Sonja Whisman

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About Sonja Whisman

Sonja Whisman is a professionally very active violinist around Sedona and Verde Valley, regularly hosting concerts, performing, and teaching. She is a local who never tires of exploring the area. 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.

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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.

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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 entertainer, wedding violinist (classical, jazz, pop), and Celtic contra dance fiddler. She has performed in the Bob Dylan Birthday concerts and at various venues in Sedona, Prescott, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and in Red Earth Theater productions. She demonstrates a mind-melding ability to adapt to almost any musical genre or style. You can hear her play as well as sing (Spanish and English) at local ticketed performances, at her monthly acoustic concert at the Contemporary in Old Town that she hosts, as a solo performer at private events, and at open mics. Being bilingual and a lover of children, she also spends two days a week at Mountain View Preparatory, singing and playing with her happy K-2 students, where she teaches Spanish.

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Playing Celtic reels and jigs for a Contra Dance
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Glendale Folk Festival performance
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Sedona Star Wars wedding on a trailhead near Coffeepot! Sept 2017
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Loose Change Folk Ensemble
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My back porch potluck
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Small wedding at Tlaquepaque chapel in Sedona 3/28/18
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At Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona 4/7/18
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Banquet after wedding 4/7/18
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Bridal Expo in Scottsdale 5/18
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Dylan Birthday Concert 5/2018
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A dreamy-sweet rainy day wedding at L'Auberge6-16-18
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Omni Resort, Scottsdale 2018
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Taken by Jayde of JP Photography
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Los Abrigados April 2018
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Sky Ranch Lodge, Sedona
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Cocktail Hour, Sky Ranch Lodge
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Agave of Sedona 2/19
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Secret Slickrock, Sedona
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Old Town Center for the Arts
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Pretty terrace wedding at Tlaq
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Page Springs Cellars wedding
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    Alex Sosa · Married on 06/08/2019

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    Delightful!

    Sonja was beyond fantastic in all aspects of preparing and performing for our wedding! She was quick to follow-up with us with any questions we had and even learned 2 new songs for our special day, even going so far as to find the perfect backing track for our first dance (which she played wonderfully!). She was the epitome of professionalism. She arrived an hour early to ensure proper set-up of her audio equipment, meet with our officiant, and warm-up before her performance. In addition to playing the ceremony processional and first dance, she also provided music before the ceremony began and during cocktail hour! Our guests loved her and she added such a special touch to our wedding. Lastly, Sonja was simply a pleasure to have at our wedding. She is a genuine and warm person that my mother-in-law was delighted to chat with as she packed up her equipment after the ceremony. If you have an upcoming event in need of a violist, do yourself a favor and call Sonja, she's the best!!!

    Sent on 06/15/2019

    Sonja Whisman's reply:

    Thank you so much Alex and Alison! It certainly was a sweet experience, playing for your wedding which I will remember it for a long time. I loved being part it.
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    Erandi Acevedo · Married on 06/01/2019

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    Wonderful experience

    Thank you for helping make our wedding ceremony so special and for being so flexible with our requests.

    Sent on 06/02/2019

    Sonja Whisman's reply:

    You are so welcome. I’m glad I could be part of your special, heartfelt day.❤️Everything turned out lovely 😊

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Sonja Whisman FAQ

  • What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music? $ 275.00
  • What is the price of your most popular wedding package? $ 275.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package? Ceremony Music, Music During Breaks, Sample Music
  • What ceremony music arrangements can you provide? Soloist / Vocalist
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)? 1 - 3
  • What instruments does your group play? Violin
  • What services do you provide? Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Microphones, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System

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3 Endorsements

  • JP Photography
    JP Photography Wedding Photographers

    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!

  • Life Passages, Jen Paul
    Life Passages, Jen Paul Wedding Officiants

    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.

  • Shira Nelson Weddings and Events
    Shira Nelson Weddings and Events Wedding Planners

    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!

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  • Cottonwood, Cottonwood, AZ, 86326 See on map
    928-271-5472 (Phone number)

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