The Traveling Harp Student

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Originally from Australia, Matthew is an actor and multi-instrumentalist currently based in New York City. He is currently touring the country with the Broadway musical Miss Saigon.

An unconventional path to harp study

—by Matthew Overberg

When I tell my friends that I’ve recently started learning the harp, their first question is always “Why the harp?”

I mean, why wouldn’t anyone want to play an instrument that is equally heavenly (angels have literally been depicted playing the harp for millennia) and monstrous (the sheer size of it!)? Who wouldn’t want to play an instrument that sings to the back of a concert hall and doubles as a palace-worthy piece of decor?

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