Harp Schlepping


This issue’s winning image from John Bernard of two harpists schlepping their harp up a hill makes every harpist sweat. Here are some of our other favorite photos from the last two months. Don’t forget to tag your harp life photos with the hashtag #practicalharpist so we can find you on Instagram. Twitter, and Facebook.

Winner: John Bernard
@rms.harp via Instagram

Caption: For the fun of it!
Home: Amarillo, Texas/Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Age: 77
Occupation: retired speech communication teacher
What’s the story behind the photo? My late wife Olive Bernard co-founded the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program. This photo features 2016 teachers (and former students) Grace Bauson and Rachel Browne on hill above Steamboat Springs trying to represent the program’s blend of musical growth and outdoor fun. We do not actually have harp races to the top of the mountain.
What’s your favorite piece to play on the harp? I carry harps, I don’t play them. Favorites for listening are the Debussy Danses on pedal harp and “The Lark in the Clear Air” on Irish harp.
What do you do to avoid practicing?
I encourage others to practice. If they all row, I can be a happy passenger.

Runners Up

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