|Looking for a harpist in the Chicago, IL or Milwaukee, WI area to play at your wedding, special event, or company party? I am a full-time professional harpist, performing harp music at wedding and events throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee area - NE Illinois to SE Wisconsin. In addition to being a Chicago wedding musician and Milwaukee wedding harpist (ceremony, shower, reception - cocktail hour and/or dinner) I also perform for parties (birthday, anniversary, Christmas / holiday, retirement, corporate), services (church, christening, funeral), concerts (solo, orchestral), and many other (open house, wine tasting, gallery show, grand opening). My extensive repertoire includes classical, Celtic (Irish), Asian (Chinese), Christian, and Jewish music, as well as popular music, R&B, rock, new age, showtunes, and standards.|
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Musical Background and Training
I began studying music at the age of 2 1/2, starting with violin. By the age of 11 I was also taking harp and piano lessons. I have since completed both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in harp performance from Northwestern University, where I studied under Elizabeth Cifani, Lyric Opera principal harpist. Other teachers include Minnesota Orchestra Principal Harpists Joan Mainzer (retired) and Kathy Kienzle (current).
play a full-sized classical pedal harp--a Lyon & Healy ebony and
bronze style 23. My repertoire for the pedal harp includes a broad
range of styles--classical (from Medieval and Renaissance to French
Romantic and Contemporary), Celtic, Jewish, east Asian, religious,
and popular (from the Phantom of the Opera to Enya). I also have smaller
repertoires for the folk harp, double-strung folk harp, and the wire-strung