June 3-10, 2018
A supportive environment for enriching your musical skills

Make plans to join us in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan
for a week of all things music and harp.

Lynne Aspnes, Director
                                        welcomes the HarpArts Faculty for 2018


Harpist Lynne Aspnes is Professor Emerita for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and a former faculty member in the School of Music at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Aspnes founded the American Harp Center in Petoskey, Michigan in 2011, as a place for harp students to train with the best artist-teachers available.  Since its' inception the AHC ha brought premiere faculty and students together during the summer months for workshops, performances, and community building. Aspnes began her training in her native Minnesota with her mother, harpist Frances Miller.  Aspnes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  


Joan Raeburn Holland began her study of the harp with Eileen Malone at the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Holland studied with harpist Alice Chalifoux from the age of twelve, earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Ms. Holland is resident harpist and instructor of harp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Associate Professor of Harp at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Ms. Holland has a strong commitment to teaching and maintains an active career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. She is an oft requested presenter for master classes, including appearing at prominent conservatories around the country including CIM and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Notable harp alumni of the Interlochen Center for the Arts include principal harpists in major symphony orchestras and teaching positions across the country.




Dr. Charles W. Lynch III is the Harp Specialist for the Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Arizona, where he works with upwards of 100 harp students from band and orchestra programs at eight junior high schools and six senior high schools. Mr. Lynch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in harp performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University and the Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance, also from ASU.

Dr. Lynch is a founding member of The HarpCore 4 , a harp quartet that performs originally composed covers of popular music. HarpCore4 has been featured at numerous festivals across the US.  Mr. Lynch also performs regularly with flutist Kimberlee Goodman, as part of the duo From the West . In the midwest, Mr. Lynch was an active solo and orchestral harpists, performing with the Kankakee Valley Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra.   During his graduate studies at Illinois, Mr. Lynch worked on the Roslyn Rensch Collection and Papers. He presented on Roslyn Rensch and the collection at the 2002 American Harp Society National Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His articles on the Roslyn Rensch Collection have appeared in two issues of The American Harp Journal . 

Prior to relocating to Arizona, Charles developed collegiate harp programs at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame University, in Notre Dame, Indiana. Working with the harp students in the Mesa Public Schools Charles is continuing the legacy of his first teacher, Karen Miller,  retired Harp Specialist for the MPS.