Creating a beautiful musical atmosphere is Sharon’s passion! Twin Cities Wedding & Event Pianist, Sharon Planer, loves to design her music selections to capture the theme & mood of your event. Live piano music in Minneapolis, St. Paul & beyond.
Sharon’s portable pianos and PA systems are perfect for indoor & outdoor events.
Sharon has an extensive repertoire of jazz standards, pop, Broadway, music from every decade, light classical, wedding ceremony music & music for Holiday & Christmas parties.
Sharon has the 'KEYS' to make your event sparkle with music!
Planning a Victorian era / Downton Abbey themed party? The Royal Event Musicians harp & piano duo have the perfect repertoire!
Ms. Planer provided music for a Board of Director's reception and dinner at the top of the IDS. She chose pieces that fit perfectly with my vision of the event.
She is a professional in every way. I will look forward to my next opportunity to ask her to join us again.
Response from Pianist for Parties, Sharon Planer:
Your Board of Directors Dinner was a fantastic and classy event! I enjoyed including songs that were unique to your professional industry . Thank you for recently hiring me for your event next year. I look forward to it!
Our country club hired Sharon to play at our Valentine's Day Sweetheart's Dinner this year. Working with Sharon was a breeze, from the initial booking point through the day of. Our members truly enjoyed her musical variety & she does a great job of tailoring the music to your crowd and occasion. Our staff members even commented on her performance afterwards. One thing I have to say is she is also incredibly sweet and truly cares about the success of your event. You can feel that aura in everything she does. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sharon to anyone looking for a pianist for any occasion.
Response from Pianist for Parties, Sharon Planer:
Thank you for your kind words, Robyn. Your Members Valentine Dinner was a very classy event! It was impressive that each client was personally greeted at the entrance and welcomed in to the dining room. I loved playing quiet songs of romance throughout the evening and enjoyed taking requests from the guests. Your venue is lovely and the staff so attentive and caring. It was a delight to be part of your team!
We chose Sharon when another pianist we had found was not available and could not have been happier. Sharon was organized, timely and played beautifully during our ceremony. She was helpful and seemed to genuinely care that the ceremony went well. I would hire her again in a minute and highly recommend her for your event.
Response from Pianist for Parties, Sharon Planer:
Thank you for your kind words, Naomi. I enjoyed meeting with you ahead of time to plan your music and get to know a little more about the two of you. Your wedding was a beautiful in every way! I wish the two of you much happiness!
I booked Sharon to provide piano accompaniment for a very talented opera singer at my Mother's Memorial service. I knew the singer, but not Sharon. They had never worked together. Sharon was enthusiastic, very pleasant, and very willing to work with the singer to learn the music. She did a great job and helped make a very memorable and lovely Memorial service. I would highly recommend Sharon for almost any sort of event. She is a talented musician and very professional.
She played beautifully, was well prepared and played just the right music at the right volume for the group.
Sharon did a wonderful job providing background music for our cocktail and dinner hours for our Holiday Party. Everyone really enjoyed it. She is an exceptional pianist.
Sharon was a gift to our Christmas gathering! Her appearance and talent exceeded our expectations - I had looked for weeks for song books for Christmas carols and Sharon brought her own along - thus she was well prepared for the holidays! We had to alter her playing time at the last minute due to a friend of mine who also wanted to play piano at the party and Sharon was willing to adapt and very understanding, professional and gracious! Great pre party confirmation and post party follow up as well - I would hire her again in a second!:)
My husband (fiance at the time) and I were seeking a classical pianist to play alongside a string quartet at our wedding reception. We hired a service to move a baby grand Yamaha piano to the reception site. Sharon was unbelievably easy to work with from the moment we were in contact. She took all of the work out of our hands, coordinated with the string quartet on the playlist, and the music was flawless. Sharon offered a fairly comprehensive playlist with selections available from all musical genres. Our guests raved about the elegance of our reception music - all thanks to Sharon's beautiful piano playing. Her costs were also very reasonable.
