Harpist, Mary

Few instruments produce a more beautiful sound than the harp. Harp is a wonderful option for wedding ceremonies, cocktails reception, dinner music, or for just adding that aural, ambient touch.


Professional harpist, Mary K, has a thriving free-lance harp business, playing for weddings, receptions, private parties, funerals, corporate and charitable functions.  She is also active as an orchestra and ensemble harpist.

Solo and Private Events

Some of her clients for private functions have been the American Cancer Society, American Club, Culver’s Corporation, Elmbrook Church, Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Athletic Club, Milwaukee Brewers Corporation, Walgreens Corporation, and Waukesha Symphony Orchestra,   She played for Afternoon Tea at Milwaukee’s elegant and historic Pfister Hotel from 2005 until 2013 and is returning as the regular harpist for the Pfister’s Afternoon Tea in October 2016.

Orchestra and Ensemble Events

In addition to solo harp engagements, Mary is active as a free-lance orchestra and ensemble harpist and is the principal harpist for the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.  Other performances include those with the Carroll University Wind Symphony, Concord Chamber Orchestra (Milwaukee), Dudley Birder Chorale (Green Bay), Edgewood Chamber Orchestra (Madison), Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Lutheran A Capella Choir (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Master Singers, South Shore Chorale (Fond du Lac), Voices in Harmony (Crystal Lake, IL), Cluj Opera Chorus (Romania), Tokyo International Singers (Japan) and Mannheim Steamroller.  Mary also performed with pianist Ingrid Hanson-Popp and soprano Susan Wiedmeyer in a trio called In One A Chord;  together they recorded a two CDs.

Additional Work

Additional special projects have included playing the stunt harpist for a short film entitled, The Harpist, which premiered at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.  Recording projects also include a segment about the harp for the children’s Christian TV program called The Fred and Susie Show (2013), former UWM student Janalyn Gordon’s music which aired on MPTV (2010), a jazz piece with John Croarkin on bass flute called Essence (by John Harmon, 2009).  Mary has also played in an Art to Art performance at Danceworks.

Pop / Show Tunes / Movie Themes
A Time for Us (Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet”) – Rota
A Whole New World (from “Aladdin”) – Rice/Menken
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – “Fats” Waller/Brooks
All I Ask of You (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Webber
Angel of Music (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Webber
As Time Goes By – Hupfeld
Beauty and the Beast – Menken/Ashman
Bidin’ My Time – Gershwin
Body and Soul – Heyman/Sour/Eyton/Green
But Not For Me – Gershwin
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from “The Lion King”) – John/Ric
Chances Are – Stillman/Allen
Colour My World – (Chicago) -Pankow
Days of Wine and Roses – Mancini
Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina (from “Evita”) – Webber
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Russel/Ellington
Dream – Mercer
Ebb Tide – Maxwell
Edelweiss (from “The Sound of Music”) – Rodgers/Hammerstein
Evergreen – Williams/Streisand
Everybody Loves Somebody – (Sinatra) – Taylor/Lane
Fascinatin’ Rhythm – Gershwin
Fields of Gold – Sting
Fools Rush In – Mercer/Bloom
From This Moment On – Twain/Lange
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Here, There and Everywhere – Lennon/McCartney
I Get a Kick Out of You – Porter
I Want to be Happy – Caesar/Youmans
If I Loved You  (from “Oklahoma) – Rogers/Hammerstein
It Had to be You – Kahn/Jones
It’s Been a Long, Long Time – Cahn/Styne
La Vie En Rose – Piaf/Louiguy
Lara’s Theme (from “Doctor Zhivago”) – Jarre
Leaving on a Jet Plane — Denver
Longer – Fogelberg
Love if Blue – Popp
Love Theme from “The Godfather”
Lover, Come Back to Me – Hammerstein/Romberg
Memory  (from “Cats”) – Webber
Midnight Cowboy – Barry
Misty – Burke/Garner
Moonglow – Hudson/DeLange/Mills
My Funny Valentine — Rogers/Hart
My Heart Will Go On (from “Titanic”) – Horner/Jennings
On Golden Pond – Grusi
On My Own (From “Les Miserables”) –Schonberg
Only Time – Enya/Ryan/Ryan
Over the Rainbow (from “The Wizard of Oz”) – Arlen/Harburg
Que Sera, Sera – Livingston/Evans
Rhythm of the Rain – Gummoe
Secret Love – Webster/Fain
September Song – Weill
Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise – Romberg/Hammerstein
Somebody Loves Me – MacDonale/DeSylva/Gershwin
Somewhere Out There (from “An American Tale”) – Horner/Mann/Weil
Spanish Eyes – Singleton/Snyder/Kaempfert
Sunrise, Sunset (from “Fiddler on the Roof”) – Harnick/Bock
Sunshine on my Shoulders — Denver
Sweet is my Ladye Love – von Pechy
Tea for Two – Caesar/Youmans
The Music of the Night  (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Webber
The Phantom of the Opera (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Webber
The Rose – McBroom
The Way You Look Tonight (from “Swing Time”) — Kern
The Wind Beneath My Wings – Henly/Silbar
Theme from “Love Story” – Lai
Theme from “Somewhere in Time” – Barry
Think of  Me (from “Phantom of the Opera”) – Webber
Through the Eyes of Love (Love theme from “Ice Castles”) – Hammer
Till There Was You (from “Music Man”) – Wilson
Time After Time – Cahn/Styne
Unchained Melody – Zaret/North
Where is Love (from “Oliver”) – Bart
Yesterday – Lennon/McCartney

