While we were wrestling with different music ideas for our wedding, we had quickly settled on playing light jazz throughout the reception/evening. We had thought of harpists and other live musicians for our ceremony early on, but had dismissed the idea assuming it to be too expensive for our humble wedding. Now five weeks before the wedding, we have returned to the harpist idea, and found that (for those we checked out) their prices are actually quite reasonable; circling both sides of $300 for playing a ceremony set.
Here is the list of the Winnipeg harpists that we considered for our wedding ceremony (prelude through to signing and postlude):
- Leslie McInnis
Leslie was the first harpist we found online, and the first to call us back. We really enjoyed the layout of her web-site, listening to her many music samples, and pictures of her beautifully carved harp. However, contacting our harpists with only one month before the ceremony revealed its first feared (yet expected) scheduling conflict, so we had to cross Leslie off our "selection list" as quickly as we had started creating it.
- Anita Durksen
Anita contacted us next. The layout of her website was also very well done, but the samples were a bit more limited compared to the other sites. What Anita's samples taught us though is that the Paraguayan harp has a distinct sound when compared to "traditional" Concert harps. This difference didn't sound right for us, but I have no doubt others would select it for their various events. While Anita has a page devoted to her Repertoire, I would have appreciated an additional category devoted to grouping together wedding song choices.
- Erica Schultz (who we booked)
Like many of the good things in life, saving the best for last lead to Erica's introduction. She also has an easy to navigate web-site, with the only constructive criticisms I have being that her vast Repertoire page would be much easier to read as a bulleted-list then as a paragraph, and I would have loved to see more pictures of her with her harp. One read through her About page though was all one needed to know that they were dealing with a professional of exceptional experience playing the harp; reinforced by listening to her many samples. You just knew that her fingers were gliding confidently and effortlessly across her harp strings. The hardest part now will be picking what songs are played when.
Hopefully these links and information are helpful to you if you're seeking a harpist in Winnipeg.
I'll make sure I post updates after we have the opportunity to meet Erica in person, and after the wedding ceremony of course.