Celestial Strings and Ceremonies Harpist

Why book Celestial Strings and Ceremonies Harpist?

Celestial Strings and Ceremonies is the music and wedding ministry of Rev. William and Susan Reister. Pastor Bill Reister provides the elegant music of the harp for weddings, receptions, banquets, cocktail hours, parties, worship services, school programs, retirement communities, funerals, birthday parties, grand openings, holiday events, inspirational programs, and other social occasions. Susan Reister provides organ, piano, or keyboard music upon request for social occasions and has more than 30 years of experience in her field. Pastor Bill also officiates for dozens of weddings each year. He will be pleased to consult with you personally to plan the music for your special event.





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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Unions: American Harp Society (non-union)


The harp is an elegant instrument which is frequently mentioned in the Bible. The peaceful sound of the harp provides a relaxing experience for clients and guests. When you receive the musical services of Celestial Strings you can depend on Pastor Bill and Susan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the event. For weddings a minimum of 30 minutes of pre-service music is provided. Amplification is provided for all events. With a large repertoire of classical, traditional, sacred, and popular music for the harp, organ, piano, or keyboard, the music selections will be pleasing to the guests. A personal consultation is available to assist in planning the event. Regular communication via phone and email prior to the event assures the client of a satisfying experience. The Salvi pedal harp is used for most events but a Triplett Eclipse lever harp or a Salvi Julia lever harp are used for beach weddings or other events where a more portable instrument is required. Client reviews are available.

Additional Booking Notes

Salvi Orchestra Semi-Grand pedal harp (46 string), Triplett Eclipse Lever harp (38 string), Salvi Julia Celtic Lever Harp (34 string), Dusty Strings Lever harp (26 string); Korg X-3 Synthesizer, Korg Triton Music Work Station, Yamaha Portable Grand (88 key) electronic keyboard, Roland VA 76 Keyboard, Bose Tower Amp with Tonematch engine, Roland Cube Street battery powered amp

Upcoming Booked Events

05/17/14 Wedding in Jacksonville, FL
05/22/14 Wedding at the Ritz Amelia Island Resort
11/08/14 Wedding at the Jacksonville Zoo

Past Booked Events

04/12/14 Wedding in Melbourne, FL
03/08/14 Wedding in Hilton Head, SC
03/01/14 Wedding in Jacksonville, FL
02/22/14 Medieval Themed wedding in Dade City, FL
01/04/14 Wedding in Singer Island, FL
01/04/14 Wedding in Parkland, FL
12/02/13 Christmas Party in Jacksonville, FL
11/30/13 Wedding Cocktail Hour in Orlando, FL
11/29/13 Wedding in Marco Island, FL
11/23/13 Wedding in Boca Grande, FL
11/17/13 90th Birthday Party, Northwood, IA
10/26/13 Edisto Island, SC
10/19/13 Wedding in Columbia, SC
10/12/13 Wedding in Hilton Head, SC
10/05/13 Wedding in Thomasville, GA
10/02/13 Corporate Event, Bluffton, SC
09/10/13 Harp Program at Jacksonville Healthcare
08/31/13 Wedding at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jacksonville, FL
08/30/13 Wedding at San Marco Preservation Hall, Jacksonville, FL
08/13/13 Harp Program at Jacksonville Healthcare
07/21/13 Wedding in St. Augustine, FL
07/20/13 Wedding in Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
07/13/13 Wedding at Seabreeze United Church, Daytona Beach, FL
07/09/13 Harp Program at Jacksonville Healthcare
07/06/13 Wedding in Savannah, GA
06/22/13 Wedding in Axson, Georgia
06/11/13 Program at Jacksonville Healthcare
12/24/12 Jacksonville, FL
12/15/12 Dunnellon, FL
12/04/12 Jacksonville, FL
09/29/12 Orlando, FL
09/28/12 St. Augustine, FL
08/25/12 Hilton Head, SC
08/04/12 Jacksonville, FL
07/10/12 Jacksonville, FL
06/17/12 Tallahassee, FL
06/16/12 Hilton Head, SC
06/12/12 Jacksonville, FL

Celestial Strings and Ceremonies Harpist

Celestial Strings is the music ministry of Rev. William Reister, an ordained Lutheran Christian minister, and his wife, Susan, an organist and pianist with more than 35 years of experience. Pastor Bill is a harpist, vocalist, and pianist with many years of experience as a soloist and member of choral and instrumental ensembles: Wartburg College Castle Singers, Concordia Seminary Choir, Victorian Carolers etc. He is a member of the American Harp Society and plays for dozens of events each year including weddings, banquets, worship services, community groups, private parties, retirement communities etc. He plays a Salvi Orchestra pedal harp and also performs on his Celtic lever harps. He welcomes the opportunity to play the harp for your elegant occasion. He provides amplification if needed with a top of the line Bose amplifier for indoor events and an excellent Rowland battery powered amp for outdoor engagements. He is also available to officiate weddings or conduct funerals in addition to playing the harp. A wedding package is available which includes pre-service harp music, piano, organ or keyboard music by Susan, and officiating by Pastor Bill.

