is an investment you can’t afford to go without! Recorded music simply can’t respond to the fluctuations in mood and atmosphere that a live musician can, and forget about timing your walk down the aisle to a song on the IPod! I can perfectly match your arrival at the end of that aisle without any awkward stopping or annoying “fade outs”. A variety of packages are available for weddings, and I am happy to help you find the perfect one to fit your wedding day plans.
Who do you work best with, and who may not be a good fit for your services?
I work best with couples who are excited about planning their wedding! I love hearing how you met, how you got engaged, and the details you are planning that make your wedding unique. All of that information helps me guide you through selecting the perfect music that will reflect you as a couple on your wedding day. I hate cookie-cutter weddings, and believe that music is one of the best ways to individualize your ceremony.
I have also learned that I work best with people who communicate well. Not returning phone calls or email is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I pride myself on keeping my clients in the loop, and expect the same of them as well.
Heaven forbid, but what if you get sick and can’t play my wedding, or, what if something happens to your harp?
Great questions! After all, there is only one of me! However, the harp world is a very friendly one, and I have a list of colleagues whose playing I trust, that I can call if anything should ever happen that prevents me from playing. However, I can proudly say that I have NEVER missed a wedding in 16 years!
If anything happens to the harp…well, I’m a lucky girl to have multiple harps! If something tragic happened to one of my harps, I have two others I can use. Sizes and styles may differ, but the music will stay the same.
Will you work with my vocalist?
Absolutely! It’s fun for me to play with others! I will need to have a chat with them at least one month prior to the wedding, and a quick rehearsal will take place about an hour before your ceremony at no extra charge. Additional rehearsals can be arranged if needed, for an additional fee.
Do you take credit cards?
This sounds exactly what I’m looking for. What do I do next to start the process?
Fantastic! Please take a moment to view my packages to become familiar with the options available.
The next step is to email me with your wedding date, time and location. I will respond within 24 hours to confirm my availability, at which point we can discuss the packages in greater detail and select the one that works best for you.
We have a couple more questions before we get started. Can we call you to discuss further?
Absolutely! I can be reached at 360-778-2337, but email is usually the best way to reach me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.