The harpists on this page are not affiliated with Classic Harps Northwest.
Please contact them directly for more information and booking possibilities.
Karen Almquist - (Silverton, OR) Karen Almquist is a harpist and soprano performing for all occasions: weddings, funerals, receptions, corporate or private parties. She's recorded three CD's with flutist Jennifer Grady. The duo is known as HarpSong. Their CD's, "Noel", "Sean's Dance" and "The River" are available at Classic Harps NW. She prefers gigs in the Greater Willamette Valley and you can contact her by phone (503) 873-3175 or e-mail email@example.com.
Allegra Bel Embley - (Eugene, OR)
Passionate about sharing the beauty of the harp with others, Allegra Bel has been enchanting audiences with her harp music since 2004. She has enthusiastically performed at numerous venues across the United States, including weddings, receptions, church services, funerals, school programs, private parties and corporate events. She is privileged to have studied under the private instruction of several different harpists, including world-renowned Dr. Carrol McLaughlin at the University of Arizona and Dr. Cathy Clayton at the University of Utah.
Carole Bellinger - (West Linn, OR) Carole has played harp professionally for several years and performs on both the concert harp and the Celtic troubadour harp (in traditional Irish dress.) Her repertoire encompasses Classical, Popular, Romantic, Celtic, and sacred selections. Carole also teaches harp and music theory and accepts both children and adult students in her West Linn studio.
Carole had many years of childhood piano lessons and played percussion for six years in high school and university orchestras and ensembles. She initially intended to pursue a music degree but was lured away into Microbiology, in which she earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees. She began her harp studies intending to finally continue the musical studies she had abandoned in college and completed a Master of Arts degree in Harp Performance at San José State University, San José CA. In addition to her experience in solo and ensemble performance, Carole recorded the harp music for the film "Generic Thriller" and has been published in The American Harp Journal. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the American Harp Society.
Carole is available to provide music for your special events, weddings, dinner or brunch ambiance, or wherever beautiful music would be enjoyed. For information on engagements or lessons in the Portland area, contact her through her website at www.carolebellinger.com.
Janna Bisceglia Engell has been performing harp at weddings and other special events for over a decade. Janna plays both the Celtic harp and the Classical harp and her repertoire includes Celtic, classical, contemporary and traditional music. As the two-time northwest Scottish Harp Champion, Janna plays with warmth and grace, and can add affordable elegance to any event!
Celtic Muse - (Vancouver, WA) Valerie Blessley & Jennifer Pratt-Walter
Celtic Muse's extensive repertoire includes ancient aires and ballads, sprightly dances, stately medieval and Renaissance pieces, and light classics. Allow Celtic Muse to craft your own unique and unforgettable concert, ceremony or party with the angelic voices of harps, woven skillfully with Finnish kantele, sweet flute and recorder.
Celtic Muse is available at reasonable hourly rates or as a wedding performance package. Period dress is available for your historical-themed events. Available options include: Medieval, Ancient Scottish, Scandinavian, Prairie and Victorian dress.
Contact Valerie Blessley at (360) 576-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Pratt-Walter at (360) 693-4715 or email@example.com to schedule Celtic Muse as part of your special event in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR area. Call to ask about our travel options if you live outside of the Vancouver/Portland area.
Leigh Brown - (Sherwood, OR)
Leigh Brown has been a professional freelance harpist who has been playing for over 22 years as a soloist, in ensemble and in orchestra in Oregon, Indiana, Maryland, and Washington D.C. She plays anywhere from classical to contemporary to pop and jazz music for weddings, private parties, business functions, dinner parties, wine events and culinary events. Currently, she is based in Oregon and enjoys making every occasion special by setting the perfect mood. Please visit her website at www.leighbrownharp.comor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Evans - (Salem, OR)
Bethany Evans is a harpist with experience playing all types of events, including weddings, parties, and concerts. She has a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of Arizona as well as a Masters in Harp from the University of Oregon. Bethany has performed throughout the United States and Europe, has various recordings, and has a Christmas CD planned for 2009. She welcomes gigs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may contact her at email@example.com or at (503) 399-7374. https://bethanyevansharp.com/
Elaine Hesselman -(Lake Oswego, OR)
Elaine Hesselman attended U.S.C. on a four year harp scholarship.Raised
in Southern California, she was a student of three prominent studio
harpists, Aida Mulieri, Dorthy Remsen, and Catherine Gothoffer. Elaine
was harpist with the Pasadena, San Jose, Montery, and Santa Cruz
Symphony orchestras, and also member and soloist with the popular Ray
Conniff Orchestra. Elaine received her Masters Degree in harp
performance at the California Institute of the Arts prior to relocating
to Oregon in 1975. She has been a harpist with Portland Opera, Oregon
Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Oregon Coast and Sunriver
Music Festivals. She presently is principal harpist for the Vancouver
and Columbia Symphony Orchestras. She teaches in her home studio in
Lake Oswego and at Lewis and Clark College.
