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 - (Willamette Valley and South Western WA) Kimberly Houser holds a DMA in Music from the University of Arizona. She is professionally experienced as an orchestral player and soloist. She is also experienced in Opera, Ballet, Choral, and Chamber ensembles. Kimberly has stretched her skills to include Jazz, Popular and Experimental music. She has also served on the faculties of Louisana State University, Baton Rouge Community College, Clark Community College, and MSU Bozeman, MT, and has been an instructor at the New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend, a summer seminar for harpists looking to explore Jazz and Popular Genres. Kimberly is also available for weddings and other events.
Kimberly is active as a composer as well as a performer. She has studied harp with Marion Fouse and Carrol McLaughlin and has participated in master classes abroad with Catherine Michel. She studied composition with Pamela Decker.
Kimberly is available for bookings throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is currently splitting her time between Salem and her hometown of Eagle Creek. (A small town near Sandy, Oregon. Not related to the Eagle Creek found in the Columbia River Gorge) Home phone - 503 637 6587 Cell phone - 225 329 9885 email - firstname.lastname@example.org website - www.bellheatherraven.com
Elizabeth Nicholson - (Portland, OR)
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, 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.
Maya Bedge - (Beaverton, OR)
Maya is a two-time Poe harp scholarship recipient and an OMEA adjudicated student harpist. She has been learning and performing on the harp since 2011. She started learning violin and piano at the age of 5 and then switched to harp after listening to a harpist. Since then she has dedicated herself to learning and performing on the harp.
Currently Maya is a student at Westview High School and is eager to perform at your special event: Christmas, dinner, tea, brunch, church or any other event where you want beautiful, graceful music by someone who enjoys playing for her audience. Wherever she has played, she has received accolades for her ability, dedication and grace.