Your Special Event
For ceremonies Catherine plays music tailored to the type of service (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, non-denominational, etc.). Ceremony music generally includes 20-30 minutes of prelude music while guests are seated, one or two processionals for the entrance of the officiant, groom, attendants and bride, music for unity candle and/or communion if needed, and a recessional for the bridal party's exit.
Receptions and Parties
For receptions, rehearsal dinners, and parties Catherine plays "easy-listening" background music which can be a mix of light classics, popular music, and love songs from movies and shows. Some Celtic and New Age music can be included if requested.
Each job is priced individually, and extra charges for distance and holidays may apply. Prices for ceremonies include one consultation, if needed, to select processional(s) and recessional. (No consultation is needed for other kinds of performances.) Catherine requests a 50% retainer against client cancellation and a signed contract to hold a date and time. Balance is due two weeks prior to the event (time permitting).
If a client requests a piece that is not on her song list, Catherine does not charge for the time it takes to find and, if necessary, arrange a piece if a piano version of the sheet music is available. However, the client is responsible for the cost of the original music she needs to work from or a published harp arrangement if available, and Catherine must choose the version which will best suit the harp. Because of the time required to prepare music not in her repertoire, she must limit requests for new music to no more than two pieces per event. Requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event to allow time for preparation.
Catherine accepts work at outdoor locations April through October. The harp must be in complete shade on a smooth, level surface such as a patio, porch, sidewalk, etc. If no shade is available, a small opaque tent must be provided by the client. Her harps have microphones built in, and she has amplification if needed to ensure the harp is heard.