Why hire The Elegant Harp?
Awarded Best of Wedding 2011, 2012, 2013 on The Knot & Bride's Choice 2011, 2012, 2013 on Wedding Wire, Premiere Harpist Esther M. Underhay brings her experience playing for Presidents, Celebrities, entertaining on Celebrity Cruises, and as Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Harpist, to your special event. In great demand in South Florida for Solo Harp, Chamber Duo & Trio, & Jazz Band, she creates a very elegant ambiance for your wedding, dinner party, corporate event, or cocktail party. She plays a wide spectrum of musical styles in order to present a truly memorable experience for you and your guests, always working to meet and exceed your expectations.
Doesn't it FRUSTRATE you to attend an event, only to be blasted by the music, making it impossible to network as you had hoped? THE ELEGANT HARP provides the perfect ambiance for your corporate and social events, without intruding on the conversation.
Harpist Esther Underhay has performed professionally on Harp and Piano on the Concert Stage and for countless Political, Corporate, Charity, and Social Events, including Weddings, in homes of millionaires and billionaires in South Florida, throughout the United States, Canada, Bahamas, and around the world, for over 25 years. She has many years' experience as a musician interacting with guests through long-term contracts as harpist at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and on Celebrity Cruises. She is equally comfortable interacting with people of all socioeconomic status, including Presidents, Royalty, celebrities, and the very wealthy.
Winning the hearts of her audiences wherever she goes, Harpist Esther Underhay was recently hailed “Esther, Queen of Harps”.
With years of experience performing for elite guests, it is always in the role of an ambassador, recognizing lifetime customer value, therefore always striving to build brand loyalty through stellar performance. As an integral part of the whole, Esther works to give the guests an extraordinary experience that exceeds their expectations. Your/our reputation is only as good as the last experience, so we must always endeavor to make it a memory to last a lifetime.
Harpist Esther Underhay performs a broad spectrum of music:
From Rachmaninoff’s “Variation on a Theme by Paganini” to Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata”
From Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” to The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”
From Gypsy King's "Bamboleo" to Coldplay's “Clocks”..
Repertoire is carefully chosen to complement your event.
“You are one with your harp, you made love to your harp with your music, I was enthralled, it was the most beautiful I have ever heard!” Countess Henrietta de Hoernle following concert.
Esther has personally performed for literally 1000's of Bridal Events including Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Receptions, Engagement Dinner, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Brunch Morning After Wedding
Whether a large extravagant wedding or a simple affair; in a cathedral, hotel ballroom, or outdoors, Esther works with the couple to choose just the right music. For the wedding cocktail hour or reception, she incorporates a mixture of favorite songs spanning three generations in order to make it meaningful to the wide range of ages represented. A Classically trained pianist, she is often asked to perform on the harp for the ceremony and then the piano for the cocktail hour. Destination weddings are very popular in South Florida. Whether the couple lives here or is flying in just in time for the wedding, she will assist them in ensuring the music is exactly what they have always dreamed of. Solo or duo harp, or in combination with other instruments, the music of the harp is sure to help create an unforgettable experience on the wedding day!
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Performed for
- President and Mrs. H.W. Bush
- President Bill Clinton
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
- G7 Summit 1995, Halifax, Nova Scotia, private reception for Economic World Leaders’ Wives, including Hillary Clinton, hosted by Canada's Prime Minister's wife, Madame Aline Chretien
- Canada’s Prime Minister’s wife, Mila Mulroney
- H.R.H. Prince Edward
- Canada’s CTV national news program, Biography
RECENT CLIENTS INCLUDE:
A. B. Levy Rare Antiques
Kendall Medical Center
Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens
Chane des Rtisseurs
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
International Red Cross Ball
American Institute of Architecture
First Southern Bank
Futures of Palm Beach
J. R. Dunn Jewelers
Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club
The Spa at Doral
American Friends of the Israel Museum
Florida Pace Center AND MANY MORE...
* Onstage throughout US, Canada, Solo & Duo Harp, with backup band
* Celebrity Cruises
* Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach
* AAA 4 Diamond Riveredge Resort Hotel, NY
* Canada’s National CBC Television & Radio
* Orchestras in the US, Canada
* Manhattan Transfer Concert, Backup Band, 2009
* For numerous Celebrities, including Christopher Plummer, Pierce Brosnan
* Performer/Lecturer on History of Harp, University Music Departments, Irish Societies
Esther Underhay: Harpist
Esther Underhay: Pianist
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
Acces to power for band
Stage preferred for band
2006: 120 gigs
2007: 130 gigs
2008: 140 gigs
2009: 150 gigs
2010: 160 gigs
2011: 140 gigs
2012: 150 gigs
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Christmas Party, Church Service, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Quinceañera, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Studio Session, Sweet 16 Party, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception