Pacific Harps Performance Services

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Our Repertoire


Our repertoire at Pacific Harps is very extensive, so to help you browse this page we have listed some broad categories below. Click on the category to be taken straight to that section of this page.

 For audio samples of our repertoir, please click HERE to visit our Audio Samples page.


Air (From Water Music Suite)

All The Way

And I Love Her

Anniversary Song

Anniversary Waltz, The

Ave Maria


The Beatles: Selections

Bridal Chorus

Candle On The Water

Cannon In D

Can’t Help Falling In Love

Can’t Smile Without You

Could I Have This Dance

Embraceable You

Endless Love

Everlasting Love, An

Falling in Love With Love


First Time I Ever Saw Your

Face, The

For All We Know

Forever and Ever, Amen

For Sentimental Reasons

From This Moment On

(Shania Twain)

Hawaiian Wedding Song, The

Here, There And Everywhere

Hopelessly Devoted To You

How Deep Is Your Love

I Just Fall In Love Again


I Love You

I Love You Truly

I Only Have Eyes For You

I Pledge My Love

I Want You, I Need You,

I Love You

I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

I’m Confessin’ (That I LoveYou)

If We Only Have Love

Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring

Just The Way You Are

Last Time I Felt Like This, The

Let Me Call You Sweetheart


Lord’s Prayer, The


Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland


My Cup Runneth Over

My Funny Valentine

Night And Day

No Other Love

Ode To Joy

Oh, Promise Me!

One Hand, One Heart

People Will Say We’re In Love

Prayer (A. Boccelli)

The Rose

Secret Love

September Morn

Shadows In The Moonlight


So In Love

Some Enchanted Evening


Sunrise, Sunset

These Are The Best Times

Theme From “Titanic”

This I Promise You

Through The Years

Ties That Bind, The


Till The End Of Time

(Chopin’s Polonaise)

Time After Time

Time to Say Goodbye

(A. Boccelli)

To Love Again

Too Mush Heaven

True Love

Trumpet Tune

Trumpet Voluntary

Try To Remember

Turn Around

Wedding March

Wedding Processional

When I Fall In Love

When I Need You

Whither Thou Goest

With This Ring

You Decorated My Life

You Needed Me

Your Song


Phantom of the Opera

Angel Of Music
Think Of Me
The Music Of The Night
The Phantom Of The Opera
All I Ask Of You




Don’t Cry For Me Argentina


Tell Me On A Sunday

Tell Me On A Sunday


Pie Jesu

Starlight Express

Starlight Express

Jesus Christ Superstar

I Don’t Know How To Love Him

Classical Pieces


Il Bacio


Minuet In G Major
Air On The G String


Ave Maria (based on Bach’s

Prelude No. 1 in C Major)


Für Elise

Minuet In G

(From “Sonata Pathétique”)

Ode To Joy (theme from
Symphony No. 9)


Toreador’s Song (from “Carmen”)

Interlude (from “Carmen”)

Boccelli (as sung by)

A Time to Say Goodbye




Polvotsian Dance

Secetions from “Kismet”


Hungarian Dance No. 5
Hungarian Dance No. 6
Minute Waltz
Fantistic Impromptu

Military Polonaise
Polonaise Opus 53


Trumpet Voluntary


Clair De Lune


Pas De Fleurs


La Calinda

Di Capua

O Sole Mio


Serenade (from “Millions


Largo (“From The New World”)
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Land Of Hope And Glory
(Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1)
Chanson De Matin




Waltz (from “Faust”)


Anitra’s Dance




The Surprise Symphony


Gypsy Love Song


I Vow To Thee My Country
(theme from “Jupiter”)


Waves Of The Danube


Spartacus (theme from)






To A Wild Rose


Plaisir D’Amour


On Wings Of Song

Spring Song




Symphony No. 40 In G Minor
Sonata No. 15
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Turkish March


The Can Can
Barcarolle Waltz (from “The Tales of Hoffman”)






Dance Of The Hours (from
“La Gioconda”)


O, My Beloved Father (from “Gianni Schicchi”)
Musetta’s Waltz (from “La Boheme”)


Scheherazade (theme from)
Song Of India


William Tell Overture


Melody in F


My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice


Gymnopédie No. 1


Moment Musical
The Unfinished Symphony (theme from)


The Happy Farmer


Radetzky March
Blue Danube
Waltz (from “Die Fledermaus”)
Artist’s Life
Tales From The Vienna Woods
Roses From The South
Kaiser Waltz


For He Is An Englishman!
Capriccio Italienne
Romeo And Juliet
Dance Of The Swans (from “Swan Lake”)
Waltz (from “Serenade For Strings)
Piano Concerto No. 1
Swan Lake (theme from)
Pathétique (from the 6th Symphony)
Waltz Of The Flowers
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
(from “The Nutcracker”)




La Donna E Mobile
Caro Nome (from “Rigoletto”)
Anvil Chorus (from “Il Trovatore”)


Pilgrims March (from “Tannhäuser”)
Bridal Chorus


Dolores Waltz
The Skaters Waltz


Invitation To The Dance


Santa Lucia

Irish/Celtic Melodies

Avenging and Bright

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Bendemeer’s Stream

Castle of Dromore, The

Cockles and Mussels

Cruiskeen Lawn, The

Danny Boy

Dear Little Shamrock

Down By the Salley Gardens

Fanaid Grove

Farewell! But Whenever You

Welcome The Hour

Farewell to Liverpool

Flight of the Earls, The

Foggy Dew, The

Gartan Mother’s Lullaby, The

Gentle Maiden, The

Girl I Left Behind Me, The

Good Night

Has Sorrow Thy Young Days


I Know My Love

Kerry Dance, The


Lark in the Clear Air, The

Lark in the Morning

Leprechaun, The

Limerick is Beautiful

Mairi’s Wedding

My Wild Irish Rose

My Yellow-Haired Lad

O’Donnell Aboo

Ould Plaid Shawl, The

Over The Hills And Far Away

Rakes of Mallow, The

Rose of Tralee, The

Rosin The Bow

Saint Patrick’s Day

Shule Aroon

Snowy-Breasted Pearl, The

Spanish Lady, The

Spinning Wheel Song, The

Sweet Rosie O’Grady

‘Tis The Last Rose of Summer

Wearin’ O’ The Green

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Kathleen Mavourneen

Famine Song

My Lagan Love

She Moved Through The Fair

Sweet Carnloch Bay


The Wild Colt

Madam Cole

Cáit Ní Dhuibhir

(Kitty O’Dwyer)

The Ship in Full Sail

An Seanduine dóite

(The Withered Old Man)

An Réilteann leanbhach

(The Beautiful Artless Woman)

The Plains of Boyle

(Magh Luirg)

Bean dubh a’ghleanna

(The Dark Woman of the Glen)

Garret Barry’s Jig

Na Géanna Fiáine

(The Wild Geese)

The Road to Ballymac

Lady Dillon

Planxty Johnston

Queen of the West


Morgan Magan

The Boys of Bluehill

Three Sea Captains

Dún do shúile

(Close Your Eyes)

An Buachaill caol dubh

(The Dark Slender Boy)


The Ragtime Era

The Entertainer
Maple Leaf Rag
Russian Rag
Spaghetti Rag

Dixieland Favorites

And They Called It Dixieland
At The Jazz Band Ball
Clarinet Marmalade
Little Rock Get Away
Mississippi Mud
Mardi Gras March
Original Dixieland One-Step
South Rampart Street Parade
Sweet Georgia Brown
Washington and Lee Swing
When the Saints Go Marching On


They’re Singin’ The Blues
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Basin Street Blues
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives Me
Boogie Blues
It’s The Bluest Kind Of Blues…
The Jazz Me Blues

