Bethany Barber

Wedding Singer in Cologne, Germany

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Every couple is unique. That’s why it’s important to me to work with you to find the perfect songs to provide just the right musical accompaniment for your special day. Are you looking for a touch of classical elegance? We can do that. Pop songs in English or German? No problem. Classic gospel songs or hymns? Folk songs? Jazz standards? Musical theatre classics? I’d be thrilled at the chance to help you find the songs that represent YOUR unique relationship. I can provide insights from my extensive repertoire covering many different genres, but I’m also always happy to learn new songs, maybe the songs that have special meaning to you as a couple.

I’m a classically-trained singer with a Doctorate in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where I studied with Sylvia McNair-but now I spend most of my time singing everything from musicals to jazz, Schubert to Cher, and everything in between. I would love to get to know your story and find the right songs to make your wedding ceremony unforgettable!

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Audio and Video samples

So schweb' ich dir, Geliebter, zu

by Bethany Barber | von Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor von Otto Nikolai

Zdjes Charasho (How Fair This Spot)

by Bethany Barber | Rachmaninoff

Repertoire List

These are songs I’ve already sung at weddings or know and think could possibly be a good fit. The links are not all to me singing as I don’t have recordings of myself singing every song on this list… though I’ve provided a link to myself singing whenever possible, even when some of those recordings are a bit old. Of course I’m also always happy to learn new songs; if you don’t see your favorite here, just ask!


Ave Maria, Schubert (German or Latin)

Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod (Latin)

So schweb’ ich dir, Geliebter, zu, Nicolai

Alleluia, Mozart

Zdjes Charasho, Rachmaninoff

Du bist die Ruh, Schubert

The Roadside Fire, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Zueignung, Richard Strauss

Pippa’s Song, Ned Rorem

Après un rêve, Fauré



A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

Love Someone, Lukas Graham

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

Das Beste, Silbermond

All In, Johannes Oerding

Perfect, Ed Sheeran

Ein Teil von meinem Herzen, Jonathan Zelter

The Rose, Bette Midler

Stand by Me, Ben E. King

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Diana Ross

Simply the Best, Tina Turner



You’ll be in my Heart, Phil Collins/Tarzan (German or English)

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Elton John/The Lion King  (German or English)

One Hand, One Heart, Leonard Bernstein/West Side Story

Seasons of Love, Jonathan Larsen/Rent

Amazing Grace, gospel standard

Ins Wasser fällt ein Stein, Kurt Kaiser, hymn

You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban

Red is the Rose (same tune as Loch Lomond/the FC Köln hymn, but much better lyrics for a wedding!), traditional Irish

The Voyage, Johnny Duhan (Irish)

All the Things You Are, Jerome Kern/jazz standard (Sylvia McNair sang this at MY wedding!)

The Best is Yet to Come, Cy Coleman/jazz standard

Feelin’ Good, Anthony Newley/jazz standard

What a Wonderful World/Can’t Help Falling in Love, Bob Thiele/Elvis Presley/jazz standard (as mashup or each one separately)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen/jazz standard


Again, if you’re looking for a specific song and it’s not listed, don’t worry! I love learning new songs. Contact me to set up a free consultation and we can work together to figure out what songs would work best for YOU!