The harp has forty-seven strings and over 2,000 moving pieces… which makes it a veritable toolbox of sounds. I love demystifying writing for the harp for composers. I offer the following services:
I give workshops for composers about writing for the harp that cover topics ranging from an up-close and personal view of harp mechanics to demonstrations of new (and sometimes raucous) extended techniques. My most commonly requested workshop is What Orchestration Books Forgot to Tell You – A Guide to Writing for Harp. I also give specialized workshops focusing on the wealth of extended techniques for harp. I have led workshops on composing for the harp at institutions including Bowling Green State University, the Hartt School at University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Michigan, Atlantic Music Festival, Bang on a Can and the Fresh Inc Festival. If you are interested in hosting or attending a harp composition workshop, please contact me. If an in person workshop is not possible, I am also able to do long-distance workshops for educational institutions via video.
I work with composers one-on-one via video chat (Google Hangout, Skype, etc.) to offer individualized support to composers writing or editing harp parts. Please contact me to set up an appointment.
When you are bringing a score to publication, I can work with you to put the pedals and pedal diagrams correctly in your part. Contact me for more information.
Have Questions? Send them to the Ask A Harpist Project!:
I am excited to announce the of the Ask a Harpist Project video blog that responds to composer-submitted questions about writing for the harp. See the Ask a Harpist Project to submit a question and you will receive a reply by video.