Pricing for wedding ceremonies is a flat rate (call for a quote); non-ceremony
events are generally based on an hourly performance rate, but can be influenced
by event complexity, timing, and location. Holiday rates may apply based on
your dates (a general list follows below). Please call for a quote based on
your own specific event details. I also provide complimentary consultations by
appointment, in person or by phone or Skype. I often work alongside other
musicians and vocalists, with any required rehearsal time prior to the event at
an additional cost. Mileage costs may apply based on the location of your
event. (With gasoline prices currently being so unpredictable, travel costs
will be estimated when you reserve your date, but not finalized until close to
your event. If anyone would like to invent a hybrid vehicle big enough to haul
harps and equipment, you will be my hero forever. Seriously. Bonus points for
making it look cooler than my current GMC Suburban.)
Dates that generally involve holiday rates:
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Memorial Day weekend
July 4th or its nearest weekend
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Boxing Day (Dec.26)
This only a general list and may be subject to change.
Some events, such as simple background music, don’t require in-person plannings or meetings unless you would like one. If you can’t come in person, we can do a “virtual meeting” by phone or Skype. You can see and hear the harps and learn how a harp can be
used at your event. We’ll do the paperwork and you can ask all your questions. This meeting is
complimentary, though by appointment only. If you choose to finalize the
booking at that time, your deposit can be made by cash, check or PayPal (so you
can use a credit card). For weddings, a detailed planning meeting is required.
The best time to plan to meet is after you’ve met with your officiant enough to know the “rough outline” of how the service will go. We’ll then determine what music you’d like and where.You don’t need to have all your pieces chosen before we meet; sometimes your selections
will depend on the harp you choose. I can also make lots of suggestions if you
A date is reserved by placing a deposit, usually 50% of the event quote, and
completing a Performance Agreement. The remaining balance is requested 30 days
prior to your event. All payments are accepted in cash, money order, corporate
check, New York State personal check or via PayPal unless other arrangements
are made. (PayPal charges a small service fee which will be added to your
Outdoor events are possible between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in August.
Harps are terrific at outdoor events, but obviously must be protected from
elements such as rain and roasting sun, both of which can permanently damage
the instruments. The pedal harp may not be available for outdoor performances;
lever harps are better suited for this. Temperature and weather must be taken
in account for each peformance; please contact me for details. Amplification
can be used outdoors as needed as long as an electrical source is available and
weather conditions permit. Having a RAIN PLAN is MANDATORY.
I often work with other musicians and vocalists, and can make recommendations
about qualified people with whom I've worked. At least one rehearsal with any
additional musicians prior to your event is mandatory to ensure the best
possible performance. (Please note: rehearsal time is at an additional hourly
charge.) I regularly work with flautist Glennda Dove Pellito in The Lakeshore Duet; I can also recommend fabulous vocalists and musicians to form various
combinations with harp. If you have a singer in mind for your event, please be
sure that they are available and in town for a rehearsal prior to the event,
and that they are sufficiently trained and experienced. While everyone has a favorite cousin or a friend who has a lovely everyday
singing voice, it can take a lot of work and time to get amateur singers up to
performance caliber, and it really isn’t within the scope of what I do, not being a singer myself. LIkewise, I cannot
give other musicians instruction on their instruments.
Out-of-town engagements can often be accommodated at an additional fee. Please
call for details.
When you first call or e-mail me for info, it is very useful to have the
following information ready for me:
1. Your name and phone number.
2. The date and time of your event.
3. The location of your event.
4. A brief description of your event.
5. Your ideas on what sort of music you're looking for (this can be vague if
you're still in the brainstorming phase, or you can admit to having no ideas
yet if that’s the case).
6. The approximate size of the event location (to help determine amplification
needs, if any); please also mention if this is an indoor or outdoor event.
7. If you will need additional musicians or vocalists, or if you have selected