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Harpist, Rev. William Reister

Harpist from Jacksonville, FL Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 120 Reviews
  • 233 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2008
  • 13 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $150 per event

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Celestial Strings is the music ministry of Rev. William Reister, an ordained Lutheran Christian minister, and his wife, Susan, an organist and pianist with more than 35 years of experience. Pastor Bill is a harpist, vocalist, and pianist with many years of experience as a soloist and member of choral and instrumental ensembles. He is a member of the American Harp Society and plays for dozens of events each year in Jacksonville, Savannah, Hilton Head Island, St. Augustine, St. Simons Island, Daytona Beach, Amelia Island, and other locations from Tallahassee to Destin and Orlando to Miami. His harp music is enjoyed at weddings, banquets, worship services, grand openings, inspirational programs, private parties, retirement communities events, funerals etc. He plays a Salvi Orchestra pedal harp and also performs on his Celtic lever harps. He welcomes the opportunity to play the harp for your elegant occasion. He provides amplification if needed. He is also available to officiate weddings or conduct funerals in addition to playing the harp. A wedding package is available which includes pre-service harp music, piano, organ or keyboard music by Susan, and officiating by Pastor Bill. Educational programs featuring the harp are also available. Call to request a complete listing of available programs or to create one for your group or organization. The music of the harp will add elegance to your special event as it has for the hundreds of venues where Pastor Bill has performed in the last ten years. A list of previous events or a demo CD is available upon request. He has performed for the One Ocean Spa, Hospice of NE Florida, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Queen's Harbor Yacht and Country Club, Children's Home Society, Osprey Cove Country Club, Castle Otttis, the Casa Monica Hotel, Jacksonville Electric Authority, Southside Baptist Church, Town and Country Funeral Home, San Jose Elementary School, and many other satisfied corporate or individual clients. Please call or e-mail him today to reserve the date for your special event. Ask about special rates for non-profit organizations, clergy, and the military.


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Review by Rick B.

EventReviewed on May 6, 2022From Jacksonville, FL

This is the second time we have used Rev. William Reister and let me say he never disappoints us. We have used him at my Mother's 80th Birthday Dinner and also at the school I work at for a Dinner Theatre. We have had so many positive comments on his music. He arrives early to make sure he is ready before the event starts. We also have a friend that hired him to play at their Daughter's Wedding and they were just as pleased as we have been. We would highly recommend Mr. Reister to play at any event that you may have.

Review by Paige C.

Private PartyReviewed on December 23, 2021From Saint Augustine, FL

I hired Pastor Bill for a private Anniversary Dinner. He was a very warm and caring gentleman. His harp is beautiful! He was worth more than he charged and I will absolutely book him again!

Review by Shastine M.

Anniversary PartyReviewed on December 18, 2021From Clearwater, FL

Pastor William was such a talented harpist. We were very pleased with his art. Thank you!!

Harpist, Rev. William Reister:

Thank you very much for the kind words. It was a pleasure to play the harp for your Christmas party. It was fun to be set up outside the entrance to your home to welcome your guest with the lovely sounds of the harp. I also enjoyed seeing many of your neighbors waling by and stopping to listen to the music or take a photo. Merry Christmas!

