Frederick County Maryland

Astrid Walschot-Stapp
Harpist — Frederick, Maryland
Frederick harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp has an extensive solo and orchestral career.  She was chose to be the acting principal harpist of the Baltimore Symphony during the tenure of Yuri Temirkanov. She has also performed with the National Symphony, National Philharmonic, National Gallery Orchestra, Washington Opera, and Baltimore Opera. She has performed solo recitals in such venues as the National Gallery and chamber music at the Kennedy Center as part of the Left Bank Concert Society and the Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players.
WEBSITE: http://marylandweddingharp.com/  EMAIL: stappmusic@verizon.net  PHONE: 301 620 2421

Sylvia McClain
Harpist — Lovettsville, Virginia
I am a professional harpist with over 25 years experience.  I am the principal harpist with the
Loudoun Symphony and teach at the Community Music School of the Piedmont in Upperville, Virginia and in my private studio in Lovettsville, Virginia.  I play engagements for political and embassy events in the metropolitan area.  I am available for individual engagements such as corporate events, weddings, receptions and private parties.  My repertoire consists of Classical, Romantic, Broadway, Jazz and Celtic music.  A flute and harp duo is also available.  I look forward to discussing any special features you have in mind for your event.
website:  www.huntcountryharpist.com  email: sylvia@huntcountryharpist.com phone: 540-822-4349

Anna Joy Knight
Harpist — Winchester, Virginia
Anna Knight loves sharing the music of the harp with audiences and students, and is a harpist and musician with experience performing for weddings, banquets, teas, corporate events, memorials, church services, small ensembles, choral accompanying, and orchestral positions. Classically trained in her formal harp studies, Anna plays a wide variety of styles, and special requests are welcomed. Harp with voice or another instrument (flute, etc.) is also available. She performs on a concert grand pedal harp. Anna recently relocated to Virginia after 6 years of performing and teaching in Dallas-Fort Worth and is available for engagements in Virginia, West Virginia, and the Mid-Atlantic region. She has openings for new harp students at her Winchester-area studio or by Skype.
Website: http://annajoyknight.weebly.com     Email: anna.j.knight@gmail.com

Sharon Knowles
Harpist — Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Sharon is a veteran of  music sessions, a former British Citizen, has studied with many world famous Celtic harpers. She took three years of college courses in music theory, singing, chorus, music history and workshops studying pedal harp.  Sharon  is a masterful accompanist, performing with Sue Richards, Fynesound, a larger ensemble with Ralph Gordon, John Knowles and Linda Rice Johnston, Jug of Punch, an Irish Ceili band and in a trio with record label owner Maggie Sansone.  She teaches at all the main harp conferences, is a respected adjudicator with the Scottish Harp Society and runs a nationally recognized concert series. www.fynesound.com

Jessica Frost-Ballas
Harpist — Stephens City, Virginia
Jessica Frost-Ballas is a professional harpist residing in Stephens City, Virginia.  She is available as a solo, chamber, orchestral, or recording musician throughout the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, areas of Maryland, northwestern West Virginia, Washington D.C., and southwestern and central Virginia.  Jessica Frost-Ballas has performed at hundreds of events and she enjoys putting together the perfect blend of songs to make each event truly memorable.  Jessica is also available for private instruction in harp in the Shenandoah Valley.  Jessica is currently accepting students of all ages and abilities on lever and pedal harp in Winchester and Bridgewater, VA.  jessicaafrost@gmail.com

Anita Rae Smith
Harpist — Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Live, soothing and relaxing harp music is sure to add to any occasion. I perform on a 5- octave Celtic lever harp featuring a sassafras soundboard which gives the music a rich and mellow sound; making each song played a true work of art. My repertoire includes classical, pop, love songs, show tunes, Celtic, spirituals, gospels, folk and 50's to 90's rock. My experience includes weddings (both indoor and outdoor), luncheons/teas, anniversaries, receptions, church services, reunions, retirement communities, business dinners, fundraisers and any other special occasion. I also play with a cellist and violinist. For bookings and other information email me at: harpistanita@gmail.com

