Emily Goins, Harpist


Harp Emily is a classically trained harpist in Hartford City, Indiana with over 10 years of experience performing for a variety of events. She loves providing beautiful harp music in a broad selection of styles for weddings, restaurants, churches, receptions, and other special occasions. She works to find the perfect selection of music that will match each setting and event. In addition to providing harp music, Emily is also a classically trained pianist and organist.

For more information on booking Emily for your event, see Services 


At her first piano lesson at the age of three, Emily Goins discovered something that would quickly become a predominating fascination: music. After years of asking to play the harp, that dream also became a reality and has become a lifelong passion. An active freelance harpist for over 10 years, she has presented over 13 community harp concerts, presented many educational performances at schools, and played for numerous weddings, dinners, and other special events.

Emily received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, with a major in Harp Performance and minors in Piano and German in 2014, and received her Master of Music degree in Harp Performance from the University of Michigan in December of 2015. She was a three time participant in Texas All-State and was named a Young Master by the Texas Commission on the Arts. She has also received the Kathrin Fouse Award and the Salzedo Prize from the American Harp Society. In 2011 she won first prize in the Jan Pennington National Harp Scholarship Competition, and in 2012 she placed first in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. In 2013 she was a winner of the Ball State Undergraduate Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of the Gliere Concerto for Harp with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and was a participant in the Anne Adams national harp competition in 2014.


Traditional Wedding & Classical

  • Canon in D-Pachelbel
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring-Bach
  • Trumpet Voluntary-Purcell
  • Trumpet Tune-Purcell
  • Arioso-Bach
  • Ave Maria-Schubert
  • Prelude in C-Bach
  • Ode to Joy-Beethoven
  • The Prayer-Foster
  • First Arabesque-Debussy
  • Clair de Lune-Debussy
  • Largo-Dvorak
  • Adagio from the Moonlight Sonata-Beethoven
  • Aria-Handel
  • Maid with the Flaxen Hair-Debussy
  • Reverie-Debussy
  • Impromptu-Faure
  • Priere-Delmas

Popular & Jazz Selections:

  • A Thousand Years
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • God Bless the Broken Road
  • Can't Help Falling in Love
  • Faded
  • All of Me
  • I'm Yours
  • Love Me Tender
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • What a Wonderful World
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Tea for Two
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Time after Time
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Moonglow

Movie & Musical Selections

  • Only Hope (A Walk to Remember)
  • Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman (Frozen)
  • All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Falling Slowly (Once)
  • Into the West (Lord of the Rings)
  • Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
  • Love Theme from the Godfather
  • Something There (Beauty & the Beast)
  • Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
  • One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)
  • Memory (Cats)
  • My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  • Through the Eyes of Love (Ice Castles)

Sacred & Celtic Selections

  • Amazing Grace
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • O Perfect Love
  • As the Deer
  • Be Still, My Soul
  • In the Garden
  • Danny Boy
  • Arise, My Love
  • Castle of Dromore
  • The Water is Wide/The Gift of Love
  • The Last Rose of Summer


Live harp music is a beautiful complement to a wide range of events and settings, including:

And more!

For more information about pricing or available services, email Emily at emilymariecg@gmail.com.


Emily currently offers private harp and piano lessons through Arts Place Portland and Blackford County Arts Center. For more information visit www.artsland.org.


"Over the years I have watched Emily grow into a lovely young woman. She has been playing her harp here at The Turtle Restaurant for five or six years. It has been a delight to see her become the accomplished harpist that she is today. I highly recommend her to play at any event whether it is for a wedding, an evening of Irish folk music or classical or show tunes."

-Mary Stanley, President
The Turtle Enoteca, LTD
The Turtle Restaurant
Brownwood, TX

"I just wanted to thank you again for joining us at the Global Disciples banquet. Many commented on the music played-you were the perfect fit! What a gift you were able to share! We will have to reach out for future events."

-Addie Moran
Events Coordinator
Global Disciples

"I haven’t even had coffee yet, because I had to tell you how much we appreciated you playing your harp last night. You were WONDERFUL! You just made the evening so beautiful for everyone and we thank you so much. You were the icing on the cake!"

-Jim and Julie Forcum

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When planning a wedding, music is one of many important details that can easily seem overwhelming! Below I have provided a sample framework of a wedding ceremony with some music sugggestions to use as a recourse when planning your own special day.

Prelude: Typically 20-30 minutes of music as guests are arriving. This can be a place for special songs that you don't want to include in the ceremony itself. Often the bride and groom will simply select one or two musical styles they prefer; it is not necessary to select each specific song (unless you want to!). Examples of musical styles include classical, popular love songs, sacred, celtic, and Disney love songs.

Seating of the Family: Some weddings include a formal seating of mothers, grandmothers, or other family members.
Music suggestions: Classical-Ave Maria (Schubert), Arioso (Bach), Largo (Dvorak)
Popular-Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis), What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Bridesmaids/Attendants Processional: The entrance of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers, flower girls, and any other attendants. This is also often when the groom and minister will enter.
Music suggestions: Classical-Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach), Aria (Handel), Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Popular-Love Me Tender (Elvis), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)

Bridal Processional: The entrance of the bride!
Music suggestions: Classical- Canon in D (Pachelbel), Prelude in C (Bach), Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Popular- Thousand Years (Christina Perri), Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)

Unity Ceremony: Sometimes there is a short song to accompany the lighting of a unity candle, a handfasting ceremony, or any other moment during the ceremony itself.
Music suggestions: Classical-The Prayer (Foster), O Perfect Love (Gurney), Largo (Dvorak)
Popular-Amazing Grace (Newton), One Hand, One Heart (Webber)

Recessional: The newly married couple head back down the aisle, followed by the attendents, family members, and guests.
Music suggestions: Classical-Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell), Trumpet Tune (Purcell), Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Popular-I'm Yours (Jason Mraz), All of Me (John Legend)