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Ted Nichelson

Ted Nichelson earned a Doctor of Arts degree in Harp Performance and Music Education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a Master of Music degree in Harp from the University of Michigan. He also received a Bachelor of Music in Harp from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honorary society. Currently, he is a freelance harpist in Hollywood, California and serves Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.

Ted Nichelson performances

Ted Nichelson has performed for hundreds of special events and functions throughout Southern California since 2004 at venues such as Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Peninsula and Montage Hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Forest Lawn, and Hollywood Forever. Television cameos playing the harp include True Blood (HBO), Honey Do (TLC), Tool Academy (VH1) and The Lazy Environmentalist (Sundance Channel) in addition to the feature film Young, Single and Angry.

Solo appearances with the Illinois Wesleyan University String Ensemble included the Handel B-flat Harp Concerto, Danses Sacrée et Profane by Claude Debussy, and Féerie: Prélude et Danse by Marcel Tournier. Ted Nichelson also performed the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with the IWU Chamber Singers and Hymns to the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst with the Ball State University Women's Chorus.

Ted Nichelson served as a harpist in the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Illinois State University Symphony, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras in the Metro-Detroit and Indianapolis areas. His primary teachers include Martha Burwell, Lynne Aspnes, and Elizabeth Richter. He has also studied harp with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School (Camden, Maine), Alice Spero Keene of the University of Illinois, and Ruth Myers of Eastern Michigan University.

Ted Nichelson served as a harp teaching assistant at both the University of Michigan and Ball State University, and taught harp on the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University. He also has numerous solo and guest performances to his credit and played regularly for church services at College Avenue United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana and First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ted Nichelson degree

He earned a graduate degree in Musicology from Illinois State University and a portion of his research was published in the Winter, 2000 issue of The American Harp Journal, a scholarly music periodical. Ted Nichelson also teaches piano professionally and maintained large studios in both Ann Arbor, Michigan and Muncie, Indiana. He is a member of the American Harp Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

In 2007 Ted Nichelson received a "Pioneer Hall of Fame" award from University High School, Illinois State University.

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22 responses to “Ted Nichelson”

  1. Sarah and Peter says:

    Thank you so much for being a part of our beautiful wedding yesterday. We were so overwhelmed by your wonderful music. – Sarah and Peter, 11/2/14, Malibu, CA

  2. Andrew and Shannon says:

    EVERYONE loved you! They thought your version of Stairway to Heaven was phenomenal and that you were very professional and a wonderful musician!! You made my day when I heard When You Wish Upon a Star! Thank you, thank you for all your hard work! – Andrew and Shannon, 8/23/14, Azusa, CA

  3. Stephanie says:

    Yesterday’s event was perfect. I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful music that contributed to my mom’s memorial. She would have been so honored and proud. You were very personable and a pleasure to work with. I thank you for making this a memorable event for my family and me. Thank you. – Stephanie, 7/26/14, Beverly Hills, CA

  4. Erick says:

    Once again I wanted to take the time out to tell you how wonderful you were. Professional, punctual and you just made the room relax with your harp playing. It was just perfect for the service and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Erick, 7/16/14, Inglewood, CA

  5. Cathy and David says:

    Thank you very much for blessing us with your talent this past Saturday. It was an honor to have you perform at our Wedding, we are forever grateful! – Cathy and David, 6/7/14, Torrance, CA

  6. Veronica and Ray says:

    Thank you so much for making our day extra special. – Veronica and Ray, 5/3/14, Anaheim, CA

  7. Adam says:

    He was early, prepared, and amazing. Book him!!! – Adam, 4/19/14, Pasadena, CA

  8. Lane says:

    Perfection. Professionalism, communication, promptness, quality of performance – all perfect. A memorable part of my mother’s memorial service. Would hire him again without hesitation. – Lane, 4/6/14, Culver City, CA

  9. Christine says:

    I just wanted to thank you, again, for playing harp at my wedding. It was beautiful!! Just how I dreamed my wedding to be. Thanks for being so awesome!! – Christine, 10/12/13, Whittier, CA

  10. Jiyoung and Daniel says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful music, your professionalism, your patience, and your willingness to go the extra mile to make our wedding day extra special. We appreciate you greatly! – Jiyoung and Daniel – 2/9/13, Fullerton, CA

  11. Claire says:

    The sounds of your beautiful harp will always resonate in our hearts – Claire, 2/9/13, Covina, CA

  12. Rod says:

    I wanted to thank you for the lovely job you did performing at my Mother’s Celebration of Life today. Your music was beautiful and your professionalism was perfect! – Rod, 2/2/13, Long Beach, CA

  13. Sara and Scotty says:

    Everyone was so happy to enjoy your melodies and I do think Für Elise down the aisle was as epic as planned. Thank you so much for playing at our wedding! – Sara and Scotty, 12/12/12, Topanga, CA

  14. Brett and Julie says:

    Thank you very much for the lovely harp music at our wedding. We appreciate your professionalism and your music was beautiful, adding just the right touch of class to our wedding. – Brett and Julie, 7/12/12, Balboa, CA

  15. Erika says:

    Dominic and I heard from our guests that you were AMAZING during the reception. During the ceremony you were fantastic And we truly appreciate everything. Thank you again for EVERYTHING!!! – Erika, 6/30/12, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

  16. Cheryl says:

    Thank you again to you and Sara for the exceptional music you provided for my daughter’s wedding yesterday afternoon. I received many compliments about the music. It was very evident you both have had many years of study, practice and performance. – Cheryl, 6/2/12, Upland, CA

  17. Jamie says:

    It was a pleasure working with you this summer. Thank you for your beautiful music during our orientation event! Our new students really enjoyed it! – Jamie, 8/25/11, Chapman University

  18. Vida says:

    There are no words to describe how wonderful Ted is from day one Ted worked together to make an amazing night to remember forever. His professionalism matched his amazing skills. Thank you Ted for everything !! – Vida, 10/9/16, North Hollywood, CA

  19. Suzanne says:

    Ted delighted and surprised us with a wonderful playlist! I know I requested some less popular songs but he was able to play them and I was so happy to know my husband recognized all the songs. It was lovely! We enjoyed it so much! I hired Ted to play for our 20th year anniversary and although it was only us two who danced and listened, he played like a professional. Thank you, Ted! – Suzanne, 9/28/16, Pasadena, CA

  20. Amy says:

    Ted was professional, friendly, and accommodating the moment I contacted him to the day of the wedding. He responded to my questions and concerns quickly, and had great customer service! He made me feel at ease throughout the entire time planning and delivered on the day of the wedding. We are so happy we found Ted!- Amy, 9/24/16, Thousand Oaks, CA

  21. Jennifer says:

    Ted was beyond terrific to work with… He was always incredibly prompt in returning all emails and answering any questions that arose. He proactively reached out to my “day of coordinator” to discuss final logistics with her so that I could focus on whatever other wedding items I had at hand. Ted played absolutely beautifully and we received so many compliments on the ceremony music throughout the night. My only regret is that I didn’t get to hear more of him playing! He is an absolute professional and we can’t thank him enough for being such an integral part of making our ceremony so very memorable. – Jennifer, 9/3/16, Calabasas, CA

  22. Marina says:

    Impressed with the Music List selections he provided and it was very enjoyable. I am very happy that Ted Nichelson played so beautifully and extremely easy to discuss questions, preparations and overall we will be in touch with him for many events to come. Our guests really loved his performance. – Marina H., 9/2/16, Brea, CA

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