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Houston harpist Echo Shen is an active musician in Houston, Texas. Classically trained to a very high standard, she has performed at many prestigious venues world-wide, and performs regularly for weddings and corporate events in top hotels. She has performed numerous private events and is known for her variety of musical styles, with an extensive repertoire ranging from classical, baroque, jazz, folk, Broadway show tunes to the most current popular hits.

Echo has appeared on Fox Local Morning News for the Valentines Special program, and was invited back for Christmas programs. As a concert musician, Echo has recently performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. She has appeared as a soloist with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, engaged in numerous concerts at the Beijing Music Festival and performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played with the Tulsa Opera, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Houston Doctors Orchestra, Houston Children's Chorus, Cantare Houston, Laredo Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few.

A native of Beijing, China, Echo began her harp studying at the age of eleven. After receiving her diploma with honors from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she attended the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Echo holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with Houston Symphony harpist, Ms. Paula Page. Her other teachers have included Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis, Suzann Davids and Joan Holland.

Echo is available to play at weddings, private functions, corporate events, cocktail parties, concerts, restaurants, hotels and any other venues where a harpist would be suitable. She would be a great addition to an intimate dinner setting, even at your own home to add a flair and provide a wonderfully enchanting and sophisticated ambience. Echo will delight you and your guests with her charming personality and harp music.

A sampling of venues Echo frequently performed:


Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Ashton Gardens

Ashton Gardens

Bell Tower on 34th Street

Bell Tower on 34th Street

Lakeside Country Club

Lakeside Country Club

Amber Springs

Amber Springs

Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai

George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park

Brennan's

Brennan's

Chateau Polonez

Chateau Polonez

Chateau Cocomar

Chateau Cocomar

Double Tree by Hilton Downtown

Double Tree by Hilton Downtown

The Parador

The Parador

classcial

Seating of the Parents

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring ~ Bach

Wedding Processional

Canon in D ~ Pachelbel

Bride's Entrance

Bridal Chorus ~ Wagner

Unity Candle

Lord's Prayer ~ Malotte

Recessional

Wedding March ~ Mendelssohn

Postlude

La Rejouissance ~ Handel

Other Selections (including but not limited to)

Air on G String ~ Bach

Arioso ~ Bach

Ave Maria ~ Schubert

Clair De Lune ~ Debussy

Flower Duet From Lakme ~ Delibes

Hornpipe From Water Music ~ Handel

Ode to Joy ~ Beethoven

Prelude No. 1 in C ~ Bach

Rhosymedre ~ Ralph Vaughan Williams

Rondeau ~ Mouret

Spring ~ Vivaldi

Thais ~ Massenet

Trumpet Tune ~ Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary ~ Clarke

Variation XVIII ~ Rachmaninoff

Watchet Auf ~ Bach

popular

All You Need is Love

Here Comes the Sun

You Are Beautiful

We've Only Just Begun

Close to You

The Wedding Song (There is Love)

The Prayer

Hallelujah

Endless Love

Love of My Life

romantic

Seating of the Parents

Wind Beneath My Wings

Wedding Processional

When I Fall in Love

Bride's Entrance

At Last

Interlude

All I Ask Of You

Recessional

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

Postlude

Over the Rainbow

Other Selections (including but not limited to)

Come Fly With Me

Endless Love

When You Wish Upon A Star

Unchained Melody

Smoke Gets in Yours Eyes

Fly Me to the Moon

Can't Help Falling in Love With You

La Vie En Rose

contemporary

The Greatest Love of All

You Are Still the One

Only Time

A Thousand Years

Watermark

All I Want is You

The Luckiest

I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Bitter Sweet Symphony

I Gotta Feeling

Stairway to Heaven

jewish

Wedding Processional

Erev Shel Shoshanim

Bride's Entrance

Dodi Li

Recessional

Siman Tov u'Mazel Tov

Postlude

Od Yeshoma

Other Selections (including but not limited to)

Jerusalem of Gold

Erev Ba

Mi Bon Siach

O'se Shalom

Y'Did Nefesh

S'u Sh'orim

Sunrise, Sunset

Sabbath Prayer

Hana'ava Babanot

Hava Nagila & Tsena Tsena

Hi'ne Ma Tov

Mi Ho'ish

foreign

Kiss The Rain

River Flows In You

Moonlight

I Am Willing

(我愿意)

Blooming Flowers & Full Moon Night

(花好月圓夜)

Wedding March

(結婚進行曲)

La La La Love Song

If Tomorrow Comes

(明日がくるなら)

Sun & Moon ~ Miss Saigon

F A Q S


Will your harp be loud enough for my space?


The harp is an extremely resonant instrument, The sound it produces will travel well in large spaces without being overpowering. In special circumstances, the harp also can be easily amplified by my Crate 50W battery-powered amplifier.

Do you play outdoor event?


Yes, but only under certain conditions. The harp is very sensitive to weather conditions and cannot be subjected to rain or extreme heat. Also, the harp can only be played on flat, hard and leveled surfaces (preferably pavement or wood).

How much do you charge?


Fee varies based on location, performance length and type. To inquire about your event, please contact me for more details.

Sample Music:


1. Selecting your wedding music.
2. Many people have specific pieces that they would like to incorporate into their wedding ceremony, but for those who do not, this guide can serve as a starting point for the music selection process.
3. These lists are by no means completed. So, if you would like to request a piece that you do not find listed here, please, contact me. I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Also, if you so desire, you may leave your music selection entirely up to me.

Music Suggestion:


(Prelude)
The prelude music usually lasts between fifteen to twenty minutes prior to the ceremony. It helps to set the tone for your special day.

(Processional)
You may choose to have one music selection for the entrance of the bridal party and another for the bride, but it is also acceptable to use the same piece for both. Some very popular suggestions are listed.
  • Bach - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Pachelbel - Canon in D
  • Wagner - Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin"

(Recessional)
This selection is traditionally upbeat and joyful. There are many options for this part of the ceremony, but the most common requests are listed here.
  • Beethoven - Ode to Joy
  • Clark - Trumpet Voluntary
  • Mendelssohn - Recessional
  • Purcell - Trumpet Tune

(Other Music)
Many people choose to have additional music during the ceremony, whether it be during the lighting of the unity candle or simply a solo between readings. As long as you know when you would like the music played, suitable selections can be made.

(Music Variety)
I can certainly provide all of the music for your ceremony, but many choose to have other instrumentalists or vocalists provide some of the music. I am willing to play as much or as little as you wish because your wedding music should be exactly what you desire.

Echo is an accomplished harpist in Houston, Texas.
Her beautiful music adds elegance to any special occasion.

"The resonance of harp—where words fail, music speaks."

C O N T A C T


Interested in getting more information?
Please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Phone: 832.282.7822
Email: echosharp@gmail.com

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