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Laura Byrne
Raleigh, North Carolina 27613
United States
Metro Area: Triangle Area
Available to perform in:
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
Booking and Information
Email: laurasbyrneharpist@yahoo.com
Web: www.laurasbyrneharpist.com
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Genres:

  • Classical
  • Pop
  • Jazz

Harps:

  • Pedal Harp
Local Travel: 1500 miles
International Gigs: Maybe

Performing Since:

1981

Also Provide Music Group: Yes

Available with Harp:

  • Flute
  • Voilin
  • Cello
  • Trumpet
  • Voice
Music Group Members:
  • Mary Boone - Flute
  • All others are members of NCSO and freelance community of Raleigh.
Description:

Laura Smithburg Byrne is a classically trained harpist who has performed for over 20 years on the concert stage, in major symphony orchestras, in ballet orchestras, Broadway show orchestras, in popular/rock&roll venues, and in the recording studio. She is versatile in popular music and is frequently hired to play at corporate events, private parties,  weddings, receptions, and religious events.

She is charming, gracious, and very professional.
Biography:

Mrs. Byrne has been appointed as harp instructor at Duke University and at the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. She has also taught at the college/University level in Minneapolis Minnesota and Louisville Kentucky while maintaining a very active performance career.

Laura Smithburg Byrne received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alice Chalifoux. She began her teaching career while in graduate school teaching in the preparatory division of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mrs. Byrne taught at the College/University level in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in Louisville Kentucky while maintaining a very active performance career. She has performed frequently as an orchestral harpist with noted Ballet companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, in Symphony orchestras such as the Louisville Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Broadway productions, and as a freelance harpist with such groups as the Moody Blues and Johnny Mathis. She has recorded for many groups and has played on local and national television. As a freelancer, she plays at numerous receptions, parties, weddings, corporate events, and is known for her excellent playing and gracious personality.

Repertoire Sample:

Classsical:

  • Arioso, Prelude in C, Jesu Jou of Man's Desiring, Polonaise - J.S. Bach.
  • Ode to Joy-Beethoven. Gigue, Sarabande -Corelli.
  • Clair de Lune, En Bateau, La Fille au Cheveaux du Lin, Reverie, -Debussy.
  • Concerto in B flat, Passacaille, Sarabande, Water Music, -Handel.
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel.
  • Carillon, Gavotte, Five Preludes, Intimes Preludes, Lullaby, Night Breeze, Sicilana, Song in the Night, - Salzedo.

Selections of Hymns and Religiously Appropriate music.

Popular:

  • All I Ask of You
  • A Man & a Woman
  • Amazing Grace
  • Angel
  • Anniversary Song
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • A Train
  • But not For Me
  • Bidin' My Time
  • Can't Help Fallin' in Love With You
  • Chances Are
  • Danny Boy
  • Ebb Tide
  • Edelweis
  • Embraceable You
  • Evergreen
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Fascinatin' Rhythm
  • Greensleeves
  • Here, There, & Everywhere
  • Ice Castles
  • If, I Get a Kick out of You
  • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
  • I Will Remember You
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Michelle
  • My Eyes Adored You
  • Misty,Lara's Theme
  • Like Someone in Love
  • Love Me Tender
  • Love Story
  • Long Ago and Far Away
  • Memory (from Cats)
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • New York, New York,
  • Night and Day
  • One Hand
  • One Heart
  • Satin Doll
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Star Dust
  • The Rose
  • The Nearness of You
  • The Way We Were
  • This Guy's in Love with You
  • Tenderly
  • Try to Remember
  • Vincent
  • Yesterday
  • You Are So Beautiful.

Wedding Music:

  • Ave Maria
  • Canon in D
  • Pachelbel
  • Concerto in B-flat - Handel
  • Dodi-Li, Flute & Harp Concerto in C - Mozart
  • Grow Old With Me - Lennon
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Largo - Handel
  • Ode to Joy - Beethoven
  • Rondeau - Mouret
  • One Hand, One Heart, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • The Gift of Love, The Lord's Prayer, The Wedding Song, Traditional Wedding Marches - Wagner, Mendelsson
  • Trumpet Tune - Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary - Clark
  • Water Music - Handel.

Listen to Audio Samples:
Traditional Wedding March
Trumpet Voluntary
When I Fall in Love
  For more audio samples go to my website to the 'Listen' page.
Desired Events:
  • Anniversary
  • Awards Night
  • Banquet
  • Birthday
  • Christening
  • Christmas Party
  • Church
  • Club
  • Community Event
  • Convention
  • Corporate Function
  • Country Club
  • Dinner Dance
  • Fund Raiser
  • Funeral
  • Grand Opening
  • Hotel
  • Movie Soundtrack
  • Private Party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Reunion
  • Shower
  • Studio Session
  • Temple
  • TV Soundtrack
  • Wedding
  • Other

Price:
  • Price: $350 - $1000 per event Triangle Area
  • Harp Solo Weddings $350
  • Harp Solo Receptions- $350 for 2 hours, $500 for 3 hours
  • Harp/Flute Duo Weddings - $500.00
  • Harp/Flute Duo Receptions - $600.00 for 2 hours $850 for 3 hours
  • Harp/Flute/Cello Weddings- $750
  • Harp/Flute/Cello Receptions - $750 for 2 hours $1000 for 3 hours
  • *Out of metro area will require travel/cartage fees to be determined by location and travel time.
Visit my Website:

www.laurasbyrneharpist.com

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Reviews

"Harpist Laura Byrne's tone was ravishing..."

- (Kentucky Chamber Player's review) George R. Hubbard - The Courier Journal


"Your Playing was 'fab'"

- Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)

"Dear Laura, Wow! We cannot thank you enough for playing at our wedding. I could not have imagined anything more perfect. Thank you so much for all that you did to make our big day so incredibly special!"

- Amy & Lucas Magrini


"Special praise for harpist Laura S. Byrne...who added that something special and even spectacular when called for."

- John Lambert
(Classical Voices of North Carolina)

Audio Samples
Traditional Wedding March
Trumpet Voluntary
When I Fall in Love
  For more audio samples go to my website to the 'Listen' page.