Lynne Aspnes,

Welcome from AHS, Inc. President Lynne Aspnes

Welcome to the website of the American Harp Society, Inc., the largest service organization for harpists in the world. Our mission is to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists, goals we strive to accomplish through our programmatic offerings, publications, chapter and regional networking structure, and our annual national events. It is my honor to serve as the President of the AHS and, with the other elected officers and members of the Board of Directors we will do our best to engage with our mission on behalf of our membership. We welcome your exploration of this website and the myriad offerings of the Society. Come and join us, as we strive to do the best we can on behalf of the harp, harpists, and music.

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Elaine LitsterWelcome from the AHS, Inc. Chairman of the Board Elaine Litster

Welcome to the exciting, inviting world of the American Harp Society.  The AHS welcomes your participation, your involvement, and your vision.

The harp has taken me on many wonderful journeys.  In 1988, I well recall attending my first national conference with my mother, Shari Pack, in Denver, Colorado.  Since then, attending conferences and institutes together has become a family tradition allowing us a window into harp communities throughout the country.  I have made many friends, brought home stacks of harp music and accessories, enjoyed inspiring performances, and expanded my love for this instrument.

Become involved in your local AHS chapter.  I recall tiptoeing into Stella Castellucci’s beautiful home at one of my first Los Angeles Harp Society events, and feeling that I had entered a magical world of harp history.  Those first steps led to planning wonderful concerts and gatherings, conducting a holiday harp ensemble of 25-30 harps for almost 20 years, and becoming a part of the musical fabric of my community.

Whether you are a harp music lover, a seasoned harpist, an impassioned harper, a harp making artisan, a therapeutic harpist, an intrepid beginner, or a practiced “official” harp mover, there is something in the Society for everyone; competitions, grants, music education, the harp journal, historical archives….and more!

I am honored to be elected the Chairman of the AHS Board of Directors, and look forward to working together to further the AHS mission of celebrating our legacy, inspiring excellence, and empowering the next generation of harpists.  I welcome your ideas,