Northern Illinois - Chicago Area harpist - Providing music for weddings and events in Illinois and Wisconsin - Milwaukee Area harpist - Southern Wisconsin

Are you:
· Looking for an affordable music solution for your wedding, reception, or event?
· 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 sacrificing quality?
· Discouraged by how much a DJ or Live Band costs?
· Wondering how to save money and still have fantastic music your guests will
   always remember?

Consider This . . .

The harp is a perfect solo instrument, producing rich, full music.
You 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 rolex replica and events for which I have played in the last 18 years were as a solo artist.

The harp is beautiful, elegant, and classy.
The 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.
The sound of the harp carries throughout rooms as if floating, yet it doesn't make swiss rolex 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.

Harp music is great for ceremonies as well as receptions, cocktails as well as dinners.
I offer package deals for booking multiple aspects of your special event. Adding fake omega watches on more time is almost always less expensive than hiring multiple vendors for different parts of your day.


Harp music is not just one type of music or mood.
The 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.


Why Choose Me?
I am a highly trained musician.
I 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 events.
I 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.
I 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 equipment.
How 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.

I love playing for weddings and events.
I 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.


Kari Gardner, harpist, serving Chicago's North Shore
From 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.

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