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Harpist Shelley Otis

Bristol , RI
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Bristol, RI US 02809

PHONE

774-454-7525

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"The music was absolutely lovely and everyone raved about you..." (bride, Boston, MA) Shelley's music has delighted bridal couples and audiences throughout New England. Her keen sense of... Read more
"The music was absolutely lovely and everyone raved about you..." (bride, Boston, MA) Shelley's music has delighted bridal couples and audiences throughout New England. Her keen sense of musicianship, wide-ranging repertoire and refreshing approach to the harp offer versatility in planning weddings & events. Whether you want Bach, Beatles, Celtic dances, Latin American tunes, jazz improvisation, or Led Zeppelin, Shelley plays it all, and her gentle manner will make you feel at ease. And if there's a song you want that isn't on her list, she delights in arranging music of all types for the harp, from traditional music to new artists.

With nearly ten years of wedding experience and a set list of over 400 songs, Shelley will work with you to create music for your wedding that will delight your guests and set the mood for your special day. “It is the attention to detail that makes an event extra special, and we could not be happier. Your music was the finishing touch to our ceremony! -Stephanie & Paul, August 2005 Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Harp, Organ, Piano, Violin
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 minutes
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I don't charge for travel expenses in Rhode Island. Outside of Rhode Island, I include travel expenses in my quote. I like to be up front with my clients, so there aren't any hidden charges or surprises.

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shelley is extremely talented. She played the harp for our outdoor wedding ceremony. She was able to play a mix of traditional ceremony songs with some non-traditional songs (such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin) and the music was beautiful. (The harp itself is also gorgeous!) Many of our guests commented how lovely the music was and what a great addition having her there was to the ceremony. Shelley worked within our budget, was prompt and professional throughout the entire experience. Highly recommended!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Shelley did an amazing job for our beach wedding at the Westin in Cancun. Such beautiful pieces, so appropriate! She is so professional, and is easy to communicate with. Shelley wants everything to be just perfect! We are so pleased that we used her services for our wedding ceremony. Thank you Shelley!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley was very easy to work with and always responded to my emails quickly. She was organized, professional, punctual, and the music was lovely -- I couldn't have asked for anything more!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shelley was wonderful to work with, she has a wide breadth and depth to suit any variety of music taste, and was able to customize our ceremony music and even learned a new piece for us! She is fabulous, would highly recommend her services!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jeremy
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley learned new, and fairly complex, songs on the harp and piano for our wedding. She met with us via Skype around our schedules to discuss the details of what we wanted and needed, and by the ceremony she knew exactly where to be and what to do (and she did it damn well). As a testament to her flexibility, our MC accidentally asked her to stick around for the cocktail hour, which she wasn't obliged to, but she did anyway. The result was an even classier and more personal cocktail hour with Shelly's beautiful playing pulling it all together. Superb skills, professionalism, willingness to learn, adaptable, and attentive, all at some of the best rates we found. Highly recommend!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jen
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley is a talented harpist and we were delighted to have her play for both our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. We selected a few songs for our ceremony but left the remaining songs up to Shelley with the request for upbeat music as we loved everything she played for us when we first met with her. While she plays traditional wedding music, I chose 'Here Come the Sun' to walk down the aisle and we walked out to 'In the Mood'. Shelley is professional and easy to work with. We opted to have Shelley record the music for a CD for us which is a lovely memento to have as we did not get to hear everything that she played that day.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley was awesome! She was so easy to work with and customized our ceremony and cocktail hour music exactly how we wanted! Her music is so beautiful, and my only disappointment would be that I missed hearing it during the cocktail hour because we were busy taking too many pictures!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley sounded amazing at our wedding. Unfortunately I didn't get to see much of her as my mind was elsewhere! Once I heard her harp playing I immediately started crying. She has great talent!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mary Sarah
Wedding:
8/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley was the consummate professional. She's a gifted musician who impressed all of the guests and wedding party with her talent. I highly recommend her!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alexandra
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley Otis on harp and Paul Pelletier on violin were Outstanding at my daughters wedding. Very professional and the sweetest music you could imagine! just magical.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sonya
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley is an amazing musician and did such a wonderful job playing the ceremony and cocktail hour music at our wedding. I originally didn't see why we couldn't have the DJ just play the ceremony and cocktail music but my husband insisted we hire a musician. When we went to visit Shelley in RI and I heard her play, I new he was right. The music set the mood and was so beautiful! She was very easygoing and great to work with.