Sharon played for our wedding earlier this month and did a wonderful job. In addition to helping us pick out our music, she coordinated a violin player to accompany her and was able to play a duet with a cousin who played saxophone for a special piece we wanted to have for our wedding. Her preparation was on spot and everything went off without a hitch and we received many compliments on her music and performance with the other musicians. Her correspondence leading up to the wedding was very helpful and gave us one less thing to worry about!
Sharon was the pianist for our wedding on October 20, 2012, and was excellent all the way around. My husband and I wanted to include non-traditional, modern songs in our ceremony and even though they were not in her current repertoire (which is quite expansive), Sharon was more than willing to learn them! This included learning several that she played for us in advance that we could listen to and pick from, which was so great! We even changed our mind two weeks out from the wedding and she accommodated that as well! She is very open to suggestions and gracious when you change your mind :) She also offered a number of suggestions, which was great. She was willing to come to our rehearsal the morning of, which we really appreciated also. The music during the ceremony and cocktail hour was just beautiful. Her willingness to accommodate all of our special requests really made our wedding so personal! We would absolutely recommend her!!
Sharon's music was the perfect background for our 75th BD party...She provided a great mix of tunes and also had a microphone so that we could welcome our guests. She is a talented professional who is great to work with! Thanks Sharon!
Sharon played backround for a fundraiser/dinner and did a fabulous job.
Out of five stars Sharon was a six at my Mother's 100TH Birthday Party. All the guests loved her music. Her playing was magical. Sharon at the pianno is what every party needs.
Sharon Planer is always a pleasure to work with. She's reliable, very personable, her presentation is professional and her musical selection and performance is impeccable. She's a class act.
I have used Sharon for several Gala's in the past 10 years. She continues to perform the most beautiful entertainment, with great variety and expertise. She comes in with her own equipment and prepares for whatever theme we have and preforms with ease.
I can't wait until we have another event to use her talents again.
Sharon Planer came to my husband's birthday party prepared and ready to play songs from our generation of baby boomers. She was so pleasant and upbeat and her piano abilities were amazing. She even took requests and contnued to play for our dancing and occasional singing! Although our pary was packed with guests and wine tasting going on, Sharon was a highlight and we would highly recommend her. It was a pleasure to have a highly talented musician at our party!
I was referred to Sharon by Ft. Snelling as a possibility to provide music for my father's memorial. Initially expecting an organist, I was very pleased to learn she was a pianist! As a family, we wanted more of a setting to celebrate our dad's life, and keep everything "light." Not only did Sharon understand our needs, she hit the nail right on the head, Coordinating a memorial from out of state is not easy, but Sharon made this part of the planning effortless. She provided me with suggestions of the kind of music that she felt would be suitable from my dad's era, and provided me with a list of other beautiful "traditional" selections from which to select from; and she was able to incorporate some of our suggestions as well. Her professionalism, communication and follow-through helped to make my dad's services special, and very meaningful. I just can't thank her enough and would hire her again in a second.
Sharon was absolutely WONDERFUL! She played at our cocktail hour and dinner at our recent wedding. Not only was the music beautiful, but Sharon's communications with us were nothing less than fantastic. She was always one step ahead of us when it came to following up with any questions we had or information that we would need. She made all the planning so easy by keeping in touch with us, contacting our venue for us and always being on the ball. We can't possibly say enough great things about Sharon!!
Sharon is a wonderful painist. She added so much to our event. She was willing (and able) to accommodate all of our requests. We have used her for the last 3 years and look forward to her beautiful music at our next event. Highly recommended.
Sharon is an excellent entertainer and she added a great deal to our Top Ten Vendors Award Dinner!
I could not have asked for more and our quests greatly appreciated her music.
We hired Sharon to play at our company holiday luncheon and she added such sparkle and warmth with her beautiful music and professionalism. She put together a playlist that was both festive and appropriate and had a great variety for everyone. Her communication and preparedness was outstanding as well. I would highly recommend Sharon for your personal or private event.
Sharon Planer is a professional! She plays beautifully, the first requirement for a pianist. But she also is organized, responds quickly and completely to e-mails, is very willing to play the type of music you want, arrives early and is very prepared. We have hired her three times for corporate events, and the feedback has been great.
