I am just elated to welcome Anne Roos to the Tahoe Unveiled team. Anne is a profession, experienced celtic harpist providing beautiful music at Lake Tahoe weddings. Nothing enhances the romantic, elegant ambiance of a wedding like a live harp played by a top-notch professional musician. From the ceremony and throughout the cocktail hour, Anne and her harp will set the stage for a wonderful celebration. Check out the vendor interview below with some expert wedding music advice from Anne.
Please tell me about your musical upbringing. At what age did you start playing music?
I’ve always been musical. I grew up in L.A., and my dad always took our family to the Hollywood Bowl to see orchestral pieces performed live. I loved it. I began performing vocal music as a child, and then I later took up the Celtic harp.
What five words would your colleagues use to best describe you?
Professional, Organized, Helpful, Highly-Skilled, Beautiful
I love it! What is your favorite part about playing the harp?
The harp is such a gorgeous instrument—I feel like I am a conduit bringing this music to enhance a very special moment and day in people’s lives. Providing something so unique is very fulfilling for me. And personally, I love being in that “zone” when I’m playing, too.
What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple about wedding music?
It’s your wedding, so have fun selecting your music and don’t get pulled into different directions by your guests and wedding party. Choose music that you love, and let your wedding music be a reflection of both of you, as a couple.
How do you help a couple in song selection?
I always want to make sure that the couple is comfortable with their music selections, so I offer some suggestions on how to go about creating their own music list. My repertoire lists are available on my website, and they are filled with music titles that are arranged by type/style of music—traditional Classical music, Movie Love Songs, Rock, Country, Celtic, and more. Couples can either choose specific songs from these lists, or they can simply select a category of music that they like and allow me to fill in the blanks. They should select specific tunes for the bride’s entrance and the first dance, because these songs will be remembered for many years to come.
If the couple is not sure which songs to choose, they can always set up an appointment to meet with me in person, and I can play snippets of music that they are considering for their wedding day. This helps them to decide which songs they like the best. I can also schedule this appointment over the phone or via Skype.
Do you work with any other musicians?
I am primarily a soloist, but I am happy to perform with other musicians and vocalists. My clients can advise me of the instrumentation that interests them, and I can put together a duet or ensemble that includes my Celtic harp. Or, if they want me to perform with their friend or relative, I am open to this as well, as long as I can rehearse with the musicians and vocalists well before the wedding day.
When is the best time during the wedding for you to play?
Anytime during your wedding festivities can be a “best time” for harp music! Most couples hire me to perform at the wedding ceremony, while guests are being seated, for the processional, during the ceremony itself, for the recessional, and while guests are exiting the ceremony area. And many are now opting to have me continue playing throughout the cocktail service following the ceremony.
Some couples get very creative. I have performed during rehearsal dinners, during the reception, and even for the first dance! Some couples hire me to play during the rehearsal dinner and for the bridal shower. I have even played in the bride’s sitting room while she and her wedding party are getting ready for the big day. And let’s not forget all those times I have been hired to perform while the groom pops the big question! More couples are inviting me to play for their entire wedding day, because I can play different types of music for each wedding festivity.
Is there anything else you’d like the Tahoe Unveiled readers to know about having a harpist at their wedding?
The harp is a truly magical instrument. When people see a harp being played live, they know that they are at a very special occasion. Live harp music makes for precious, unforgettable wedding memories.
Thank you so much Anne! xoxo
Interview by Andria Gutierrez