Educational programs featuring the harp are also available. Call to request a complete listing of available programs or to create one for your group or organization. The music of the harp will add elegance to your special event as it has for the hundreds of venues where Pastor Bill has performed in the last 12 years. A list of previous events or a demo CD is available upon request. He has performed for numerous conventions and conferences and at hundreds of venues from South Carolina to South Florida including, to name a few, One Ocean Spa, Hospice of NE Florida, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Queen's Harbor Yacht and Country Club, Children's Home Society, Osprey Cove Country Club, Jacksonville Electric Authority, Southside Baptist Church, Town and Country Funeral Home, San Jose Elementary School. Please call or e-mail him today to reserve the date for your special event. Ask about special rates for non-profit organizations, clergy, and the military.

The team providing the talent:

Rev. William Reister


Susan Reister

Organist and Pianist

Set List

Arioso - J. S. Bach
Cannon in D - J. Pachelbel
O Perfect Love - Joseph Barnby
Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke
Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner
The Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Finale from Royal Fireworks - G. F. Handel
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J. S. Bach
Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell
Largo - G. F. Handel
Ode To Joy - Ludwig Von Beethoven
The Prayer - Carole Sager
All I Ask of You - Lloyd Webber
You Are My All in All - Dennis Jerning
Etude #3 - Chopin
Dreaming of You - Tom Snow
The Lord's Prayer - Malotte
Ave Maria - Schubert
Annie's Song - John Denver
A Time for Us - Nina Rota
The Wind Beneath My Wings - Larry Henley
Morning - Edvard Grieg
Can't Help Falling in Love - George Weiss
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
Hello Young Lovers - Rodgers & Hammerstein
Be Our Guest - Alan Menken
A Whole New World - Alan Menken
Theme from "Ice Castles" - Marvin Hamlisch
My Sweet Lady - John Denver
BeThou My Vision
The Wedding Song
The Rose - Amanda McBroom
St. Anthony's Chorale - Brahms
The Sound of Music - Rodgers & Hammerstein
From This Moment On - Shania Twain
Scarborough Fair
My Favorite Things - Rodgers & Hammerstein
My Own True Love - Max Steiner
Great Is Thy Faithfulness - William Runyan
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Robert Robertson
I Sing Praises to Thy Name - Terry MacAlman
Celtic Meditation - Turlough O'Carolan
As the Deer - Martin Nystrom
Hornpipe - Henry Purcell
Simple Gifts (Lord of the Dance)
Clair De Lune - Claude Debussy
Love Divine All Loves Exceling
You Are My Star - William Mahan
You Changed My Life (A Wedding Song) - William Mahan
The Royal Dream
Andante from Sonata in A - Mozart
Romance - Carol Wood
Sleepers Awake - J. S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - J. S. Bach
Warm Sienna - William Mahan
Bittersweet - Kim Robertson
The Windows of Paris - William Mahan
All in a Garden Green - John Playford
Inis Siar - Thomas Walsh
Promises - Rojean Loucks
Amazing Grace - John Newton
Celebration - Rojean Loucks
The Water is Wide
Chorale - Linda Wood
Concert Etude - Susann MacDonald
Sonata No. 9 - Mozart
Minuet - Johann Kuhnau
Now Strike the Harp
Let It Be Me - Gilbert Becaud
I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry - John Ylvisaker
Where River Turns to Sky - Sharon Thormahlen
This is My Father's World
To a Wild Rose - Edward MacDowell
Air - Monteclair
Carolan's Dowry - Turlough O'Carolan
Windward Island's Magic - Randall Hartzell
The Ash Grove
In the Valley - Janice Glover
Moonlight - Susann MacDonald
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor - Irving Berlin
Sweet Is My Ladye Love - Valerie Von Pechy
The Sea - Palmer-Lethco
Act of God - Sharlon Thormahlen
Processional - Linda Wood
Canyon - William Mahan
This is My Country - Don Raye/Al Jacobs
I Cannot Live Without Thee - Rev. William Reister
God Bless the U.S.A - Lee Greenwood
Now Strike the Harp Gladly
Nyth Y Gwew (A Welsh Folksong)
Introduction, Theme, and Variations on an English Folk Song - William Mahan
Sorrow - Rojean Loucks
Fanny Power - Turlough O'Carolan
Happy Birthday to You!
Some Enchanted Evening - Rodgers and Hammerstein
An Iowa Winter - William Mahan
Sakura - Japanese Folk Song
Angels in Waiting - Rev. William Reister
Many, many, more selections

Influences & Inspiration

The music of many harpist historical and contemporary have influenced me playing as a harpist. Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan is my favorite harpist from antiquity. The music of contemporary harpists William Mahan, Sharon Thormalen, Rojean Loucks, Kim Robertson, Sunita Staneslow, Sylva Woods, Ray Pool and many others provide me with a rich variety for my performances.

Setup Requirements

Electrical outlet is preferable, but optional