Dr. Charles W. Lynch III
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 (IN), and St. Mary’s College/University of Notre Dame (IN).
Dr. Lynch is a founding member of The HarpCore 4, a pop harp quartet that performs original arrangements. He also performs regularly with Dr. Kimberlee Goodman as the flute and harp duo From the West. He is active as an orchestral and solo harpist in the Phoenix valley and Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Lynch directed a portion of the American Harp Society’s (AHS) 2018 National Conference Youth Harp Ensemble. He also presented a session on incorporating the student harpist into ensembles at the ASTA National Conference in March 2019 with Lynne Aspnes, University of Michigan Professor Emerita of Harp. Dr. Lynch is currently serving on the AHS Board of Directors as a Director at Large.
His research and dissertation on the personal collection of harpist/historian Roslyn Rensch resulted in a presentation at the 2002 AHS National Conference and culminated with articles in The American Harp Journal (Summer 2003, 2010). Dr. Lynch holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Arizona State University. His primary teachers are Dr. Ann Yeung, Dr. Christine Vivona, and Karen Miller.