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ORU Hosts 14th Annual Midwest Harp Festival

Midwest Harp FestivalOral Roberts University hosted the 14th annual Midwest Harp Festival July 21-27, 2013. The week-long festival included workshops, seminars, competitions and concerts.

The festival culminated with a free concert performed by the CCB Solo and Ensemble in Timko Barton Performance Hall and Lobby.

The Midwest Harp Festival is sponsored by the Midwest Harp Academy in an effort to reinforce and help develop skills, while teaching methods of high standards. In the past, harpists and harp students have travelled from as far away as Japan, Korea and Thailand to attend.

The festival will feature guest faculty members from around the nation including: Mary Bircher, principle harpist with the Omaha Symphony and Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra; David Ice, principal harp with the Musica Nova Symphony in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jan Jennings, music review editor for “Harp Column” magazine; Elizabeth Richter, professor of harp at Ball State University; Faye Seeman, principal harpist at the Chicago Sinfonietta and Joffrey Ballet Orchestra; and Peter Wiley, famously known as “The Harp Doctor.” The festival will also feature special guest artist Becky Nissen, principal harpist with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach.