I see every union as the hopeful beginning of something strong and lasting. I see personal growth, compromise, and a commitment to partnering through life's great joys and inevitable trials. In the tears of happiness I see the lovers' optimism, the undying belief there is a Happily Ever After, a soulmate, a dream come true for everyone. And in the tight hugs with parents who want so badly to be able to let go of their babies gracefully, I see a lifetime of love being poured into those children now adults eager to pass the love and lessons on. As a mother, I see the sacrifices made to be sure the child knew they were loved, and thus learned to love. And as a wife, I see two individuals, already best of friends, who will be a testament to each other's lives like no other. This is what I see through my humming strings.
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Having played for hundreds of lovely Colorado weddings, my goal is to help make one of the most important days of your lives especially elegant and memorable. I am happy to play special requests and am willing to travel to destination mountain weddings. I also perform as a duo or trio with a violinist and flutist so please inquire about availability and rates.
See my Alpenglow Harp Studio page for recent events.
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Music selections may be played during:
Prelude, Ceremony, Postlude, Cocktail Hour and Reception as requested.
Suggested Music Options:
On Wings of Song
La Vie En Rose
Claire de Lune
Someone to Watch Over Me
Everybody Loves Somebody
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Traditional Wedding March
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Ode to Joy
I've got Rhythm
"We were so pleased with the harpist, Erin Newton, at our wedding. She is extremely talented, gracious and very professional. She plays beautifully and was the perfect compliment to our outdoor wedding in Vail, Colorado. Although we had some ideas of the types of music we wanted at our wedding, she further enhanced the selections with her suggestions, including our processional selection that truly defined my walk down the aisle. I highly recommend Erin without any reservations. In addition, her pricing is very reasonable for the beautiful quality of harp music that you will receive in return."
Janice Pugh Wedding: 05/26/2013
Wedding Wire Review
Q and A
Q: What kind of harp do you play, and will it be loud enough?
A: I play one of four instruments: a 22-string lap harp, a 34-string Celtic lever harp, a 40-string semi-grand pedal harp, or a 47-string full-size concert harp. The latter, a handmade Lyon and Healy 30, is one of the world's premier harps, played in the most respected symphonies. With an extended soundboard, it has its own built-in amplification system, and fills both indoor and outdoor arenas with a full, resonating sound. If necessary (i.e. at large events with lots of background noise), I can play with an external amplifier.
Q: Which instrument will you play at my event?
A: I'll play the harp that suits your venue, taking into account space, access, conditions, and exposure. While I can carry the two smaller harps almost anywhere, the larger instruments require a dolly for transport, which means that they can go anywhere there's some sort of improved path. These large harps, though, can be easily blown over in our gusty Colorado wind, and are also susceptible to extreme temperatures -- anything below 40 degrees or over 90 degrees. Obviously, they don't like rain and snow. A good way to think about it is: if your oldest and youngest guests can handle it, so can my harp and I.
Q: How much space do you and your harp need?
A: My harp, bench, and I require a flat space 4 feet by 4 feet, with shelter from the elements.
Q: During a wedding ceremony, what music do you play, and in what order?
A: Typically, I play a half-hour prelude as guests are being seated, a special song for the wedding party, a processional for the bride, and an upbeat postlude at the end of the ceremony, followed by half an hour of music as guests depart. I've listed some of my favorite pieces here to the left.
Q: What do your rates include?
A: My quotes include an initial in-person consultation, harp insurance, travel time and costs, on-site harp transport and set up, and ceremony music -- including special requests for which I need to find music. For an additional fee, I can also play during cocktail hours and receptions.