Graceful Music: Harpist & Pianist
My fiancé and I just booked Alice for our May 30, 2010 wedding. In addition to being hugely talented, she was friendly and informative during our trial, which was a bit longer than 1.5 hours!
Alice knows a great deal of her repertoire by heart and is willing to learn new pieces if given enough lead time.
I researched several other harpists in the South Bay and her prices were the most reasonable – she prorates her hourly charge after the hour minimum.
I’ll be sure to update this post after the wedding. Hope this information is helpful!
Alice is an amazing musician! She is extremely professional and was so easy to work with! Being a bride, the last thing you want to do is worry about the dependability of your vendors and Alice just took care of everything!
She met with my us early on to discuss the types of music we might want played since we had no idea and her recommendations were priceless because the music she played on our wedding day was just beautiful. That coupled with the awesome backdrop at Nestldown, you really can't ask for more on your wedding day!
Alice has a broad range of music she can play and it truly is amazing if you haven't heard her play. If you want to hear a demo, check out her website. She even learned a song by Garth Brooks by request (my husband is a big fan) and incorporated that in to the ceremony.
Thank you Alice for being a part of our special day and making it more than what we could have ever wish for!
I am not one to review very often but with my experience with Alice at our weeding is one review that I simply have to write. From the moment you meet with Alice you feel at ease she is like family. Most people have sample recordings that you listen to but Alice is able to play ANYTHING and I do mean ANYTHING from memory! She is a true professional but with a warm personality. On our wedding day she was completely organized and set up. When I say she is low maintenance and completely worry free you can understand how important that is to have on your wedding day! Her musical talent is off the charts! It is one thing to play music and quite another to play beautiful music and everything Alice played for us was exceptional and lived up to her name! My wife is an accomplished pianist and therefore knows Music. So when I say she was as thrilled I am with every aspect of working with Alice and her Graceful Music you know it is coming from a professional. Often people use priceless with many things but I can honestly say that our experience with Alice was Priceless and worth double or triple what we paid you can not go wrong with Graceful Music.
Alice is an absolutely INCREDIBLE musician and worked closely with us in creating the perfect music selection for our wedding day. I loved meeting with her and hearing her suggestions as we described what we envisioned. Clearly had a ton of experience! She knew so many pieces and it was amazing to see her just play them from memory. She was so professional, dependable and responsible that we didn't have to worry at all about any of the musical parts of our wedding. I'd HIGHLY recommend her!
First off, let me say that Alice is a very talented, joyful, and energetic harpist. You can tell right away that she truly loves what she does.
My husband and I had a very difficult time finding a harpist as accomidating and talented as Alice.
She Actually brought tears to my eyes during the trial.
On the day of our wedding, Alice was one of the first vendors to arrive at our site, and she played beautifully. Many of our guests had never been to a wedding as elaborate as ours, but despite all of the other extras we had for our wedding, our guests continuously approached me throughout the night to comment on how fabulous Alice was.
She even went the extra mile for my husband, playing "Stairway to Heaven" as he and the groomsmen entered the ceremony.
We interviewed over 10 harpists for our wedding and I am overjoyed to have found Alice. We HIGHLY RECCOMEND her. www.gracefulmusic.com
My husband and I had the great pleasure of having Alice as our harpist during our wedding. Talented, friendly, and approachable, she was an absolute joy to work with. From the onset, she was very helpful in selecting pieces, working with us patiently during the consultation. Her website (www.gracefulmusic.com) is packed with very useful and relevant information -- songlists, FAQs, etc. Close to the wedding, she was easy to reach for last-minute coordination. On our wedding day, she arrived early to set up and started playing at our scheduled time. Her music is wonderful; our guests loved it; and it was all captured on our video. I highly recommend Alice.
Alice has been a wonderful colleague. When I am booked I will tell you to give her a call.
Alice loves playing for weddings and events, and it shows in her work. "Sometimes I can’t believe that I’m being paid to do something I enjoy so much," she says. "I love playing for weddings because people are happy, the music I play is beautiful, and I have the honor of being a part of such an important day in peoples’ lives." She offers in-person consultations, a service others relegate to a demo cd or a repertoire list. She enjoys the emotional connection with each bride and groom before playing for their event.
Because Alice is such an accomplished musician, the couple has a lot of flexibility in the music that they select. Musical selections are not limited to a short list, but rather, the repertoire list is a springboard for musical ideas for the ceremony. Alice is able to play a variety of styles, create her own arrangements, as well as create medleys and blended music (where different songs are ’fused’ together) which makes for unique music that is not available anywhere else.
Alice is constantly on the search for new music that would be appropriate for wedding ceremonies. "I love coming up with fresh ideas, and I love the new ideas that come from brides," Alice states. "Sometimes, when the couples and I get together to brainstorm, we come up with something that we might not have come up with on our own."
Another unique service that Alice is able to provide is the variety of instruments offered. Alice offers the harp, piano, or organ, and couples can even have two or more
instruments in the same ceremony. This truly is an distinguishing service that few musicians are able to offer.
Her personal touch, coupled with the exceptional caliber of musicianship, makes her a highly regarded and a much sought-after event musician.