Marilyn Wienand, Harpist


About Marilyn

Dr. Marilyn Wienand has been a musician all her life. She has studied in Vienna, Austria, and holds degrees in organ and voice, with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was a college professor in voice and class piano for many years. She has been a organist and Choirmaster of several churches. She began playing the harp in 1990 and now makes that the major focus of her life. She owns a beautiful Salvi Aurora pedal harp, a Salvi Egan lever harp and also a 22 string lap harp which her husband built for her.

Marilyn performs widely in North Carolina with church orchestras, for weddings, receptions, parties and other events. Playing the harp professionally is a great joy to her and is a major part of her life. She especially enjoys adding elegance and sacred space through harp.

Marilyn has always been interested in healing, and the harp was a natural for her to use in her healing work with people who are ill or dying. She volunteered at the Hospice unit of a large hospital in Charlotte, and for her local Hospice group, and often played in people's homes. People received a real blessing from her music. Much of the therapeutic music Marilyn played was written by her husband Karl. In fact he wrote this beautiful harp music because Marilyn desired to have more things to play in the therapeutic situation. She has not been playing therapeutic harp in recent years because after Karl passed away in 1999 she felt too sad to do this work. Instead, she is focusing her healing work on an alternative therapy called BodyTalk.