Linda Smith - Wedding Pianist in Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA

I have always been passionate about music. From an early age I was influenced by my grandfather, an accomplished musician, and showed a great deal of talent. It was his reminder to me to always play to “touch the heartstrings” that gave Notes of Celebration its tag line.  I am so thankful t0 God that I can build a career with the musical talents he has given me!!

How It All Began

Linda Smith, our wedding pianist in Vancouver, WAAs a teen I was called upon to play the organ and piano at Sunday services (and I still do today!) and the music has never stopped. Throughout the years I have played for family and friends at their events, as an accompanist in community theater, and have taught hundreds of students, both in the public school system and through private piano lessons.

With a deep faith in God and a desire to honor the gifts He’s blessed me with, I stepped away from my teaching career and into a full time professional musical career, launching Notes of Celebration in 2002. Since starting the business I've experienced a happiness and satisfaction best expressed as “joy given, joy received.” I'm fulfilled most by seeing the joy and peace that music can bring to others and in the connection I establish with my audiences and fellow performers. That, and the magic that happens when clients have specific music in mind for their event and I'm able to provide it. The flexibility that my music career offers has also enabled me to make deeper connections with friends and family and to give back some of my time through church ministries.

Linda's Personal Story

I am a native of the Northwest and hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s from Pacific University in Forest Grove. My maiden name is Eggiman, and I grew up on the Eggiman homestead. The family business was raising chickens and selling chicks and eggs… of course! I live in the family home to this day and my children are the 5th generation to live in the home.

When planning my own wedding, I knew that I wanted the ceremony full of music.  I spent hours putting together a number of music play-lists,  finally settling on music that I loved, music that reminded me of how much I loved my husband-t0-be, music that honored my faith and belief in God, music that honored my parents.  (Part of my parent's wedding vows were taken from Ruth's words to Naomi, "Whither thou goest I will go……"  So I had my uncle and aunt sing that song as a duet!).

It would have been so much easier had I worked with another musician who shared my love of music and could have helped me narrow down my list much quicker than I did.  I would love to do that for YOU as you plan the music for the magical wedding day you have always dreamed of!  (I had so much joy and delight at my own wedding that when it was over I said to my new husband, "Let's do it again!"  He looked at me like a deer caught in the headlights!)  The music that I had chosen had a great deal to do with my joy and relaxation during the ceremony.

I also have a deep commitment to servanthood, having participated in four mission trips and hosted international students. I  enjoy hiking, theater, and reading. My husband, Tony, and I have been married 44  years and have a daughter, Kimberly; a son, Christopher;  and a 4 year-old grandson, Quinton Legend.  

Around Town

I have performed at the following venues for weddings and events in the in the Greater Portland Area.

Weddings
Abernathy Center
Amadeus Manor
Ambridge Event Center
Baker Pioneer Church
Benson Hotel
Embassy Suites
Hillsboro Cultural Arts Center
Kingstad Center
Montinore Vineyards
Oaks Pioneer Church
Pittock Mansion
River Place
The Grotto
The Water Oasis
Tiffany Center
Eliot Center
McMenamins Hotel Oregon
Rock Creek Country Club
Chinook Winds Casino
  The Old Church
The Reserve Golf Club
Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood
Ainsworth House and Gardens
Angelina's Canby Pioneer Chapel
Chelsea Ballroom
The Hilton Hotel
The Sentinel Hotel
Heathman Hotel
Heathman Lodge, Vancouver
Jenkins Estates
MAC Club
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
Portland Golf Club
World Forestry Center
Bridal Veil Lakes
Kennedy School
Hillsboro Cultural Arts Center
Fairgate Inn, Camas WA
  First Congregational United Church of Christ
Old Laurelhurst Church
Portland Golf Club
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
The Academy Chapel
The Melody Ballroom
The Oregon Golf Club
The Treasury Ballroom
The Bell Tower Chapel
World Trade Center 
Columbia Edgewater
Portland University Club
Portland Spirit
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom
Lakeside Garden
Atrium at Montgomery Park
Wooden Shoe Gardens
Insomnia Coffee

Other Occasions

I have also provided piano entertainment for retirement homes, been a go-to accompanist for high school musicals, community theater, vocalists and soloists and performed as the organist for churches and weddings.

Want to Hear Linda Perform?

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