Harp Workshop

The Glengarry Highland Games presents a harp workshop for those interested in playing, or simply watching and listening.


For 2018 we are pleased to welcome Mary Muckle back to lead our workshop.

Mary Muckle

Mary Muckle is a well known harpist and harp teacher from Ottawa. Her musical skills encompass Celtic harp, pedal harp, voice, piano & harpsichord. Her long standing teaching experience encompasses all ages. She is the founder and director of The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble, The Heart's Desire Harpers (an adult ensemble) and is harp accompanist for Cantorion Cerdd Dant, a penillion choir of native Welsh speakers. She is a composer and arranger with a particular interest in writing for harp ensemble and for voice with harp accompaniment. Her most recent publications by Afghan Press are “Four Songs”, settings for voice and harp of poetry by W.B. Yeats and Canada's The Huron Carol/Jesous Ahatonhia set also for voice and harp. She has given courses and workshops on the history of the harp in the British Isles, in Continuing Education at Malaspina College, Nanaimo, at the Northern Lights Harp Festival, Ottawa, and at the Ontario Welsh Festival held in Niagara Falls, 2014. She gave harp workshops for harpists of various levels at the Ontario Welsh Festival 2016 in Ottawa and the Spring Rain Irish Festival in Fergus/Bellwood in 2016 and 2017.

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Scottish traditional music offers a wealth of material for Celtic harpists. Mary's workshop will offer insights into the history of the harp in Scotland and will explore solo and ensemble pieces accessible to all levels of players. Mary will teach harp ensemble parts suitable for beginners as well as more advanced harpists to be incorporated into selected harp ensemble arrangements of Scottish music. Members of the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble will be assisting their director in the performance of ensemble repertoire along with the workshop participants.

Mary looks forward to sparking the interest of even more potential harpists and further empowering already enthusiastic harpists at this summer's highland games.


Harp Workshop

The Games presents a harp workshop for those interested in playing or watching a harp workshop.

The workshop will be suitable for all ages and skill levels. Bring your harp, tuning wrench and music stand. All welcome.


Friday, August 3, 11:00am - 12:30pm in the Metcalfe Centre

Register for the workshop.