Boogie Woogie

Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
Honky Tonk Train

Glenn Miller Hits

Chattanooga Choo Choo
In The Mood
Little Brown Jug
Pennsylvania 6-500
Stairway to the Stars
Benny Goodman Creations
After You’ve Gone
And the Angels Sing
Don’t Be That Way
Let’s Dance
Lullaby In Rhythm
Memories Of You
One O’Clock Jump
Sing Sing Sing
Stompin’ At The Savoy

From The Pen Of Duke Ellington

Duke’s Place (“C” Jam Blues)
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
I’m Beginning to See The Light
In A Mellow Tone
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Mood Indigo
Sophisticated Lady

Modern Jazz Tunes

The Gypsy In My Soul
Harlem Nocturne
Ill Wind
Lean Baby
Like Young
No Moon At All
On Green Dolphin Street
Willow Weep For Me

Sacred Pieces


Abide With Me
All Glory, Laud and Honor
All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
Be Thou My Vision
Blest Be The Tie That Binds
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
The Church’s One Foundation
Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Come Thou Almighty King
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Fairest Lord Jesus
Faith of Our Fathers
For The Beauty of The Earth As With Gladness Men of Old
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Holy, Holy, Holy
Jacob’s Ladder
Jesus Loves Me
Kum Ba Yah
The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord’s Prayer
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Morning Has Broken
Nearer My God To Thee
Now The Day Is Over
O God, Our Help In Ages Past
O Perfect Love
Rock Of Ages
Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
This Is My Father’s World
We Gather Together Prayer of Thanksgiving
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
When Morning Guilds The Skies

Processionals And Recessionals

Bridal March From Lohengrin: Here Comes The Bride
Trumpet Tune
Trumpet Voluntary

Jewish Songs

Artsa Alinu
Hava Nagila
Hevenu Shalom
Hine Ma Tov #1
Hine Ma Tov #2
L’cha Dodi
Jerusalem of Gold
Shalom Aleichem
Adon Olam
Mi Yitnani Of
La Rosa Enflorece
Halicha Lekeisariya

Testimonials for Pacific Harps

General Reviews and Testimonials

Carolyn played a big part in making our wedding day special. She is a truly talented musician. Listening toTestomonials1 her play the prelude before the ceremony was one of the most beautiful, spirit-filled moments of the day. Our service was a touch more complicated since we had several friends wanting to give solos as their gift to us and we also were using traditional Church of the Brethren Hymns which are not as common within general christian music. Carolyn enthusiastically worked with all of these parts of the wedding music–even volunteering to arrange pieces for herself. She even made extra time to meet with some of the soloists at a reduced rehearsal fee several days before the wedding when we realized the timing would be too close. She also found a cellist to work with us as well within our price range. Carolyn understands the wedding world well and I am thankful for her time, talent, and network of friends who made everything easier. All of the music sounded beautiful and I am ever grateful that we chose to work with her. Thank you for making our day so special!

Review on “Wedding Wire”, 26 September 2011

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you SO much for playing your beautiful harp at our daughter’s wedding last Saturday, it was perfect. I took off this week for a mini recoup vacation, and just got back.

I don’t remember a lot about the ceremony, I was in a daze, I worked so hard on every detail of the wedding that when it began I kind of just checked out mentally. I remember walking down to get lined up for the wedding and I could hear your harp playing and I thought ‘oh good the harpist is here’, it sounded so beautiful.

I was so worried in the afternoon when it rained that you may not show up. You have been so professional and on top of everything, I can not thank you enough.

The music during the prayer was lovely. Thank you so much for taking the time to come say ‘hello’ to me at the wedding, I really wanted to meet you in person but was ‘caught up’ in the moment. Thanks again, I would highly recommend you to anyone I know.

R.A., 17 Septemer 2011

Your program was so well chosen. As you could tell, everyone at the dinner enjoyed you as well as your artistry on the harp. Many thanks for a beautiful evening.

