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William Reister
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
United States
Metro Area: Jacksonville
Booking and Information
Telephone: 904-608-9174
Email: RevBillReister@aol.com

Genres:
  • Classical Pop

  • Celtic

  • Sacred

  • Americana

  • Broadway

  • Traditional

Categories:
  • Harpist

  • Singer

  • Songwriter

  • Clergy

  • Wedding Officiant

  • Inspirational Harp Program Leader

Harps:

  • Salvi Orchestra Pedal Harp

  • Triplett Eclipse Celtic Harp

  • Salvi Julia Lever Harp

  • Amplified Harp

Local Travel: 600 miles

Performing throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, but available for more distant engagements in the Southeast and throughout Florida. Check for availability. Mileage and other travel expenses will be charged for engagements in locations which require a round trip of 200 or more miles.

International Gigs:   Maybe

Performing Since:

1998

Also Provide Music Group: Yes
Available with Harp:
  • Harp

  • Organ

  • Synthesizer

Group Musicians:
  • Susan Reister, Experienced Church organist and pianist. Ask about our "wedding package" including officiant, harpist, and organist.

Description:

"Upon the harp will I praise Thee, my God." (Psalm 43:4) This is the inspiration for "Celestial Strings", the music ministry of Rev. William Reister, an ordained Lutheran minister and member of the American Harp Society and Florida Harpists and Friends. His extensive repertoire of sacred, pop, folk, and classical music has delighted audiences at banquets, weddings, church services, and private parties. Educational harp programs are available for clubs, church groups, retirement communities, and schools. For elegant harp music at your event or to also perform your wedding, call or e-mail Pastor Bill at your earliest opportunity. He also performs with his wife Susan a harpist, organist, and pianist with over 30 years experience. A demo CD and program list is available.

Biography:

Brought together in 1981 by their love for music and church work, Pastor Bill and Susan have shared more than 25 years of music ministry. Bill began his study of the Harp at Jacksonville University and since 1998 has enjoyed performing for many social events in the church and community. The harp has become his passion and also an extension of his ministry as the Pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. In addition to his numerous professional engagements each year he continues to play for religious services, church groups, and shut-in members of his congregation. He also plays the piano, synthesizer, guitar, and saxophone and has been a song leader for conventions and conferences throughout his 25+ year ministry. He frequently provides vocal solos and has performed with many choral groups including the Wartburg College Castle Singers, The Concordia Seminary Chorus, The Big Orange Barbershop Chorus, and the Victorian Carolers of Jacksonville who have sung at Disney world hotels and other venues for the past 11 years during the Christmas season. He thanks God for the wonderful gift of music and the many opportunities that he is given to share the joy of his Christian faith with the harp and song.

Repertoire Sample: Classical:
  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, R. Wagner
  • Wedding March, F. Mendelssohn
  • To a Wild Rose, E.MacDowell
  • Air On a G String, J.S. Bach
  • Arioso, J. S. Bach
  • Canon in D, Pachelbel
  • Etude in E, Chopin
  • Handel's Water Music
  • Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J. S. Bach
  • Largo from Xerxes, Handel
  • Trumpet Voluntary, Jeremiah Clarke
  • Ode to Joy, Beethoven
  • Ave Maria, Schubert
  • Sheep May Safely Graze, J. S. Bach
  • The Lord's Prayer, A. H. Malotte
  • Sonata No. 9 Mozart
  • Hornpipe, Henry Purcell
  • Sleepers Awake, J. S. Bach
  • New World Symphony Themes, Dvorak
  • Etude No. 3, Frederic Chopin
  • Morning, Edvard Grieg
  • St. Anthony's Chorale, Brahms

Sacred:

  • Amazing Grace, John Newton
  • Beautiful Savior,
  • This is My Father's World
  • Our God Our Help in Ages Past, William Croft
  • A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Martin Luther
  • For the Beauty of the Earth, Conrad Kocher
  • The Wedding Song
  • From All That Dwell Below the Skies
  • Sent Forth By God's Blessing (The Ash Grove)
  • Lauda to St. Maddalena, 13th Century Italian
  • O Perfect Love, Joseph Barnby
  • Y'rushalayim
  • Adon Olam, Uzi Chitman
  • Simple Gifts
  • The Lord is Good to Me
  • My Shepherd Shall Supply My Need
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Ya Ribon
  • On the Rivers of Babylon
  • Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
  • In the City of Jerusalem
  • Steal Away to Jesus
  • Deep River
  • My Lord, What a Morning
  • Abide With Me
  • I Sing Praise to Thy Name
  • Give Thanks
  • More Precious Than Silver
  • Emmanuel
  • You Are My All in All
  • The Prayer

Celtic, Ethnic, and Traditional:

  • Fanny Power, T. O'Carolan
  • Carolan's Dowry, T. O'Carolan
  • Carolan's Welcome, T. O'Carolan
  • Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
  • Greensleeves
  • The Royal Dream
  • Lord Inchiquin, T. O'Carolan
  • Inis Siar
  • Strike the Harp
  • The Water is Wide
  • Now Strike the Harp Gladly
  • Garfalia, Tradional Greek
  • Alfonso XII el Sabio, 13th Century Spain
  • Moon Over Rising Castle, Japan
  • Wisteria, Japan
  • Koto Song, Japan,
  • Wen-ti, China
  • Spagnoletta, Italy
  • The Bonnie Lass, Scotland

Broadway and Popular:

  • A Whole New World
  • All I Ask of You, The Phantom of the Opera
  • Through the Eyes of Love
  • Strangers in Paradise, Kismet
  • From This Moment On
  • The Rose
  • Hello Young Lovers, The King and I
  • Edelweiss, The Sound of Music
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Music of the Night, Phantom of the Opera
  • Be Our Guest
  • My Own True Love

Many, many more

Desired Events:
  • Anniversary
  • Awards Night
  • Banquet
  • Birthday
  • Christening
  • Christmas Party
  • Church
  • Club
  • Coffee Shop
  • Community Event
  • Convention
  • Corporate Function
  • Country Club
  • Festival
  • Fund Raiser
  • Funeral
  • Graduation Party
  • Grand Opening
  • Harp Music Programs
  • Hotel
  • Memorial Services
  • Private Party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Retirement Communities
  • Reunion
  • School Programs
  • Shower
  • Temple
  • Wedding
  • Other

Price Range: $200 - 500 per event

   

The rate for performances for non-profit groups is $125 or on a free will offering basis. A limited number of no- fee engagements are also available each year for charitable organizations and events. You may ask for a copy of "Considerations in the Pricing of a Harp Performance." Also ask about any available discounts for the military etc.

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Reviews

"Thank you for the beautiful music you provided at our service of healing and renewal. We have had comment after comment how beautiful, soothing, and inspirational your harps were."

- Community Hospice of NE Florida

"Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express our distinctive pleasure concerning your playing the harp at our events here at JEA. Every time you have played your performance was outstanding, as well as your professionalism. All of our guests were very impressed with your performance."

Jacksonville Electric Association

"Thanks for the beautiful music, both harp and voice, which you shared at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. It was a program that warmed the heart and will long be remembered.

- Bethlehem Lutheran Church,
Jacksonville Beach, FL


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