Jan Bishop began harp lessons at age 10 with Lucy Lewis at Oberlin Conservatory, continuing her studies with Jean Harriman at Capital University and as an adult with Ruth Inglefield at Bowling Green State University. In addition, she has taken Suzuki teacher training with Mary Kay Waddington.
Principal Harpist with Lima Symphony Orchestra, Lima, Ohio since 1968, Jan has soloed with orchestra on several occasions. She is an active performer and teacher in the Findlay and Lima areas. Her student harp ensemble played for the AHS Conference in 1993 and continues to play yearly in the lobby before Lima Symphony Orchestra concerts. There are six harpists in her family, a daughter, granddaughter, sister, sister-in-law, niece, and a second granddaughter who will be start lessons in the summer of 2012.
Since 2004, as a member of the harp trio The Three of Harps with Lucy Scandrett and Ruth Papalia, she has given 27 concerts in 6 states as well as London, England. Jan is also a member of the harp trio A Family of Harpists with her sister Lin Grieser and daughter Dawn Bishop Chiang. They performed the concert “A Musical Journey through the Year” four times since 2009, and are planning a new concert for the spring of 2013.
Jan Bishop has been involved with American Harp Society in many capacities, serving on the Board of Directors on and off from 1982-2003, both as Midcentral Regional Director and Director at Large. She was AHS Treasurer from 1984-1986 and Chairman of the Board from 1998-2002. Jan continues to serve as AHS Bookkeeper (1996-present), Endowment Comptroller (approx. 1990-present) and National Conference Coordinator (1994-present). She has served on the Nominating Committee and AHS Foundation Board, was Registration Chairman for the 2008 AHS Conference, and is a founding member and Treasurer of the Northwest Ohio Chapter.