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.
The Harp Gathering➚ is in Archbold, OH, usually May. Enjoy workshops, concerts, and harp camaraderie in an intimate setting.
Beginning in the Middle➚ is in Williamsburg, VA, usually March. A long weekend for adult harp students. It was in Williamsburg, VA, in 2018. Keep checking their page for when and where the next conference will be.
Irregular harp events
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.
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.
Helpful double-strung harpers
Carolyn Deal➚ provides dozens of free, double-strung harp tutorials on YouTube. Subscribe to her channel, and sign up for her terrific newsletter of tips for all types of harps.
Beth Kollé➚ was also an early adopter of the modern double-strung. She an Laurie Riley (above) offer two great beginning and next-level double-strung method and tune books.
Cynthia Shelhart➚ has a great beginning double-strung method book.
Joanne Griffin➚ has two double-strung tune books, including Christmas carols.
Cindy Kleinstuber Blevins➚ has two double-strung tune books.
Other helpful harpers
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.
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.