Harp Instructors/Performers at The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
at the Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold Ohio!


Nicolas Carter:


Nicholas Carter teaching and performing at The Harp Gathering in Archbold Ohio 2018Nicolas Carter was raised in Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp, the national folk instrument. He has been composing, recording and performing harp music for more than 25 years and has recorded nearly a dozen albums in the United States, Europe and South America, both as a solo artist and with Latin American and world music ensembles. He is often a featured concert performer and master teacher at national and international harp festivals. Nicolas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre directing from the University of Minnesota and received a Fulbright research grant in France and was a Fulbright scholar in Uruguay. www.nicolascarter.com



Martha Gallagher:


Martha Gallagher teaching and performing at The Harp Gathering in Archbold Ohio 2018Martha Gallagher brings a lifetime of music experiences and explorations to the harp; Blues/Jazz diva, folk/trad. musician, rock n’ roll singer, classical flautist, songwriter and composer. A popular teacher and performer, she is self-taught on the harp, with an eclectic approach to the instrument and a music repertoire that students, as well as music-loving audiences, find refreshing and inspiring.

Down to Earth. Spiritual. Martha shares her knowledge, experience, ideas and inspirations with a joie de vivre, encouraging students of all levels to explore, embrace and enjoy their creative journeys.

Martha has been sharing her distinctive and richly varied classes and performances with students and audiences for nearly 40 years. Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory have featured Martha as guest artist/clinician, as have many international festivals and conferences. Several music trade magazines have published both her music and articles. She is currently the CD reviewer for The Folk Harp Journal and is a board member of the ISFHC.

Extensive solo tours have taken Martha throughout the US and Canada, with several tours sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts. She has performed with such luminaries as six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains. She has appeared as a guest soloist with several symphonies, premiering an original suite for lever harp and orchestra in 2014 She has been featured on numerous television and radio programs; appearances include BBC Television, Northeast Public Radio, North Country Public Radio and Good Morning Arizona.

Martha delights in opportunities to work with a variety of ensembles, including symphonies, vocal ensembles, hand bell ensembles and other groups, as a soloist. . She has produced and recorded seven CDs of primarily original music on her indie label Singing Strings.


Cass Jendzurski:


Cass Jendzurski Instructing at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio 2018Cass Jendzurski, creator of Guided Angels Ministry, is an inspiring and experienced musician and vocalist. She is a protege and graduate of the Therapy Harp Training Program (THTP), a performing member of the Artists Music Guild and a Certified Basic Cantor with the National Pastoral Musicians. She has presented workshops and sessions for health care professionals both at the state and national levels. For more on Cass visit her website at www.guidedangels.com



Diane Michaels:


Diane Michaels teaching a The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!DIANE MICHAELS is a professional harpist living in New Jersey. Her career has taken her from Carnegie Hall to the wedding hall (she has played at least 1000 weddings). When not performing or writing, she and her husband make up songs about and for their miniature poodle, Lola.

As a writer, Ms. Michaels has penned program biographies and press materials for classical musicians, and her articles on developing and sustaining a career as a musician have appeared in publications including Harp Column and Allegro.

Ms. Michaels plays the harp for tea at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. She has played on Broadway for the show Thoroughly Modern Millie and with Tony Bennett at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City. She is on the roster of Music for all Seasons, a non-profit organization. She serves as the Mid Atlantic Regional Director of the American Harp Society. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Ms. Michaels is on the faculty of the Wharton Music Center. www.dianemichaelsbooksandharp.com


Dr. Diana Rowan:


Diana Rowan Instructing and Performing at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio 2018An award-winning musical artist performing worldwide, Dr. Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty. She integrates global musical traditions with fluency and reverence. Born in Ireland and raised the child of an Irish diplomat, Diana has traveled, lived and performed on six continents. As a natural outgrowth of this inspiration, her music interweaves global music, art, spirituality and mythology. She can be heard on many CDs and soundtracks, including her solo albums Panta Rhei, The Bright Knowledge, and the forthcoming As Above, So Below.

Diana’s 30+ year performance career spans venues such as the World Harp Congress in Australia, Washington DC's Smithsonian, the US Embassy in Vietnam, and Eastern European cathedrals. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Diana holds a PhD in Music Theory (world harp composition techniques), plus an MM in Piano Performance (classical.)

She presents rave-review workshops, lectures worldwide and runs Bright Knowledge Academy, an online college for dedicated musicians. Bright Knowledge Academy's leading programs are:

• Virtual Harp Summit, www.virtualharpsummit.com, the leading online harp festival-conference

• Bright Knowledge Harp Circle, www.join harpcircle.com, the membership program which teaches the Bright Knowledge System. This powerful system teaches you how to define your Harp Purpose and follow through with your creative goals.

Diana's teaching has brought life-changing results for many musicians, particularly in making breakthroughs manifesting high-level creativity and overcoming blocks like performance anxiety. Her first book, "World Harp Techniques," was released Fall 2015.

Not surprisingly, Diana understands the healing power of music and plays often in hospitals and healing centers via her company Sage Harpists. She also performs regularly via Bread & Roses for audiences who don't normally experience live music, from preschools to maximum security prisons. Harp is powerful! www.dianarowan.com

TAPESTRY (Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon):


Harp and Acoustic Guitar Duo Tapestry Instructing and Performing at The Harp Gathering - Folk Harp Festival, Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold, Ohio.TAPESTRY features Denise Grupp-Verbon on Folk Harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Performing together for 16 years, TAPESTRY has released three CDs, "Variations," "The Journey" and "The Red Leaf." TAPESTRY has performed for the Somerset Folk Harp Festival (New Jersey and California), the Florida Harpers and Friends Festival, It's Friday at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Chapel Concert Series (Monroe, MI), the Epworth United Methodist Concert Series (Toledo, OH), the Fayette (Ohio) Historical Opera House Artist Series, and Sights and Sounds (Chelsea, MI). They appear regularly for "Vineyard Adventures" at the Toledo Zoo; "Lunch in the Park" in Bowling Green, Ohio and for "Friday Night Live" at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio.

