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Harpist Debra

Wedding Harpist
    Debra playing the harp

    Harpist Debra is known for extraordinary versatility as a musician, performing on harp, flute, and other instruments, as well as exceptional vocal ability.

    Her specialties include traditional Celtic music, early music, contemporary and traditional Christian music, and original compositions. Atlanta harpist Debra performs in a wide variety of venues throughout Georgia. Debra is also a Certified Music Practitioner (MHTP) and a District Instructor for American Independent Music Association. A native of Olney, Illinois, Debra began formal music training at age seven on piano and later, on flute, piccolo and recorder. She earned a B. S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana majoring in flute. After moving to Georgia in 1993, Debra pursued graduate study in Music Ed. at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. then taught herself to play Celtic and historical harps, Irish and Baroque flute, pennywhistle, and bombarde.

    Debra has performed in the ensembles Heather (traditional Scottish music 1996-7), The Goliards of Atlanta, (Medieval and Renaissance music), New Trinity Baroque (Baroque music), Siansa (traditional Irish music -since 1997). As a solo artist, Debra performed at the Georgia Renaissance Festival 1996-2008 and continues to perform for a wide variety of events and venues primarily in the Atlanta area. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, a 1999 graduate of the Music For Healing and Transition Program, providing therapeutic harp music for patients throughout Gwinnett Hospital System from 2003 to 2007, and for patients of Compassionate Care Hospice since 2009.

    Debra has recorded two solo CDs of Celtic and original music, A Harp In Ivy (2000) and Harp At Water’s Edge (2002), and recorded with Kathleen Donohoe on Irish Songs You’ll Love (2002), and with ensembles of All Saints Lutheran Church, Lilburn on Gift of Grace (2003). On the newly released CD A Christmas Nightingale (2010), Debra performs Christmas carols of long ago on Celtic and bray harps, recorders, and tambourines, singing the songs in their original languages.

    Quote: $450-650

    Wedding Repertoire – Harpist Debra                                                             

    Suggested Music for Weddings:

    (With a few exceptions, music listed in one place could just as well be used in another.)

    Seating of Mothers/Others

    • All I Ask Of You (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Annie Laurie – traditional Scottish
    • Annie’s Song – John Denver
    • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Weiss, Peretti & Creatore (sung by Elvis Presley)
    • Duettino – Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    • Fields of Gold – Sting
    • My Love Is Like A Red, Red, Rose – Robert Burns
    • Passepied –  G. F. Handel
    • The Rose – Amanda McBroom
    • Somewhere In Time – John Barry
    • The Wind Beneath My Wings – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar

    Bridesmaids Processional

    • A Thousand Years – David Hodges & Christina Perri
    • Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
    • Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) – Y. Hadar
    • The Gentle Maiden – The Bunting Collection
    • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J. S. Bach
    • Ode To Joy – Ludwig von Beethoven
    • St. Anthony’s Chorale – Joseph Haydn

    Bride’s Processional

    • Bridal March from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner
    • Fanuil Poer – Turlough Ó Carolan
    • Give Me Your Hand – Ruaraigh Dall Ó Cahain
    • Jhon Come Kisse Me Noue – mid-17th century Scottish
    • King William’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
    • Trumpet Voluntary – Henry Purcell
    • Wedding Song, The – Kenny G & Walter Afansieff

    Unity Candle Lighting/Music Meditation

    • “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein
    • Aire (Coranto) – John Jenkins
    • The Irish Wedding Song – Ian Betteridge
    • Largo – G. F. Händel
    • Let It Be Me – Gilbert Becaud
    • The Lord’s Prayer – Albert Hay Malotte
    • Love Me Tender (Aura Lee) – Elvis Presley & Vera Matson
    • Panis Angelicus – Cesar Frank
    • The Wedding – Michael Card
    • With This Ring – Clyde Otis & Vincent Corso


    • A Lover’s Concerto – Sandy Linzer &b Denny Randall
    • Carolan’s Concerto – Turlough Ó Carolan
    • Joy To The Personne of My Love – Skene Manuscript
    • Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
    • Hornpipe – Henry Purcell
    • Gavotte – Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Gabot – Rowallan Lute Book

    Debra was fantastic on Saturday, June 4, 2016 – super flexible, easy to work with, and she played beautifully for my client’s wedding ceremony! Thanks so much for checking in!

    I’m sure we’ll use y’all again soon!

    Mary Wynn

    Mary Wynn, Wedding Planner