Sharon was wonderful for our parents' 40th anniversary party. She was very professional and accepted requests! Her beautiful music was a perfect finishing touch on the classy party we were hoping for! Her prices are very good for the level of service provided.
Sharon has played for our Annandale Snowmobile Club Christmas party for 10 years now I believe. She adds so much to the atmosphere of the event. She has accompanied some of us with special pieces we have performed as well as helping us with our Christmas sing-a-long. It is so great to have her year after year. Her talent and character is unsurpassed.
Sharon is absolutley one of the most professional and polished pianists I have worked with. She has a gift to play many different styles of music and is excited to help with music selection for any type of event. Sharon has played multiple events for me and I recommend her to many of my clients. I highly recommend Sharon Planer for any type of event. Her music is as inspiring as she is.
What to Expect
Sharon will work with you and your event planner to ensure that her music reflects the theme and mood of your event. Sharon will also contact your event location. You can depend on Sharon to arrive 20-30 minutes early so she is prepared to start playing before the stated start time. You can count on Sharon to create a beautiful musical setting for your guests to enjoy.
Wedding and Event Pianist, Sharon Planer, loves adding a 'sparkle' to events with her piano music. She performs in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities, and central Minnesota. She began playing dinner piano music at the Garden Court Restaurant and the French Cafe in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sharon realizes that every event is unique and wonderful! She goes the extra mile to understand the client's wishes and provide music designed to fit the occasion. She is happy to offer song suggestions as well as learn new music.
Sharon has a wonderful repertoire of music for all occasions including pop, jazz standards, swing, Broadway, light classical, new age, Latin, Celtic, music from all decades, wedding music and music for Holiday parties and Christmas parties. Her live piano music is perfect for Birthday parties, Retirement parties, Class Reunions, Anniversary celebrations, Corporate events and Private events.
Sharon is passionate about playing for weddings! She meets in person with each bride and groom. She listens to their vision for their special day. She loves to discover what songs are important to the bride and groom. Sharon loves learning new music and is happy to offer new song suggestions to couples when planning their music.
Sharon has provided wedding piano music for hundreds of weddings. The music for each wedding has been personally designed to reflect the wishes of each bride and groom.
Sharon is in high demand for clients looking to hire a Twin Cities pianist for their Holiday and Christmas parties. Whether you are planning a neighborhood Christmas party or a fancy corporate Holiday party, Sharon's festive piano music will put your guests in the holiday spirit!
Sharon understands the importance of music for Funerals and Memorial Services. She is sensitive to the family's wishes and knows how to honor the family's loved ones by creating a beautiful setting with her piano music.
Whether your event is grand or small, at an exquisite venue or an intimate setting, Sharon will give your event her FULL attention to assure the music is perfect!
No piano? No problem! Sharon can set up her portable pianos and sound systems for indoor or outdoor events. Her portable pianos have 'state-of-the-art' sound quality. If your event location does not have access to electricity, Sharon can provide her silent portable generator to power her portable piano, audio speakers and microphone.
Sharon performs as an event pianist in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul and throughout central Minnesota, including St. Cloud and the Brainerd resort area.
Are musical talent, professionalism, reliability, and communication important qualities in the musician you hire? Sharon excels in these qualities. She has a 20 year record of providing beautiful music and excellent music services to hundreds of clients that have been delighted with her music. Her client reviews say it all.
Wouldn't you love to find out how Sharon can make your event sparkle with her music? Contact her now. Sharon would love to hear about your plans and discuss how her music can provide the perfect musical setting for your special occasion!
Additional Booking Notes
If the facility provides the piano, it should be in tune. If Sharon provides her portable piano, she needs access to one electrical outlet. The space needed for her portable piano & bench area is 5' across and 4' deep. If she needs to set up her powered speakers, each speaker is on a tripod stand, the base of each stand is approx 3' x 3' x 3'.
Sharon's silent portable generator allows music and PA at remote sites that have no access to electricity. Please specify your request for the generator at the time you hire Sharon.
Reception & Party Music Song List
This is a brief list of some of the more popular requests. Sharon has an extensive repertoire including contemporary and classic Pop, Jazz, Swing, Broadway, Latin, Salsa, Celtic, Klezmer, light Classical and music from every decade. Sharon welcomes requests!
