Nadia Pessoa

Classical Harp from Washington, DC - Will travel up to 300 miles
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Nadia Pessoa is an award-winning harpist with more than 25 years of experience in providing the soundtrack to unforgettable events. As one of the most sought-after harpists in Washington DC, she has performed at the U.S. Capitol, State Department, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

As part of her commitment to her clients, Nadia approaches each event with thoughtful and creative attention, and will personally help you select elegant music that is unique, memorable, and can accommodate any size of event and budget.

Nadia can be seen at VIP events throughout D.C., including the pre-State of the Union Address reception at the State Department and the Inaugural Ball at the Convention Center, where she performed onstage with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. She has also been the featured harpist at Ford's Theatre's Gala at the U.S. Capitol, the Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Center for the Arts Gala, the Horatio Alger Association Awards, and the Smithsonian Campaign's Gala at the National Portrait Gallery.

She served as the harpist for the White House Christmas Party in 2006.

A few of the notable guests she has performed for include: First Lady Michelle Obama, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Condoleezza Rice, Gen. Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Gary Sinise, Matthew Morrison from "Glee," Coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, musical group "The Civil Wars," Chef José Andrés, violinist Joshua Bell, and Michelle Kwan.

Named "Best of The Knot" in 2013, she also regularly performs at leading wedding venues, including the Four Seasons, the Willard Hotel, the Hay-Adams Hotel, Airlie, Restaurant 2941, Evergreen Country Club, and more. She performed for the season finale of "My Fair Wedding" on the WeTV network starring celebrity planner David Tutera, and has been featured in The Knot's Real Weddings, WedLUXE, and Joanna Dee Weddings.

Nadia also regularly performs as an orchestral harpist with the National Philharmonic, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Manassas Ballet Theatre, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Nadia holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and has been on the faculties of Louisiana State University, the Washington Conservatory of Music, and Howard University.

Whether it's an intimate gathering or a large-scale event, Nadia can provide elegant harp music that will elevate and transform your occasion. Her artistry and unique attention to detail ensures that your music will be in the hands of an experienced, trusted professional. She specializes in adapting contemporary and non-classical music for the harp — so if there's a song you love, don't hesitate to ask!
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

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Nadia was absolutely FANTASTIC to work with! She was incredibly professional, responsive, and accommodating of all music requests we had. We ultimately had our ceremony outside at Oatlands in Leesburg, VA, and even with some last minute crazy weather which temporarily changed our location, Nadia was quickly willing to switch spots and get set to play. She is incredibly talented, and was definitely one of the highlights of our wedding day! She has a versatile repertoire of songs that enabled us to pick music that truly reflected us (Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine, The Legend of Zelda), which made our wedding even more special. We would absolutely recommend!

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Nadia was absolutely WONDERFUL to work with from beginning to end. She contacted me shortly after booking to discuss our ceremony and ideas we might have about it. She kept in contact throughout the planning process and was especially helpful in selecting music that was appropriate to our wedding and fitting for our celtic theme. Her playing was MUCH COMPLIMENTED by all our friends and family. She was the PERFECT choice for our venue, the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. I cannot recommend Nadia highly enough. She is warm, friendly, easy to work with and beautifully talented! We are SO HAPPY we included her in our ceremony!

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Nadia Pessoa is a world class harpist, proven by both her resume and her live performance. Our daughter, who was the bride, is also a performing harpist, so when she needed a harpist to perform at her own wedding, she wanted the best. Nadia was asked to perform a pretty challenging repertoire, and did so flawlessly. She also played a duet with the groom's brother, a clarinetist and graduate of the Julliard School. With little time to rehearse together, the duet was a thing of beauty to listen to. There were times I thought I was at a concert rather than a wedding ceremony. Nadia Pessoa is an exceptional talent.

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2017
Nov
12
Wedding Ceremony
Silver Spring, MD
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2017
Aug
5
Wedding Reception
Washington, DC
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Jun
17
Anniversary Party
Clinton, MD
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
May
28
Wedding
Annapolis, MD
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
May
27
Wedding Ceremony
Leesburg, VA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Apr
22
Wedding - Newton White Mansion
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Apr
22
Memorial Service
Vienna, VA
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Air on a G String
J.S. Bach
All I Ask of You
The Phantom of the Opera
Amazing Grace
Traditional
Arioso
Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel
Ave Maria
F. Schubert
Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Here Comes the Bride)
Wagner
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Chasing Cars
Snow Patrol
Claire de Lune
Debussy
Cello
Harp
Flute
Classical Guitar
Celtic Harp
Classical Harp
Classical Flute
Classical Violin
Classical Cello
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Please note Nadia Pessoa will also travel to Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Arlington, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Takoma Park, Adelphi Chillum, Cheverly, College Park, New Carrollton, Riverdale, Suitland, Alexandria, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, District Heights, Oxon Hill, Silver Spring, Temple Hills, Falls Church, Greenbelt, Lanham, Beltsville, Glen Echo, Kensington, Mc Lean, Southern Md Facility, Upper Marlboro.
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