P.B., Program Chair, Women’s City Club of Pasadena

I enclose a few pictures of the wedding you performed at so beautifully. Thanks again for your wonderful performance. I almost regret having been the bride, as I got to hear you the least of anybody! But you got rave reviews, so bravo! From start to finish, you were great.”


With thanks for your beautiful playing – Yes! we had a super time.


Thanks for helping make our wedding very special!


Congratulations! Your performance at the Faculty Concert was of high musical quality, and most appreciated by the audience. Thank you for your gracious participation and interaction with those present. I look forward to your future performances.

S.T.E., Chairperson, Music Department, Mount St. Mary’s College

Teaching Reviews and Testimonials

Carolyn teaching childrenCarolyn is more than a harp teacher. 5/5 stars! My daughter has been taking harp lessons with Carolyn in the past 5 years. She has not only learned how to play harp, but also developed passion for music and explored harp career opportunities.

Carolyn introduced my daughter to our local chapter of American Harp Society (AHS). Through AHS, my daughter attended AHS conference when the meeting was local. She participated in harp scholarship competitions and performed for local communities. When she decided to do a project in Harp for Healing, Carolyn introduced her to local Music for Healing institutions. When she wants to do auditions for All State Honor Orchestra, Carolyn helped her to record CDs. Now my daughter is a high school senior. Over the years, she has enjoyed playing, and built an excellent harp resume for her college application.


Great Guru! 5/5 stars! I am a beginner in harp. Since last one year, I am having some serious fun with harp. Carolyn always makes me feel that ‘I can do it’. She is very encouraging, helpful, fun loving and serious teacher with vast knowledge.


Everything You Could Possibly Ask for in a Teacher. Carolyn Sykes has been giving me harp lessons since I was seven years old. As a child she was patient with me and always made playing the harp fun. She was always there with great advice and excellent instruction when I was feeling ambitious but understood when playing the harp was the last thing I wanted to do. At a time when I felt like I might want to quit the harp she allowed me to come to class with no obligation to practice. If she hadn’t been so kind and patient I probably wouldn’t be playing the harp today. She has helped me improved so much, and once I was able to reach a more serious, ambitious mindset she helped me learn challenging classical and jazz pieces I never thought I’d be playing. Carolyn Sykes is all that anyone could ask for in a teacher. She has immense knowledge and talent but really knows what people need and how to teach them.


A great, one of a kind teacher. Carolyn has taught my daughter Lindsay for 11 years from age 6 to 17. She is a highly accomplished musician who has stimulated my daughter’s interest in music and been a constant support for her. She is a great role model, a mentor and a confidant. She is flexible and adjusts her teaching style to her student’s needs while always maintaining quality and integrity. She is a truly unique teacher.


Carolyn is a wonderful teacher. I was very hesitant being an adult student and attempting the harp- but Carolyn made me feel confident from the first day. She has a way of teaching that allows you confidence in playing but encourages you to learn more and push yourself just that little bit. She always points out the positive and focuses on your strengths- I am very lucky to have found such a great teacher.


Carolyn makes playing the harp a lot of fun. Learning to play harp with Carolyn is a joy. She is wonderfully affirming and patient with a great sense of humor. She is also very good at breaking down techniques to simple steps and yet she is continually moving you forward. I have only been playing for about a year and already I have a repertoir to beautiful songs!
WONDERFUL teacher!!! Carolyn is by far the best teacher I’ve ever had the opportunity to study with – I learned ten times faster with her than anyone else, and she was wonderful to work with! Not to mention the oppotunities to better my musicianship and performance skills through her recitals and CD recording was absolutely invaluable (plus the CD’s make great Christmas gifts! :D), as well as the chance to gain audition experience through the Royal School exams. She helped me prepare for my college auditions in a way I never would have been able to anywhere else! HIGHLY recommended!!

Choosing a Harpist

What you should know before hiring a harpist

Too busy to read this page? We understand! Just send a message or give us a call and we will be delighted to explain.