Bach – Gott Lebet Noch
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring
Bach – Prelude No.1 (Ave Maria)*
Beethoven – Fur Elise
Biehl – Andante Maestoso (Prelude)
Britton – Interlude
Cabezon – Romance V
Debussy – Claire de Lune
Delmas – Priere
Eighteenth Centry March
Elder Joseph – Simple Gifts
English – O Love, How Deep
Faure – Cantique
Grandjany – Arabesque
Grandjany – Et ron, ron, ron, petit patapon
Grandjany – Nocturne
Grandjany – Petite Suite Classique
Grandjany – Reverie
Haendel – Passacaille
Hasselmans – Trois Petites Pieces
McDonald – Balade
McDonald – Interlude
McDonald – Serenade
Mendelssohn – On Wings of Song
Offenbach – Barcarolle (from “Tales of Hoffman”)
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Posca- By the Sea
Pratt – The Little Fountain
Purcell – Ground in F with Variations
Thompson – El Shaddai
Thomson – Ebbing Tide
Tournier – Six Noels (No.s  I, II, II

Appalachia – Black is the Color of my True Loves Hair
Appalachia – Shenandoah
Bolivia – Som Coiman
France – Kalenda Maya
Ireland – Annie Laurie
Ireland – Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Ireland – Danny Boy (or Londonderry Air)
Ireland – Give Me Your Hand
Ireland – Maids of Mourne Shore
Ireland – The Last Rose of Summer
…and many more from Ireland
Japan – Hanayome Ningyo
Latin America – Una Luz en el Mar (A Light in the Sea) – Ortiz
Scotland – Arran Boat Song
Scotland – Auld Lang Syne
Scotland – Baloo Baleerie
Scotland – Barbara Allan –
Scotland – Highland Mary
Scotland – Skye Boat Song
Scotland – The Blue Bells of Scotland
…and more from Scotland
Slovakia – Maria Walks Along the Shore
Spain – Alfonso XII el Sabio
Wales – By Kell’s Waters
Wales – David of the White Rock
Wales – Megan’s Fair Daughter
Wales – Suogan

Bittersweet II – Robertson
Falling Snow – Robinson
Jody’s Jig – Robinson
Moonrise – Robertson
Rain – Robertson
Sailing on Strings – Robinson

Harp & Flute
Albioni- Adagion in G Minor
Bach- Air for the G String
Bach- Arioso
Bach- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach- Sheep May safely Graze
Bachmaninoff- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Bethoven- Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Bizet- Intermezzo from the Third Act of “Carmen”
Bizet- Minuet from “L;Arlesienne”- Suite 2
Debussy- Claire de lune
Debussy- First Arabesque
English- Greensleeves Variations
Faure- Sicilienne, Opus 78
Gluck- Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Handel- Air from “The Water Music”
Handel- Hornpype from “The Water Music”
Irvine- The Lord’s My Shepherd
Kocher- For the Beauty of the Earth
Marcello- Adagio (Oboe Concerto)
Massenet- Meditation from “Thais”
Mendelssohn- On Wings of Song
Mendelssohn- Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s
Mozart- Adagio from Clarinet Concerto
Mozart- Laudate Dominum
Mozart- Piano Concerto No. 21: Movement II
Pachelbel- Canon in D
Rachmaninoff- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Saint-Saens- The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Satie- Trois Gymnopedies
Schumann- Traumerei
Shaker Melody- Simple Gifts
Teleman- Concerto in C: Adagio
Traditional Irish- Be Thou My Vision
Vivaldi- Largo from The Four Seasons
Wagner- Bridal Chorus from “Lohengrin”

Wedding Processionals
Bridal March  –  Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Musetta’s Waltz (from “La Boheme”) – Puccini
Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky
Processional – Wood
Renaissance March – Wach*
Trumpet Tune – Clark

Wedding Recessionals
Eighteenth Century March*
Ode to Joy – Beethoven/Schiller
Psalm 19 (“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”) –
Wedding Recessional – Mendelssohn