Nelda Etheredge, Harpist
Although a bit pricey, they were worth the spend. We had a string trio and it was beautiful. My guests loved the music in the background and it was beautiful in pictures. I recommend Nelda's services.
I just had my wedding Saturday, March 19th. Nelda Etheredge was the wonderful harpist I hired for my wedding. She did a stellar job. The music selections were awesome including the special ones I had picked for communion and the unity candle. Her harp was beautiful and she dressed so lovely for the day. She sent me a CD prior to the wedding to select my music which I then used for my wedding video as background music. Also - it was the least expensive item for my wedding!
Nelda was absolutely amazing! She made the wedding more meaningful with her beautiful music and she was so classy and friendly! We would recommend her to anyone - she will ensure that your day is all that you want it to be. She helped us to choose music and played far beyond what we asked her to - in fact we are going to book her for all the parties that we have!
My only problem was that Nelda herself did not perform at my wedding, instead she sent someone else from the San Antonio Symphony because she had bronchitis. It bothered me that she did not inform me of this prior to the wedding and I was upset to discover someone else would be standing in, just minutes before the wedding. I contacted Nelda and she apologized, stating that she didnt want to tell me this before the wedding, because she didnt want me to be upset. Well, I would argue that bad news doesn't get better over time. Plus, the contract clearly states that you are hiring HER, not a stand-in. Who knows how much she ended up paying the stand-in (although she says she paid her the full amount). Finding out just before the wedding wasn't exactly comforting either. The music was beautiful but if you hire her, I would make sure that you keep the lines of communication open.
Nelda’s many years of harp performance experience are clearly evident in the beautiful sound she creates while playing. Not only does she play with confidence, but she also has a vast repertoire and special knowledge of her music which make her very proficient at guiding you in your song selections for your wedding or other special event. It was a pleasure to work with her!
Nelda Etheredge is THE wedding harpist in San Antonio and South Texas. She is thorough and professional, providing a combination of wonderful music and a beautiful presentation. Nelda performed at BOTH of my daughters' wedding ceremonies, adding her special sounds to their special days.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Nelda at a "Garden/River Front" wedding. I was absulutely taken by her skill on her harp and her delightful personality. I can assure you that Nelda and her harp would be a great assest to any Bride and Groom that are looking to bringing charm and elegance to their wedding ceremony. I loved working with Nelda and would recommend her to anybody.
Nelda Etheredge has performed in the San Antonio area since
1982 and provides a variety of classical, popular, celtic and
sacred music. She performs at weddings, parties, banquets,
dinners, Christmas parties, conventions, fashion shows, grand openings,
church services, memorial services and Masses.
She performs on both pedal harp and celtic harp.
She also teaches both pedal and celtic harp.
Although usually engaged as a solo artist,
Ms. Etheredge can provide a flutist for a harp/flute duo
or a violinist for a harp/violin duo.
Ms. Etheredge is President of the American Harp Society San Antonio Chapter
and a member of The International Folk Harpers Society.
Additionally, she is a former orchestra personnel manager
of the San Antonio Symphony.
Weddings: Music for the wedding ceremony includes 20 minutes of prelude music while guest are being seated, three processionals for bride, bridesmaids and mothers, music for unity candle, offertory, communion and recessional.
Receptions: Music for this occasion is usually a mix of easy listening, light classics and love songs from movies and Broadway shows. Celtic, Spanish and Renaissance music may be requested.
harp and violin
harp, violin and cello
harp and flute
harp and string quartet
harp and voice for Catholic Masses