Samuel Milligan



Samuel Milligan is probably best known for the educational materials he has published for lever harp, but up until retirement in 2000, he also worked as a harp technician, mainly in the Metropolitan New York City area, for 43 years.

Describing himself as a "harp addict," being totally in love with the instrument in all its forms, and anxious to infect everyone else with the same infatuation, he insists "no home should be without one."

Since retirement, Milligan finds time for harp related activities, the latest being to increase interest among harpists in the wide use of the harp in Renaissance and Baroque Spain and the Spanish New World.  He also serves as harpist for a local Brooklyn opera company.  In between all that, Milligan makes arrangements for the Brooklyn Tutti Harps ensemble and the annual South Texas Harp Ensemble concerts in Corpus Christi.

Sam Milligan has been a member of AHS since the beginning, and has been, in fact, a member of the New York Chapter from the time it was founded by Marcel Grandjany. He was the first editor of the American Harp Journal, and still contributes articles, the most recent being in the Summer 2009 issue, about the harp in Colonial Spanish Texas.  In addition, Milligan is the American Harp Society liaison to the Historical Harp Society, in which he is also active.

photo credits: first photo by Van Williams (1961), third photo by William Grant