Claire Happel Ashe is a professional wedding harpist based in Chicago, Illinois and plays for events throughout the greater Chicago region. As a classically-trained musician, Claire has provided beautiful music for celebrations including weddings, receptions, cocktail hours, and rehearsal dinners at venues such as the Drake Hotel in Chicago and Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for over a decade. She holds degrees in harp performance from Yale and the University of Illinois and has performed for audiences all over the world in halls ranging from the Rudolfinum in Prague to Carnegie Hall in New York to Symphony Center in Chicago.
With an extensive repertoire of musical selections, Claire's music adds beauty to every part of your wedding day, including the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour. She loves being a part of each couple’s special day and approaches each event with professionalism and passion. Known for her versatility and personable manner, she works closely with each couple to create a perfect, personalized list of songs.
5 Reviews for Claire Happel Ashe, Harp
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Karen W. · Married on 01/10/2019
Dream Wedding Music!
I got married at an outdoor venue in October 2018. Not having access to electricity and being a classical musician myself, I knew I wanted a live musician and harp is just the perfect instrument for a wedding. Claire did an absolute outstanding job not only performing during the ceremony, but with my questions and requests before the big day. Also, it was so great to be able to depend on her professionalism on the big day. As a bride who also felt like she had to run the show, it was nice to have a musician who really knew a lot about where best they should set up, arrived early for the ceremony, and played so beautifully. Additionally, not only did she help me choose music to fit my wedding, she also helped in making a harp arrangement of a vocal piece I really wanted for my walk down the aisle. She is highly qualified, SUPER nice, and could do anything you needed for your big day! I HIGHLY recommend Claire for your wedding (or any other event)!Sent on 08/26/2020
Colleen · Married on 08/20/2016
Claire is the best!
Claire played her beautiful harp at my wedding, and did a phenomenal job! Sounded great, she made everything super easy, great communication, and her song selection was perfect. My husband was also very impressed and happy with her performance - he was glad I pushed for the harp! Thanks so much Claire!Sent on 08/21/2020
Colleen A. · Married on 07/09/2013
Claire adds the perfect dream wedding touch!
Claire elevated the mood of our wedding to be as romantic and dreamy as possible. Every bride wants that special touch, and the sound of Claire's harp floating through the air was it! She was beyond professional, a great listener, and so effortlessly amazing that I didn't have one worry about her on the big day. Hire Claire, she's the best!Sent on 09/04/2020