The American Harp Journal

The core mission of the American Harp Society, Inc. is "to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists". One of the most enduring and effective methods of accomplishing our mission is through our flagship publication, The American Harp Journal. The Journal serves as a vital source of information for the harp community, containing articles designed to educate harpists and to leave an accurate record of the Society's activities. It is a scholarly publication which embodies the AHS mission by including content that reaches out to each facet of our diverse community. AHS members, institutional subscribers, and paid advertisers receive the full color Journal twice yearly. The Board is committed to always maintaining a high quality print publication while also exploring options for alternative digital access.


Emily Laurance, Associate Editor

An accomplished scholar, Emily Laurance is Associate Editor, serving as a content-area expert for the publication. As a professional harpist, musicologist, writer, and editor, Emily provides a perspective that balances the needs of the performing musician with the commitment and standards of specialized scholarship. Due to her own ongoing research and writing, she enjoys numerous connections from whom she can encourage submissions of articles that are of interest to our membership.

In addition to being a recent member of The American Harp Journal editorial board, Emily serves as Contributing Commentary Editor for the A-R Online Score Anthology. The Anthology is a fully web-based score anthology, designed for use in collegiate music education, and published by one of the premiere academic music publishing houses in the country. Emily has served as a reader for Camac Publications and Indiana University Press, and was Scholar-in-Residence for The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, conducting independent research for a book manuscript on the early pedal harp. Emily holds two Bachelor's degrees from Oberlin College, in harp performance and English, a Masters degree in harp performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and a Masters degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in musicology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Emily is committed to retaining "harp-related scholarship as the keystone" of The American Harp Journal." She plans to solicit submissions from a larger percentage of our membership and "actively look for potential contributors whose interests extend beyond our assumed boundaries."