Denise’s harp journey began at age 11, studying privately for several years with Peoria Symphony Principal Harpist, Marjorie Winters, and continuing with Chicago Symphony Principal Harpist, Edward Druzinsky. After earning a Masters Degree in Harp Performance from Northwestern University, she began working as a free-lance musician in the Northwest Ohio area. Denise performs on both lever and pedal harp and is a highly sought after clinician with a thriving private teaching studio. Students travel as far as 2 hours away to study with her and she also uses technology to teach students over the internet. Her publications include arrangements for both harp solo and harp ensemble, and she has developed several instructional books and a DVD for both lever and pedal harp. Denise is an Adjunct Music Instructor at Owens State Community College, where she teaches Music Theory I and II, Piano I and II, Piano for Majors, Music Business I and II, along with other assorted music courses. In 2005-2006 Denise was awarded Adjunct Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Michael began his music career as a teen, playing drums and percussion in a weekend variety show in Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Army, serving part of his enlistment as a percussionist in the U.S. Army Band. While in service he started a degree program focusing on computer science, and after his discharge from the military, he successfully completed several degrees and certifications in computer technology. All along, he has continued to stay active in the music industry, either as a performer or as a sound and lighting technician. Always having played guitar, Michael returned to school, taking college level music courses, as well as attending workshops with such prominent fingerstyle guitarists as Don Ross, John Gorka, and most notably, Grammy Award Winning "DADGAD" fingerstyle guitarist, Al Petteway. Michael continues to travel to Al’s home studio regularly, to study privately with him. He actively composes and arranges much of the material recorded and performed by TAPESTRY.

Denise and Michael are the proud founders and directors of The Harp Gathering; celebrating our 10th year!

www.tapestryduo.com / www.harpgathering.com

Harper Tasche:


Harper Tasche at The Harp Gathering 2017 in Archbold OhioHarper Tasche holds a unique and prominent place in the folk harp world, as an award-winning performer and composer, recording artist, teacher, and author. Best known for his innovative work with the small harp, the cross-strung harp, and the Renaissance bray harp, he delights and inspires concert and festival audiences, harp players, and harp builders throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Based in Seattle, Harper creates a distinctive and exceptionally expressive sound which blends traditional Nordic and Celtic music with classical, historical, and contemporary styles. He is a regular headliner at major international folk harp events, and his work has been heard and seen throughout North America and Europe on widespread radio and television broadcasts and in feature film. www.harpcrossing.com


Frank Voltz:


Jazz Gospel Harpist, Frank Voltz Instructing and Performing at The Harp Gathering - Folk Harp Convention, Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold, Ohio.Frank Voltz is a multi-talented musician; a concert artist on piano, harp, and organ; an accomplished composer and arranger; and a highly respected clinician and teacher.

Frank began playing the piano at age 7 and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor or Arts in Piano Performance. He has been accompanist for The Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), and The Joffrey Ballet (NYC). While working with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he was Assistant Ballet Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn. In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country.

Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has performed on the original "Hour of Power" at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. He was organist for the National Christian Choir (NCC) in Washington, DC for four years and recorded four CDs with the NCC. In 2014, Frank presented a solo concert, “Christmas at the Coleman,” on harp, piano, and “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ (1928) at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK.

As a Director of Music and versatile church musician, Frank possesses experience in traditional as well as Contemporary Christian music. He has conducted vocal choirs, handbell choirs, and orchestras; directed and produced musical productions; arranged choral and orchestral music; and produced a nationally-syndicated Christian television program. As a former church musician in the Washington metropolitan area, Frank was invited by Shirley Dobson to perform for the National Day of Prayer on several occasions.

Frank began playing the harp as an adult. After playing the harp for only 5 years, he competed and won Second Prize in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition, Lever Harp Division. For the past 15 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2009, he has performed on several occasions with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony. In 2010, Frank was commissioned to write an arrangement for the American Youth Harp Ensemble. In 2014, he was commissioned to write an original composition for harp and handbells for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2016, he performed at the American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Frank has recorded five harp CDs and two piano CDs. As a Gospel Jazz harpist, he is in demand performing in churches all over the country. As a jazz harpist, he has performed on various Rock, Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Folk, Christmas, and Sacred recording projects for various artists (including a Grammy Award winning instrumentalist). He has published more than 85 hymn arrangements, ensemble arrangements, and original compositions for pedal and lever harp through his music publishing company, Chiera Music (www.frankvoltz.com). His music has been recorded by other harpists around the world.

Frank is currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the AHS. www.frankvoltz.com


Janet Brehm Ziegler:


Janet Brehm Ziegler teaching and performing at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!Janet Brehm Ziegler, Soprano, is a professional musician with years of opera, musical theatre, and contemporary classical performing. She coaches undergraduate and professional students in voice, piano, and music theory and understands the stage fright experience from many points of view. She is returning to Harp Gathering for her second year and is excited to share her musical and psychological knowledge of performing. www.janetbrehmzieglersoprano.com