Celisa Christine Gutierrez is a harpist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her playing is marked by its clear tones, rich harmonies, and deep musical color. She focuses on music that provides warmth and resonance; playing beautiful music is always her goal. Her classical harp training includes a thorough study of the Salzedo technique and draws on the repertoire of French Romantic and Impressionistic music.
Some of Celisa’s most notable performances include competing in the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in Paris, presenting degree recitals at Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan, and concerto performances with the Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer High School Orchestra, and Dexter Community Orchestra. She has a growing private studio based in Ann Arbor and runs multiple harp summer camps. In April 2018, she will earn her Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Michigan.
There have been many inspiring moments that affirmed her decision to become a professional musician, and one of the most recent was her experience of singing sacred music while in Lourdes, France. While on a spiritual pilgrimage, she heard thousands of pilgrims singing the same song together in many different languages. This inspired Celisa to promote the beauty of sacred music as a unifying and healing force. She has since expanded her performance venues to include the choir loft, church sanctuary, and spaces of healing such as hospices, hospitals, and nursing facilities. She feels most at home as an artist when expressing the beauty of her Catholic faith in her music.
Immaculate Heart is Celisa’s first album.