Meet The Harpist
Harpist Debra is known for extraordinary versatility as a musician, performing on harp, flute and other instruments, as well an exceptional vocal ability.
Her specialties include traditional Celtic music, early music, contemporary and traditional Christian music, and original compositions. Atlanta harpist Debra performs in a wide variety of venues throughout Georgia. Debra is also a Certified Music Practitioner (MHTP) and a District Instructor for American Independent Music Association. A native of Olney, Illinois, Debra began formal music training at age seven on piano and later, on flute, piccolo and recorder. She earned a B. S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana majoring in flute. After moving to Georgia in 1993, Debra pursued graduate study in Music Ed. at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. then taught herself to play celtic and historical harps, Irish and Baroque flute, pennywhistle, and bombarde.
Debra has performed in the ensembles Heather (traditional Scottish music 1996-7), The Goliards of Atlanta, (Medieval and Renaissance music), New Trinity Baroque (Baroque music), Siansa (traditional Irish music -since 1997). As a solo artist, Debra performed at the Georgia Renaissance Festival 1996-2008, and continues to perform for a wide variety of events and venues primarily in the Atlanta area. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, a 1999 graduate of the Music For Healing and Transition Program, providing therapeutic harp music for patients throughout Gwinnett Hospital System from 2003 to 2007, and for patients of Compassionate Care Hospice since 2009.
Debra has recorded two solo CDs of celtic and original music, A Harp In Ivy (2000) and Harp At Water’s Edge (2002), and recorded with Kathleen Donohoe on Irish Songs You’ll Love (2002), and with ensembles of All Saints Lutheran Church, Lilburn on Gift of Grace (2003). On the newly released CD A Christmas Nightingale (2010), Debra performs Christmas carols of long ago on celtic and bray harps, recorders and tambourine, singing the songs in their original languages.
Quote: $450- 650.
Wedding Repertoire – Harpist Debra
Suggested Music for Weddings:
(With a few exceptions, music listed in one place could just as well be used in another.)
Seating of Mothers/Others:
All I Ask Of You (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Annie Laurie – traditional Scottish
Annie’s Song – John Denver
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Weiss, Peretti & Creatore (sung by Elvis Presley)
Duettino – Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Fields of Gold – Sting
My Love Is Like A Red, Red, Rose – Robert Burns
Passepied – G. F. Handel
The Rose – Amanda McBroom
Somewhere In Time – John Barry
The Wind Beneath My Wings – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar
A Thousand Years – David Hodges & Christina Perri
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) – Y. Hadar
The Gentle Maiden – The Bunting Collection
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J. S. Bach
Ode To Joy – Ludwig von Beethoven
St. Anthony’s Chorale – Joseph Haydn
Bridal March from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner
Fanuil Poer – Turlough Ó Carolan
Give Me Your Hand – Ruaraigh Dall Ó Cahain
Jhon Come Kisse Me Noue – mid-17th century Scottish
King William’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary – Henry Purcell
Wedding Song, The – Kenny G & Walter Afansieff
Unity Candle Lighting/Music Meditation:
“One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein
Aire (Coranto) – John Jenkins
The Irish Wedding Song – Ian Betteridge
Largo – G. F. Händel
Let It Be Me – Gilbert Becaud
The Lord’s Prayer – Albert Hay Malotte
Love Me Tender (Aura Lee) – Elvis Presley & Vera Matson
Panis Angelicus – Cesar Frank
The Wedding – Michael Card
With This Ring – Clyde Otis & Vincent Corso
A Lover’s Concerto – Sandy Linzer &b Denny Randall
Carolan’s Concerto – Turlough Ó Carolan
Joy To The Personne of My Love – Skene Manuscript
Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
Hornpipe – Henry Purcell
Gavotte – Johann Sebastian Bach
Gabot – Rowallan Lute Book
Debra was fantastic on Saturday June 4, 2016 – super flexible, easy to work with, and she played beautifully for my client’s wedding ceremony! Thanks so much for checking in!
I’m sure we’ll use y’all again soon!
Mary Wynn, Wedding Planner
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