Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Earlier in the Summer, CHICAGO Magazine published a story about Lyon-Healy Harps. Included with the story is a little video tour of the Lyon-Healy Factory. I thought you might enjoy reading the story and watching the video, so here is the link! Enjoy!

The Chicago Harp that Rules the World

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Good Morning from Northwest Ohio!

Before I start my day, I wanted to share something with you. Recently, I ran across this fun “My Creative Type” quiz by Adobe Create. It is really fun to participate and you will learn some fun things about yourself. Here is the link, enjoy!


Thursday, February 21, 2019

   So, last evening I played with the Macomb (Ohio) High School Band. The piece was Nocturne for Harp and Wind Ensemble by Clare Grundman. The band was up to the challenge and I really enjoyed working with them.

    This piece is totally play-able on lever harp!  My Lewis Creek HG-38 Pheonix was up to the challenge.  I did have to tune the harp to the key of Ab, but “Percy” quickly adapted.

  In my quest to use my lever harps, this experience was one for the books!  Keep it up, lever harp players!

P.S. We look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Good Evening from chilly Toledo, Ohio.
Currently, I'm working on entering a new composition into FINALE. Stay tuned for more news about that!  In the meantime, I must say that I am excited about Harp Gathering, 2018. .be sure to wander to www.harpgathering.com to stay tuned for the latest news...
I thought you might enjoy this photo of the harp ensemble from a past year.
There's Frank Voltz, conducting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Time You Have In Jelly Beans

Good Morning!

Today, a colleague of mine introduced me to this little You Tube video.

I thought it was an interesting perspective about time management and wanted to share.

Let me know your thoughts and have a Jelly Bean type of day!

Saturday, December 3, 2016


      I was having a discussion with several of my harp students this week.  They each had a 'performance' of some sort coming up and asked me about calming your nerves before hand. Here are some of the tips we discussed.

        *  Be prepared.  Know your music inside and out. This might include memorizing it.
        *  Practice your music starting in different places. Do not always start at the beginning. This will actually help you know the music better and also teach you different starting places.
        *  Move your harp to another room, change the lighting, wear different shoes!
        *  Play for your friends. Tell them you are getting ready for a special event and you need different experiences playing for others.
        *  Remember to have fun. I do not tell people "good luck". It is about enjoying playing and sharing the music with others.
        *  One student told me "I play my piece just fine until Mr. Smith comes in to listen." So, when you are at your event, focus on your own space, just you and your harp. Do not put yourself across the room where Mr. Smith is, just stay in your own place.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. If you have some tips of your own, let me know and I will publish them in a future edition of my e - zine, HARP MATTERS.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Why should I insure my harp(s)?  
I'm not a pro, I just play in church and a wedding or two." 

I ran across this pedal harp the other day, as you can see, it was dropped at one time.  Could it be that it has not been repaired is because the owner does not carry insurance on the harp?  On an instrument which has a replacement value of $30,000?  Sadly, one day the poor owner of this harp may come home from work to find it in pieces on the floor.  Please folks, insure your instruments, I promise the cost of the insurance will not drain your savings account.