Harp events you can drive to from NJ


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If you choose not to take lessons with any teacher, or if your music goals do not include any kind of playing in front of other people, you might get lonely for other people who understand harp.

These events are great refining or adding new skills, talking shop with harpers and luthiers, and getting feedback from professionals and amateurs. At some of the events, you can take a private lesson with your favorite performer.

One-off harp events in or near New Jersey

Events are listed here are in or near New Jersey:

  1. North Jersey AHS Chapter Activities➚

  2. MetroHarp Events Calendar➚

  3. You Gotta Have Harp Productions➚

Ready to contact me? Get even more harp resources including stores,  publications, and links. See who else teaches in my area or over Skype.

Harp conferences & harp events that are further away

These also take place annually or semi-annually, but are farther away from North Jersey. I drove 13 hours to get to a conference one year, so maybe you’re up for these:

  1. The Harp Gathering➚, Archbold, OH, May 12-15, 2011. Enjoy workshops, concerts, and harp camaraderie in an intimate setting.

  2. Southeastern Harp Weekend➚, Asheville, NC, October 7-9, 2011. Great workshops and concerts in a wooded retreat, plus two optional full-day seminars with individual presenters.

  3. Beginning in the Middle➚, Williamsburg, VA, March 22-24, 2012. 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.

See also:

  1. Harp events list from IFHC➚: List of harp conferences and other harp events maintained by the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen.

  2. Harp events list from Harp Spectrum➚: List of harp conferences and harp competitions maintained by the Harp Spectrum.

Harp conferences in and around New Jersey

These take place annually or semi-annually. The latest dates are here:

  1. GMG Harp Forum➚ (formerly You Gotta Have Harp Summer Camp), Burlington, NJ, June 19-24, 2011. All ages, pedal and lever harps. A full week of repertoire development, skills building, technique honing, and general camaraderie. Hosted by Kathy DeAngelo and Gloria Galante. Check their website for 2011 dates and location.

  2. Somerset Folk Harp Festival➚, Parsippany, NJ, July 14-17, 2011. 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.

  3. Harper’s Escape➚, New Brunswick, NJ, October 14-16, 2011. This is a more intimate gathering than the big conferences, aimed at giving you a solid weekend of total harp immersion away from the interruptions of family and work. Particularly valuable for Celtic harpers.