Wedding & Event MusicAt left, Michelle plays a reception for Steve Young at the Fairmont Hotel Penthouse, San Francisco.
was so nice to
meet you and please just know that if I ever hear of anyone
needing music, I will absolutely send them your way."
|Michelle Sell enjoys an extremely active career as a professional harpist. Since 1977, Michelle has played an average of 150-200 professional engagements per year. She has performed for the Queen and King of Thailand, the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, former President Jimmy Carter, Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola, rock star Sammy Hagar, and former SF 49'er quarterback Steve Young.|
|Although Michelle is an alumna and former faculty member of San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied classical music with Marcella DeCray, she is also an award winning "pops" and jazz harpist. Her styles are diverse and extensive, ranging from Bach to Cole Porter. Michelle is also a composer for Omni Music in New York. Her original compositions have been used on television, radio, and in motion pictures.|
|For private engagements, Michelle frequently uses a Camac electro-acoustic harp. Every string on this harp has a pickup or small microphone. This enables the harp to be heard - clearly - in venues seating hundreds. in contrast, at venues with just a few people, it is an intimate background instrument. Michelle believes that her clients are entitled to professionalism, punctuality, courtesy, and above all, the ability to hear the music for which they are paying. At large venues and at outdoor functions, a traditional acoustic harp may be difficult to hear if not amplified. There is no extra charge for using the Camac electro-acoustic harp and its amplification system.|
|Whether it be wedding music, or event music for a fund raiser, event music for a reception, event music for a birthday party, event music for a retirement party, or even harp music for a simple afternoon tea or holiday affair, Michelle can play as a soloist or with flute, cello, bass, guitar, violin, or saxophone. Classical flute and harp are beautiful accompaniments for your wedding ceremony, while soprano saxophone, bass guitar, and harp are fabulous for your lively "jazzy" wedding reception.|
Michelle's local Bay Area venues cover Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and the Wine Country Counties of Napa and Sonoma. More specifically, some of the cities and towns in which she plays are the following: Woodside, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Sunol, Sunnyvale, St. Helena, South San Francisco, Saratoga, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Rafael, San Jose, San Bruno, Redwood City, Pittsburg, Pinole, Petaluma, Palo Alto, Oakland, Novato, Napa, Mountain View, Monterey, Menlo Park, Marin, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Healdsburg, Hayward, Half Moon Bay, Guerneville, Geyserville, Fremont, Emryville, Dublin, Danville, Daly City, Concord, Carmel, Calistoga, Burlingame, Berkeley, Atherton, Antioch, and Alamo.
Wedding, Wedding Reception, & Other Event MusicMichelle can also compose original music for your wedding or other event.
Here are a few mp3 samples from a recent composition she did for a wedding in San Francisco:
~Wedding Harp Music Sample 1 ~
~Wedding Harp Music Sample 2 ~
~Wedding Harp Music Sample 3 ~
For more wedding & event music samples, please go to Wedding Music Samples & Repertoire
"After talking to other harpists, we really wanted to go with you
because you truly cared about making our day special. I had a good
feeling after interviewing with you and my intuition was correct!"
"You were amazing!
All of my worries and fears just melted away. You have no idea what an
incomparable feeling of exhilaration it was to walk out there to my
favorite music in the world and to hear it played so unbelievably
beautifully. Deepest and warmest thanks again for everything,
"Your music is and was very gorgeous! There are no words to express the
way you played so beautifully."
"You were phenomenal! The harp music you played was beautiful and so
romantic. Again, thank you for all your work!"
"It was great meeting
you at the pre-wedding session and, thankfully, you thought of every
detail! Thank you for your attention to detail and making the day
wonderful for us! Please let us know if you ever need references!"
"We just got back
from our honeymoon, and I wanted to write a quick word of thanks for
the lovely music you played at our wedding. Thanks again for helping to
make our wedding beautiful!"
"Michelle, I wanted
to personally thank you again for the beautiful music you enchanted my
wedding day with. It was absolutely breathtaking! On our wedding video,
I could stop and rewind parts over and over and absolutely love hearing
your talent. You're so amazing!"
Ted Turner dinner is history, I'd like to thank you for your
beautiful music!. Your presence and your talent added just the
right amount of class to the private reception at the Ritz
again for making such an amazing contribution to our
of the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, I want to thank you for
your participation in our gala. You are a wonderful
again for a wonderful performance. It was a pleasure working with
still receiving kudos for the music. Thank you for sharing your
talent and professionalism with us."
for playing your harp during our ceremony. We appreciate your
professional attitude during the consultation, music selection,
and wedding day. We're so glad we found you!"
again for being part of our special day! Not only do you play the
most beautiful music but you also truly seem like such a
wonderful woman. It was so nice to meet you and please just know
that if I ever hear of anyone needing music, I will absolutely
send them your way."