Annette Bjorling

Harp from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$300 - $500 per event
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About
Annette Bjorling is an experienced and versatile harpist, striving to make your special occasion even more special.

Annette's repertoire for solo harp or ensembles includes many tunes from Broadway and Pop, as well as Jazz standards.
Classical music reaches from Renaissance and Baroque masters to French impressionists, and modern compositions. Included are wedding favorites like "Here comes the Bride", Pachelbel's "Canon in D" or Schubert's and Bach/Gounod's "Ave Maria".

One of Annette's specialties is klezmer music, and various styles of East European and Mediterranean ethnic music. She also plays Celtic traditional tunes, other central European music, as well as originals and improvisation.

She is always happy to answer to special request in any of those styles above, or another musical style of your liking.

Annette Bjorling performs on an unique instrument, a custom made carbone-fiber lever harp by the luthier John Dorman (Alberta, Leduc, Canada). This instrument has a beautiful, strong and carrying sound, and is suitable for most situations, outdoors as well as indoors.
(Pictures and sound examples are available on her website - or via email.)

Annette is a member of several performing groups such as Chicago-based Duo Controverso with clarinetist Kurt Bjorling, and the ensemble Myridián. Annette has performed and taught at international music festivals and harp conferences in Europe and North America. Annette recorded CDs as soloist and with various ensembles. She is teaching private harp lessons at her studio in Evanston, IL.


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I hired Annette for my daughters wedding. She was very accomodating and professional. I received many compliments on the music for the ceremony. She went above and beyond and learned new pieces that we requested. I would definately hire her again!

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Annette was wonderful and made my special day so much more so. She was extremly easy to work with. She will learn songs and did Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer for me,how great is that! Her classical pieces were wonderful as well. You can't go wrong with choosing her.

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Annette was very polite, professional, arrived early and set up her harp asked if we had any instructions and was very discreet you didn't know she was there till she was in place and playing ,very nice on a hectic day !!

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Annette did a fabulous job at my wedding ceremony and was very easy to work with! She even did a special request song for my recessional! It was perfect and I am very very very happy! She is so so talented and can do anything you want. She really has a great ear for her harp and it was just outstanding. I would recommend her to anyone for an event! Thanks Annette!

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Annette's music on the harp is beautiful, she did a fantastic job at my wedding ceremony. Everything went smoothly, communication was great. I highly recommend Annette and her great performance.

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I cannot begin to say enough good things about Annette Bjorling. She was completely accommodating, flexible and incredibly easy to work with. She thought of so many details, even calling to request our colors so that she could make sure her attire blended with the wedding. She was eager to work with our soloist and our pianist and facilitated every aspect of the wedding music. She has my highest recommendation and it was an absolute joy to have her be a part of our wedding day.

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Annette was very kind and accommodating. She was able to make alternative suggestions for the music which I appreciated. Most importantly, she played beautifully!

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Annette performed the ceremony music for my wedding. I have no complaints. Her and her harp make beautiful music. She was very accommodating and even allowed me to come to her home to hear her play and select my music. Her husband even joined in on the clarinet to play beautiful duos for my guests. Thank you guys for helping to make my wedding perfect!

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Annette was great! Everyone stated how much they enjoyed the music of Annette instead of the usual DJ that we have used in the past. Networking is an important part of our banquets, having music that they can still hear one another talk is important. Very Classy

