About Accent on Harp with Michelle SellMichelle is a professional event harpist based in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, performing weddings, wedding receptions, special events; concerts and theater; and recording albums throughout the United States. Michelle enjoys an extremely active career as an acclaimed harpist. Since 1977, Michelle has played thousands of professional engagements. She has performed for the Queen and King of Thailand, the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, former President Jimmy Carter, Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola, rock star Sammy Hagar, and former SF 49'er quarterback Steve Young.
Although Michelle is an alumna and former faculty member of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied classical music with Marcella DeCray, she is also an award winning "pops" and jazz harpist. Her instrumental styles are diverse and extensive, ranging from Bach to Cole Porter; rock to new age. Michelle is also a composer for Omni Music in New York. Her original music compositions have been used on television, radio, and in motion pictures. She has worked with big bands, vocalists, instrumentalists, and recording artists, including, among many others: Frank Sinatra, Sr., Ann Margaret, k.d.Lang, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, Juliet Prowse, Rudolf Nureyev, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Norton Buffalo, Joni Mitchell, Trisha Yearwood, and Henry Mancini. She will soon be seen as the wedding harpist in the Sony Pictures' movie, "Rent."
Whether it be wedding music for your ceremony, wedding music for your reception, or wedding music for your rehearsal dinner, Michelle can provide harp music as a solo harpist, or accompanied by flute, cello, or violin duet or ensemble musicians. Tailored to the event, classical flute or violin and harp are beautiful accompaniments for your ceremony or other event, while soprano saxophone and harp are fabulous for your lively, "jazzy" wedding reception.
For outdoor weddings & other private or public engagements, Michelle frequently uses a Camac electro-acoustic harp. Every string on this harp has a pickup or small microphone. This allows the harp to be heard clearly in venues seating 500 people or, in contrast, at venues with just a few people. It can he heard as an intimate background instrument. At large venues and at outdoor functions, a traditional acoustic harp may be difficult to hear if not amplified. Michelle believes that her clients are entitled to professionalism, punctuality, courtesy, and above all, the ability to hear the music for which they are paying. There is no extra charge for using the Camac electro-acoustic harp and its amplification system.
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