The HARPS Foundation’s mission is: “to maintain and develop programs and performance opportunities for children and youth, regardless of financial means or disabilities, utilizing the harp as a catalyst for personal growth and community service.”
Reached over 750 students through our outreach program Sound Experiences, an El Sistema USA affiliated multi-day after and in-school music immersion program in partnership with schools and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond and Charles City County Public Schools.
Provided over 400 performance service hours in partnership with Bon Secours Health Systems through Harping in the Hospitals and Neonatal Harp Therapy which partner with healthcare facilities to provide therapeutic programming and to conduct clinical studies documenting the impact of harp music on patients, pediatric through seniors.
Recorded "Caravan: 10 Harps, 10,000 Miles" which is under consideration for a Grammy award in 2016.
Performed in Sydney, Australia at the World Harp Congress; New York City at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall three times; in Washington, D.C. at the White House (twice), the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Department of State two times, and for the Prince and Princess of Belgium at the Belgian Ambassador's residence; in Vienna, Austria at the Advent Music Festival; and at the American Harp Society's 9th Summer Institute in Denton, Texas.
Had 100% of our graduates accepted to their first choice colleges as harp majors, two with full scholarships, and two of our high school students accepted to Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Interlochen Center for the Arts and North Carolina University School of the Arts, the nation’s finest arts high schools, based on their mastery of the harp and AYHE performance experience.
Goals (near and long-term):
Continue to expand our educational Outreach Programs, serving more at-risk inner city and rural youth.
Offer and ensure funding for our young musicians to participate in stellar national and international performance opportunities such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center and accept outstanding invitations to perform at prestigious events and venues.
Cultivate new corporate and individual sponsors for our ongoing artistic series.
Purchase enough harps to meet programming demand and, once met, to establish an income-generating harp rental program.
To fully maximize our role as the premier harp based arts education program in the nation, publish our curriculum and program handbook enabling others to develop programming based upon our model.
The HARPS Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999 with a mission to maintain and develop programs and performance opportunities for children and youth, regardless of financial means or disabilities, utilizing music as a catalyst for personal growth and community service. Over the past eighteen years, the HARPS Foundation has grown exponentially and is now the umbrella organization for the following: five performance ensembles of the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE); Virginia Choristers; Academy of Music; and three core areas of community outreach programs. These ensembles and community outreach programs work together to create a more vibrant arts community and engage individuals and audiences of all ages in learning.
My name is Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia and I am the Artistic and Executive Director of HARPS - American Youth Harp Ensemble (HARPS-AYHE). A vibrant contributor to the arts in Central Virginia, HARPS - AYHE also dazzles audiences around the world as America's premier youth harp ensemble, well known for musical sophistication, rich sound, emotional power, and imaginative programming of repertoire. The group made its international debut performing in the Maastricht Music Festival in the Netherlands and has had other notable performances at the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), the Paris Music Festival (France), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Salla Puccini (Milan), Festival of Music (London), and the Advent Music Festival (Vienna) and the World Harp Congress in Sydney Australia. On the national stage, we have performed at the United Nations (NY), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the 34th and 38th American Harp Society National Conferences, the Association for Music Personnel in Public Radio National Conference (in which the AYHE was showcased for music directors from National Public Radio affiliate stations across the US and have subsequently been broadcast nationally) and at Carnegie Hall (NY) in 2001, 2007, and 2012, with another concert scheduled for 2016. We have performed at Carnegie Hall three times, the White House for the second time, and for the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Michael Quinan, Esquire, Chair, Board of Trustees:
Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia is a nationally recognized educator. She has taught the harp and directed harp ensembles for nearly 25 years. In 1999 she founded the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE) and over the next fifteen years has seen her vision of a world-class harp-centered arts organization grow from infancy into maturity. Under her leadership, HARPS-AYHE has established and enjoyed an international reputation for musical and educational excellence. The Ensemble has brought world-class music to enthusiastic audiences in the U.S. and abroad through hundreds of performances, recordings, television and radio features on CNN, NBC, PBS and NPR affiliate stations. Since 1999, the Ensemble has made 20 national and international tours, performing in the Maastricht Music Festival (Netherlands), Edinburgh Easter Music Festival (Scotland), the Paris Music Festival (France), Salla Puccini (Milan), London Festival of Music (England), Salle Gaveau (Paris), the United Nations (NY), the Kennedy Center (DC), the 34th and 38th American Harp Society National Conferences, AHS 9th Summer Institute, the Association for Music Personnel in Public Radio National Conference, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall three times. Most recently, the Ensemble debuted to a sold out audience at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on the “State of the Arts” Concert Series at the U.S. Department of State, at the White House (DC), in the Advent Music Festival in Vienna and Salzburg (Austria), for the Prince and Princess of Belgium, and for the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors performing for such musical luminaries John Williams, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman and Denise Graves, Lincoln Center (NYC), and this past summer at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia. Their performances annually reach audiences of more than 300,000 viewers and listeners through television and radio broadcasts and live performances. The AYHE has been featured in two television specials: “The American Youth Harp Ensemble: Defying the Limits” and “The Community Idea Stations Present: Christmas with the American Youth Harp Ensemble.”
