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Welcome to the website for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society. We are an organization of harpists and harp enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. 

The Philadelphia Chapter of the AHS has been active in bringing world class performing artists to Philadelphia since the 1970s. Comprised of local harp students, professionals, and friends of the harp, chapter members embody the rich and diverse harp history of our city. Annual meetings present local, national, and international harp talent to our members and the community in the form of workshops, concerts, and masterclasses. In 2004 Philadelphia was home to the AHS National Conference, featuring top artists from throughout the country and around the world. The chapter provides annual venues for student recitals and semi-regular student competitions. Read more about our chapter members.

The Philadelphia Harp Society is always looking for new members. Join today and share your love of the harp with us!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Harp Day! Check back for updates about Harp Day 2015.






Upcoming Chapter Events

We are delighted to announce the repertoire for next year's competition. Parents and Teachers, please bring this to the attention of your students as soon as you can. Music must be memorized, so we recommend they get started with it in plenty of time for the competition. A full application is available under the Student Competition 2015 Page, found on the side bar. The competition will be taking place on June 6th, 2015, with a concert featuring the winners on June 13th, 2015. All applicants should plan to attend both events, as they may be one of those winners.


Below you will find the repertoire for each division. If you are having trouble deciding which division is appropriate for yourself, your student, or your child, please email president@phillyharp.org. All applicants must be 18 year of age or younger on June 1st of 2015. Junior applicants must be 14 years of age or younger on June 1st of 2015.


Senior Pedal: Petite Valse, Hasselmans

Bagatelles Mvt. 1 and 2, Joio


Junior pedal: Grandmere raconte une histoire, Renie

Valse Isabel, Rogers


Senior lever: "Muscade" and "Vanille" from Spices, Andres

Pasacaille, Handel (arr. Brundage)


Junior Lever: La Donna e Mobile (Verdi) From Eleanor Fell's Pop N Easy Classics

Lullaby (Brahms) From Eleanor Fell's Pop N Easy Classics


All music is available in Haddonfield, NJ at the Virginia Harp Center. Stop by and check it out!



We are excited to announce that French master harpist Agnès Clément
will be coming to Philadelphia this coming January. She will be
presenting a masterclass and recital, and these events are open to
all members. These events are not to be missed, so be sure to mark
them in your calenders. Both will take place at the Settlement Music
School, 416 Queen Street, in Philadelphia.

January 27th: Ms. Clément will present a masterclass for
Intermediate-Advanced students and professional harpists. This will
take place from 5:00 until 8:00, but observers may come at any time.
Observation is free, and we will be accepting a small number of
participants for $50 each. If you are interested in playing, email
president@phillyharp.org for further information.

January 29th: Ms Clément will be performing an astonishing program
of virtuosic harp pieces in the beautiful Presser Hall of Settlement
Music School. The concert begins at 7:30 and will be followed by a
cookie and punch reception presented by the Virginia Harp Center. At
this time, you will be given the opportunity to meet Ms. Clément and
mingle.

Program:

Benjamin Britten Suite for harp

Giovanni Battista Pescetti Sonata in C minor

Claude Debussy Valse Romantique

Paul Hindemith Sonate for harp

Aram Khachaturian Oriental Dance and Toccata

Henriette Renié Légende d'après Les Elfes de Leconte de Lisle

Franz Liszt Liebestraum n°3

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Do you want to present at Harp Day 2015? Do you have something to perform? Are there any topics you'd love to see a presentation about this year? Send us your ideas, and we'll try our best to make it happen! Send any thoughts or ideas to president@phillyharp.org. We hope to hear from you!