Department of Music

Harp Festival

March 27, 2021

The Harp Festival is a fantastic opportunity for harpists of all styles and levels to learn, experience and collaborate with some of the finest harpists of our generation.

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Participants will attend workshops featuring:

  • Canadian "harp genius" Josh Layne
  • Laser harp demonstration
  • Michelle Abbott, Vanderbilt Music
  • Classical radio host Kara Dahl Russell
  • Riverside Performing Arts Medicine Program

The participation fee of $35 ($40 at the door) includes admission to all events, a buffet lunch and exclusive vendor shopping provided by Vanderbilt Music, the Virginia Harp Center and Marini Made Harps. There is a $10 observation rate for non-harpists (does not include lunch or swag).

Check-in: 8:30 a.m., Pope Chapel


We are pleased to announce our second annual competition for high school students in grades 9-12. Winners will receive cash prizes and award certificates, as well as the opportunity to perform in the closing recital. Selections should not exceed 10 minutes and do not need to be memorized. Three professional musicians will serve as judges. The deadline to register is March 11.

Suggested repertoire:

Junior Division (grade 10 and under) - Telemann, trans. Kondonassis Fantasia No. 2 in D minor; Allegro and Adagio - Tournier Berceuse Russe

Senior Division (grade 12 and under)

  • Naderman Sept Sonates Progressives: Sonata 2 OR Sonata 5 Complete
  • Watkins Petite Suite, one movement of choice

If you wish to participate in any of the masterclasses or recitals, please email an audio or video recording showcasing your abilities to Dr. Anna Pike at

Please send competition information and applications to Competition Chair Barbara Chapman, at Please direct all other questions to Artistic Director Dr. Anastasia Pike, at

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