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Ted Nichelson, Harpist For Southern California

Harp from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 70 miles
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Bring a unique touch to your special event with the elegance and beauty of live harp music! Harpist and pianist Ted Nichelson is one of the most hired professional musicians in Southern California, with over 20 years of experience performing at more than 1,500 events, ceremonies, concerts, and recitals in California, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. He is available as a solo harpist and also offers a harp/flute or harp/violin duo and a harp/flute/cello trio. His musical talent has brought a touch of class to weddings, receptions, funerals, bar mitzvahs, corporate functions, office parties, school presentations, and holiday programs throughout the United States.

Ted Nichelson earned a Doctor of Arts degree in Harp Performance and Music Education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a Master of Music degree in Harp from the University of Michigan. Ted also received a Bachelor of Music in Harp from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honorary society. Currently, he is a freelance harpist in Hollywood, California and serves Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.

Ted has performed for hundreds of special events and functions throughout Southern California since 2004 at venues such as Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Peninsula and Montage Hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Forest Lawn, and Hollywood Forever. Television cameos playing the harp include True Blood (HBO), Honey Do (TLC), Tool Academy (VH1) and The Lazy Environmentalist (Sundance Channel) in addition to the feature film Young, Single and Angry.

Solo appearances with the Illinois Wesleyan University String Ensemble included the Handel B-flat Harp Concerto, Danses Sacrée et Profane by Claude Debussy, and Féerie: Prélude et Danse by Marcel Tournier. He also performed the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with the IWU Chamber Singers and Hymns to the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst with the Ball State University Women's Chorus.

He served as a harpist in the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Illinois State University Symphony, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras in the Metro-Detroit and Indianapolis areas. His primary teachers include Martha Burwell, Lynne Aspnes, and Elizabeth Richter. Ted has also studied harp with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School (Camden, Maine), Alice Spero Keene of the University of Illinois, and Ruth Myers of Eastern Michigan University. He served as a harp teaching assistant at both the University of Michigan and Ball State University, and taught harp on the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University. Ted also has numerous solo and guest performances to his credit and played regularly for church services at College Avenue United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana and First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ted earned a graduate degree in Musicology from Illinois State University and a portion of his research was published in the Winter, 2000 issue of The American Harp Journal, a scholarly music periodical. He also teaches piano professionally and maintained large studios in both Ann Arbor, Michigan and Muncie, Indiana. Ted is a member of the American Harp Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

In 2007 he received a "Pioneer Hall of Fame" award from University High School, Illinois State University.

He performs frequently with Sara Andon, Professor of Flute at the University of Redlands, and Vicki Bacon, Cellist in the Long Beach Symphony. They are also available to perform at your next event.
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Ted is always on time and very professional. We'll use him for every event we have.

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Ted delighted and surprised us with a wonderful playlist! I know I requested some less popular songs but he was able to play them and I was so happy to know my husband recognized all the songs. It was lovely! We enjoyed it so much! I hired Ted to play for our 20th year anniversary and although it was only us two who danced and listened, he played like a professional. Thank you, Ted!

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Ted was professional, friendly, and accommodating the moment I contacted him to the day of the wedding. He responded to my questions and concerns quickly, and had great customer service! He made me feel at ease throughout the entire time planning and delivered on the day of the wedding. We are so happy we found Ted!

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Baby Shower
El Segundo, CA
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Dec
10
Christmas Party
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7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Dec
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Corporate Function
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5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Wedding
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7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Wedding Ceremony
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Wedding Reception
Stanton, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
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20
Private Party
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Oct
16
Private Party
Playa Vista, CA
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Oct
9
Wedding Ceremony
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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7
Wedding Ceremony
Long Beach, CA
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
2016
Sep
28
Private Party
Pasadena, CA
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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24
Wedding Ceremony
Thousand Oaks, CA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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All I Ask of You
Angels We Have Heard on High
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First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Ted Nichelson, Harpist For Southern California will also travel to Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Bell, Hollywood, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montebello, South Gate, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Willowbrook, Compton, La Canada, Montrose, North Hollywood.
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