Sonja Whisman

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About Sonja Whisman

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.

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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 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.

Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
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Agave of Sedona 2/29
Agave of Sedona 2/29
Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Los Abrigados April 2018
Los Abrigados April 2018
Los Abrigados April 2018
Los Abrigados April 2018
Old Town Center for the Arts
Old Town Center for the Arts
Sedona Golf Resort Wedding
Sedona Golf Resort Wedding
Immaculate Conception Church wedding in Cottonwood AZ Nov 2017
Immaculate Conception Church wedding in Cottonwood AZ Nov 2017
At America's Got Talent  in Phoenix
At America's Got Talent in Phoenix
Verde River Day in Cottonwood
Verde River Day in Cottonwood
Playing Celtic reels and jigs for a Contra Dance
Playing Celtic reels and jigs for a Contra Dance
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Sonja Whisman
Glendale Folk Festival performance
Glendale Folk Festival performance
Sedona Star Wars wedding on a trailhead near Coffeepot! Sept 2017
Sedona Star Wars wedding on a trailhead near Coffeepot! Sept 2017
Clarkdale 4-8 Lounge
Clarkdale 4-8 Lounge
Tlaquepaque  5/12/18
Tlaquepaque 5/12/18
Music in the Stacks, Camp Verde Public Library
Music in the Stacks, Camp Verde Public Library
Open mic in Camp Verde
Open mic in Camp Verde
Loose Change Folk Ensemble
Loose Change Folk Ensemble
Glendale Folk Festival
Glendale Folk Festival
My back porch potluck
My back porch potluck
Folk band Loose Change at the HUB in Sedona
Folk band Loose Change at the HUB in Sedona
Small wedding at Tlaquepaque chapel in Sedona 3/28/18
Small wedding at Tlaquepaque chapel in Sedona 3/28/18
At Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona 4/7/18
At Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona 4/7/18
Banquet after wedding 4/7/18
Banquet after wedding 4/7/18
Bridal Expo in Scottsdale 5/18
Bridal Expo in Scottsdale 5/18
Dylan Birthday Concert 5/2018
Dylan Birthday Concert 5/2018
A dreamy-sweet rainy day wedding at L'Auberge6-16-18
A dreamy-sweet rainy day wedding at L'Auberge6-16-18
Omni Resort, Scottsdale 2018
Omni Resort, Scottsdale 2018
Taken by Jayde of JP Photography
Taken by Jayde of JP Photography
Los Abrigados April 2018
Los Abrigados April 2018
Sky Ranch Lodge, Sedona
Sky Ranch Lodge, Sedona
Cocktail Hour, Sky Ranch Lodge
Cocktail Hour, Sky Ranch Lodge
Agave of Sedona 2/19
Agave of Sedona 2/19
Binns Wildflower Pavilion
Binns Wildflower Pavilion
Secret Slickrock, Sedona
Secret Slickrock, Sedona
Old Town Center for the Arts
Old Town Center for the Arts
Secret Slickrock, Sedona 10/18
Secret Slickrock, Sedona 10/18
Pretty terrace wedding at Tlaq
Pretty terrace wedding at Tlaq
Page Springs Cellars wedding
Page Springs Cellars wedding
Page Spring's nesting peacock
Page Spring's nesting peacock
Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
Page Springs June 2019
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Agave of Sedona 2/29
Agave of Sedona 2/29

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Lyn Embry · Married on 10/24/2020

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    Wonderful’

    Sonja plays the most beautiful violin music! She made our Sedona wedding complete! Very wide range of genre! Thank you Sonja! Dan & Lyn

    Sent 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.
    Sonja
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    Summer · Married on 10/24/2020

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    Excellent!

    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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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

Sonja Whisman Pricing

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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

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • 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 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 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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