Almost anyone can advertise them self as a “harpist.” Worse yet, almost any harpist can label them self as a “professional” harpist. Like other types of musicians, there is no requirement that harpists attain a certain level of education or be licensed or otherwise certified. Therefore, the consumer in the market for a harpist must proceed with caution.

Many people shopping for a harpist simply start by calling a harpist – – any harpist – – and asking for a price quote or a referral to another harpist. This can be a mistake for a number of reasons. First, the potential difference in musical ability from harpist to harpist is substantial and merely shopping for the cheapest harpist available on a given date is, at best, a gamble with your event. Second, a referral from one harpist to another is only as good as the judgment of the referring harpist, about whom you may know nothing.

Instead of shooting in the dark, it is far better to proceed with reliable information. Answering the following 3 questions before shopping for a harpist will help you select the best available person for the job. Finally, keep in mind that when you hire a musician, you are asking an artist to share their art with you. This can be a deeply moving experience rather than merely an exchange of money for services.

(1) Purpose

The first question you should ask yourself is, “What event do I want a harpist to play for?”

The answer to this question is important for a number of reasons. For example, if your event is a large dinner party and all you really want is some background music to set the atmosphere, the quality of the performance and the musical ability of the harpist may not be your foremost considerations. Indeed, some people merely enjoy the visual grandeur and cultural ambiance created by the presence of a harp and harpist. Since there is a larger pool of harpists available who are suited to play background music for this purpose, the aesthetic appearance of the harpist and cost may be your most important considerations.

On the other hand, if your event involves an audience whose attention is directed toward the harpist and the music generated by the harpist, such as a wedding ceremony or a private performance in a small venue, the quality of the performance and the musical ability of the harpist are much more important. These considerations become paramount if your audience is musically discerning or artistically sophisticated. Furthermore, weddings require the special ability to anticipate the sequence of events and to make split-second decisions about the most appropriate way to accommodate any unexpected changes or delays in the ceremony. A good harpist will be able to smooth out the bumps in the road, fill in the gaps, and avert potential disasters as if it were all going according to plan.

(2) Type of Music

The next question you should ask yourself is, “What type of music do I want the harpist to play?”

Since harpists vary greatly in their musical training and experience, and hence in their ability to play particular types of music, this is another question that should be asked and answered before choosing a harpist. If your answer to this question is, “Well, I would like harp music, of course,” you have missed the boat. Like piano music, harp music can run the gamut from classical to standards, blues to jazz, ragtime to pop, Celtic to new age music, and everything in between. You simply cannot assume that any given harpist can perform all types of music.

Indeed, some harpists are limited by the type of harp they play. There are 2 major categories of harps: (1) Celtic or folk harps; and (2) pedal or concert harps. Of the 2 types, the pedal harp generally has a greater capacity to produce a broader range of music. Although harpists tend to fall into one camp or the other, the best harpists are equally adept at both kinds of instruments.

Don’t be afraid to inquire whether the harpist can play selections from the particular type of music you want to hear, for example, classical music or Jewish music. Some harpists cannot even read music, so their ability to perform special requests outside of their standard repertoire is severely limited. A good harpist will have an extensive and varied repertoire as well as the ability to play pieces upon request. Of course, even a good harpist should be given fair notice in advance of an event so that he or she has the opportunity to acquire the music and learn the piece, if necessary. The very best musicians have the ability to sight-read music and play a piece as they read it for the first time, but given the choice, they would usually rather see the music in advance.

(3) Duration

The next question you should ask yourself is, “How long do I want the harpist to play?”

Los Angeles harpist Carolyn SykesContrary to popular belief, the harp is a mentally and physically demanding instrument to play. Shoulder, arm, hand and finger strength must be developed over long periods of practice. The harpist’s arms and hands must be held outstretched at all times while performing. With 7 pedals to adjust the pitch, pedal harps demand precise foot coordination as well. While even an advanced harp student may struggle to play continuously for an hour, a seasoned professional harpist should be able to play up to 4 or 5 hours provided that short breaks (i.e., 10-15 minutes) are allowed once every hour or so. The average duration for a private event such as a wedding and reception is about 3 hours, including breaks.

