Check out some of Stephanie's original harp compositions in the videos below.
This piece has a contemplative dream-like feel to it, which is how I thought of the title "Dreaming." The song is recorded in memory of my father, Marshal Brett Hickman, a musician and composer who along with my mother and family encouraged me to pursue music. Some of my fondest memories of my father are of us playing at the shoreline with my little toy boat so I was especially excited to see the footage of the sailboat in the background.
Amongst the Barley
Original composition based on "The Juice of the Barley" by Henry Purcell. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Miller, CMP, VAHTP, on a Legend harp by Heartland Harps.
This recording was made at Highland Park in Pittsburgh, PA on July 1, 2017.
Video recorded with a GoPro Hero 4
Audio captured with a Zoom H4N
This song was written with the sea in mind, so it was an honor to get to play it with ocean waves. The song was recorded at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware in the Gordon's Pond section of the park.
The harp I play in the video is a 36 string Legend carbon fiber harp by Heartland Harps. The song itself is structured loosely and informed by improvisation. This allows the song to be lively and spontaneous like the ocean waves themselves.
This video showcases one of the great features of my harp, its color-changing LED lights. This unique carbon-fiber harp is suited to play for outdoor and indoor events and can be played in any type of lighting to fit the mood of your special event! This video was taken at The Barn at Ligonier Valley (http://www.barnatligoniervalley.com) at a wedding reception. The harp is the 36-string Legend from Heartland Harps (http://www.heartlandharps.com/model-l...)
Angels' Song is a piece I composed while working as a Certified Music Practitioner at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. It is dedicated to all of the patients, families, and staff who have a connection with the facility.
While playing this piece I have heard people describe the song as if they were surrounded by loving arms in a gentle hug, or that angel wings had enfolded them in their loving care. Playing this piece has helped many people relax and fall asleep peacefully in various hospital settings. I have also used this piece for christenings, memorial services, and as a processional for many weddings.
Castle Meditation is a song that I wrote while thinking of the beautiful ruins I saw during my trip to Northern Ireland. It is dedicated to my friends Cathy McKeary and Richard Simpson, natives of Coleraine, Northern Ireland, whom I met through Ulster Project Delaware. Cathy and Richard graciously welcomed me into their respective homes for an amazing trip abroad, which I will always cherish. For more information about the Ulster Project, please visit the Ulster Project International website: www.ulsterproject.org.
When I play Castle Meditation I envision a bard playing the harp for a gathering in a great stone hall. The 3/4 portion of this tune can be played at a faster tempo as a dance piece. It can also be played with a slower tempo to enhance the tune's meditative qualities.
Here is one of Stephanie's original compositions, Waterfall Waltz. It was recorded atop Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park, PA.
This song is an original piece of music that Stephanie composed while playing bedside harp music at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The video was recorded at Rehoboth Beach, DE. It is posted in honor of the International Day of Peace.
This song is dedicated two wonderful women who have supported my musical endeavors: my grandmother-in-law, Mémère Jeanne Bernard Ferron, and my grandfather’s cousin, Violet McMillan.