Cincinnati lost a true champion of the harp when Michelle Gwynne passed away in September 2016. Her passion for sharing the harp in meaningful ways with others was obvious in all of her performing and teaching, but particularly in the thriving harp program that she cultivated at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). This program gives dozens of students positive experiences with the harp, including unique opportunities like giving concerts, making recordings, performing at conferences, and other entrepreneurial ventures.
As one of very few harp programs in public schools in the US, the daily group harp class is truly invaluable to the school and the city in that it makes the harp accessible to an incredibly large number of students regardless of age, race, socioeconomic level, or any other qualifier; to this end, the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Harp Society (AHS) decided that the best way to do something tangible, meaningful, and long-lasting to honor Michelle's legacy would be to donate a harp to SCPA. The majority of the students enrolled in the program do not own their own instruments, therefore, this harp could be "checked out" for at-home practice, enabling the students to progress in their studies and further their enjoyment of the instrument.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause through this YouCaring page; if you would prefer to mail a check, please contact Alaina Graiser at [email protected]
to receive the mailing address.
To celebrate Michelle's life and to aid in the purchase of the instrument, the Cincinnati Chapter of the AHS is also hosting a Memorial Benefit Concert on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7pm in Corbett Auditorium at SCPA (108 W Central Parkway, Cincinnati, 45202). The concert is free to the public and donations will be gratefully received; items will also be raffled toward raising funds for the harp. The concert will be a diverse and engaging tribute to Michelle, with performances of all different styles of music by SCPA students and colleagues, friends, and former students of Michelle's.
For any questions or comments, please contact Alaina Graiser at [email protected]
We believe in the power of this harp program to touch students' lives in a positive way and, while Michelle is deeply missed, we are honored to remember her vivacious spirit and further her undeniable legacy in the Cincinnati Harp Community.
The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, therefore, the full amount of your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.