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  • Dancing in My Dreams | Kevin Holsinger
  • Walking Down Butterfly Lane | William Mahan
  • Let There Be Peace on Earth | Sy Miller
  • Clock Town: Day 1 | From the Legend of Zelda
  • Celestial | Frank Voltz
  • Reminiscence | Frank Voltz
  • Give Thanks | Henry Smith
  • Across the Universe | John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • Ordon Village | From the Legend of Zelda
  • Once Upon a Time...Storybook Love | Mark Knopfler
  • My Heart Will Go On | From the Movie "Titanic"
  • At Last | Mack Gordon
  • Come Live With Me and Be My Love | Christopher Marlowe
  • Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place | Lanny Wolfe
  • Largo from New World Symphony | Antonin Dvorak
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes | From Disney's "Cinderella"
  • A Time to Say Goodbye | William Mahan
  • Here's To You | William Mahan
  • Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop | Landon Pigg
  • A Thousand Years | Christina Perri
  • Moonlight | Susann McDonald
  • Finale from the Royal Fireworks | G. F. Handel
  • The Arrival | Roy Todd
  • Arioso | J. S. Bach
  • Cannon in D | J. Pachelbel
  • O Perfect Love | Joseph Barnby
  • Trumpet Voluntary | Jeremiah Clarke
  • Bridal Chorus | Richard Wagner
  • The Wedding March | Felix Mendelssohn
  • Finale from Royal Fireworks | G. F. Handel
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring | J. S. Bach
  • Trumpet Tune | Henry Purcell
  • Largo | G. F. Handel
  • Ode To Joy | Ludwig Von Beethoven
  • The Prayer | Carole Sager
  • All I Ask of You | Lloyd Webber
  • You Are My All in All | Dennis Jerning
  • Etude #3 | Chopin
  • Dreaming of You | Tom Snow
  • The Lord's Prayer | Malotte
  • Ave Maria | Schubert
  • Annie's Song | John Denver
  • A Time for Us | Nina Rota
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings | Larry Henley
  • Morning | Edvard Grieg
  • Can't Help Falling in Love | George Weiss
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Harold Arlen
  • Hello Young Lovers | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Be Our Guest | Alan Menken
  • A Whole New World | Alan Menken
  • Theme from "Ice Castles" | Marvin Hamlisch
  • My Sweet Lady | John Denver
  • BeThou My Vision
  • The Wedding Song
  • The Rose | Amanda McBroom
  • St. Anthony's Chorale | Brahms
  • The Sound of Music | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • From This Moment On | Shania Twain
  • Scarborough Fair
  • My Favorite Things | Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • My Own True Love | Max Steiner
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness | William Runyan
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing | Robert Robertson
  • I Sing Praises to Thy Name | Terry MacAlman
  • Celtic Meditation | Turlough O'Carolan
  • As the Deer | Martin Nystrom
  • Hornpipe | Henry Purcell
  • Simple Gifts (Lord of the Dance)
  • Clair De Lune | Claude Debussy
  • Love Divine All Loves Exceling
  • You Are My Star | William Mahan
  • You Changed My Life (A Wedding Song) | William Mahan
  • The Royal Dream
  • Andante from Sonata in A | Mozart
  • Romance | Carol Wood
  • Sleepers Awake | J. S. Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze | J. S. Bach
  • Warm Sienna | William Mahan
  • Greensleeves
  • Bittersweet | Kim Robertson
  • The Windows of Paris | William Mahan
  • All in a Garden Green | John Playford
  • Inis Siar | Thomas Walsh
  • Promises | Rojean Loucks
  • Amazing Grace | John Newton
  • Celebration | Rojean Loucks
  • The Water is Wide
  • Chorale | Linda Wood
  • Concert Etude | Susann MacDonald
  • Sonata No. 9 | Mozart
  • Minuet | Johann Kuhnau
  • Now Strike the Harp
  • Let It Be Me | Gilbert Becaud
  • I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry | John Ylvisaker
  • Where River Turns to Sky | Sharon Thormahlen
  • This is My Father's World
  • To a Wild Rose | Edward MacDowell
  • Air | Monteclair
  • Carolan's Dowry | Turlough O'Carolan
  • Windward Island's Magic | Randall Hartzell
  • The Ash Grove
  • In the Valley | Janice Glover
  • Moonlight | Susann MacDonald
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor | Irving Berlin
  • Sweet Is My Ladye Love | Valerie Von Pechy
  • The Sea | Palmer-Lethco
  • Act of God | Sharlon Thormahlen
  • Processional | Linda Wood
  • Canyon | William Mahan
  • This is My Country | Don Raye/Al Jacobs
  • I Cannot Live Without Thee | Rev. William Reister
  • God Bless the U.S.A | Lee Greenwood
  • Now Strike the Harp Gladly
  • Nyth Y Gwew (A Welsh Folksong)
  • Introduction, Theme, and Variations on an English Folk Song | William Mahan
  • Sorrow | Rojean Loucks
  • Fanny Power | Turlough O'Carolan
  • Happy Birthday to You!
  • Some Enchanted Evening | Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • An Iowa Winter | William Mahan
  • Sakura | Japanese Folk Song
  • Angels in Waiting | Rev. William Reister
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Elton John


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Upcoming Events

July 12, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
August 9, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
September 13, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
October 11, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
October 22, 2022 • Beach Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Destin, FL
November 8, 2022 • For God and Country Program at Jax Nursing
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
November 25, 2022 • Wedding
Fri5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Saint Augustine, FL
December 13, 2022 • Christmas Program at Jax Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
January 21, 2023 • Wedding
Sat4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Indialantic, FL
March 4, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Evans, GA

Past Events

June 7, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL
May 17, 2022 • Inspirational Program at Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab
Tue10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Jacksonville, FL

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