100 Years / Five For Fighting The Girl from Ipanema / Antonio Carlos Jobim Overjoyed / Stevie Wonder
All Blues / Miles Davis Gonna Fly Now - them from 'Rocky' / Bill Conti Piano Man / Billy Joel
Always / Irving Berlin Good Morning Starshine - musical, 'Hair' Pride and Joy / Stevie Ray Vaughn
Ain't Misbehavin' / Fats Waller Great Balls of Fire / Jerry Lee Lewis River Flows in You /Yiruma
All I Ask of You Andrew Lloyd Weber Hove I Told You Lately / Van Morrison Sambe De Orfeu / Paul Desmond
All My Loving / Lennon, McCartney Hound Dog / Elvis Satin Doll / Duke Ellington
All You Need is Love / Lennon, McCartney How Sweet It Is / James Taylor, Marvin Gaye Sentimental Journey / Les Brown
Amazed / Lonestar I Can See Clearly Now / Johnny Nash Someone to Watch Over Me / George Gershwin
Arthur's Theme / Burt Bacharach I Do It For You (Everything I Do /Bryan Adams Somewhere Out There / Linda Ronstadt
As Time Goes By / Rudy Vallee I Don't Want to Miss a Thing / Aerosmith The Sound of Music / Richard Rodgers
At Last / Etta James I See You - Theme from 'Avatar' / Leona Lewis Summertime / George Gershwin
Bless the Broken Road / Rascal Flatts I Won't Last a Day Without You / Carpenters Take the "A" Train / Billy Strayhorn
Blue Skies / Irving Berlin Impressions / John Coltrane Taking a Chance on Love / Frank Sinatra
Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Elton John In a Sentimental Mood / Duke Ellington That's Amore / Dean Martin
Chariots of Fire / Vangelis In My Life / Lennon, McCartney That's How You Know - Disney film, 'Enchanted'
Chasing Cars / Snow Patrol Just the Way You Are / Billy Joel The Impossible Dream - musical, The Man of La Mancha
Chattanooga Choo Choo / Glenn Miller La Vie En Rose / Edith Piaf The Odd Couple, theme from / Neil Hefti
Claire de Lune / Debussy The Lady is a Tramp / Richard Rodgers The Way You Look Tonight / Jerome Kern
Circle of Life / Elton John Last Date / Floyd Cramer Theme from Cheers / the tv series theme song
Clocks / Coldplay Linus and Lucy / Vince Guaraldi This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) / Natalie Cole
Colors of the Wind / Alan Menken The Look of Love / Burt Bacharach Through the Years / Kenny Rogers
Come Away With Me / Nora Jones Meditation / Antonia Carlos Jobim To Make You Feel My Love / Bob Dylan
Come Fly With Me / Sinatra Memory - the musical, 'Cats' / Andrew Lloyd Weber Truly, Madly, Deeply / Savage Garden
Country Gardens / Percy Grainger Mercy, Mercy, Mercy / Cannonball Adderly Unchained Melody / The Righteous Brothers
Crazy / Willie Nelson Misty / Erroll Garner Under the Sea - Disney film, 'The Little Mermaid'
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Van Morrison / Buble Mona Lisa / Nat King Cole Unforgettable / Nat King Cole
Dancing Queen / ABBA Moon River / Henry Mancini Valentine / Jim Brickman
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) / traditional Irish More - film, 'Mondo Cane' Walkin' in Memphis / Marc Cohn
Don't Cry for Me Argentina Music Box Dancer / Frank Mills Wave / Antonio Carols Jobim
Don't Know Why / Nora Jones The Music of the Night / Andrew Lloyd Weber What a Wonderful World / Louis Armstrong
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me / Elton John My Funny Valentine / Richard Rodgers When I Fall in Love / Victor Young
Don't Stop Believing / Journey My Girl / The Temptations When You Say Nothing At All / Alison Kraus
Endless Love / Lionel Ritchie New York State of Mind / Billy Joel Wind Beneath My Wings Gary Morris
Everybody Loves Somebody / Dean Martin Night and Day / Cole Porter With a Little Help From My Friends / Paul McCartney
Evergreen / Barbra Streisand Night Train / Oscar Peterson Wonderful Tonight / Eric Clapton
Eye of the Tiger Norwegian Wood / Lennon, McCartney You Are the Sunshine of My Life / Stevie Wonder
Feels Like Home / Randy Newman On the Wings of Love / Jeffrey Osborne You Raise Me Up / Josh Groban
Fields of Gold / Sting One Hand, One Heart -W Side Story / Leonard Bernstein You're Beautiful / James Blunt
Fly Me to the Moon /Sinatra Only Time / Enya 2001 Space Odyssey 'sprach Zarathustra'/Richard Strauss
For Good - the musical, 'Wicked' / Stephen Schwartz Over the Rainbow / Harold Arlen
Wedding Ceremony Music Song List
Sharon has a full repertoire of wedding music including traditional favorites and also a variety of contemporary, country, new age and some unknown 'gems' that she has discovered. Sharon welcomes special requests!
