I grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. My harp career was ordained at birth. When I was born, my mother was in the maternity ward with a harpist, and they became good friends afterwards. When I expressed an interest in playing a musical instrument my mother nudged me in the direction of her harpist friend, Virginia Robbins, and my harping career began.
After I learned enough music to play more than 10 minutes, I played for bank openings, talent shows, The March of Dimes telethon, weddings, and Sunday brunch at the Dow Hotel in Freeport, Texas. I also accompanied my high school choir for Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.” I did not major in music in college but I did play with the band and orchestra.
I taught biology in public schools for 21 years and my harp became a very pretty conversation piece in the living room. Upon ending my career as a biology teacher I once again turned to the harp as a serious vocation. I am now a free-lance harpist in the Central Texas area (Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Gatesville, Temple, Salado, Cameron, Burnet, Marble Falls) where I play for weddings, receptions, dinners, and church services. I have also played with the high school choirs in the area and occasionally play with a semi-professional symphony and a college orchestra. I have also played for events in Waco, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. I am a member of the American Harp Society chapter in Austin and am in that organization’s harp ensemble. I am also a member of the World Harp Congress and the Suzuki Association of America.
The backyard is perfect for small gatherings. Brides have setup tables on the back patio and in the lawn. With our large gate, food trucks, photo booths and more are able to have easy access.
Day Of Wedding
A lot of venues in downtown Waco do not have a large, private area for brides to get ready with their bridesmaids. The Halet House is the perfect solution. Brides love the stay the night the night before their big day, have rehearsal in the backyard and wake up the next morning to enjoy mimosas and breakfast. Brides have plenty of room to get ready in our large bedrooms, kitchen and living room.
The space features modern architecture with vintage elements that showcases images of Waco’s rich history. From built in china cabinets, 20 foot tall windows, beautiful beams, vintage paintings, historical photos of waco, European antiques and more! You won’t want to miss the beautiful mural painted by a local artist on the back of the house!