Of course, depending on the harpist, the quality of performance may decline over extended periods of time. Whereas an advanced harp student may feel perfectly comfortable with a single 30 minute set, the same student may falter if forced to continue beyond his or her level of preparation and endurance. The same is true of harpists in general. Only professional harpists with substantial experience possess the stamina necessary to deliver a sustained level of performance for hours at a time.

Credentials and qualifications

Having first answered the foregoing questions (your purpose, desired type of music and duration), you are now ready to match the credentials and qualifications of available harpists with your objectives. Like shopping for other professionals, the foremost factors you should take into consideration are education, training and experience. The additional cost for a particular harpist could well be worth the expense if it is supported by and commensurate with these factors.


Although completing a certain level of higher education is not necessarily a prerequisite to becoming an accomplished harpist, it is true that the best harpists tend to share a history which includes the study of music in college. A major in the fine arts or music together with the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree demonstrates a solid foundation for a career as a professional musician. Some schools even acknowledge a major in harp performance, and thus integrate training with education. Either the lack of a degree altogether or a degree in a field unrelated to the fine arts or music should be treated as a red flag warning calling for further investigation.


Serious harp students gravitate toward institutions and geographic regions where they can assume pupilage under the auspices of an accomplished harpist. When harpists introduce other harpists in a professional capacity, they typically announce who they studied harp with in the past. The harp world is a small world, and the names of former instructors are important. Examine the credentials, reputation and professional standing of former instructors for insights into the abilities of the student.


Los Angeles harpist Carolyn SykesThe primary difference between a harp student and a professional harpist is experience. Consider the event you have in mind and the number of years the harpist has been performing similar events. A harpist can be technically perfect but totally ignorant when it comes to playing for a particular type of event, such as a wedding. Some harpists do not know how to function as part of an ensemble which includes other musicians.Don’t be afraid to inquire how many weddings per month the harpist performs on the average or whether the harpist regularly appears as part of an ensemble, such as a string quartet.

Finally, it is only through experience that a harpist develops a sense of responsibility to the customer and the audience. A truly professional harpist will be fully prepared, arrive in a timely manner, and deliver a solid performance without the need for any excuses.

Performance Pricing

Basic Wedding Package

Cost: $400 (flat fee for ceremony)


  • Prelude – approx 30 minutes before the ceremony as guests arrive
  • Ceremony – processionals, ceremonial music, and recessional
  • Exit Music – approx 15 minutes after the ceremony as guests depart
  • Unlimited phone consultations for pre-event planning and music selection

Private Consultation at Music Studio (add-on)

Cost: $100 per hour (1 hour minimum)


  • Pre-event planning and music selection in person
  • Live music sampling performed on the harp

Reception / Cocktail Hour (add-on)

Cost: $175 per hour (30 minute minimum)


  • Music / requests following wedding ceremony

Corporate Events

$600 for the 1st 2 hours (ask about new client discount)

Driving Time (add-on)

Cost: $70 per hour

Driving time fee may be assessed for all venues more than 45 minutes one-way from point of origin, depending on time-of-day and anticipated traffic conditions. Fee may be waived at the  discretion of musician(s), i.e. as part of package rate or ensemble booking.

Additional Musicians and Complete Ensembles (add-on)

Cost: Ceremony – $250/musician. Additional hours – $100/hour/musician

Unlimited combinations available for ensembles (duo, trio, quartette, quintet). Common complimentary instruments with harp include flute, violin, cello, percussion and/or vocals.

About Us

Pacific Harps is a boutique harp instruction, performance, showroom and sales company located in Pasadena, California. Established over 30 years ago by Carolyn Sykes, Pacific Harps has links to France, Australia, Pakistan, Ireland and South America and is continuing to expand, spreading the joy of harp music to an ever wider audience.


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