A harpist and pianist with many years experience as teacher, accompanist and church musician, Karla offers music to set the tone for your event.  Music to soothe and celebrate the soul!

 

About me

I have been teaching music, specifically piano, for over 30 years…and playing for many more before that as it was obvious from an early age that music was meant to be part of my life.  Over the years I have had the joy of working with students of all ages and abilities and have had opportunities to serve as musician for numerous weddings, memorial services and other momentous life occasions and special events.

My academic credentials include Associateship Diplomas (ARCT) as a Piano Teacher & Piano Performer from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (RCM), RCM Grade 9 singing, RCM grade 9 recorder, RCM Level 4 Harp, a BAHons from the University of Winnipeg majoring in French Lit, and a DESS (Master’s) from the Universite de Strasbourg.

Before becoming a wife and mother, I spent several years working with artists and orchestral musicians as the production manager of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, dabbled a little in the translation industry and worked with a non-profit organization providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS.   Interesting life experiences have prepared me well to manage a busy home of four teens & tweens while continuing to work with students and play for others.

I believe strongly in lifelong learning and I was privileged to commission and acquire a Timothy harp a few years ago.  The learning process has come home to me in a new and  exciting way as I continue to deepen my understanding and appreciation of music by exploring a second instrument which I have always loved – the harp.

In November 2018, I had the bittersweet opportunity to acquire a second harp.  My beloved teacher and friend, Joanne Griffin, passed away in September 2018 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.  Her wonderful black Dusty Strings harp has become mine and it’s my hope to honour her legacy by continuing to play and learn on the gorgeous instrument she commissioned.  It is such a privilege to play her harp!

Harp Music

Weddings

Harp music creates romantic elegance on your wedding day. I offer a repertoire of sacred, classical, Celtic, traditional, music written specifically for the harp, or a combination of these.  I would be pleased to offer assistance in choosing music to set the tone you envision for your special day.

Memorial Services

Harp music provides a calming and gentle presence for an emotionally heavy situation. You may contact me directly, or ask your funeral home staff to contact me for arrangements.

Background Music

A banquet, dinner party, art show opening, tea party or an open house are examples of events where harp provides background music for an added touch of class. Even when amplified, harp music remains in the background, allowing normal conversation levels for attendees.

Sunday Morning/Evening Worship

I  can provide music in any of the usual spots in a typical order of worship—prelude, offertory, anthem, special music, or postlude.

Retirement Home Mini Concert

Some retirement homes are able to hire musicians to provide half-hour mini concerts for residents. Repertoire is geared toward the season of the year, the specific month, or a requested theme.

Popular Repertoire Choices (many others available)

Classical

Pachelbel Canon, Prelude in C (Bach), Au Clair de la Lune, Brahms Lullaby, To a Wild Rose, Going Home, Greensleeves

Contemporary

Music written specifically for harp;  themes from movies or popular tunes are sometimes suitable for harp – there may be a fee involved if a new arrangement needs to be made.

Hymn Tunes & Sacred Music

St. Columba (The King of Love my Shepherd Is), In Christ Alone, Before the Throne of God Above, Morning Has Broken, It is Well with My Soul, How Great Thou Art, How Deep the Father’s Love

Traditional

Skye Boat Song, She’s Like the Swallow, The Water is Wide, Danny Boy,  Early One Morning (Friendly Giant Theme), Suantrai na Maighdine, All Through the Night

Christmas Music

Joy to the World, Silent Night, Carol of the Bells, In the Bleak Midwinter, What Child is This?, The First Noel

 

Piano Music

Though perhaps more common than the harp, the piano remains one of the most beloved of family instruments….kind of like an old familiar friend, and can also provide elegance, comfort and celebration depending on the context.

If piano is the instrument of choice for your event, I require a well-maintained and tuned instrument to be onsite.

Weddings, Memorial Services, Background Music, Worship Services and other Special Events are all possible.

Repertoire choices draw from the same genres as the harp – Classical, Contemporary, Hymn Tunes & Sacred Music, Traditional.

I would be happy to design a program to suit your event.