The image, the sound, even the presence of the harp can evoke beauty, magic, stillness, peace. What is it about the harp that draws us? Why do so many cultures claim the harp as their national instrument and why such variety in one instrument called the harp? What is this association we commonly have with harp and the angels?
Join Judi Byron, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner as we explore these and many other questions. We will look at the harp’s rich history through time and cultures; examine Harp Therapy, a new practice from an age old tradition; look at the science of sound through the harp’s healing lens and get to put your fingers on some harps and play! There will be on hand a variety of harps to explore.
Judi has a degree in education, is certified in both Therapeutic Harp and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy and has played the harp for over 30 years. She leads workshops and lectures on the “Healing Harp”. She has provided palliative care through the harp at The UVM Medical Center in Burlington (formerly Fletcher Allen Hospital), and plays at the bedside for the sick and dying both in hospitals and nursing homes as well as in private homes. She travels Vermont playing sing-alongs for residents of nursing homes, adult day care and rehab and has had much success with patients accessing memory through song.
Judi is a harp performer, teacher, choir director, liturgical musician and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar and steel pans along with the harp, though not at the same time! Judi entertained the Trapp Family Lodge’s guests through harp music in the dining room and was the Lodge’s Music Director leading and teaching programs for kids and adults. Judi attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her degree in Education, and Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in jazz performance. Judi is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Vermont Music Teachers Association and teachers privately from her studio in Duxbury, Vermont.
Judi is the proud owner of nine harps from a wee 10 stringharp to a double strung 68 stringed one-of- a-kind “sidewinder”. Small harps will be available to rent for the workshop (day) or by the month if you would like to pursue learning to play the harp.
Judi is available for instruction. Call (802) 244-7237 for more information or email email@example.com.