Washington Area Folk Harp Society

The Washington Area Folk Harp Society
Annual Harpers Getaway
November 1 - 3, 2019

Registrar's Letter
(DOCX format)
Weekend Schedule Workshops Registration Form
(DOCX format)

The 2019 WAFHS Harpers Getaway will be November 1 - 3. This year, the Getaway will return to the Shepherd's Spring retreat center in Sharpsburg, MD. The registration deadline is October 17. Registration forms must be submitted by October 17.

Our guests this year are Rachel Clemente and Janet Witman.


Rachel Clemente is back this year with more of her spectacular repertoire and equally exciting teaching style! If you would like to know more about her see www.rachelclementeharpist.com and also on YouTube.

New England-based pedal and traditional Scottish harpist, Rachel Clemente, has had a passion for music from the early age of five. She began her harp training as a student of the Suzuki method. In addition, she discovered her love of Scottish music through events and competitions held by the Scottish Harp Society of America and the Ohio Scottish Arts School. Her musical education then continued at renowned arts boarding high school, Interlochen Arts Academy. In July of 2018, Rachel graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a bachelors degree in traditional Scottish music. She also won the title of U.S. National Scottish Harp Champion in 2016.

Currently Rachel is focusing on establishing The Granville Harp Fest in her hometown of Granville, Ohio, as well as performing and teaching students and workshops around the eastern U.S.

Last year, Rachel released her debut EP, A Quiet Uniqueness.

More information on Rachel is on her website: www.rachelclementeharpist.com.

Janet Witman

Janet Witman will be our guest for this year and next and she has been to this event before. Janet is a superb teacher and performer. I am very excited to have her back! See Janet of YouTube and her website is www.harpexcellence.com.

Janet is known for her ability to successfully criss-cross the realms of classical and celtic harp music. Her classical training began as a young girl and eventually took her to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelors of Music Degree under full scholarship studying under Marilyn Costello of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Janet also studied with the legendary Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Maine, and with Maria Lorcini of the Montreal Symphony. She earned teacher certification at West Chester University.

Her Celtic harp experience began after years of enjoying Scottish and Irish music, and researching her Scots-Irish heritage. Janet has performed in Celtic concerts at the Fair Hill Scottish Games, Adams County Irish Festival, Lancaster Summer Arts, Rockwood Museum, First Night Celebrations in Dover and Wilmington, Delaware, and Longwood Gardens. In 1999 she won the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship and in 2000, the All Eastern Scottish Harp Championship which sent her to the Edinburgh Harp Festival.

More information on Janet is on her website: www.harpexcellence.com.