All Students are expected to bring their own instrument. Please note that class sizes are LIMITED and the minimum enrollment criteria must be met or the course will be cancelled.
The Scottish Harp classes will focus on:
• Basic harp technique for beginners and intermediates.
• Repertoire at all levels, including tunes for competition sets.
• Scottish style, including ornaments, lilt, and dance types.
The nylon/gut harp classes will study Scottish dance music, airs, and songs, focusing on ornamentation, Scottish style, accompaniment, and learning by ear. Afternoons will include lectures, practice time, and playing in sessions. Classes will be available for beginners who have played for a few months, intermediates, and advanced players.
About our 2021 Harp Instructors
Instructors for OSAS 2022 to be announced
From when she began playing harp at the age of five, Rachel Clemente has had a passion for both classical pedal harp music and traditional and contemporary Scottish clarsach music, which ultimately led her to studying both genres in Scotland. She is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and holds a bachelors degree in Traditional Music.
She started her studies with harpist Candyce Dunham until attending the renowned arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy under Joan Holland. Her time at the Royal Conservatoire was spent studying under harpist and composer, Corrina Hewat. Rachel won the title of U.S. National Scottish Harp Champion in 2016.
Rachel has recently released her debut EP, A Quiet Uniqueness, and moved back to her home in Granville. She is currently working towards becoming a certified Suzuki Harp teacher.
Rachel Hair was born and brought up in the Scottish Highland village of Ullapool and first came across the Scottish harp through the work of the renowned Gaelic arts organisation Fèis Rois.
Now resident in Glasgow, a city famed for it’s melting pot of musical and cultural style, she has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and beyond, and has released 5 critically acclaimed albums, the most recent Sparkswith acoustic guitarist and fellow Scots Trad music obsessive, Ron Jappy.
A much sought after soloist and teacher Rachel has performed/taught at harp festivals in the USA, Russia, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Scotland and her arrangements and compositions from her harp books feature in the current syllabuses of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Trinity College London.
When downtime allows, Rachel teaches locally in Scotland and she also journeys once a month to the Isle of Man where she teaches Manx celtic harp. Having founded the harp ensemble Claasagh on the island, she is at the forefront of the revival of Manx harp music and her work has firmly established the harp at the heart of the Manx tradition.
Once Scottish immigrant Sharon Knowles discovered the harp in her twenties she immediately plunged into acquiring the necessary skills to play, teach and perform music. From studying with harpers such as Mary Macmaster, Patsy Seddon and Judith Peacock Cummings, to playing in ‘innumerable’ sessions, to taking three years of college courses in music theory, singing, chorus, music history and piano as well as many workshops, Sharon devoted herself to becoming a serious musician. With her customary thoroughness, she took the time to acquaint herself with the pedal harp, to better enable her help students making the transition from pedal to lever harp. Sharon, who is most comfortable playing by ear, is a masterful accompanist and has performed with several duo partners and in several bands. These ensembles performed Scottish traditional music, Irish traditional music and Old Time music. Sharon recently joined the Maggie’s Music record label having performed with Maggie and many other musicians on the label for several years. Sharon has taught and performed at harp retreats such as Somerset Harp Festival, Edinburgh Harp Festival, Celtic Connections and the Ohio Scottish Arts School. She is National Scottish Harp Champion and a respected adjudicator with the Scottish Harp Society of America. Sharon runs a nationally recognized concert series out of her home near Gettysburg PA and a host of other events in the same venue. Her latest CD is with an Irish band called The Morning Star. She has five additional CDs available at CD Baby.
Perpetually surprised by what comes out of her mouth, Jen Narkevicius prefers to let her harp do the talking – sometimes. From the Washington DC area, where talk is cheap, she leverages wit to bridge the gaps between the two. Jen enjoys teaching and performing. She also is taken with traveling through Scotland with others, pairing the music with the places, people and events that inspired it. She is Co-Director of Harp Camp in SE Pennsylvania and is beyond delighted to be invited to OSAS. Currently Competition Committee Chair of the Scottish Harp Society of America, Jen is a credentialed SHSA judge. She has been privileged to play for “important people” and to be part of the Harpa tours, but she will be even more fortunate to share some tunes with you! She blogs weekly on topics that range from touring Scotland with a harp to staying healthy and fit as a musician, on to fulfilling your promise as a harper on http://www.jeniuscreations.com/blog/ and she especially enjoys writing about herself in the third person.