Faculty and Staff

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 Concert: 7:30pm Workshop: 2:00pm Described as ‘exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive’, harpist Jacqueline Kerrod is perfectly at home across multiple genres. She has performed in some of the major venues in the United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Greene Space, Joe’s…

Dr. Charles W. Lynch III is the Harp Specialist for Mesa Public Schools (Mesa, AZ), directing a program that includes 250 harp students at sixteen different junior and senior high schools. He was also recently appointed faculty associate in harp at Arizona State University. He previously developed harp programs at Olivet Nazarene University (IL), Valparaiso University…

Elizabeth Richter has enjoyed a distinguished career as both a performer and teacher.  Formerly principal harpist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Kansas City Lyric Opera, she has performed as concerto soloist with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in a performance of her edition of Carlos Salzedo’s previously unpublished concerto, The Enchanted…

Faye Seeman

Faculty

Harpist Faye Seeman is principal harpist with the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and professor of harp studies at both Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. Outside of teaching, Faye has distinguished herself as one of the most versatile harpists in the Chicago area, often venturing away from playing traditional classical music.  Her newest musical venture is…

Jaina Carpenter

Executive Director

Jaina was first involved with the festival as a participant. In 2011, she won First Prize in the Advanced II Solo Competition. She loved the experience so much she decided to return as Assistant Director for the next 7 years! In 2018, after Lorelei Kaiser Barton’s resignation, Jaina took over as Executive Director and moved…

Lou Hurst

Chief Harp Schlepper and Staging Tech

Lou first began taking an interest in the harp world nearly 15 years ago as a parent when his son Zach started taking lessons. As Zach continued to progress through his own harp career, he and Lou began attending the Midwest Harp Festival. For the first couple of years, Lou attended primarily as a parent…

Zach Hurst

Assistant Harp Schlepper and Staging Tech

Annie King

Dorm and Teen Activity Sponsor

Harpist Annie King has enjoyed a rich history of activity. Currently the Principal Harpist for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra under Douglas Droste, she has also worked with several other orchestras and conductors including Richard Sowers (Anderson Symphony), Jeffrey Grogan (Music For All, Honor Orchestra of America), and Scott Humphreys (Manchester Symphony Orchestra). She is also…

Colin Campbell

Harp Technician

Colin Campbell is a Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Certified Harp Technician. Upon completing his Apprenticeship at Lyon & Healy Harps in Chicago, Campbell joined the Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Technicians’ Guild. He is an independent technician based in Chicago, serving all of North America, Europe and Australia. Campbell Harp Service provides full regulation services and…