June 4 - 11, 2017
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 2017


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.  


Mary Jane D’Arville along with her husband David is the founder of the Atlanta Harp Center and the Virginia Harp Center, East Coast harp resource centers with locations in Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia. For several years, Mary Jane taught harp at the University of Virginia, as well as serving as director of the Richmond Public Schools Harp Program. Over the years, she has performed with several regional orchestras including the Richmond, Savannah, and Charlottesville Symphony Orchestras, as well as maintaining an active free lance career. In 2003 Ms. D'Arville performed with the Salzedo Ensemble at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University where she received her MFA in Harp Performance. 


Rachel Brandwein is the winner of the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Solo Competition.  She is under management as the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Artist 2014-2016 and is performing throughout the United StatesDr. Brandwein is on faculty at Luther College, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, and at Mount Calvary Academy of Music.  Among her performance and composition accomplishments are first prizes and grants in numerous regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, as well as Mu Phi Epsilon.






   Rhett Barnwell has distinguished himself as a composer and arranger of music specifically for the harp.  He is the founder of Seraphim Music, which publishes sacred, classical, and meditative music for the solo lever or pedal harp, and harp with voice and other instruments.  His work encompasses hymn arrangements, original compositions and transcriptions of the music of Bach, Handel and others.  Mr. Barnwell has performed throughout the U.S. and in Venice, Rome and Florence, in Ireland and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.  He is in demand as a presenter and performer at many conferences and retreats.  He has organized biannual Liturgical Harp Conferences since 2007 which have drawn harpists from all other the country.  He has given workshops and concerts for American Harp Society Chapters throughout the country and is regularly commissioned to write new works by individuals and organizations.