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Pianist for Parties

Minneapolis , MN

LOCATION

1200 South Washington Avenue, Suite #270
Minneapolis, MN US 55415 (map)

PHONE

612-845-1970

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Add a sparkle to your wedding with Sharon Planer at the piano!

Creating a beautiful musical atmosphere is Sharon's passion! She has a wonderful repertoire of piano music for... Read more
Add a sparkle to your wedding with Sharon Planer at the piano!

Creating a beautiful musical atmosphere is Sharon's passion! She has a wonderful repertoire of piano music for all occasions and loves to design her music selections to capture the theme and mood of your event. Sharon performs in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul and central Minnesota.

Are you looking for Wedding Ceremony Music that speaks to the heart?

Express the beauty of your love through Sharon's solo piano selections. Choose from a full repertoire of music for your wedding ceremony. Sharon loves helping each couple find the perfect music for their wedding. She can accompany any vocalist or instrumentalist. Do you have a unique location for your ceremony? Sharon will set up her portable piano and sound system to meet your needs.

Delight your guests with elegant Background Piano Music for your Wedding Reception!

Solo piano creates a beautiful ambience for the cocktail hour, dinner, and wedding reception. Sharon has an extensive repertoire of reception music and loves to design her music selections to capture the theme and mood of your special occasion. Sharon can include music to please all ages including pop, jazz, Broadway, easy listening, new age, music from every decade, light classical, and just about anything you might prefer. She welcomes requests.

Make your Rehearsal Dinner and Groom's Dinner a first class event!

Sharon will create the perfect musical ambiance as your friends and family enjoy their moments together with you at your Rehearsal Dinner.

Corporate Events and Private Parties.

Sharon has an extensive repertoire including jazz, pop, Broadway, Latin, ethnic, contemporary hits, music from every decade, light classical and just about anything you might prefer. She welcomes learning new music and special requests.

Visit Sharon's web site at pianistforparties.com to listen to music samples, get prices and read the many comments of Sharon's pleased customers.

No piano? No problem! Sharon can set up her portable piano and sound system.

Is your event in a remote location? Sharon can bring her silent portable generator to provide power for her portable piano and sound system. Microphone available upon request.

Sharon would love to hear more about your event. Give her a call or send an email today!

Sharon has the 'KEYS' to make your event sparkle with music! Read less
Ceremony Music , Band

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Classical, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Oldies, Pop, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
My attire will be appropriate to your specific event.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Visit my web site at http://pianistforparties.com/events to view public performances where you can meet me and hear me perform live. You can listen online at http://pianistforparties.com/listen for sound samples. I will be happy to provide a demo cd as well.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
I LOVE learning new music to perform as solo piano or accompanying vocalists and other instrumentalists.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
I always arrive an hour early. If I need to provide my portable piano and amplification, I need at minimum an hour to set up my equipment.
How much space do you usually require?
I require a 5 x 5 foot area for my portable piano and access to one electrical outlet.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
For most private events a sign or banner is not appropriate, but I can provide one if requested.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
My portable piano and audio speakers are state-of-the-art for sound quality. I can provide a microphone for a vocalist or an officiant. I have a silent portable generator that can power my portable piano, audio speakers and microphone for outdoor events that do not have access to electricity.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Most weddings and events that I play for want background or ceremony music.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I would play some upbeat pop or swing music. I would also find out ahead of time any special songs that the couple wanted me to play for their first dance, etc.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do not require a meal break. For events two hours or less, I do not require a break. For events more than two hours, I ask for a 5 minute break after the second hour and every hour thereafter.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
If a quick break is needed, I try to take if during 'toasts' or speaking so there is no need to play recorded music. If I am using my portable piano, during my break I can play songs that I have pre-recorded. If I am playing an acoustic piano that does not have recording capability, I will ask the venue if they are able to play recorded music during my break. 
 
 Also, as the noise of the guests increases and decreases during an event, I record a song while playing it live and then replay the recorded version while I walk through the room to assess if I need to change my volume.​ During a dinner or reception, my goal is to make sure that the guests can easily converse while still being able to hear and enjoy my music.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
I have other musicians that I can contact to find a replacement.
What is your overtime rate?
My overtime rate is the same as my basic rate. You can view my prices on my web site at http://pianistforparties.com/prices
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
There is no travel charge within the Twin Cities or St. Cloud. Beyond that area, my travel rate is 50.5 cents per mile.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
A $100 deposit is required for events totaling less than $500. A $200 deposit is required for events totaling more than $500.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Harp, Piano

