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ONE OF THE NATION’S LARGEST HARP ORCHESTRAS

The Harrisburg Harp Orchestra, with more than 50 harps,
performs at the Forum in Harrisburg.

AN ORCHESTRA LIKE NONE OTHER!

The Harrisburg Harp Orchestra started humbly in 2002.  Harpist Louis Lynch produced a variety concert featuring several songs accompanied by a small ensemble of harps performing as “Seven Harps in a Row.”  The name didn’t catch on, but the idea did.  In 2003, the ensemble appeared in a specially produced television concert that appeared on a small, local station that was unseen by millions!

However, several harpists in Central Pennsylvania heard the news and inquired about joining the group, which officially became the “Harrisburg Harp Orchestra” in 2004.  The first Harp-Felt Christmas variety show at Whitaker Center included 24 harpists and special musical guests.  The show sold out quickly, and the Harrisburg Harp Orchestra made Harp-Felt Christmas an annual event.  More harpists joined the orchestra and the annual concert grew to become one of the larges harp orchestra events in the nation.

After the Harp-Felt Christmas concert, the city of Harrisburg invited the orchestra to appear at ArtsFest at Riverfront Park.  A summer program was developed with an eclectic line-up of music featuring harp classics such as “Amazing Grace,” “Greensleeves,” and “Buffalo Gals.”  The summer program so delighted, and thoroughly surprised, the audience that the Harrisburg Harp Orchestra was invited to appear again and again at other Harrisburg arts events at Riverfront Park.

The orchestra presented its first full summer concert, “Hot Summer Harps” at the Forum in July 2008, with unusual special guests Nayo African Drums and Vicki’s Tap Pups.  The orchestra pulled out all the stops and ventured into new territory: pop music and rock-and-roll!  “Hot Summer Harps” made history, too.  As far as we know, it was the first time an orchestra of harps provided the music for a tap-dance number! 

Harps are rare, so naturally harp orchestras are even rarer.  With more than 70 harpist members, Harrisburg Harp Orchestra now has one of the largest harp ensembles in the United States.  The orchestra plays music from a wide variety of musical styles, and every concert is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

In addition to its size, Harrisburg Harp Orchestra has become recognized nationally for its original music arrangements.  Music for all performances are arranged by Camp Hill composer Louis Lynch.  His beautiful, and sometimes unorthodox, arrangements for harp orchestra are available on this site and from Melody’s Music.

 

Celia Lerner performs at Harp-Felt Christmas 2008.

Since 2004, Harrisburg Harp Orchestra has appeared at:

Harp-Felt Christmas at
Whitaker Center, West Shore Evangelical Free Church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Forum.

Harrisburg ArtsFest

Harrisburg Kipona

Camp Hill Kite Festival

In addition, small ensembles of members have appeared at countless events throughout Central Pennsylvania.


Harpist Referrals and Bookings:

If you’re looking for a harp ensemble, or an individual harpist from the group, please contact:

mail@harrisburgharporchestra.com

 

Sheet music for harp orchestra and special recordings are available!

Photography by Frank Baker.  Web site management by Louis Lynch.  To contact the Harrisburg Harp Orchestra, e-mail:  mail@harrisburgharporchestra.com