Harp Day

Our annual Chicago Harp Day returns in 2019 on November 3 with performances and workshops presented by Bridget Kibbey and Claire Happel Ashe.  Enjoy an afternoon full of harp events, crafts, gift bags and more!

We also invite you to take part in a private recording session.  Work with a technician to record any piece of your choice on a pedal or lever harp.  Your recorded file will be emailed to you following your session. Please designate your interest to participate in a private recording session on the registration form below.  A Lyon & Healy representative will contact you to confirm your time slot.

Harp Day is free to attend, but registration is requested.


Bridget Kibbey
Claire Happel Ashe

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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Performance by Bridget Kibbey, harp
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop with Bridget Kibbey: The harp is an orchestra! Demanding varied colors and clarity of lines from our hands, in order to make compelling transcriptions.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop with Claire Happel Ashe: Child’s Play: Applying Alexander Technique to Harp Performance This workshop will look at how the whole body and mind affect our sound and facility at the harp. It will look at both the principles of the Alexander Technique and developmental movement patterns that underlie all skilled movement. Come ready to move and investigate patterns that apply to the harp in order to develop more freedom and understanding of technique at the instrument.
4:00 pm Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society Student Recital

The Lyon & Healy Showroom is open and staffed with sales associates throughout the day.  Make sure to stop by to pick up your Lyon & Healy gift bag!

Don’t forget to take advantage of a special Harp Day Accessory Sale.  All music, strings and accessories are 15% off during Harp Day!

Design your own mini-harp anytime from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Green Room.

Sign up now for a private recording session in the Salzedo Room. *The recording sessions are now fully reserved.  At this time we can add you to a waitlist if you are interested in recording.


Bridget Kibbey

Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey expands the platform and scope of what the harp can do via her own touring projects. She has fast gained a reputation for her diverse, energetic programming that spans the baroque, French Masterworks, and rhythmic migration evolving into the dance forms we love in modern-day Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.  2018/2019 highlights include J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerti alongside the Dover Quartet in the US and Canada, a ten-city duo collaboration with mandolinist Avi Avital, four world-premiere performances of the João Luiz Harp Concerto -exploring the evolution of Brazilian popular dance forms on the harp. As a bandleader she performs alongside and celebrates NYC’s Nuevo Latino culture with percussionist Samuel Torres, clarinetist Benito Meza, and guitarist João Luiz Rezende via Carnegie Hall’s CityWide project.
Kibbey is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, the only harpist to win a place in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program, Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, and winner of Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Juilliard School Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership.
She has toured and recorded with luminaries Placido Domingo, Dawn Upshaw, and Gustavo Santaollalo for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon; and, her own debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York.She appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician at festivals and series across the globe, including Schloss Elmau, Pelotas Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, International Festival d’Avesnois, Aspen, Bravo!Vail, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Big Ears Knoxville, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber, Savannah Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, among others.

Claire Happel Ashe

Claire Happel Ashe is a versatile performer known for integrating diverse aspects of movement and music. As a harpist, she has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago among many others throughout the Midwest. She regularly collaborates in chamber music concerts with bassist Philip Alejo (River Town Duo), oboist Karisa Antonio (Immer Neu), and guitarist James Moore and mandolin player Jeremy Harting (Noble Fowl Trio).
In the summers, she has performed at the Midwest Harp Festival, American Harp Society Conferences and Institutes in Chicago, Logan (UT), and Tacoma (WA), taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Music in the Mountains Festival (Alexander Technique assistant), and presented at the World Harp Congress in Dublin and Alexander Technique Congress in Chicago.
In 2007-08, she received a Fulbright Grant to study with Jana Boušková in Prague and holds degrees in music performance from Yale University and the University of Illinois, where she also received a BFA in Dance. She currently teaches harp, Alexander Technique, and movement at Valparaiso University, Olivet Nazarene University, and the James Hart Harp Program in the Homewood Public Schools.
She is a graduate of the Alexander Technique Centre Urbana (Joan and Alex Murray), and her doctoral research explores applications of the Alexander Technique to harp performance.


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