Harpist Marilyn Wienand, Ph.D

Ms. Marilyn Wienand holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ, a Masters and Doctorate in Voice and has taught music on the college level for many years. She has been an organist and choirmaster of several churches. She performs widely in North Carolina with church orchestras, for weddings, receptions, parties and other events.

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Marilyn Wienand has been a musician all her life. She has studied in Vienna, Austria, and holds degrees in organ and voice, with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was a college professor in voice and class piano for many years. She began playing the harp in 1990 and now makes that the major focus of her life.  She owns a beautiful Salvi Aurora pedal harp, a Salvi Egan lever harp and also a 22 string lap harp which Karl built for her.

Marilyn performs widely in North Carolina with church orchestras, for weddings, receptions, parties and other events.  Playing the harp professionally is a great joy to her.

Ms. Wienand specializes in providing harp music for weddings, bringing expertise, elegance and musical flow to the wedding ceremony.  She will provide a customized musical program for a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or other wedding related event in a style of your choice–classical, jazz, pop, Irish Celtic. “I love playing weddings. It is my intention that my harp music help create an elegant and sacred atmosphere for the ceremony. I enjoy watching the ceremony and sensing the mystical change that takes place as the bride and groom are united in the sacrament of marriage.”–Marilyn

In 1995 Ms. Wienand began playing the harp for people in hospice, hospital and nursing homes. She played original music that had been composed by her late husband, Karl, specifically for these therapeutic situations.  Marilyn has always been interested in healing, and the harp was a natural for her to use in her healing work with people who are ill or dying. People seem to receive a real blessing from her music.  When she played the harp for hospice patients she saw amazing benefits, such as a group of Alzheimer patients becoming quiet and calm, and a very old man in a coma becoming conscious for a few hours in order to tell his family goodbye.

“Marilyn played at our wedding and was great! The venue was out of town and we had no hang ups when dealing with her. She was very professional and her experience was proven on the wedding day. Highly recommended!”
– Lisa H

“Marilyn is an extremely talented musician who adapts her playlist to your preferences. She is kind, professional, and easy to work with. At my parent’s 50th wedding celebration, her harp music was the highlight of the event!  I would recommend her to anyone and hope that I have the opportunity to work with her again.”
–Anna King

“Marilyn made our May wedding at Duke Gardens a true fairy tale. Her music is so delicate and mellifluous, her personality so serene, and her professionalism very re-assuring to the nervous bride and groom! From the planning process to the actual day, she is such a pleasure to work with. We feel so fortunate to have had her beautiful music as the background for getting married! We will always remember the beauty and calmness of the ceremony, thanks to her talent. Thank you, Marilyn, for being the perfect wedding musician anybody could dream of!”
– Hyejin L

“Dear Dr. Wienand, Thank you so much for your beautiful playing at our wedding ceremony.  I have had many comments from guests who found it transcendent.  You really helped set a magical mood for our small, garden wedding.
 Shannon and Ian

“Marilyn, We wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so wonderfully beautiful. The harp was ethereal, just as we had imagined. We so appreciate you being a part of making our day just that much more special! Bless you
 Heather and Brian Markley

“Dr. Wienand, Thank you for the important role you played in the 2008 gala for the Mount Olive College Society. Your music was beautiful. We received several comments on “the wonderful harpist.”
 Chris Wood

“Everyone has commented on how wonderful you played at my daughter’s wedding. Your beautiful music helped to soothe everyone’s pre-wedding jitters, and set the mood for a magical wedding.”
Gale Roy

“Marilyn stayed in contact the weeks before the wedding to make sure everything was exactly as I wanted. The day of, she arrived and set-up promptly. Her musical ability on the harp and the songs were so beautiful, they gave me ‘chills’. Everyone wanted to know where I found her!!!”
Wendy A, Bahama, NC 

I just had to write you and let you know how wonderful I thought your playing at my daughter’s wedding was. Everyone that I have talked with said it was so magical and the sound of the harp just set the mood. It was absolutely beautiful. You helped make the wedding that my daughter has always dreamed of and for that I just say “Thank you and God bless.”

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