100 Years / Five for Fighting Heavenly Day / Patty Griffin Psalm XIX / Benedetto Marcello
Air from "Water Music Suite" Hornpipe from "Water Music Suite" / George F. Handel Rainbow Connection / 'The Muppet Movie'
Air on the G String / JS Bach How Sweet It Is / James Taylor, Marvin Gaye Revelation Song / Kari Jobe
All I Ask of You / Andrew Lloyd Weber Hymne / Vangelis Right Here Waiting / Richard Marx
All I Want is You / U2 How Beautiful / Twila Paris Rondeau / Jean-Joseph Mouret
Amadeus, Ecco la marcia / W. A. Mozart I Believe in You and Me / Whitney Houston Sheep May Safely Graze / JS Bach
Amazed / Lonestar I Can Only Imagine / Mercy Me Shine on Us / Michael W. Smith
Andante Grazioso / W. A. Mozart I Can't Stop Loving You / Ray Charles Sleepers, Wake / JS Bach
Angel Eyes / Jim Brickman I Could Not Ask For More / Ed McCain Somewhere / from 'West Side Story'
Arioso / JS Bach I See You - theme from 'Avatar' Somewhere Out There / Linda Ronstadt
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, The / George F. Handel I Will Be Here / Steven Curtis Chapman Songbird / Fleetwood Mac
Ave Maria / Franz Schubert If Not For You / Bob Dylan St. Elmo's Fire, Love Theme from / David Foster
Bach Concertos I'll Still Be Loving You / Restless Heart Storybook Love - from 'The Princess Bride'
Because You Loved Me / Celine Dion Intermezzo from 'Cavalleria Rusticana' / Pietro Mascagno The Prayer / Carole Bayer Sager & David Foster
Bless the Broken Road / Rascal Flatts In My Life / Lennon, McCartney The Swan / Camille Saint-Saens
Bridal Chorus (traditional) / Richard Wagner In This Very Room / Ron & Carol Harris The Wedding Song / Paul Stookey
Bridal March (contemporary) / Jonathan Cain Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / JS Bach This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) / Natalie Cole
Canon in D / Johann Pachelbel Just the Way You Are / Billy Joel This Will Be Our Year / Zombies
Can't Help Falling in Love / Elvis Presley Kissing You / Des'ree Threads of Love / Lorie Line
Chasing Cars / Snow Patrol La Rejouissance from "Royal Fireworks Music" / Handel Through the Eyes of Love / Marvin Hamlisch
Claire de Lune / Claude Debussy La Vie En Rose / Edith Piaf Through the Years / Kenny Rogers, Lionel Ritchie
Come Away With Me / Nora Jones Let the Rest of the World Go By / Ernest Ball To Make You Feel My Love / Bob Dylan
Come What May / from 'Moulin Rouge' Let the River Run/ from 'Working Girl', Carly Simon Trumpet Tune / Henry Purcell
Crazy Love / Van Morrison, Michael Buble Light My Fire / The Doors Two is Better Than One / Boys Like Girls & Taylor Swift
Dona Nobis Pacem / traditional Latin The Lord's Prayer / Malotte Valentine / Jim Brickman
Don't Know Why / Nora Jones Love Never Fails You / Brandon Heath Watermark / Enya
Endless Love / Lionel Richie March - from 'Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach' Wedding Bells / Jim Brickman
Everything I Do / theme from 'Robin Hood' Marry Me / Train Wedding Day at Troldhaugen / Edvard Grieg
Fanfare for the Common Man / Aaron Copeland Mozart Sonatinas Wedding March / Felix Mendelssohn
Feels Like Home / Randy Newman Music of the Night / from 'Phantom of the Opera' Wedding Processional - musical, 'The Sound of Music'
Forever in Love / Kenny G Ode to Joy / Ludwig Van Beethoven When You Say Nothing at All / Allison Krauss
Four Seasons (various selections) / Antonio Vivaldi On the Wings of Love / Jeffrey Osborne When You Say You Love Me / Josh Groban
From This Moment On / Shania Twain One Hand, One Heart / from'West Side Story' Who Am I / Casting Crowns
Gift of Love, The / Hal Hopson Only Time / Enya Winter Song / Sara Bareilles