We are so happy to have had Shelley as part of our wedding!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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victoria
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Shelley was the BEST to work with. So talented, kind and professional. She played the harp at our wedding ceremony and it was so magical and beautiful. I was so nervous to walk down the isle and as soon as I heard the music coming from the harp a sense of calm came over me and the nerves were gone. I couldn't be happier with the decision we made to book Shelley as our ceremony harpist/musician!!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Everyone said that she did an amazing job with the ceremony music and the cocktail hour. She also took special requests (from us) when we first met with her. She made sure she was able to learn and play them during the cocktail hour. She even got a standing ovation from the guests when she was leaving. Everyone loved her. I just wish that I had the chance to hear her. I was in a zone while walking down the aisle that I didn't even pay attention to the music that was playing. And was taking pictures during the cocktail hour.
But I would definitely recommend her!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Cindy
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My experience working with Shelley for our wedding was nothing but wonderful. From our first meeting at her house all the way through, she was professional, easy going, knowledgeable and kind. She played samples for us, gave suggestions, and made the whole process so easy! She played beautiful classic songs on the harp for our ceremony and graciously accepted our request to jump over to piano for our cocktail hour. For cocktail hour we simply told her to keep it upbeat and she took it from there. I had complete trust and cannot say enough good things about her. She is truly talented and her music really added such a special touch for our day. Our guests raved about the music, and some have even booked her for their upcoming events! I highly recommend her, she was worth every penny.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
12/12/2012
5.0/5.0
There are not enough nice things I could possibly say about Shelley. She was absolutely fantastic to work with, from the moment we were first in contact. We were able to Skype for a consultation, which was perfect for my schedule... I had a few unique requests/needs for my music, and Shelley was MORE than accommodating. Many people were skeptical when I said I hired a harpist (my husband included), but everyone kept saying how amazing she was. Everything went just as we had discussed, she was timely, professional and SO talented. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Fantastic!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Shelley Otis was a wonderful addition to our wedding in September at Rocky Neck State Park in Connecticut. We were able to hand pick harp music that we wanted for our ceremony and loved that we had a diverse choice of songs and genres. She has a very informative website where you can listen to her incredible music. She was very kind, accommodating, and professional. Her music was one of our favorite parts of the day. It added such a wonderful atmosphere. We did not have a microphone for our officiant and she lent her portable amplifier to him, saving the day. We would HIGHLY recommend her. Absolutely delightful.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Melissa and Keith
Wedding:
8/19/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I recently were married in Newport Rhode Island at a beautiful outside ceremony site looking over the water at one of the castles. Shelley Otis played the harp for our ceremony music and we couldn't of been happier- absolutely beautiful music to set the mood. Our guests raved about how beautiful the harp was. Shelley was a pleasure to work with, very knowledgeable and helpful as she guided us throughout the process to really make it fit who we were as a couple and what we wanted the feel of our ceremony to be. Highly recommended!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Chelsea
Wedding:
8/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Shelley is amazing and so much fun! We were trying to cut back on the budget for the ceremony music, so we decided to hire Shelley instead of a group of musicians. I’d never heard a harp at a wedding before, and now I don’t know why more people don’t choose it- it’s the perfect instrument to stand on its own, always sounds good, and can play anything. We didn’t want anything too ‘wedding’ sounding (Pachelbel, Here comes the Bride), and she had plenty of awesome suggestions- I walked down the aisle to ‘Here comes the sun’. I wish I held other events I could invite Shelley to play at!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Joseph
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
The entire experience working with Shelley was wonderful. She graciously invited us to her beautiful home to play an assortment of beautiful pieces for us and even agreed to do several duets with my close friend who is a violinist. All of our guests loved listening to her play even though I was a half hour late-she played the whole time, which I'm sure greatly calmed the nerves of my darling groom!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Shelley was Fabulous!

So responsive with any questions I had and very professional! She was always a help along the way when I had questions and did a great job at the cocktail hour of my event! i would highly reccomend her to anyone looking for a Harpist!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Margie
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot rate Shelley highly enough! Shelley was wonderful to work with! She was so sweet and responsive to all of our questions. My husband and I were amazed with the variety of songs she could play on the harp! I highly recommend her services!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Truly outstanding. glorious music. Spectacular presence. you won't be disappointed. If I could have rated her a 10 on a 5 point scale in all categories, I would have!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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lauren
Wedding:
11/13/2011
5.0/5.0
She was the best. My ceremony music was beautiful she played the harp wonderfully. She was easy to work with she also over exstended herself she stayed and kept playing over the time that she was supposed to.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Shelley played the Harp at our wedding ceremony and for part of our wedding reception. She was AMAZING. She was prompt to work with during the planning process, she learned a few new (difficult!) pieces specifically for our wedding and provided a serene musical environment for us and our guests. People were raving about her even after the wedding. She went above and beyond in every way, including staying a little later than she was contracted for just to play for us. We couldn't recommend her enough!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nikki
Wedding:
8/3/2012
4.8/5.0
Shelley did an absolutely amazing job at our ceremony and cocktail hour! Her prices are very resonable and she is a delight to work with. Shelley kept in great contact with me and did everything I requested. Unfortunately, I was so nervous that I didn't hear her at the cermony, but I must say that on the wedding video she sounded great! :)

Worth every penny! I never had to worry while working with Shelley & everyone enjoyed her music and commented on just how talented she is! Wonderful experience!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/24/2013
4.7/5.0
Shelley was amazing- her music was unique and beautiful. She was super flexible with changes and offered valuable planning advice. She was truly a blessing to stumble upon!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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