Rhonda with Joy
Beach wedding with harp music

About:

Joy Zahner studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She is a musician, music educator, workshop leader and harpist for weddings.

Intent on studying an ‘instrument with a difference’ I Joy was drawn to the harp.

“I studied harp with Una Morgan, piano (Kevin Power) and composition (John Gilfedder). I learnt very quickly to be part of ensembles and orchestras which was challenging but exhilarating.”

Joy continues to search for new and interesting ways to teach and encourage students to listen & enjoy the music they are making. Learn more about her lessons  and workshops.

Testimonials

Dear Joy,
On behalf of my husband Bradley, we would like to thank you for the beautiful music you played at our wedding ceremony in Cairns on the 30th October 2010. The harp sounded absolutely beautiful. We were so lucky that you were available for us on our special day. Living in Brisbane I found you were just wonderful to deal with via the phone and up to date emails. I would highly recommend you for any special occasion as the music that you played for us was sensational. I also especially like to thank you for taking the time to learn a very special song that you played as part of our ceremony.
Rhonda Carroll (Lauder)
“It was such a pleasure having you play at our wedding and although we knew you would be great, you not only blew us away but all the guests with your beautiful music. I can’t wait to see the video of the ceremony and will hear the music again.
With all that was happening on the day it was lovely that we did not have to think about the finer details as your transition from inside the church to outside was perfect. All the guests commented on how lovely your music was as the majority had not heard a harp before and were very pleasantly surprised…
Christie & Adam
“Thank you so much for making our ceremony, truly magical with your beautiful music.

It was so lovely to have your music to complement the ceremony. We really enjoyed it and had so many positive comments from our guests too. It was very calming and set the scene and mood for guests prior to the bride’s arrival.

On a personal note you were such a pleasure to deal with and I really appreciated your assistance prior to the wedding day, and the time you took to assist me with the selection of musical pieces for all the different sections of the ceremony – thank you!!”

Sarah and Brenton, Palm Cove, 2009
Your playing on the day was absolutely delightful. Almost all of our guests came up to us specifically to say how wonderful they thought you were. The feedback from the guests was that your playing was not only beautiful, but they loved that you involved them … and also loved that you continued to play well past the end of the ceremony and until the last guest had left the beach.

It wasn’t until Rob and I got to watch our wedding video that I was truly able to appreciate your playing and thought it was absolutely lovely.

Rob & Emma, Thala Beach 2009
We do want to say that the music you played for us on our wedding day was so beautiful!! When you watch the video that my friend did, you really notice the music and how lovely it was. Once again, thank you so much Joy, for making our special day so memorable.
Mel and Scott., Paradise Palms 2008
We cannot recommend you and your talented playing to enough people! Thank you once again. We had such a beautiful day and your heavenly music made the atmosphere all the more wonderful. Family and friends loved the music and even Rudd is a harp convert!
Susie & Rudd - Port Douglas July 2008
Thank you for playing at our wedding. It certainly made it a fairytale wedding reception…the music set the mood perfectly. Just fantastic…many thanks again.
Belinda and Steve - Palm Cove Sept 2008