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Boston Harp Festival

September 25-26, 2010

Hosted by The Boston Conservatory Harp Department

The Boston Harp Festival celebrates the harp and harpists in the Boston and New England Area while featuring the harp’s wonderful potential as a solo instrument. Filled with exhibitions, panel discussions, master classes and private lessons, this year’s festival will include performances and presentations by Felice Pomeranz, Ursula Holliger, Ann Hobson Pilot, Jessica Zhou, Ina Zdorovetchi, Deborah Henson-Conant, Roslyn Rensch, Cynthia Price-Glynn, Nancy Hurrell, Tomina Parvanova, The Harp Connection and many more! Registration is required, and pre-registration is highly recommended. Please note that private lessons are not included in the general registration fee, but are available for an additional fee, as specified by the selected teacher.


Seating is limited and given on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore pre-registration by mail is highly recommended.

Pre-Registration By Mail: $75
Includes all events, except private lessons.

Registration at the Door: $85
Includes all events, except private lessons.

Single Event Tickets: 
$25 Adult 
$15 Students with Valid IDs
FREE for Boston Conservatory Students


  • Admission is FREE for festival participants, volunteers and Boston Conservatory students.
  • Private lessons participation is NOT included in the general registration fee.
  • Private lessons will be charged an additional fee as specified by the selected teacher.

Download the 2010 Boston Harp Festival Registration Form here.

2010 Festival Program


All Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Harp Connection Exhibition

9 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Welcome Note
Stars of Tomorrow Concert
Sara Kawai, Clara Wang, Alethea Grant, Samuel Karlinski

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Renaissance Dance Music 
Nancy Hurrell, consultant for the Museum of Fine Arts Historical Harps Collection
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ballet Harpists: Collaborators with dancers, choreographers, composers and conductors
Cynthia Price Glynn, Principal Harpist, Boston Ballet Orchestra

3 p.m.-4 p.m. 
Harp Maintenance Workshop
Rachael Galbraith, Harp Technician, The Harp Connection

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Harp Makers Around The World
Erica Driscoll (The Boston Conservatory, B.M.’10) brings in a panel of harpists to discuss diffrerent harp brands like Salvi, Lyon & Healy, Camac, Venus, Aoyama, Erard, Wurlitzer, Horngacher and Swanson

8:00 p.m.
Opening Concert
Grammy-nominated Recording Artist & the World's Premiere Electric Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant in the Boston premiere of "Strings of Passion" 
An interactive concert experience combining music, philosophy and humor

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010        

All Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Harp Connection Exhibition
9 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Master class
Ursula Holliger (Basel Music Academy)
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The History of Harps
Dr. Roslyn Rensch, Harp Scholar, Historian and author of the book Harps and Harpists

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
A Boston Harpist in 1900
Nancy Hurrell, Consultant for the Museum of Fine Arts Historical Harps Collection
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
A Panel Discussion on "Performance Readiness: Before, During, and After"
The panelists include a variety of professional performers sharing their experiences with preparation and confidence for a variety of venues and audiences.

5:30-7 p.m.
Contemporary Music Concert: Composers’ Perspectives on Music for Solo Harp            
Composers include Kati Agocs, Dalit Warshaw, Michael Maganuco, Filippo Perocco, Samuel Karlinski, Heinz Holliger. 
Performers include Ursula Holliger, Tomina Parvanova, Samuel Karlinski, Ina Zdorovetchi.

8 p.m.
Gala Concert
Astor Piazzola The History of Tango
Ann Hobson Pilot, harp with Lucia Lin, violin (The Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata for Cello and Harp (arr. Ina Zdorovetchi) 
ARPELLO DUO: Holgen Gjoni, cello/Ina Zdorovetchi, harp (Boston Conservatory)

Claude Debussy Dances for Harp and String Quintet
Jessica Zhou (Boston Symphony Orchestra) with Arneis Quartet

Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro for Harp, String Quartet with Flute and Clarinet
Ursula Holliger (Basel Music Academy) with Ona Jonaityte (flute), Rane Moore (clarinet) and Arneis Quartet

9:30 p.m.

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