My daughter is a high school junior. She does not play the harp at school, but takes lessons. As luck might have, she followed a friend onto the band room and the band teacher said “who are you?!” Then… “Do you play an instrument?” And she replied “harp”… and then he replied… IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A HARPIST FOR SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA! And told her to sign up. She did explain that she plays the lever harp. He said… whatever you need… I’ll get it. BUT. Her instructor says pedal harp is more suitable for orchestra. There are many constraints there, first of which, she doesn’t play pedal harp. Her instructor thinks she doesn’t have time to learn, including both the pedals and the symphonic songs over the summer. It would take 2 hours practice daily. Second of course is… we don’t have a pedal harp at home to practice. Nor is it in the cards. So… my question is…. do high schools sometimes use lever harps? Can a lever harp be used in a symphony, particularly at the high school level? I know it’s not as loud or deep amidst an orchestra. But I of course, love the idea of her exploring this.
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