Dr. Vanessa Sheldon is an award-winning harpist in Palm Springs, California, who can enhance the mood of your wedding with her classical, jazz, pop, and rock styles — each of which is played on a different harp. She specializes in composing and transcribing virtuosic and enjoys the challenge of reinventing music for her harp.
Dr. Vanessa Sheldon has been a professional pedal and Celtic harpist for over 15 years. At age 19, Dr. Sheldon was honored as the youngest doctoral graduate at the University of Arizona, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in harp and musicology. She has performed across the world, including China, South Africa, and Washington D.C. for people like Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Florence Henderson, and Oprah Winfrey.
Dr. Vanessa Sheldon can accompany ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, and rehearsal dinners, as well as provide liability insurance and travel upon request. Her artistic vision and harp technique allow her to play in a variety of genres, including Celtic and Latin. Depending on the number of musicians, arrangements include instrumental-duos, instrumental-solos, or instrumental-trios. Couples also have the option to ask Dr. Sheldon to learn new songs. Instruments include:
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Recommended by 100% of couples
Josef Cibulka · Getting married on 12/27/2019
Vanessa was a wonderful musical addition to our holiday cocktail party. She played beautifully many various types of songs which we requested her to perform. She chose just the right ones from Christmas to the American song book. Her pleasant personality and professionalism made her a joy to work with. Highly recommended.
karen · Married on 11/18/2018
An exceptional experience !
Dr. Sheldon performed beautifully at an event for our country club, even treating us to an encore of her own composing ! Rave reviews all around after the event and in the following days ! Unbelievable talent !
Renee · Married on 09/23/2018
We are so grateful to find Dr. Vanessa Sheldon. We were trying to plan a wedding in California & we live out of state. She was amazing to work with, she would always respond to my emails in a quick manner, helping us to put all the details together. She sent us a list of songs to choose from which had such a wide variety that it covered our ceremony & cocktail hour perfectly. We only requested one song not on the list & she learned it for our ceremony. She also at our request found a violinist to accompany her at our wedding which alleviated us from having to search for one. I would recommend her for any wedding. Who knows if my other 2 girls decide on a destination wedding I will be calling her again:)
To any Bride looking to book a harpist for their wedding: Dr. Vanessa Sheldon is the harpist to go with! She will add a touch of elegance to any event!