Glasgow Love Theme - from 'Love Actually' Overjoyed / Stevie Wonder With Trumpets and Horns / George F. Handel
God Gave Me You / Blake Shelton Parents Prayer / Greg Davis Wonderful Tonight / Eric Clapton
Happy Together / The Turtles Part of Your World / from "The Little Mermaid' You Raise Me Up / Josh Groban
Have I Told You Lately / Van Morrison Prince of Denmark's March / Jeremiah Clarke You're Beautiful / James Blunt
Influences & Inspiration
George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Michael Buble, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Andrew Lloyd Weber, The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Phil Coulter, Enya. Pop, Jazz Standards, Swing, Broadway Show Tunes, Movie Theme Songs, Contemporary Hits, Latin, Celtic, New Age.
Access to one electrical outlet. If I need to set up my portable piano and speakers, I need at the minimum a 5x5 foot area.
Sharon, We just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for providing the beautiful piano music at our wedding ceremony. Your organization and accommodating personality made you a pleasure to work with.
Sharon was wonderful! We asked Sharon to arrive at the party after many of the guests had arrived. She was great! She came right in, set up, and provided a wonderful atmosphere at my wedding reception. I did not have to worry about her performance the entire evening, it was beautiful. She played wonderful music that young and old could appreciate. She even inspired several of my guests to get up and dance. I would recommend her for any event.
Hiring Sharon was one of the best decisions that we made in regards to our event. She was prepared, organized, and professional. Her music was beautiful and we are still receiving comments regarding it several weeks after. She was so easy to work with and more than willing to assist us in anything that we needed. I have already given her name to other departments on campus, and we hope to hire her again ourselves.
Sharon, Thank you very much for the absolutely beautiful music you provided for our wedding. The day was so busy for us, that we only wish we could have enjoyed it a bit more! I will definitely keep you in mind for any future events. It was really a treat to get to know you and work with you! Thanks, again!
Your music for our wedding was absolutely beautiful! Having our wedding
in a different state than where we actually live (Chicago) was very
stressful, even with my mom helping. We were so happy to find out that
our reverend, pianist, and venue had all worked together before!!! Our
wedding day was truly the most beautiful day we've ever had. The music
pulled our whole ceremony together and even though it was outside, the
sound carried perfectly across the park, even with the fountain in the
background. We are so grateful to you for helping make our day so
Dear Sharon, Thank you for sharing your gift of music with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra during the Lemonade Reception. It was wonderful to have you there and you did a fantastic job. Thank you so much!
Sharon was more than I hoped for in hiring a pianist from a few states away. I was thoroughly impressed with her professionalism, talent, flexibilty, and customer service. She was THE most organized of all the vendors we worked with.
Just a note to say we really enjoyed your playing for our employee Christmas party. We received many comments from our group on how great it sounded and what a nice touch it added to the ambience of our annual get-together. We'll certainly keep you in mind for future events.
Sharon, Thank you for playing the piano at our wedding ceremony and reception. You set the mood we were hoping for. It was perfect!