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2015, Mid Atlantic Harp Day

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Mid Atlantic Harp Day taking place on April 25th! Designed to bring together harpist from many parts of the eastern seaboard, we are offering many exciting workshops, performance opportunities, and activities for harpists of all levels. We have booked the beautiful Chateau at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia as our venue. Please check back often as we add events and information.

Registration Information
Online registration is now CLOSED. Please register at the door.

Location: The exact address is 9220 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia Pa 19118. If you click here you will find a map of exactly where this is. Google maps GPS will take you there, other GPS providers may not, so be sure to print off directions from Google Maps before you leave. 

If you're interested in receiving a free Philadelphia Chapter membership, you can sign up as a volunteer to help with registration for a short period of time. Email to do so.

The nearest hotel is the Chestnut Hill Hotel. The rate is variable and you can make a reservation by emailing There is limited space, so book as soon as possible.

Schedule of Events (Changes are possible)

8:30-9:00 - Complimentary Breakfast and Socializing

9:00-11:00 Community Ensemble Rehearsal - Bring your harp and play with friends! Sign up by contacting All repertoire will be by local arrangers and composers, so you'll also get to check out some of our regions talent.
What should I bring? Sheet music from the list (email for that info), a harp, a bench, a stand

9:00-9:50 An Introduction to Teaching Suzuki, Orff, and Kodally music lessons by a few area experts. Learn the basics of these innovative and exciting teaching styles. This workshop is perfect for those who are trying to find a new approach to teaching. You'll get a taste of each, and it will help you decide if you want training in any of these areas.
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil

10:00-12:00 - Masterclass with Yale trained harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn of Apple Orange Pair ( For intermediate and advanced harpists. Sign up by contacting This event is perfect for high level harpists wishing to push their skill level even higher, or harpists who want to observe talented performers in a lesson setting.
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil, participants can bring their own harp but it isn't necessary

10:00-10:50 New Arrangements for the Harp presented by the Virginia Harp Center. Hear new arrangements, which will also be available for sale. Perfect for people looking for new music, but who aren't sure what they want (aka, every harpist!)
What should I bring? A notebook so you can remember your favorites

11:00-1:00 Free recording time - Get a free professional recording done on a high quality harp. Sign up for a time slot by contacting Bring a blank CD to bring your recording home with you.
What should I bring? Sheet music for what you want to record, optional to bring your own harp

11:00-11:50  Arranging for the Harp with Diane Michaels and Friends. Learn how to arrange existing pieces of music for the harp effectively and idiomatically, while adding your own personal flair.
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil

12-1:30 Lunch (provided by the chateau for a $12 fee, be sure to sign up for this while registering if you wish to eat on site. Outside food is NOT permitted)

Discussion on Creating a Harp Community: Come with questions, comments, and ideas about what you'd like to see your harp community doing. Would you like more interaction between harp chapters? Bigger events? More opportunities for young students? Want to know how to be more involved? Come and bring your ideas for this lunch hour chat.
What should I bring? A list of ideas

Harp Hike! Hike with your fellow harpists through the beautiful Wissahickon river valley. This will be a short and not particularly difficult hike.
What should I bring? Hiking shoes, a camera

Vendor Time, including time to try out new harps
What should I bring? Money for items, music for trying out harps

Community Ensemble Performance. Hear your friends in action after they've rehearsed all morning.

1:30-3:30 Masterclass with Robbin Gordon Cartier ( For beginning and early intermediate harpists. Sign up by contacting This event is also perfect for those wishing to observe a master teacher in action with young students, and for young students wishing to observe their peers in a masterclass before attending one themselves.
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil, if you're participating you can bring your own harp, but it is not necessary

1:30-2:20  Memorization Mastery with Anne Sullivan. Anne is a local expert on harp education and performance. She writes a blog that is a music read for all harpists. You can find it here:
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil

2:30-3:20 The History of the Harp with Ellen Tepper. Ellen is very well researched on the history of the harp, and has put together an exceptional presentation about how the modern harp has developed over time. 

What should I bring? A notebook and pencil

3:30-4:20 Improv and the Pop Harp Lifestyle with Mia Theodoratus ( Mia is a celebrated pop harpist from the NYC area. Her arrangements of rock songs for the harp are considered some of the best. She is also a talented improviser, and has lived quite the rock and roll harp lifestyle!  
What should I bring? A notebook and pencil

3:30-4:20 Harp Maintenance for all levels presented by the Virginia Harp Center. Learn how to properly care for that huge financial investment of yours! Harpists of all levels could use a refresher course on this subject, so be sure you're caring for your harp the right way.
What should I bring? If you'd like for your harp to be looked over for maintenance tips, bring it along!

4:15 - Best business card winner announced! 
What should I bring? Please bring a business card to enter in to the competition!

4:30-6:30 Concert with our special guest, horn and harp duo Apple Orange Pair! Check them out here.

Hotel Information - Nearby Affordable Lodging

8229 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Rates starting at $175
Free Wifi and breakfast
2 minute drive to MAHD, Walking distance to MAHD
Walking distance to many local businesses and restaurants 

Residence Inn Philadelphia Montgomeryville
1110 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, PA 19454
Rates starting at $119 + tax and fees (about $10) 
Free Wifi and breakfast
About 20 minute drive to MAHD
Walking distance (0.1-0.2 miles) to Olive Garden, Iron Hill Brewery and Whole Foods Market

651 Fountain Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Rates starting at $119 + tax and fees (about $10) 
Free Wifi
About 15 minute drive to MAHD
Walking distance (0.2 miles) to P. F. Chang’s and California Pizza Kitchen

501 E. Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
Rates starting at $98 + tax and fees
Free high speed internet
Just under a 20 minute drive to MAHD
Several restaurants 1/2 to 2 miles away

250 Business Center Drive
Horsham, PA 19044
Rates start at $68 + tax and fees
Free high speed internet
Just under a 20 minute drive to MAHD
Several restaurants within 2 miles 

1500 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Rates starting at $99 + tax and fees
Free Wifi and breakfast
Just under a 20 minute drive to MAHD
Walking distance (0.3 miles) to Carrabbas, Bone Fish Grill and other restaurants