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Ain't Misbehaving
Fats Waller
Alone
Nacio Herb Brown
Anniversary Waltz
Josef Ivanovici
Anything You Can Do
Irving Berlin
Autum Leaves
Joseph Kosma
As Time Goes By
Herman Hupfeld
At Last
Etta James
Blue Skies
Irving Berlin
Blues
various composers
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Duke Ellington
Don't You Know
Bobby Worth
Dream a Little Dream
Gus Kahn
Embraceable You
George Gershvin
Everybody Loves Somebody
Koslove/Taylor/Lane
Fascination
F.D. Marchetti
Fly Me to the Moon
Bart Howard
How Deep is the Ocean
Irving Berlin
How High the Moon
Morgan Lewis
I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
G.D. Weiss
I Can't Stop Loving You
Don Gibson
I Got Rhythm
George Gershvin
James
Pat Metheny
Keepin' Out of Mischief
Fats Waller
La Vie En Rose
Louis Guglielmi
Love is Here to Stay
George Gershvin
Lullaby of Birdland
George Shearing
Misty
Erroll Garner
Moon River
Henry Mancini
Mr Sandman
Pat Ballard
My Funny Valentine
Richard Rodgers
Nataliana
Deborah Henson-Conant
New Blues
Deborah Henson-Conant
Oh
Lady Be Good
Pennies from Heaven
Arthur Johnston
Puttin' on the Ritz
Irving Berlin
Softly Like in a Morning Sunrise
Sigmund Romberg
Slowly
David Raksin
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Stardust
Hoagy Carmichael
Stormy Weather
Harold Arlen
Sweet Sue
Just You
'S Wonderful
George Gershvin
Take Five
Paul Desmond
Tea for Two
Vincent Youmans
They Say It's Wonderful
Irving Berlin
Tiger Rag
Original Dixileand Jass Band
Unchained Melody
Alex North
What a Wonderful World
Bob Thiele/G.D. Weiss
White Christmas
Irving Berlin
A Little Night Music
Stephen Sondheim
Anyone Can Whistle
Stephen Sondheim
Anything Goes
Cole Porter
Cats
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Fantasticks
harvey Schmidt
Fiddler on the Roof
Jerry Bock
My Fair Lady
Fredericl Loewe
Oaklahoma
Richard Rodgers
Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Westside Story
Leonard Bernstein
Sound of Music
Richard Rodgers
Sweeney Todd
Stephen Sondheim
All you need is Love
Beatles
Annie's Song
John Denver
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Elton John
Clocks
Coldplay
Doctor Who
Murray Gold
Every Breath You Take
Sting
Fields of Gold
Sting
Forrest Gump
Alan Silvestri
Heaven
Bryan Adams
I Made it Through the Rain
Barry Manilow
In Dreams
Walsh/Shore
Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars
Living on a Prayer
Bon Jovi
Love Story
Taylor Swift
May it Be
Enya
My Heart Will Go On
James Horner
Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Pink Panther
Henry Mancini
Rainbow Connection
Paul Williams
Right Here Waiting
Richard Marx
River Flows in You
Yiruma
Something
Beatles
Somewhere in Time
John Barry
Song from MASH
Mike Altman
Sound of Silence
Paul Simon
Stairway to Heaven
Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
Stand by Me
Ben E. King
Starry
Starry Night
Storybook Love
Willy De Ville)
Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper
Time in a Bottle
Jim Croce
Then
Brad Paisly
Third Man Theme
Anton Karas
Thornbirds
Henry Mancini
To Zanarkand
Nobuo Uematsu
Truly Madly Deeply
Savage Garden
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Michel Legrand
Up
Michael Giacchino
Vincent
Don McLean
When you Believe
Maria Carey/Whitney Houston
Air on a G string
Joh.Seb. Bach
Arioso
Joh.Seb. Bach
Ave Maria
Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Bridal Chorus
Robert Wagner
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Jesu Joy of Men's Desiring
Joh.Seb. Bach
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn
Trumpet Voluntary
Henry Purcell
Chaconne
Henry Purcell
Chaconne
G.F. Handel
Passacaglia
G.F. Handel
Praeludium
Joh.Seb. Bach
Minuet
Joh.Seb. Bach
Sheep may Safely Graze
Joh.Seb. Bach
Sleepers Awake
Joh.Seb. Bach
Water Music
G.F. Handel
Four Seasons
A. Vivaldi
Fantasias
Orlando di Lasso
Fantasias
Orlando Gibbons
Fantasias
John Jenkins
Impromptu
F. Chopin
Mazurka
F. Chopin
Nocturne
F. Chopin
Waltz
F. Chopin
Minuet
W.A. Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
W.A. Mozart
Sonatinas
Louis Spohr
Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy
Fille au Cheveux
Claude Debussy
Reverie
Claude Debussy
Berceuse
Claude Debussy
Berceuse
Gabriel Fauré
Mai
Gabriel Fauré
Pavane op.50
Gabriel Fauré
Reverie
Marcel Grandjany
Trois Pieces Petits
Marcel Grandjany
Feuilles D'Automne
Alphonse Hasselmanns
Nocturne
Alphonse Hasselmanns
Gymnopédies
Erik Satie
Gnossiennes
Erik Satie
uncountable Klezmer pieces
traditional
various Jewish pieces
traditional
various Eastern European pieces
traditional
various Mediterranean pieces
traditional
various Celtic pieces
traditional
various Irish pieces
traditional
various Central European pieces
traditional
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Harp
Saxophone
Jazz Guitar
Alternative Guitar
New Age Guitar
Pop Guitar
Folk Guitar
World Music Guitar
90's Hits Guitar
Ambient Guitar
Celtic Harp
Classical Harp
Jazz Saxophone
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Annette Bjorling will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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