Robin Roys
Harpist — Silver Spring, Maryland
Robin Roys is a professional harpist with over 20 years of experience.  She brings a beautiful
concert grand harp to all performances and has a wide range of song titles available.
 Ms. Roys is also a recording artist with 3 CDs available for purchase.  She works with top musicians
in the area and can provide an instrumentalist to play with the harp if desired.  She also provides
 a sound system for hotel and outdoor performances.  Celtic and Troubadour harps are also available.
 Complimentary demo CD can be sent upon request. rroys@erols.com
www.harpistrobinroys.com

Wendy E. Willis
Harpist — Silver Spring, Maryland
Add heavenly music to your affair. Harpist available for weddings, banquets and receptions;
graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
 this includes: Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware.
 Harp lessons are also available in the Washington DC area.  wwillis218@aol.com

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Emily Reid
Harpist — Adelphi, Maryland
Emily Reid plays and teaches both the Celtic harp and the double Celtic harp.
 Also known as troubadour or bardic harps, they are smaller and more portable
than the orchestral instruments.  Emily owns several harps of varying sizes,
and one will fit the needs of your room and audience. Emily fits the music to the occasion.
  Her repertoire goes beyond Celtic music, ranging from traditional ballads and hymns
to classical, New Age, and Sephardic works.  emily.reid2@verizon.net

Iraida Poberezhnaya
Harpist — Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Iraida Poberezhnaya has an extensive career as a professional harpist. In preparing for that she received two Doctorate Degrees in Music, Harp Major, one from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, the other is from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, where she studied with the world-known harpist Olga Erdely, People Artist of Russia. Iraida is a winner of International Music Competition (Baku, 1955), and a winner of a State Music Competition of Azerbaijan in 1993. She was selected among 35 harpists around the world to participate in International Harp Competition in Israel, 1994, and US, 1995. Iraida's journey took her all the way from Russia throughout the United States. She now resides in Baltimore, MD  and performs around the world. She taught at the University of Central Oklahoma, and at the Southern Nazarene University. Her orchestra experience includes Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Tulsa Opera, and Moscow Stanislavsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. Iraida actively performs at social events. Her presentations include a broad range of performances, from participation in NBC commercials to Christmas Concerts at the Basilica of National Shrine, from Four Seasons Hotel to private celebrity parties. To contact Iraida, please call (410)818-6784 or visit her website: a1harpist.net. Sample CD is available upon request.

Laura Stokes
Harpist — Baltimore, Maryland
Laura Stokes is a Charlottesville VA and Baltimore MD based harpist currently studying at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore MD. Laura is available to play for all types of occasions and events including: Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, Parties, Church Services, and more. Laura plays all styles of music from classical to pop and from Jazz to Broadway.
For more information please visit my website at: http://www.laurastokesharp.com/
Email: laurastokesharp@hotmail.com
Phone: 434-227-7487

Melissa Tardiff Dvorak
Harpist — Falls Church, Virginia
Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, a professional, conservatory-trained harpist, is devoted to the magic of the harp, delighting her audience with a varied and distinctive repertoire, including music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods; traditional Hebrew and Christian melodies; and an expansive selection of contemporary favorites. Melissa has played for hundreds of special events, recently she was a featured artist at the 55th Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush.
Please visit her website www.capitolharpists.com or call 202.262.2613 for more information.

Aimee Raechel
Harpist —  Glen Burnie, Maryland
Aimee Raechel provides soft, beautiful music for weddings, receptions, open houses, dinners,
celebrations, fundraisers, memorial services, and various other events.
Styles: Sacred, Classical, Love Songs, some Movie and Game Themes
Please call 410-969-5789 or email Aimee@AimeeOnTheHarp.com

Mary Fitzgerald
Harpist — Bowie, Maryland
For 20 years, I was the US Navy's primary White House support musician; have adjudicated
 harp competitions; have given workshops on Celtic harp styles & ornamentation; have given
solo concerts and been in concert and have recorded with local Celtic groups "Connemara"
and "IONA." I have been a full-time professional for 26 years; teach ear-training, melodic
dictation (play /write a tune upon hearing it), theory (pick out chords during a seissiun),
improvisation over a lead sheet and over a chord chart, and accompaniment in addition to solid
 ergonomical technic training for playing comfortably.  I'm also contracted to prepare an entire
 book of O'Carolan tunes for Mel Bay music publishers.
 You can contact Mary Fitzgerald at: celticharp1@mac.com .

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