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Q and A with Elinor Niemisto

Q and A with Elinor Niemisto

What is the most important thing for you to convey to your audience when you perform? What do you most want to pass on to your harp students as they become stronger musicians? Recently, Elinor Niemisto announced her retirement from teaching at St. Olaf College after...

Q and A with Elisabeth Plank

Q and A with Elisabeth Plank

If you're a harpist, chances are the instrument you're playing was built in your lifetime. The pedal harps needed for orchestra, the electric instruments becoming more ubiquitous in concert venues and jazz clubs, and the Irish harps designed to enhance Celtic music...

Q and A with Vincent Pierce

Q and A with Vincent Pierce

In case you haven't heard, a full–time job for a harp teacher in west Texas just opened up. The March/April 2019 edition of Harp Column recently featured Ector County Independent School District as one of six successful public school harp programs in the United...

Q and A with Katherine Harrison

Q and A with Katherine Harrison

If you are a harpist on Instagram, there's a pretty good chance your feed has been filled with photos tagged with #harpril this month. The daily photo challenge encourages harpists to share photos and stories about their harp lives on a different topic each day in...

Q and A with Anya Garipoli

Q and A with Anya Garipoli

Ever heard of speed dating 20 harps? Neither had we until we talked to Anya Garipoli about her experience at the 2019 Lyon & Healy Awards, held last month in Chicago. Garipoli, a senior at the Oberlin Conservatory, was one of only three harpists from a field of 54...

Q and A with Silke Aichhorn

Q and A with Silke Aichhorn

The next installment of Salvi Harps' Arpissima event series is set to take place April 12–14 in Mira, Italy. Featuring German harpist Silke Aichhorn, the harp extravaganza offers concerts, masterclasses, and a Salvi instrument and accessories exhibit. We sat down with...

Q and A with Erin Hill

Q and A with Erin Hill

Our practical harpist hearts bursted with pride when we spotted harpist Erin Hill in a People magazine photo wheeling her harp into a New York City hotel where she reportedly performed for the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle's baby shower. Harp Column readers might...

Q and A with Marcia Dickstein

Q and A with Marcia Dickstein

LA–based harpist Marcia Dickstein has played harp in over 500 film scores, including the most recent Neil Armstrong biographical drama, First Man. Directed by Damien Chazelle with music by Justin Hurwitz (both of La La Land fame, on which Marcia also played), the film...

Q and A with Monika Stadler

Q and A with Monika Stadler

Anyone who makes a living as a freelancer knows how difficult it is to earn a paycheck without a steady employer. Concerts, workshops, teaching, arranging, recording—most freelancers piece together their own career puzzle using a variety of musical tactics. Austrian...

Q and A with Rayana do Val

Q and A with Rayana do Val

Rayana do Val recently reached out to Harp Column to share news of an exciting new project: the creation of a harp library at Programa Integração pela Música (PIM) in Vassouras, Brazil, where she teaches. Intrigued by her work, we wanted to find out more about her...