for an affordable music solution for your wedding, reception,
· Planning your wedding or event on a budget?
· In need of low cost background music for your cocktail
hour or dinner?
· Looking for an economical solution to live music without
· Discouraged by how much a DJ or Live Band costs?
· Wondering how to save money and still have fantastic
music your guests will
This . . .
harp is a perfect solo instrument, producing rich, full
don't need to hire two musicians or 20 to have great music.
Yes, you can pair the harp up with other instruments if
you wish, but you don't have to. The vast majority
of the weddings and events for which I have played in the
last 18 years were as a solo artist.
The harp is beautiful, elegant, and classy.
harp evokes images of richness and elegance. It is not commonplace,
it looks unusual and expensive. Only you will know that
hiring a harpist actually saved you money over hiring multiple
musicians or a DJ.
Harp music is capable of filling a room without overpowering
your guests' conversations.
sound of the harp carries throughout rooms as if floating,
yet it doesn't make it hard for guests to converse. I also
bring a small amplifier or can plug into venue sound systems
for large events to make sure the coverage of the music
is full but not overwhelming.
music is great for ceremonies as well as receptions, cocktails
as well as dinners.
offer package deals for booking multiple aspects of your
special event. Adding on more time is almost always less
expensive than hiring multiple vendors for different parts
of your day.
music is not just one type of music or mood.
sound of the harp will always be elegant and beautiful,
but the music you choose will set the tone and mood of
your event. Do you want traditional? Do you want to infuse
a subtle sense of humor? I've played everything from "Here
Comes the Bride" to Metallica's "Nothing Else
Matters" as a wedding processional. Even with the
most interesting music choices, your guests will hear
beautiful music. And you and your friends will recognize
the song and smile.
am a highly trained musician.
hold both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in music,
specifically harp performance, from Northwestern University
in Evanston. I started music lessons at the age of 2 1/2 and
have devoted my life training as a musical artist.
I am a very experienced at providing music for weddings and
have been playing for weddings and special events professionally
for about 18 years. I've played for everything from the most
esoteric ceremonies to the most traditional masses; from the
smallest, most intimate (I was the only witness) to the biggest,
most splendid affairs.
I am a very versatile harpist.
play everything from Classical to Rock music, Celtic to Asian,
Christian and Jewish, and so many other choices. See my Audio
Sample and Song
List pages for ideas.
I arrive elegantly attired with a beautiful harp and matching
elegant and expensive-looking is a wire music stand and a
folding chair? Not at all!
I bring with me a matching black wood and brass music stand
and a black carved wood harp stool on which to sit while playing
my elegant harp. I do my best to fulfill not only the music
of the harp but the image of elegance.
love playing for weddings and events.
don't just work as a freelance musician as a sideline, I
don't just play for weddings when I'm not otherwise booked.
Playing for special events in people's lives fulfills me.
I truly want to be there for you in order to make my aspect
of your day the best possible. This is my way of enriching
lives, by sharing my talent and making a living doing it.
Yes, sometimes I'm just an employee, and that's ok. But
for some clients, some guests, and some events, I can be
an integral part of making it even more special and memorable.
Gardner, harpist, serving Chicago's North Shore
Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI along the lakeshore -
from Evanston, Highland Park, Waukegan, Kenosha, and Racine
to Naperville, St. Charles, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Lake Geneva.