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Philly Chapter of AHS
FALL 2015
Philly Chapter Presents Floraleda Sacchi in Concert
November 19th
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 Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society is Proud to present internationally known  harpist Floraleda Sacchi in concert.  Floraleda will be visiting with us on November 19th at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen street. We are delighted to be able to offer both a masterclass and concert by this talented harpist.  

The Masterclass is scheduled for 5:00pm.  Spacing is limited and is offered on a first come first serve basis.  The concert is scheduled for 8:00pm.  For more information or to signup for the masterclass, please email

Read more about this artist and follow the moves she is making within the international harp community by visiting her personal website.  Masterclass is $50 per person.  There is no admission fee for the concert.  However, donations will be accepted to assist in offsetting costs.

Philly Chapter Update


Welcome to the Fall Edition of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society’s Newsletter.  As the leaves begin to change and the heat of summer makes way for the cooler temperatures, fall is definitelyin the air.  Along with the change in seasons are the changes in schedules as back to school routines replace the freedom of summer vacations and long summer nights are replaced with shorter, cooler, crisp days.  

The Philadelphia Chapter held bi-annual elections earlier this year and we are pleased to introduce Danielle Bash as the new President.  Elizabeth Huston has assumed the role of Vice President while Cheryl Cunningham continues as the Treasurer and we welcome Nichole Rohrbach as the new secretary.

On August 31st the officers met to discuss our vision 2015 and 2016.  Items of discussion included: Scheduling an Auditions & Evaluations for Spring 2016, Philly Harp Day, Philadelphia Chapter Recital, save-the-date postcard circulation, harp social events, education  workshops, harpist volunteer program, scheduling guest artists and partnering with Vanderbilt for the annual student competition among other things.  

Additional research and inquiry is required for many of the topics discussed.  Stay tuned as the Chapter will most likely be reaching outto the membership for feedback, opinions and suggestions as they continue to move forward with the planning process for events, concerts, competitions and such.

The Philadelphia Chapter was honored to be awarded the 2014/2015 Chapter of the Year by the American Harp Society.  The full write-up can be found on the AHS website.  Photo Below from Regional Harp Day 2015.

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Tips & Tidbits For Harpists

               SAVE THE DATES                 April 2nd & June 11th, 2016 AUDITIONS & EVALUATIONS

AHS sponsored Auditions & Evaluations have been scheduled for Spring 2016.  MArk your calendars now for these two important date, April 2nd and June 11th.  This is a two-part program for beginning and intermediate harp students and the format is outlined by the American Harp Society.  This program consists of two "auditions" held about a month apart in front of an evaluation panel.  The Auditions & Evaluations will be held at the Settlement Music School.  The cost for participation is $25 per person.  The scheduled time for each date is 5:00pm-8:00pm.  All participants should plan to attend both dates to maximize the benefit of the program.

“Auditions and Evaluations” is a two-part program for beginning and intermediate harp students sponsored by the American Harp Society.  It consists of two auditions held approximately one month apart.

The AHS believes it is important for students to receive feedback on their performance skills without being in a competitive setting.  As the AHS puts it: "The word “audition” comes from the Latin [audio] which means “to hear.”  We must not confuse our Harp Society “Auditions” with the more common usage of the word audition; for this is not a competition and there are no prizes awarded.  Participants come specifically to be heard and to hear one another.  Because this is a unique two-part program, the focus is especially on the improvement that can be made by participating on both days."

The Participants

On the first day, participants play two pieces of their own choosing for a anel and for one another.  A simple theory test is given on the first day [April 2, 2016].

On the second day [June 11th] of the program, about a month later, participants show their improvement by playing the same two pieces again.  In addition, they perform a third piece which they have prepared.

Participants are encouraged to stay and listen to as many other participants as possible during both auditions.  Everyone who participates in both Auditions receives a “Certificate of Participation: from the Music Education Committee of the American Harp Society.  

I addition to the Auditions & Evaluations, we will be inviting all participants to join members of the Philadelphia AHS Chapter in providing a Chapter Student Recital.


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 National membership in the American Harp Society is not only recommended for all local chapter members but comes with perks that are extremely beneficial for harpists or harp enthusiasts.  The AHS distributes an excellent publication the American Harp Journal exclusively available to members.  In addition, Anderson Group provides harp insurance on a member-only  basis to AHS members. There are also many other opportunities such as access to a national membership directory and access to additional news, competitions and educational resources via the AHS website.

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Show Your Harp You Care: Insure Your Instrument


Most of us have probably spent the better part of our harp careers, scheming, saving, renting and planning for the purchase of our harp or harps.  Not only is the instrument a great financial investment, but is a part of your life.  Don't risk your investment! Take it from our new president Dani Bash, harp insurance is a very worthwhile and necessary investment.

 If you are not presently participating in the official AHS Harp Insurance Program, and you are an active member with the American Harp Society (AHS membership in good standing is required to access this valuable coverage), all you have to do is submit your fully completed application today to get this valuable coverage started. Anderson Group Provides the coverage you need to live with peace of mind. 

The coverage provided under this program and the rate of $.50/$100 is too good to pass up!! If you are not a member of the American Harp Society, you can print off a membership application by clicking here (will open in a new window) or better yet, click here to join the AHS right now - online (will open in a new window). Once you submit your AHS membership application you can apply for your AHS Harp Insurance.


Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.41.47 PM 4Temple Prep Harp Ensemble: It's time to sign up for the 2015-2016 season of the Temple Prep Harp ensemble! We are welcoming new members of all levels, both lever and pedal harp. If you are looking for a fun way to meet other local harpists we hope you'll consider joining us this year.

