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Onita Sanders
Detroit, Michigan 48224
United States
Metro Area: Detroit
Booking and Information
Telephone: 313-881-8358
Fax: 313-881-3405
Email: onitasanders@yahoo.com

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Genres:

  • Classical
  • Standard
  • Pop
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Folk/Ethnic
  • Broadway
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • Inspirational

Categories:

  • Harpist
  • Singer
  • Entertainer
  • Arranger
  • Performance Educator

Harps:

  • Pedal Harp
  • Acoustic-Electronic Harp
  • Folk Harp
Local Travel: 900 miles
International Gigs: Yes

Performing Since:

1980

Also Provide Music Group: Yes
Available with Harp: Voice
Description:

A contemporary harpist and singer, Onita Sanders is a visual and aural delight. Her vast and eclectic repertoire, is expertly performed either on a ebony, blond, gold, or folk harp. From 2 (for a romantic dinner) to 2000 (for a museum holiday party) all have been enthralled by her music on the acoustic to acoustic-electronic harp. Her tasteful handling of rhythm and special-effects, can make her sound like a trio. Whether it is 150 feet in the air at a marina or in the largest hall, amplification is always available for herself as well as the client. Her love for playing in or outdoors, her engaging personality, her beautiful and embracing lyric voice, all combine to make her a favorite with those who have been charmed by her music.

Biography:

Onita Sanders graduated from Cass Technical High School. She received a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University. Onita has received formal training in harp from Velma Froude and Harvi Griffin, voice from Celeste Cole and Avery Crew, piano from Julius Chajas and Albert Filmore, and jazz from Bess Bonnier and Matt Michaels. An accomplished musician, Onita is listed as a Performing Educator with Wolf Trap Early Education, Omniarts in Education, and Young Audiences of Michigan. Onita has been honored as one of the outstanding women in music by the Top Ladies of Distinction Organization. She has performed for various events including Kalamazoo New Years Fest, Pinecrest Children's Concert Series, and the Black History Celebration at Nothwood University & Mott Community College. Onita is the featured Harpist for Aretha Franklin's "I'll Fly Away" on Arista Records Tribute to Princess Diana.

Repertoire Sample:

My vast repertoire is constantly being enlarged. A sample list and Demo CD is available upon request.

Listen to Audio Samples:
CEREMONY
WAGNER- Bridal Chorus - "Lohengrin"
PACHELBEL- Canon in D
SCHUBERT- Ave Maria - Harp & Voice
BACH- Sarabande, Etude No.3
BEETHOVEN - Ode to Joy
RECEPTION
FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE- Acoustic/electric harp and rhythm
LOVING YOU- Acoustic/electric harp
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU- Acoustic/electric harp and rhythm
Desired Events:  
  • Anniversary
  • Awards Night
  • Bachelor Party
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Banquet
  • Birthday
  • Casino
  • Christening
  • Christmas Party
  • Church
  • Club
  • Coffee Shop
  • Community Event
  • Concerts
  • Convention
  • Corporate Function
  • Country Club
  • Cruise Ship
  • Dinner Dance
  • Educational Assemblies
  • Festival
  • Fund Raiser
  • Funeral
  • Graduation Party
  • Grand Opening
  • Hotel
  • Movie Soundtrack
  • Picnic
  • Private Party
  • Prom
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Reunion
  • Shower
  • Ski Lodge
  • Studio Session
  • Temple
  • TV Soundtrack
  • Wedding
  • Other
 Price:

Pricing varies according to distance, number and type of shows, etc. Call for details.

Photo Gallery
 
Audio
CEREMONY
WAGNER- Bridal Chorus - "Lohengrin"
PACHELBEL- Canon in D
SCHUBERT- Ave Maria - Harp & Voice
BACH- Sarabande, Etude No.3
BEETHOVEN - Ode to Joy
       RECEPTION
FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE- Acoustic/electric harp and rhythm
LOVING YOU- Acoustic/electric harp
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU- Acoustic/electric harp and rhythm
Reviews

"Thank you for your outstanding performance. Everyone enjoyed the concert and the eclectic choice of songs."

Sharon Gaspas Goldenberg
Jewish Community Center

"Thank you for your wonderful talent and beautiful harp playing. Our guest commented to us how great you were. Thank you for making our wedding as perfect as we wanted."

Amanda & Brian LaVoie

"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performance during the Cancer Survivors' Celebration. Your rendition of 'Danny Boy'...and the vocal accompaniment...well, I needed to repair my mascara."

Janet Applebee
William Beaumont Hospital

Platinum - February 15, 2010
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