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sharon,
We want to say THANK YOU!!!!!!! You and Mary Pat Nydahl did an amazing job, and the music and singing were beautiful together. We had many people comment that the music and singing brought tears to their eyes……joyful tears of course. The song Oceans was perfect for the sand pouring along with the other songs for the ceremony. We also appreciated all your help and input before the wedding and during the rehearsal. There are many things to think about and you helped bring those items to our attention and made sure everything was taken care of. It was a pleasure working with you and Mary Pat. Both of you helped make this a very special day for everyone to remember. Thanks again.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Stephanie
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Sharon was such a pleasure to work with for our wedding! Right from the beginning she was very quick to respond to my emails. We had a special song request for our entrance song at our reception and she was more than happy to accommodate us. She did a beautiful job of adding a special touch to our brunch reception, and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved Sharon. She was professional at all times and helped make our wedding so very special.
My Husband was not sure about having a piano player. He told me at the end of the night, "I wish she could have stayed longer, I enjoyed her so much."
Our guests loved it. We loved it!! Just want to give her a big hug! My day was wonderful thanks to her music.
I will use her service again if they are ever needed.

Thank you! Sharon
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful. She was very professional and accurate with the details. She played wonderful music for our small wedding and we would highly recommend her to anyone!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Sharon was absolutely fabulous! She played whatever we wanted and had great ideas for us. She was very thoughtful and helpful.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sharon provided beautiful music for our wedding ceremony and reception! She was easy to work with and very organized. She has a huge selection of songs to choose from, and gave great input as to which songs would fit our day best. I would highly recommend her for any type of event!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nicolle
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
It is always a pleasure to work her - she is always willing to go the extra mile to make the music perfect for each client

Thanks
Nicolle
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Connie
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Sharon was the perfect Pianist. Not only was her music 5-star quality, she was a joy to work with. I would highly recommend her.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
The music was beautiful. Sharon did an awsome job. Would totally recommend her. Thank you again Sharon for making our day great.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sharon did a great job reaching out to me in a timely manner after I contacted her. She was helpful in the music choice, asked clarifying questions when she wasn't sure and played the piano extremely well. She even came down early in the morning on Saturday to play for our rehearsal. She did a fabulous job!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful to work with! She was always very prompt in getting back to us and arranged to meet with us at a location that was convenient for us. Her music is absolutely beautiful and was the prefect choice for our ceremony. I would definitely recommend Sharon!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Teri
Wedding:
12/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was absolutely wonderful. She played what my husband and I wanted. She was attentive. She played beautifully. On our rehearsal night the priest was over an hour late and she still stayed and waited for him- thank you so much Sharon!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough wonderful things about Sharon. She went above the call of duty to allow two young adults sing with her piano music. She provided coordination on the music and ensuring the correct "key" of music was played. She added elegance to the reception!
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Jackie
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was very flexible with what we wanted. We originally thought of her for the entire event but then scaled back to just the ceremony. Then we brought in a soloist that had a song where no one could find sheet music. Sharon just rolled with it and even let our soloist play her piano (he found the music at the last minute). I would definitely use her again if I needed a piano player for an event.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was the pianist for our wedding on October 20, 2012, and was excellent all the way around. My husband and I wanted to include non-traditional, modern songs in our ceremony and even though they were not in her current repertoire (which is quite expansive), Sharon was more than willing to learn them! This included learning several that she played for us in advance that we could listen to and pick from, which was so great! We even changed our mind two weeks out from the wedding and she accommodated that as well! She is very open to suggestions and gracious when you change your mind :) She also offered a number of suggestions, which was great. She was willing to come to our rehearsal the morning of, which we really appreciated also. The music during the ceremony and cocktail hour was just beautiful. Her willingness to accommodate all of our special requests really made our wedding so personal! We would absolutely recommend her!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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erika
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you Sharon for being reasonably priced and organized in planning and playing music on our wedding day. The music was beautiful and we appreciated your reliability. We met once early in the summer to talk through the ceremony and you were there on a cool fall day to perform without any concerns. We had a wonderful wedding day and would recommend your services to anyone, thank you!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful to work with. Out of all our vendors Sharon was the most organized, responsive, and timely. When we were inquiring about her services she sent us a demo cd free of charge, and once we booked her she met with us and played tons of sample music for us to choose from, and even practiced with our vocalist for free. She responds to emails with the speed of light (never happens in the wedding industry btw) and always gives tons of details so you know exactly what's going on (also rare). She really made the music portion stress free and easy for us.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sharon was very helpful even beyond the music for the ceremony. She helped us remember to incorporate certain aspects of the ceremony we would have otherwise forgot about. She is a talented pianist and with our accompanying vocalist, the music was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Sharon for making our day even more memorable. We can't wait to watch the whole thing again on our video.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Katie
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon is very kind, helpful and easy to work with. She is also very prompt and detailed and will create beautiful music for your wedding day.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tara
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
LOved this woman!! she did everything I envisioned for my ceremony and reception :)
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Libby
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful and easy to work with. Her piano playing was beautiful!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Really professional, great sound. Sharon is very thoughtful and plans her music according to what you want in your ceremony
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kat
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful at our wedding.

