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Dr. Vanessa Sheldon

Harp from Palm Springs, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$200 - $700 per event
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About
Award winning harpist Dr. Vanessa Sheldon earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in harp and musicology from the University of Arizona, where she was honored as the youngest doctoral graduate, receiving her degree at age 19. A professional pedal and Celtic harpist and pianist for over 15 years, highlights of her concert tours have included performances in China, South Korea, Spain, South Africa, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She plays for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, and Florence Henderson, has made several television appearances, and recently concertized with Barry Manilow and Il Divo.

Dr. Sheldon specializes in composing and transcribing virtuosic as well as non-traditional music for harp in addition to premiering new works for her instrument. With a solid background in Classical music, Dr. Sheldon's mastery of harp technique and artistic vision allows her to perform a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. Enjoying the challenge of reinventing music for harp, her interpretations encompass such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Adele, jazz standards including Harlem Nocturne and In the Mood, show tunes, ragtime, and even legendary rock anthems such as Stairway to Heaven. The only electric harpist in the desert, amplification is a simple solution for lively receptions. Always mindful of her clients' preferences, with five harps to chose from, including a white harp perfect for weddings or as a keyboardist, Dr. Sheldon can customize the look and sound of her performance to suit any event, from heavenly background music to upbeat, show-stopping entertainment. Winner of the 2014 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award, given to the top 5% of wedding professionals across the U.S. and Canada.
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2019!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!

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Vanessa's performance at our wedding was everything I imagined and more. She played for both our ceremony and the following cocktail hour. She showed up in a beautiful dress appropriate for our black tie event. Her white harp was breathtaking to look at, and her setlist added the perfect touch to provide the whimsical tone we were looking for. Many of our guests came up to my husband and I at the wedding to compliment us on the fantastic decision to have Vanessa play for us. My only regret was not having a chance to chat with her on the actual wedding day. Vanessa was extremely organize and professional to work with during planning. Hire her! You won't regret it.

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Dr. Vanessa Sheldon’s Response:

Thank you Trevor and congratulations on your wedding! It was a pleasure to perform for you.

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Vanessa was a true pro, learned our songs of choice, showed up on time, and played the music beautifully!

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Dr. Sheldon was so easy to work with and very professional. We got married over Memorial Day weekend and prior to our big day Dr. Sheldon was prompt with her responses and amenable to the songs we wanted her to play. Highly recommend!!

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2020
Apr
4
Cocktail Party
La Quinta, CA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Nov
23
Wedding
Cherry Valley, CA
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Oct
26
Wedding Ceremony
Idyllwild, CA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Oct
5
Wedding
Temecula, CA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
May
26
Wedding
Indio, CA
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
Dec
29
Wedding Ceremony
La Quinta, CA
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2018
Nov
18
Wedding Ceremony
Indio, CA
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Dec
29
Christmas Party
Palm Springs, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Jul
26
Birthday Party (Adult)
Palm Desert, CA
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Mar
17
Private Party
Palm Springs, CA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Mar
13
Wedding Ceremony
Lake Arrowhead, CA
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Feb
25
Wedding
Indio, CA
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Dream On
Aerosmith
Flower Duet
Delibes
Stairway to Heaven
Led Zepplin
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Somewhere in Time
John Barry
The Prayer
David Foster
La Vie en Rose
Edith Piaf
Concerto for Harp
Handel
Clair de Lune
Debussy
All I Ask of You
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Greensleeves
Traditional
Danny Boy
Traditional
Time to Say Goodbye
Sarah Brightman
Flower Duet
Lakme
Gymnopedie No. 3
Satie
Habanera
Carmen
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach
La Cumparsita
tango theme
La Vie en Rose
Piaf
O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini
O Sole Mio
traditional
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Pomp and Circumstance
Elgar
Soave Sia Il Vento
Mozart
The Prayer
Foster
Time to Say Goodbye
Brightman
Trumpet Voluntary
Clarke
Wedding march
Mendelssohn
Wedding march
Wagner
A Breeze from Alabama
Joplin
As Time Goes By
Casablanca
Cantina Band Song
Star Wars
Harlem Nocturne
Hagen
I Got Rhythm
Gershwin
In the Mood
Miller
It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing
Ellington
Someone to Watch Over Me
Gershwin
Take Five
Brubeck
The Entertainer
Joplin
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Flack
The Peanut Vendor
Simons
The Pink Panther
Mancini
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
And I Love Her
Beatles
Annie's Song
Denver
Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
Can't Help Falling in Love
Elvis
Crazy
Patsy Cline
Daniel
Elton John
Dreaming of You
Selena
E Penso A Te
Battisti
Eight Days a Week
Beatles
Eleanor Rigby
Beatles
Fix You
Coldplay
For Once in My Life
Stevie Wonder
Hey Jude
Beatles
Hey Soul Sister
Train
Home
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
I Knew I Loved You
Savage Garden
I Will Always Love You
Houston
Just You and Me
Chicago
My Way
Sinatra
Nights in White Satin
Moody Blues
Something
Beatles
The Rose
Bette Midler
Unwell
Matchbox Twenty
We Can Work it Out
Beatles
When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars
Wind Beneath my Wings
Midler
Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
Wonderful World
Armstrong
Yesterday
Beatles
Keyboards
Piano
Harp
Classical Piano
Ambient Piano
Celtic Harp
Classical Harp
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 Dr. Vanessa Sheldon will also travel to Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Mountain Center, Thousand Palms, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, North Palm Springs, Ripley, Idyllwild, White Water, La Quinta, Indio, Cabazon, Anza, Morongo Valley, Hemet, Coachella, Aguanga, San Jacinto, Banning, Pioneertown, Salton City, Yucca Valley, Beaumont, Thermal, Joshua Tree, Forest Falls, Warner Springs, Nuevo.
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