Kimberly Houser Taylor - (Salem, Oregon) Kimberly Houser Taylor, BM, MM, DMA, currently teaches at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and does freelance work throughout the Willamette valley. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kimberly started her harp studies with the local iconic pedagogue, Marion Fouse. Kimberly went on to pursue studies in harp at The University of Arizona where her creativity and knowledge of music, as well as her harp skills, were cultivated throughout three degree programs. It is her personal mission to continue to find an expanding range of personal expression with the harp as her main instrument, while still letting her musical skills grow outside of the world of the classical harp. Her teaching philosophy is to guide each student to find their own unique voice on the instrument and with music in general.
Elizabeth Nicholson performs Celtic harp and vocals for all occasions, (weddings, funerals, ceili dances, festivals, house concerts, therapeutic music, interactive workshops, and more). Her primary specialty is in traditional Irish and Scottish music, though her harp studies have ranged through myriad other world folk genres, from traditional Paraguayan harp to American county blues. A classically trained player with a background in pedal harp, she also plays classical and baroque material arranged for Celtic harp. Elizabeth performs solo and with several ensembles, including the critically acclaimed Celtic/world music band Stringed Migration (www.stringedmigration.com).
If you're interested in auditioning Elizabeth for an event, you can find her performing around the Portland area several times a week at local clubs and restaurants by checking the performance page of her website at http://www.elizabethnicholson.com. There you will also find detailed biographical information, press and client reviews, wedding info, photos, sound clips of recordings, and videos of harp performance. To contact elizabeth, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 503 287-7780
Kate Petak - (SE Portland, OR)
Award winning harpist Kate Petak has been performing for audiences since the age of thirteen. She has received critical acclaim for performances in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist throughout the United States, England, and Japan. Areas of special interest include modern music, opera, and small ensembles. She has studied at Boston University, the Royal College of Music, and Ball State University, where she obtained a master's degree in harp performance. She is interested in sharing her music with the public by performing solo recitals, chamber music, and in orchestras. Kate can be reached by phone at 503-705-9560, by email at email@example.com, or through her website, www.katepetak.com.
Jennifer Pratt-Walter - (Vancouver, WA)
In addition to performing with Valerie Blessley as Celtic Muse, I provide music at the bedside for the dying, or for those with pain, memory loss and anxiety issues. Jennifer Pratt-Walter, (360) 693-4715, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Tutsky - (SE Portland, OR)
Matthew is currently Principal Harpist with Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Boise Philharmonic. He was previously Acting Principal Harpist with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera for the 2013-2014 season. Matthew is an avid traveler working as a permanent substitute harpist with Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Billings Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and Anchorage Symphony. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard’s Pre College. Matthew has performed in top concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has performed with James Taylor, Ben Folds, Kristin Chenoweth, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Johnny Mathis, Emmanuel Pahud, and other leading musical icons. As a member of the American Harp Society and Vice-President of the Boise Chapter, he gave honorarium recitals with Connecticut Chapter of the American Harp Society and Lyon & Healy West. Matthew participated in a premier of John Luther Adams’ “Become Desert” with Seattle Symphony and joined them on tour with this work. Matthew has performed concertos with Utah Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music of the Springs in Colorado, and Nova Chamber Music Series. He received a perfect score for a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts in 2012. He has recorded with Seattle Symphony and Utah Symphony. Matthew holds University teaching posts as Adjunct Professor of Harp with University of Portland and Reed College. He previously held teaching posts with Weber State University, Northwest Nazarene University. In addition to classical training, he is also a therapeutic harp practitioner, finishing his training from International Harp Therapy. Matthew is based in Portland, OR.
You can reach Matthew by phone (203.606.4489) or email (email@example.com).
Laura Zaerr - (Corvalis, OR)
teaches both pedal harp and folk harp
at the University of Oregon, where she obtained her bachelorís degree
in music performance and composition. She was a three-time recipient
of the Ruth Lorraine Close Award for musical studies. She holds a masterís
degree in harp performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she
studied with Eileen Malone. Over the past 20 years Laura has produced
several solo CDs featuring original compositions and arrangements of
Celtic tunes as well as recording collaboratively with various musical
groups. Lauraís artistic interests extend beyond performance.
With the help of her father, she renovated a single-action pedal harp
built in Paris in 1892. Lauraís exquisite performances of little-known
classical harp works on this unique and beautiful instrument has gained
national attention. As well as maintaining a thriving studio in Corvallis,
Laura travels throughout the Northwest giving workshops and concerts.
In her spare time she enjoys white-water kayaking. You can reach Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website laurazaerr.com.
Below is a list of student performers.
Please contact them directly for more information and booking possibilities.
Emma Couch - (Oregon City, OR)
Emma has been playing the harp for seven years. She has recently enjoyed playing the pedal harp with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland. She loves playing all kinds of music from Celtic to classical. She is currently in high school, and plans on continuing her musical education. She has to studied with wonderful teachers who have helped her develop her playing skills. Emma has experience playing for audiences and would be happy to play for holidays, weddings, parties, church, casual gatherings or any other special occasion.
You can contact her at (503) 839-2227 or email email@example.com.
If you are a harp performer in the area and would like to include your information here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org