Annual harp events
- Somerset Folk Harp Festival➚ is in New Jersey, near New York City, each year in July. This is my favorite annual event, and it takes place just minutes away. Choose up to seven workshops from over a hundred given on any harp-related topic you can think of. See four performers a night for four nights. Go for the whole long weekend or just one day, or confine yourself to the harp-packed exhibit hall to pick out the perfect one for you. If you live close, this is not to be missed. No harp required! Or, you can arrange with the organizer to find you a loaner or rental harp. If you’re brand new, attend the “I’ve Always Wanted To Play The Harp” workshop. I am presenting two double-strung workshops at Somerset this year➚.
- The Harp Gathering➚ is in Archbold, OH, usually May. Enjoy workshops, concerts, and harp camaraderie in an intimate setting.
- Southeastern Harp Weekend➚ is in Asheville, NC, usually October.Great workshops and concerts in a wooded retreat, plus two optional full-day seminars with individual presenters.
- Beginning in the Middle➚ is in Williamsburg, VA, usually March. A long weekend for adult harp students. It was in Williamsburg, VA, in 2010. Keep checking their page for when and where the next conference will be.
- Harp events list from IFHC➚: List of harp conferences and other harp events maintained by the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen.
- Harp events list from Harp Spectrum➚: List of harp conferences and harp competitions maintained by the Harp Spectrum.
- North Jersey AHS Chapter Activities➚
- MetroHarp Events Calendar➚
- You Gotta Have Harp Productions➚
Buy sheet music and harp accessories
- Melody’s Traditional Music & Harp Shoppe➚: My favorite place to buy sheet music. Great descriptions of pieces, with difficulty ranking and sample pages to view. For some books, there are even audio samples so you can hear the songs. Very extensive collection of sheet music, CDs, accessories, harps, and other folk instruments. Extremely responsive in shipping. Super nice people. I can’t say enough about them.
- The Harp Connection➚: If you can’t find it at Melody’s, try The Harp Connection.
- Sylvia Woods Harp Center➚: Sylvia Woods was instrumental in bringing the folk harp to popularity in the United States. Her Harp Center has a great selection of sheet music, harp-related gifts, and of course harps.
Buy or rent a new or used harp
See my page on how to get a harp for information on renting and buying.
- Cynthia Cathcart➚ is an incredible wire-strung harpist, music researcher, and professional goal-setter in Maryland. She offers lessons on Skype.
- Ray Poole➚ is terrific at teaching harp, ear training, and reading lead sheets. He offers lessons on Skype.
- Robbin-Gordon Cartier➚ is an energetic and life-affirming harpist in northern New Jersey offering workshops, performances, and lessons on Skype.
- Cynthia Shelhart➚ has a great beginning double-strung method book.
- Beth Kollé➚ and Laurie Riley➚ have another great double-strung method book and two tune books (Laurie Riley has a good article all about double-strung➚ on Harp Spectrum).
- Joanne Griffin➚ has two double-strung tune books, including Christmas carols.
- Cindy Kleinstuber Blevins➚ has two double-strung tune books.
- Pamela Bruner➚ is a beautiful harpist, vocalist, and success coach.
If you still enjoy reading pieces of paper, consider these:
- The Folk Harp Journal➚: Full color, quarterly magazine that you can subscribe to or pick up at your local bookstore. Articles on different types of harps, help with practicing, harp history, plus classifieds and sheet music. Pretty awesome.
- The American Harp Journal➚: Comes twice a year with membership to the American Harp Society.
Harp care, the history of the harp, FAQs on any harp topic, learning tips, teaching tips, building tips...you can find it all online:
- My Harp’s Delight➚: Celtic harp blog, tips on playing/buying, links to free sheet music, learning resources, and more links.
- Harp Spectrum➚: Great articles on all sorts of harp-related topics.
- Resources from the American Harp Society➚: Learning tools, free sheet music downloads, and more links.
- Harplist➚: A Yahoo! group that has been active since 1990. Search the archive for answers, or join up if you want a daily dose of harpers all over helping each other and being helped.
- Amateur Harpists forum from Harp Column➚: Discussion board for non-professional harpists. More focused on pedal harp than lever, but many questions and answers are applicable to both.