I am a professional harpist and have played at various events and venues in the Tulsa metropolitan area. I play my pedal harp for weddings, memorial services and church services. I also play my lever harp when playing celtic music. I've appeared at Scotfest, and OKMozart with harp ensembles, but usually perform solo.
It was so easy to book with Gigsalad. I used your services to hire a harpist (Linda Barton Paul) for the funeral of my mother-in-law in a town I don’t live in nor have ever lived in. We were so happy with our harpist. She arrived early to set up and played 30 minutes prior to the services and 30 mins after the services during last viewing. Just amazing background music! I highly recommend Gigsalad and our harpist Linda Barton Paul.
Response from Event Harpist:
My name is Cynthia McDonald, and it was a privilege to play for the funeral service of Melissa Wanslee's mother-in-law in Tulsa on May 12, 2021. Thank you to Melissa and her husband, Bob, and Gigsalad for this opportunity.
Cindy created an amazing atmosphere for our wedding reception. As the bride, I was running behind and she keep everyone calm and relaxed with her peaceful music. Made me worry -free knowing she had everything covered.
Response from Event Harpist:
I was glad to be a part of Monica and Kriss' wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and Monica and Kriss were great to work with.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
I am from Michigan, grew up in Illinois, and attended Illinois State University. I have lived with my husband, John, in Oklahoma for 38 years. We live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma which is right next door to Tulsa. I played piano and clarinet growing up, competing in and winning some state competitions, and always sang in church and school choirs, and trios, also competing and winning in some state competitions. I started playing the harp later in life and have taken lessons with accomplished harpist, Lorelei Barton, for ten years. I play as a soloist and also as part of the Joyful Harps ensemble, and previously with the Midwest Harp Ensemble.
Past Booked Events
|July 24, 2021 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 12, 2021 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|September 07, 2019 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 20, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
My set lists are varied and depend on the event and client. For weddings I can play a wide variety of pieces including: Andante from Sonata in A, Arioso by J.S. Bach, Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Canon in D, excerpts from Clair de Lune, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee/Hymn To Joy by Beethoven, Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach, Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell, Trumpet Voluntary by J. Clarke. Also for weddings: A Thousand Years, Above the Clouds, Amazing Grace, As The Deer, Be Thou My Vision, Dreaming of You, Longer Than, Perfect, Rachel's Song, Summer Rain, and many more. I have done a wedding with only celtic music which included: Inisheer, Hewlett, Star of the County Down, Hobed O Hilion, and Cader Idris. I go with requests from the couple as well and am willing to learn new pieces to fit each wedding.
For a gig where easy listening background music is needed I rely on a mix of harp arrangements by Rhett Barnwell, Frank Voltz, Meg Robinson, Laurie Riley and several others. These pieces range from celtic to music of the southwest. I particularly enjoy playing: Mary Scott, Flower of Yarrow, Las Lumiarias de Sedona, Night Sky, Rachel's Song, Garden Splendor, Eliana, Gossomer Gate, Inisheer Reverie, A Gentle Winter Medley, Angel's Hymn, Setting Sun, Bridget Cruise, The Lark In The Clear Air, Women of Ireland, Suzie McGuire, O Danny Boy, Irish Coffee, Dance of the Night, Let There Be Peace on Earth, etc. I could go on and on as I have a lot of music that I use, it really depends on the situation and what is needed for the occasion. I am very willing to find and learn a new arrangement or two if needed.
Influences & Inspiration
For the celtic harp, my influences have been celtic harpers Laurie Riley, Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow. For more contemporary music and church music, I love the arrangements of Rhett Barnwell, Frank Voltz, and David Ice written for the harp. The biggest influence in my harp playing has been my wonderful harp teacher, for the last eight years, Lorelei Barton.