I wouldn’t consider myself a professional harpist, but I do play in youth symphony. I’ve constantly been told to increase the volume and play louder, but there’s only so much I can give, being the sole harpist. I was wondering if the position of the harp affects how the sound carries, or where the best position is. Right now, the harp is in the strangest place. The conductors have me right on the edge of the stage, on the right side of the conductor, if looking from the audience, behind the cellos but in front of the bases. Again, right on the edge, slightly turned out. Its quite strage having the harp right there, and on the right side of the stage, in plain view of the audience.
I’ve heard many people say the harps are somewhere behind the voilins or near the woodwind section.
However, I’m curious as to if this position could be affecting the sound. And also, if you have any advice for playing louder or projecting more. Although for that issue, I don’t think there’s much more I can do to make the harp sound louder.