We met Sharon at the wedding fair at Gale Mansion. At our first meeting she sat down after I had told her our wedding song - and played it right there. It was impressive. She worked with us to determine the best music for our ceremony, letting us lead the way - steering us with suggetions, letting us define our own ceremony.

In addition to playing at our ceremony, she provided music at our cake reception in the afternoon. We had many compliments on the atmosphere and setting - much of which Sharon helped us to provide.

Finally, she helped us to coordinate with our location - we gave her the time and place - she helped to coordinate all the details about where to set up, when she could be there, etc - one less thing for a bride to have to think of.

Thank you Sharon for all your help to make our wedding wonderful!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon did an excellent job playing the piano at our May 19th 2012 wedding. She was open to any of our requests and was very professional. Everyone loved hearing her play and we were very pleased with how everything turned out. She is so talented and very professional. We definitely recommend her for any event!
Services Used: Band
Pianist for Parties responded with the following comments:

I loved putting together a repertoire to match your request of Austrian and German classical music. The Strauss and Mozart music seemed perfect for your reception in the historic mansion. I hope your dream to visit to the Germanic countries together and hear their beautiful music comes true for you!
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Bailey
Wedding:
5/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon did an amazing job! She is so sweet and a delight to work with. I received many compliments from my guest on the ceremony and reception music. The music was lovely. I would highly recommend her.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rosanne
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful ! We had a country theme she went over all music before hand helped us pick out songs. Came to practice night before set up and played for us that was so helpful. We loved her service and the music was just great!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Pianist for Parties responded with the following comments:

Hi Rosanne,
Your country theme was great fun! I loved the cowgirl outfits, hay bales, and music to match! Best wishes!
Sharon
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SFarrell
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon was great to work with on my wedding music. She know what works best for weddings and can put you at ease. I have never worked with someone who was so professional. On top of all that she is extermely talented and will make the music at your wedding something people will remember. I would highly recommend her and her services.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Judester
Wedding:
2/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon is a lovely person and a wonderful pianist. Many guests commented on her beautiful music.
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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panda26
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
very friendly and professional. one of the best vendors we had!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sofia1183
Wedding:
11/4/2011
5.0/5.0
We hired sharon to be a live pianist for our wedding reception and were very pleased with our experience working with her. We had a bit of a special request for her and we were continuously impressed with her flexibility and professionalism. We would highly recommend her based on her skills as a pianist and as a business woman; she definitely aimed to please her clients! 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Florence
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Sharon was very professional and a joy to work with. We required non-traditional music for our wedding including "haunting" music for our coctail hour. She was open to new ideas and was quick to suggest songs she thought would work with our theme. She will be my first pick in the future!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Ric and Kerry
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Sharon Planer's musical talents provided a blend of elegance, celebration and fun to our wedding reception. She was outstanding!
Services Used: Unique Services
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Deb
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Sharon was the pianist for my daughter's wedding on 4/23. It was such a pleasure working with her. The music for the wedding was beautiful. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with her services:
- Incredible responsiveness to emails and questions. Very organized.
- Mailed us a CD of her music.
- Met us at Caribou Coffee and brought her keyboard so she could play for us and help us select music for the ceremony.
- She handled communications with the minister and with the event staff where the ceremony was held.
- Offered great suggestions for music selections.
- She handled all communications with the vocalist prior to the wedding.
- Very easy to work with.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Debbie
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Sharon Planer was a dream to work with. Very professional and accomodating!
About 2 - 3 weeks before our daughter's wedding we found ourselves without a pianist for the ceremony and Sharon came to our rescue fit us into her already busy day and played beautifully at the ceremony. It was a perfect wedding day!
We highly recommend Sharon for any event where you may need a pianist!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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SouperEgo
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Sharon was absolutely fantastic when it came to planning my ceremony music. She got in contact with the minister to be sure that she had all of the cues down and remained in contact with me throughout the planning process. I had another musician play during the ceremony as well and Sharon worked very well with him. I would recommend Sharon's work for any wedding or other special events.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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GLT
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Sharon was wonderful to work with very on top of things. We were having an outdoor wedding which at the last minute needed to moved indoors so she had to move her equipment twice. I would recommend Sharon to anyone looking for a pianist.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Hollie
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
Sharon was more than I hoped for in hiring a pianist from a few states away. I was thoroughly impressed with her professionalism, talent, flexibilty, and customer service. She was THE most organized of all the vendors we worked with.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Katie
Wedding:
4/7/2007
5.0/5.0
The music was beautiful, and sounded great. Sharon was really flexible and helpful about helping us pick out the music for our wedding. She is great to work with!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tracey
Wedding:
10/27/2007
4.8/5.0
Sharon was wonderful and we recommend her highly.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amberleigh
Wedding:
7/7/2007
4.8/5.0
Brad and I were very pleased with the quality of music you provided for our wedding ceremony. Thank you!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kulvir
Wedding:
5/20/2008
4.7/5.0
They have very good music and would recommend them to anyone that wants good music at their wedding
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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