Faith Carman


Jan Bishop

Jan BishopFaith Carman has made numerous contributions to the harp community as a performer, teacher and music publisher, as well as through her service to the American Harp Society. She studied with Carlos Salzedo both in Camden, Maine and at the Curtis Institute of Music, and earned a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University.

During the course of her career, Faith was principal harpist of many orchestras, including Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia, National Ballet, Kennedy Center Opera House, Oakland Symphony, San Rafael Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Yakima Symphony. In addition, she performed as second harpist with the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and S F Contemporary Music Players. A prolific freelancer, Faith is particularly proud of her 174 performances of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

In addition to her private teaching studio, Faith also taught harp at Howard University, George Washington University, San Francisco Conservatory and San Francisco State University. In 1985, she founded F C Publishing, arranging and publishing works for the harp until 2001.

Faith has participated in three AHS National Conference workshops, and performed a solo work written for her in a chamber concert at the 1967 National Conference. She served the AHS locally as President of the Washington D.C. and the Bay Area Chapters, and nationally for two years as Vice President and ten years as Chairman of the Board. Currently Faith is the Chairman of the Escosa Memorial Fund, a position she has held for more than twenty years.