Sonja Whisman is a professional violinist, regularly hosting concerts, performing, and teaching. She currently lives near Sedona, but will be moving to and available for events in the Des Moines area of Iowa in June of 2021. With her, you will have an experienced and knowledgeable resource. She is an organized, personable, and high quality musician who can provide a wide variety of music to fit your style(s). She will be "in the moment" for your day and loves to communicate through music, bringing you and your guests together, causing smiles, tears of joy, and delight to young and old alike.
Her wedding package typically includes:
* Introductory phone call, music planning questionnaire, and prompt follow-ups and responses, as needed.
* Over 275 songs on music list to choose from, including classical, pop, jazz, movie music, Latin, Celtic/old-time fiddle, waltzes, country, and some Western swing. Will learn up to two new songs for $25 each.
* Amplification set-up (if needed)
* Early arrival (at least one hour) to set up and warm up
* Pre-ceremony music to set the mood while people are gathering and being seated (around 30 minutes, usually)
* Ceremony music
* Music during picture-taking (depending on time remaining after the ceremony)
She is often asked to provide an extra hour of cocktail hour and/or dinner music.
A lifelong musician and lover of music from Bach to Hendrix, Sonja Whisman spent many years playing classical, Celtic, and old-time American tunes. Since moving to the Verde Valley, Arizona in 2012, she has become a popular local performer, wedding violinist (classical, jazz, pop), and Celtic contra dance fiddler. She has performed in many concerts and at various venues in Sedona, Prescott, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and in Red Earth Theater productions (in Arizona). She demonstrates a mind-melding ability to adapt to almost any musical genre or style. Being bilingual and a lover of children, she also teaches Spanish, part-time.
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Julia Weakley · Married on 11/07/2020
We had Sonja play at our Nov. 7th wedding. She was wonderful to work with. She offers such a wide range of music. Our guests all gave complements on her playing and said she really added to our wedding. We highly recommend!Sent on 11/08/2020
Lyn Embry · Married on 10/24/2020
Sonja plays the most beautiful violin music! She made our Sedona wedding complete! Very wide range of genre! Thank you Sonja! Dan & LynSent on 09/30/2020
Sonja Whisman's reply:Thank you Dan and Lyn! You are a sweet couple. I am so glad that everything worked out and did so beautifully. I wish you both all the best.
Summer · Married on 10/24/2020
It was a pleasure having Sonja perform at our wedding ceremony on October 24, 2020. Her communication was amazing, her prices were competitive and she performed beautifully. She was able to transition between songs seamlessly. If you’re looking to add a special touch to your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception I would highly recommend her!Sent on 10/29/2020
Sonja Whisman's reply:Thank you Summer! It was an honor to play for your lovely wedding! Best wishes to you and to your family!
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I recently worked with Sonja at a wedding in Sedona. She was so sweet and relaxed. Her music was beautiful and a great addition to the wedding atmosphere!
Sonja is a gifted violinist with a variety of genres at the touch of her fingers. Listening to Sonja play touches one's heart. As a soloist, I highly recommend Sonja for your wedding ceremony.
I had the pleasure of working a booth across from Soja at the Sedona Bridal expo. Her music was so incredibly beautiful. I would highly recommend her to any couples looking to have a violinist at their ceremony!