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Dr. Vanessa Fountain

Harpist from Palm Springs, CA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 13 Reviews
  • 20 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 5 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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Award winning harpist Dr. Vanessa Fountain (née 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. Fountain 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. Fountain'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. Fountain 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 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award, given to the top 5% of wedding professionals across the U.S. and Canada continuously from 2014-2020.


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Avg 5.0 | 13 Reviews

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Review by Trevor W.

WeddingReviewed on October 5, 2019From Temecula, CA

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.

Dr. Vanessa Fountain:

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

Review by Gabriel C.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on October 26, 2019From Idyllwild, CA

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

Review by Tiffany O.

WeddingReviewed on May 26, 2019From Indio, CA

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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Song List

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  • 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


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Date Selected: 1/28/2022

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Upcoming Events

February 19, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Indian Wells, CA

Past Events

May 22, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat4:30 PM - 6:00 PM La Quinta, CA
April 4, 2020 • Cocktail Party
Sat6:00 PM - 7:00 PM La Quinta, CA
November 23, 2019 • Wedding
Sat2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Cherry Valley, CA
October 26, 2019 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Idyllwild, CA
October 5, 2019 • Wedding
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Temecula, CA
May 26, 2019 • Wedding
Sun4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Indio, CA
December 29, 2018 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:30 PM - 3:30 PM La Quinta, CA
November 18, 2018 • Wedding Ceremony
Sun11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Indio, CA
December 29, 2017 • Christmas Party
Fri6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Palm Springs, CA
July 26, 2017 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Wed5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Palm Desert, CA
March 17, 2017 • Private Party
Fri5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Palm Springs, CA
March 13, 2017 • Wedding Ceremony
Mon3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Lake Arrowhead, CA

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