Karen McGarrett

Karen M.

Nacogdoches, TX

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Karen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1997

I love the harp! I began playing harp at age 8, and it seems as though it's always been a part of my life. I have played professionally for many years now, and for me teaching is the very best part of being a harpist. I've performed all over the place through the years, including Texas Renaissance Festival, Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, Texas Blueberry Festival, and North Texas Irish Festival just to name a few.

I teach both pedal and lever harp, and have an appreciation for all types of music. I spent a large part of my career playing traditional Irish and Celtic music, and am currently enjoying music of the Baroque era. I think one should always try new things, as well as revisiting old loves!

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Experience

Professional Harpist
Jan 1997 - Present
McGarrett Harp Studio

Affiliations

International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen
Jan 1994

Founded by Roland L. Robinson, a harpmaker in Mt. Laguna, California, the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC) was intended to meet the needs of the individual folk harper and builder for communication with his or her fellow artists.

It began in 1980 out of the readership of the Folk Harp Journal and in 1985 it became a California nonprofit corporation. Today, with a yearly membership of almost sixteen hundred, it provides a focus for folk harp activities worldwide.

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American Harp Society
Jan 1986

The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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Photos & Videos

St. Patrick's Day Concert with 2 of my adult students.

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Kilgore, TX

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Teaching a class at O'Flaherty's Irish Retreat in Waxahachie, TX.
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