Harpist Shelley Otis works with wedding couples throughout New England. Her sound ranges from soft and romantic classics to her own lively and upbeat arrangements of newer releases. Couples can choose from a catalog of over 400 songs in a variety of genres including classical, popular, jazz, and various world traditions, and are welcome to request additional songs that aren't on her list. She enjoys the creative challenge of adapting music of all kinds to the harp, and is committed to finding just the right music for every couple.
Shelley has over ten years experience performing in New England and beyond for both public and private events. Highlighs include the Music Haven (Schenactady NY), AS200 (Providence RI), Evohe (St. Etienne, France), the Boston Early Music Festival, Westin Hotel (Cancun, Mexico), Ritz Carlton (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and the South Shore Folk Music Club (Kingston, MA).
86 Reviews for Shelley Otis
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Avery B · Getting married on 12/09/2020
Elegance, Delight, and Joy
Pre-covid, Shelley was not one of our original vendors, but if there was good to come out of covid, it was in being able to hire Shelley for our intimate wedding! When we first hired Shelley, we thought we only needed music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. When we changed our plans (again) to have a full ceremony and reception for 30 people, Shelley seamlessly worked with us not only to learn two new songs, but to add a violinist and percussionist to our day to make sure all our needs were covered (and Cami and Fabio were truly fabulous)!Sent on 09/21/2020
Shelley's music is beautiful. She has an astounding repertoire of music that was nothing short of delightful on our wedding day. Shelley moved effortlessly from playing songs like Hallelujah during our ceremony (for which there wasn't a dry eye in the house) to playing Taylor Swift cover songs (which had everyone in awe, giggling, and bopping around). We, our families, and our guests were nothing short of thrilled by the music that Shelley provided - she added such joy, elegance, and wonder to our celebration. At the end of the evening, Shelley asked us if she could play one more song, as if there was any chance in the world that we wouldn't want to hear more from Shelley! One of my favorite memories of the day was dancing with my family to that last song.
Working with Shelley was easy - she is compassionate and passionate about what she does. We requested a recording of our first dance song so we could practice, and Shelley got us the most beautiful recording in ONE DAY. Not only that, Shelley told us that what she gave us was a rough copy - it was beautiful and I am dying to have other recordings from Shelley. Any wedding would be that much better with Shelley, and I am forever grateful that we were gifted the chance to work with her and to have her music surrounding us throughout our day.
Shelley Otis's reply:Avery, thank you so much for all the kind things you said! I’m so happy that you liked the music. You were a pleasure to work with, and I—we—had a lot of fun putting together the music for each segment of your wedding. I loved it when you all started dancing. There’s nothing else that tells a musician better that people are enjoying the music. I wish you both much happiness. Thanks for having us be a part of your day!!
Angie Lin · Married on 06/14/2020
Wonderful to work with Shelley
Shelley was wonderful to work with for our wedding. She has a great repertoire and was knowledgable and flexible in helping us choose the music we wanted for our ceremony.Sent on 09/12/2020
Shelley Otis's reply:Angie, thanks for the kind words! I really enjoyed working with you and Wyatt. You are both lovely people and I’m glad I could contribute to your wedding!
Hilary Fryer · Married on 08/19/2019
Wedding at Glen Manor RI
Shelley was extremely helpful, understanding right from first contact especially as we are from the UK making us feel reassured and nothing was too much trouble! Shelley even learnt a new song for our wedding which shows how far she will go to make your wedding extra special..... we can not express how awesome Shelley is everyone at our wedding we’re blown away with Shelley’s talent! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts xxxSent on 10/09/2019
Shelley is a fantastic harpist. She works with her couples to personally design their ceremony music.
Shelley Otis performed flawlessly and provided for a soft and comforting ambiance during the wedding ceremony. Shelley was a pleasure to work with and maintained a professional bearing throughout the evening. I highly recommend Shelley Otis if you are looking to add that special touch to your wedding day.
Extremely talented and versatile Harpist, plays elegant wedding classics while keeping a modern approach!