The Summer Music Institutes, now in the 20th year, attract students from around the world for intensive summer music study. The Summer Music Institutes have expanded to include seven weeks of programming with focus areas including: harp, chamber music, violin, guitar, choral music and piano. A European Institute was added to the harp and chamber music offerings in 2012.
Mrs. Ediger-Kordzaia has been an invited presenter/performer at several World Harp Congresses, American Harp Society National Conferences, the International Folk Harp Conference and the International Harp Therapy Conferences. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Citation for Excellence in the Arts and has twice been named a “Top Forty Under Forty” by arts and business publications in Virginia. Most recently she was honored with the American Alliance for Performing Arts Educators 5th Annual Del Keiffner Award for Outstanding Arts Educator at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Teresa Pollak prize for “Excellence in the Arts” from Richmond Magazine, and was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance and a graduate degree in music education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux. She also holds a masters degree in arts administration from Goucher College. Along with her husband, orchestral conductor Alexander Kordzaia, she owns the Academy of Music, central Virginia's leading classical music school. The Academy of Music serves several hundred music students annually with robust programming including a Chamber Music Program, the Virginia Choristers, Early Childhood Music Discovery, private lessons, partnerships with 11 educational institutions and two Chamber Music Series (Virginia and Maryland).
The American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE) is a critically acclaimed performing ensemble comprised entirely of youth, with 22 world-wide tours to their credit.Their latest recording Caravan: 10 Harps, 10,000 Miles was considered for a 2016 Grammy Award.
Sound Experiences is a nationally recognized arts and cultural music education program which combines formal music education conducted by classically trained instructors and peer mentors with community and public organizations to serve underserved youth in inner city and rural areas. HARPS’ Sound Experiences programs currently provide 20 hours per week of tuition-free, multi-day per week, year-round music education on the harp (guitar/violin during summer) and reaches over 750 students each year. The program offers professional instruction, youth mentors, evaluative measures and group performance opportunities. Students in Sound Experiences are actively engaged in supervised music education programming for the duration of each session. Activities include: individualized music instruction, group instruction, hands-on instruction in instrument maintenance/tuning, practice of repertoire in preparation for performance, engagement in peer learning with mentors and ensemble performances. For those with special needs, individualized lesson plans are provided.
The Harp Therapy Outreach Program, in partnership with the Resources for Independent Living Center, provides educational harp therapy to physically, emotionally, behaviorally and/or socially-challenged youth in a highly structured supportive environment, pairing mentors with special needs individuals under the supervision of a professional music therapist, harp teacher, and other professional staff. Harpists in the American Youth Harp Ensemble commit to helping their peers by teaching the harp, serving as role models, and sharing of themselves.
Harping in the Hospitals is offered through Bon Secours medical facilities throughout the region to assist in research on the impact of harp music on health and well-being. Through this program we provide 15 hours weekly of complementary care service performances to benefit patients in cancer institutes, oncology, neonatal, surgical recovery and other areas of the hospital and have been doing so since 2008.
The Mentorship Program: Proficient young harpists help their peers as assistant teachers of the harp, taking an interest, serving as role models and sharing of themselves.
Young at Harp: Experienced student harpists perform solo and small ensemble concerts at local retirement communities, nursing homes, and senior centers on a regular basis.
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