Ellen Tepper, Harp

Ellen Tepper, harpist and historian, brings life to 500 years of harp music.  She was born in New York but spent most of her childhood in Vienna, Austria, where she began studying classical harp at the age of eight.

Ellen’s repertoire ranges from 13th to 18th centuries, and includes the well-known music collected by Edward Bunting in Belfast in 1792 at the gathering of the last of the Irish minstrel harpers.

Ellen conducts workshops and classes in harp performance and has served as a faculty member for Early Music Week at Pinewoods, teaching harp.

The Harp
More than just Background Music
For the Young and the Young at Heart

Ellen conducts seminars & lectures about the harp, featuring lots of historical information, beautiful musical examples on the harp and a good laugh or two. Educational tidbits and ironic anecdotes interspersed with the music of the angels

The History of the Harp In Ireland
This performance combines a talk about the history of the harp in Ireland, its place within the social structure and its subsequent decline. Using harp music collected in Belfast in 1792, I tell about the composers and include anecdotes about the music and the harpers who played it. In addition to being informative, educational (and sometimes funny) this includes some of the most beautiful music written for the harp, by players of the instrument.

The History of the Harp in Art and Music
This 60 slide lecture/concert begins in 2500 B.C. and traces the development of the harp through iconography, sculpture and paintings. I perform music from the 13th century to the present, illustrating major developments in music while engaging the audience with humorous takes on various historical events.

A Concert In Praise of Women
This concert focuses on the many pieces of music bearing women’s names. Beginning in the 13th century, through the Renaissance , this also includes lovely Irish and Scottish harp music as well as a foray into the 20th century.

A History of American Musical Theatre
The beginnings of the musical, how we got there, and selections from many now classic standards and show tunes played on the harp. I do not sing, but many folks know all the words.

All Around the Harp
Light Classics, standards, show tunes and Celtic harp music, all with a lively talk about their origins. May include sacred and secular music as well. This program is a really good fit for Memory Care facilities.

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