The next New Orleans Jazz & Pop Harp Weekend will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2015.

Crowne Plaza, New Orleans Airport Hotel, will host the event. 

Brenda Bowen Cox:
The N.O. Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend exceeded my expectations. It was extremely well put together - you did your homework and you did it very well. The instruction was top quality - all the instructors are not just great performers, but also excellent teachers. The Weekend had the perfect amount of material presented. There was plenty of material to be challenging yet not so much as to make one feel overwhelmed. The variety of class topics as well as instructors and activities made it interesting at all times - there were no "lags."

Jeff McFadden:
The best money I've spent in a long, long time. Please also share my blog, There will be a long post about the festival, after I catch my breath. There is also a daily blog I sent out in real time available at forum.

Cheryl Kripke Cohen:
Thank you Patrice for all the hard work and time you and Carlos and everyone else involved in teaching and hosting the event put in. It was a great weekend!

Ann Seward:
I met so many wonderful people this weekend, with whom I want to stay in touch. Thank you again, and please extend my thanks to each of your volunteers, for all your work for this event. Every one of you truly went above and beyond the call of duty, and made for a great event.

Deborah Henson-Conant:
Thanks so much Patrice, Yvonne, Carlos & Lindsey — what great work you did!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of it.

Sharon Affeltranger:
Fabulous weekend. More than I expected and well worth flying across the country to attend. Thanks again for all your excellent organization and help. I loved getting to know you all.

Arlene Rector:
I had a wonderful time at the Jazz Conference.

Patrice Fisher - Latin Jazz harpist,

Rachel Van Voorhees-
Teaching Faculty harpist,

Kimberly Houser - harpist/composer/improviser,


Steve Masakowski, Guitarist, and a real New Orleans Jazz Rhythm section will be participating in daily Jam Sessions and Friday night's Faculty Concert.


Carlos Valladares - Latin Jazz percussionist,
General information:


We will offer 3 courses and we will have a lever harp track and a pedal harp track

- a 3 day intensive course for harp students and professionals with some experience in playing jazz, divided in 3 levels: beginning, intermediate & advanced.

- a 2 day exploration course for students, professionals and amateurs who are beginners in playing jazz, divided in 2 levels: beginner & intermediate

- a 1 day exploration course for students, professionals and amateurs who are beginners in playing jazz, divided in 1 level: beginner


Check back in 2014 for our updated schedules, which expands your skills, to enable you to play Jazz and Pop harp.

There will also be
daily jam sessions, a Guest Artist afternoon Tea at Windsor Court Hotel, a jazz listening trip to the New Orleans French Quarter and 2 Jazz Harp Weekend faculty concerts.

We think the Jazz Harp Weekend has great potential not only to improve the musical skills of our professional and student harpists, but also to generate interest among music students to study jazz harp on a more regular basis. We have the great privilege of being able to live in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. We think this is the perfect place to learn to play Jazz Harp.

We want to encourage students to explore avenues of making music, other than orchestral playing and solo recitals. The more versatile that our harp students become, the more opportunities they will have to work as professional musicians. The world of the freelance harpist requires the ability to play with many skills and in many styles. At the recent American Harp Society Summer Institute in Denton, TX, Detroit jazz harpist, Rizpah, said that, as classical harpists, we live in a harp bubble, and do not learn the skills we need to adapt to the real world. We need to break out of the harp bubble, if we want to survive & prosper.

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