Julie Buzzelli



Julie Buzzelli is a captivating performer appearing regularly as a freelance musician in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

She has over 35 years experience playing wedding ceremonies, receptions, and special events.  The unique soothing sound of the harp adds the perfect finishing touch to any elegant occasion like a corporate event, Christmas open house, birthday brunch, wedding rehearsal dinner, or dinner music for the wedding reception. 

As a chamber musician, she collaborates frequently with other musicians, including guitarists, violinists, flutists, and vocalists.

Also a fine orchestral harpist, Julie is the former principal harpist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and plays with many orchestras in Northwest Ohio and Southeast, Michigan. 

In addition to a demanding performance schedule, she is currently the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Harp at Bowling Green State University and is a sought after teacher with a thriving private studio as well.

Over the past year Julie is proud to have become affiliated with Radiant TV.  As a featured artist she has completed many arrangements of familiar hymn tunes gracefully intermingled with classical pieces of music.  

Wedding FAQs

I live out of state do we have to meet about the music?

No, I don’t usually meet in person about the music. I have a WEDDING MUSIC RECORDING which walks you through the music for the ceremony. There is more music on this recording than I could ever go over in a one-hour meeting. You can listen over and over at your convenience. It also allows you to share the music with other members of the family.

Do you come to the rehearsal?

No, the rehearsal is the time for you and the wedding party to learn when to move and where you should be standing for different portions of the ceremony. The music is unnecessary for the rehearsal and will never be the same twice. I have many years of experience and a few questions about any last minute details can be handled on the day of the wedding when I arrive.

If I decide to have another musician do I have to hire them separately?

No, I work with the finest musicians in the area. If you decide to add another musician, such as flute, I will simply modify the contract to reflect your wishes and take care of the rest.

Can you play Pachelbel’s Canon in D?

Of Course! It makes a great Processional or can be included in the Prelude or Postlude music.

Do you play the traditional wedding marches? What are the traditional wedding marches?

Yes, I can play all of the traditional marches. As processional these are Trumpet Voluntary for the bridesmaids, the Bridal Chorus (“Here comes the bride”) for the bride and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for the recessional.

I really don’t like the traditional wedding marches can you do something else?

Yes, I have many alternative wedding marches on my Wedding Music Recording from which you may choose. You may also have an idea for a special song you would like to have accompany you down the aisle.

I really wanted to walk down the aisle to the sound of the organ in our church. Is that OK with you?

Certainly, I’ve played many weddings where the church organist plays for any part of or all of the processional and recessional.

The organist at my church can’t play a particular song, if I hire you can you play these things?

Yes, I may be able to play them BUT the reason your organist refuses may not be his choice. Many churches have rules about what can or cannot be played in the church. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check with your clergyman as to what is appropriate in their church. For example, some churches will not allow any popular music during the ceremony and others do not allow the music of Wagner (the Bridal Chorus) or Mendelssohn (Wedding March) to be played.

We have a special song we’d like to have played and I don’t see it on your Wedding Music Recording.

If you have a special request, please just ask. My recording does not have every song I’ve ever played. I may have played your favorite pop song before. If not, it may be possible for me to make an arrangement. Not every song is suitable on the harp but if possible, I try to honor requests.

There is a special hymn from our church we’d like to have played during the ceremony, can you play it?

Probably, if it is a hymn for which I don't have the music I will  ask that you provide a piano or organ copy of the music and I will try to make an arrangement for the harp.

My aunt/mother/uncle/sister/friend would like to sing at the ceremony, is that OK?

Surely, this is your special day. Sometimes your special singer may be more comfortable singing with a karaoke-type recording. They have been able to practice with it at home many times. However, I would also be willing to accompany someone if you can provide me with the music.  I can come a little early the day of the ceremony to rehearse with them.

What do you wear?

The musicians I work with and I have been playing for formal events for years and will wear appropriate clothing. We can’t possibly match every bride’s chosen colors but if you would like us to wear a formal ʻconcert blackʼ we would be happy to oblige

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