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Donna Germano

Asheville , NC
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Asheville, NC 28801 US (map)

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ABOUT US

I love performing for weddings and a variety of events in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I often perform for our resorts throughout the Asheville area, which has now become a... Read more
I love performing for weddings and a variety of events in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I often perform for our resorts throughout the Asheville area, which has now become a national destination wedding location. Corporate events, private parties, fund raisers...I'm always interested in hearing your new ideas that would include live music.

My instruments are harp, Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer for something a little unusual! I have a variety of music partners and provide the following ensembles:

classical guitar and hammered dulcimer

solo harp

solo hammered dulicmer

harp and cello

harp and violin

Celtic harp, Irish flute and hammered dulcimer trio

harp, cello and violin trio

I have various options to try to fit budgets and the number of guests attending your event. You can request a price for solo harp with one hour for wedding ceremony and for larger groups something like a trio for wedding and cocktail hour. Or I can quote both a solo and ensemble price for you to review.

Serving Asheville and surrounding area. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Harp, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music

REVIEWS

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Jeancarlo
Wedding:
5/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Our wedding musician canceled 2 days before the wedding. After searching and contacting multiple musicians, Donna's profile jumped out at me for reasons unknown until I heard her divine music. She was very flexible, easy to work with, and offered our wedding a truly beautiful ceremonial sound. I recommend her to all my friends and look forward to hearing her music again!
Our wedding musician canceled 2 days before the wedding. After searching and contacting multiple musicians, Donna's Read more...
Our wedding musician canceled 2 days before the wedding. After searching and contacting multiple musicians, Donna's profile jumped out at me for reasons unknown until I heard her divine music. She was very flexible, easy to work with, and offered our wedding a truly beautiful ceremonial sound. I recommend her to all my friends and look forward to hearing her music again! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alice
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Donna was fantastic to work with! We were planning long distance and Donna made everything very easy. We chose the duet with harp and violin, and Donna guided us through some great choices for music pieces and was totally professional. Her pricing was very reasonable, and she and the wonderful violinist were so easy to work with- they really didn't need anything from us the night of the wedding. And last but not least of course, the music was BEAUTIFUL. It really heightened the mood and I can't imagine the ceremony and cocktail hour without it.
Donna was fantastic to work with! We were planning long distance and Donna made everything very easy. We chose the duet Read more...
Donna was fantastic to work with! We were planning long distance and Donna made everything very easy. We chose the duet with harp and violin, and Donna guided us through some great choices for music pieces and was totally professional. Her pricing was very reasonable, and she and the wonderful violinist were so easy to work with- they really didn't need anything from us the night of the wedding. And last but not least of course, the music was BEAUTIFUL. It really heightened the mood and I can't imagine the ceremony and cocktail hour without it. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alex
Wedding:
4/25/2015
1.0/5.0
Truly awful. Her flat and pitchy voice only served to distract from how out of tune and off rhythm her harp playing was. My guests and I still joke her husband left her the morning of my wedding, the only thing that could possibly explain such a hilariously bad performance. The most appalling was that my mom politely shared her displeasure via email and Donna stated that we "didn't give her a flat surface (a lie) and she dropped her harp (how is that our fault?)" I normally try to resolve issues without writing bad reviews but Donna was not only inflexible but also just terrible. Unless you want hilariously bad musician entertainment, don't book her.
Truly awful. Her flat and pitchy voice only served to distract from how out of tune and off rhythm her harp playing was. Read more...
Truly awful. Her flat and pitchy voice only served to distract from how out of tune and off rhythm her harp playing was. My guests and I still joke her husband left her the morning of my wedding, the only thing that could possibly explain such a hilariously bad performance. The most appalling was that my mom politely shared her displeasure via email and Donna stated that we "didn't give her a flat surface (a lie) and she dropped her harp (how is that our fault?)" I normally try to resolve issues without writing bad reviews but Donna was not only inflexible but also just terrible. Unless you want hilariously bad musician entertainment, don't book her. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Donna Germano responded with the following comments:

At the time of this wedding last April I was not aware that I was developing a brain tumor. I was already having some weakness. I had surgery to remove it in May and am recovering!

We contracted with the mother of this bride and made it clear we needed flat ground for our instruments at this outdoor venue. I believe she truly tried to provide that for us but it did not happen. We arrived and were rushed to unload and move our cars to a distant parking area. We were situated on a grassy hillside and yes, my harp fell as I was tuning it. Once it hit the ground it was so out of tune I could not get it retuned in time for the wedding. I also could not play well while holding onto the harp to keep it from falling. Any professional singer will tell you they cannot sing in tune if they are accompanied by an out of tune instrument!

