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.

Songs list

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

Bridesmaids Processional:

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

Bride’s Processional:

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

Recessional:

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

Testimonials

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!

Thanks,
Mary Wynn

Mary Wynn, Wedding Planner
404.819.7878
visit our website www.amyosaba.com

Jim Tiernan

Call: (678) 467-8263

Email: jim@blueskyatlanta.com

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