To register, please contact Girard Katz at the Temple Prep office: 

sarah javaux 2 (215) 204-1512.

Sarah Javaux [past Chapter secretary], 2013-2015 Ensemble Assistant Director and recent graduate of Temple University’s Master of Music program will serve as director of the ensemble. The Temple Prep Harp Ensemble offers harp students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in a group ensemble experience with a conductor, as well as in student-led chamber music settings.

There is no prerequisite for entry. However, basic note-reading skills are suggested. Repertoire will be assigned to each student based on his or her level and experience and ranges from intermediate-beginner to advanced. Students are responsible for bringing their own harps and benches; music stands are provided (Lever harps should be tuned in E-flat).

Participants are also eligible to attend select studio classes by Philadelphia Orchestra principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen, at the Curtis Institute of Music. Students may also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Temple Music Prep ensemble groups.

Email Sarah Javaux if you have questions about participation: (309) 235-8522.

Bi-weekly Saturday Rehearsals, 12:30-3pm.  Open to harpists ages 10-18.  Intermediate-Beginners to Advanced ability.


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ENKOR International Music [is] happy to announce the 1st Edition of ENKOR International Music Competition for stringed instruments. Viola, cello,  double bass, classical guitar or harp instrumentalists of all nationalities and countries are welcome. The application deadline for both competitions is December 20, 2015, and the age limit is up to 25 years. See Rules.

Click here to  Apply

For complete competition schedule, including piano, violin, winds and percussion, please visit:

ENKOR is the first ever truly global internet competition for classical music performers, the only one with hundreds of jury members, and one of the few with transparent adjudication and scoring system.  The number of judges, their knowledge and variety of branches they represent, combined with the adjudication system and our know-how, (1) guarantee that the level of proficiency and artistry can be ranked with maximum accuracy, (2) eliminate the risk for positive or negative prejudice or underhand stipulations, and (3) provide a perfect chance the young musicians to be heard and recognized by major artists, teachers, and influential people in the music industry. 

Harp Happenings To Note
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Edmar Castaneda Trio will be performing at the Painted Bride Art  Center in Philadelphia on October 3rd at 8:oo pm .  The trio includes Harp, Sax, Drums and vocals. Tickets $25/$30. 


Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.41.24 PMJoin Settlement Harp Faculty Elizabeth Steiner and Settlement alumna Emily Botel for an exciting  evening of solo harp and transcriptions for harp and violin duo.  Works by Boulanger, Debussy, Grandjany, Hasselmans, Piazzolla, Sibelius, and Vaughan Williams.  

The concert will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm.  The Settlement Music School Mary Louise Curtis Branch is located at 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  There is no cost to attend.  However, donations will be accepted at the door with reception to follow. 


A New York AHS Chapter will be hosting the “Samuel Milligan Youth Harp Festival” on Sunday October 18th from 10:30am-3:30pm.  The event will be held at Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks btween 1st and 2nd Ave, New York, NY.  Young harpists are invited to test their harp skills in competition to win prizes.  

There will also be an afternoon concert in which students will have the opportunity to play.  This festival is made possible by a grant from the AHS as well as prizes donated by Lyon & Healy, Virginia Harp Center, The Harp Connection and Salvi Harps.  For more information, updated song list and entrance forms, please email  


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Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.41.59 PMPrinceton Harp Festival is an exciting harp filled weekend taking place in nearby Princeton, NJ.  The Princeton Harp Festival will be a NEW kind of festival experience featuring cutting edge artists who are pushing the boundaries of the instrument. Be inspired, freshen your perspective and shatter your limits.  

The festival will take place November 6th thru November 8th at the Crowne Plaza Princeton Conference Center.  This event is sponsored by The Virginia Harp Center and Camac Harps. For more information, schedule of events and registration visit:

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Harp Fest at West Chester University will be held on November 15, 2015 at 3:00pm.  This concert will be led by WCU’s professor of harp, Gloria Galante and will feature the WCU Harp Ensemble, Divine Hand Ensemble, Carson & Caden Atlas, Danton Arlotto, Laney Volpe and More.   There is no cost to attend and it will be held at West Chester University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts located at 817 S. High Street West Chester, PA 19380.  You may visit the university website for more information at: . 



Ivan Gardner will be in Haddonfield, NJ, Oct 24-25 for harp regulations.  If you already have an appointment,or need one, please contact him directly at



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For sale:  Camac Atlantide Prestige pedal harp 1999 EUC Mahogany with bronzing on base, column and crown. Camac transport dolly, 3-piece padded transport cover set, black Camac bag with regulation tools, burgundy dust cover, tuning key and holster. 

Price: $24,900. 

Phone: 856-816-6784


Beautiful harps for sale and rent, new Lyon and Healy pedal and lever harps for sale and rent to own, gently used lever harps for sale and rent, many makes and sizes, harp CDs, harp lessons, weddings, events Martha Clancy Kob.



Pedal and non pedal harps for rent.  Concert size,  small Lyon & Healy 14.  Also available, a Pilgrim Clarsach non pedal harp with big firm sound.  Delivery and pickup possible.

 Phone: 609.992.9336




For harps, music, and accessories, visit your local supplier the Virginia Harp Center in Haddonfield, NJ. Located at 425 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 with street parking and easy access by PATCO high speedline at the Westmont and Haddonfield stops. For phone orders call 856.428.1430, and stay tuned for the opening of our online ordering option!


Visit for harp sales and rentals, harp music, supplies.

For information about harp therapy, please visit:


For sale:  Six-wheeled harp cart. VGUC Manages stairs easily. $200. 856-816-6784


MARTHA CLANCY KOB is accepting harp students.  Please feel free to contact her by Phone: 610-783-5686 or email:

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