I realize now that we should have just told the family we could not perform if they could not meet the terms of the contract. I just hated to do that at the time. The bride can review the contract her mother signed and read the following requirements:

"The musician will not perform in locations or situations detrimental to the instruments.(Rain, strong sunlight, extreme heat or cold including burning fireplaces or forced air vents.) The performance area must be accessible by a nearby loading zone or parking space. A safe performance area with a level surface at least 5’ by 5’ square is required. The musician reserves the right to make determinations about these situations."
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Her harp was beautiful, her music was celestial, and many of our guests commented on how enchanted they were by both Donna and her instrument. The large area in which the wedding was held was utterly transformed and my comments cannot do justice to how much joy Donna's music added to this event.
Her harp was beautiful, her music was celestial, and many of our guests commented on how enchanted they were by both Donna Read more...
Her harp was beautiful, her music was celestial, and many of our guests commented on how enchanted they were by both Donna and her instrument. The large area in which the wedding was held was utterly transformed and my comments cannot do justice to how much joy Donna's music added to this event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jamie
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Donna was so professional and the music was absolute perfection. She responds quickly to your emails and does a great job at guiding you with what would be best for your event. It was cold outside and she offered me her coat and gloves to keep myself warm while waiting for our ceremony to start. A guest said you would have thought she was one of my dearest friends. She is just very thoughtful while being professional and a great musician! Would HIGHLY suggest her for any event!
Donna was so professional and the music was absolute perfection. She responds quickly to your emails and does a great job Read more...
Donna was so professional and the music was absolute perfection. She responds quickly to your emails and does a great job at guiding you with what would be best for your event. It was cold outside and she offered me her coat and gloves to keep myself warm while waiting for our ceremony to start. A guest said you would have thought she was one of my dearest friends. She is just very thoughtful while being professional and a great musician! Would HIGHLY suggest her for any event! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Donna and team were wonderful. We solicited the duo, a cellist and Donna on harp. They were professional, a great value and the music was enjoyed by all. Donna was a great help in selecting the music and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
Donna and team were wonderful. We solicited the duo, a cellist and Donna on harp. They were professional, a great value Read more...
Donna and team were wonderful. We solicited the duo, a cellist and Donna on harp. They were professional, a great value and the music was enjoyed by all. Donna was a great help in selecting the music and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amber
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Donna played the harp for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The music was beautiful. She was so helpful when I was selecting songs to be played. She took time to show the children in attendance the harp and made it very entertaining for them.
Donna played the harp for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The music was beautiful. She was so helpful when I was selecting Read more...
Donna played the harp for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The music was beautiful. She was so helpful when I was selecting songs to be played. She took time to show the children in attendance the harp and made it very entertaining for them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Donna was an absolute pleasure to work with! Not only is she a talented musician but an all around professional. I simply told Donna my vision for the wedding ceremony and boy did she deliver! She was prompt, courteous, and her music was so elegant. Giver her a call, you won't be sorry!

Thanks again Donna!
Donna was an absolute pleasure to work with! Not only is she a talented musician but an all around professional. I simply Read more...
Donna was an absolute pleasure to work with! Not only is she a talented musician but an all around professional. I simply told Donna my vision for the wedding ceremony and boy did she deliver! She was prompt, courteous, and her music was so elegant. Giver her a call, you won't be sorry!

Thanks again Donna! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Donna was prompt and clear with all her communication, including her contract. She readily located a violinist, Linda Kendall Fields, to join her at our request. Clearly these musicians worked well together and played beautiful music at our daughter's wedding. They were very organized, keeping track of requested selections and time frames as well as adding their own choices of selections that rounded out the prelude music to fit the style and crowd for our wedding event. Both musicians were highly professional, cordial, and made beautiful contributions to our celebration. They handled every detail right down to a quick plan to switch in order to accommodate rain if necessary. I highly recommend Donna's service (and Linda's).
Donna was prompt and clear with all her communication, including her contract. She readily located a violinist, Linda Read more...
Donna was prompt and clear with all her communication, including her contract. She readily located a violinist, Linda Kendall Fields, to join her at our request. Clearly these musicians worked well together and played beautiful music at our daughter's wedding. They were very organized, keeping track of requested selections and time frames as well as adding their own choices of selections that rounded out the prelude music to fit the style and crowd for our wedding event. Both musicians were highly professional, cordial, and made beautiful contributions to our celebration. They handled every detail right down to a quick plan to switch in order to accommodate rain if necessary. I highly recommend Donna's service (and Linda's). Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Private User
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Donna played the harp for our January wedding ceremony at the Conservatory on Biltmore Estate and she did such an amazing job! The music sounded great and weeks before she checked with us to make sure that she knew our exact song requests. We were very happy with our decision to pick Donna for our ceremony musician!
Donna played the harp for our January wedding ceremony at the Conservatory on Biltmore Estate and she did such an amazing Read more...
Donna played the harp for our January wedding ceremony at the Conservatory on Biltmore Estate and she did such an amazing job! The music sounded great and weeks before she checked with us to make sure that she knew our exact song requests. We were very happy with our decision to pick Donna for our ceremony musician! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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