HARPfest 2018: Lorinda Jones

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HARPfest 2018: Lorinda Jones

August 17, 2018 – August 18, 2018 all-day
Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St NE
Lowell, MI 49331

NOTICE OF CORRECTION: The dates for HARPfest 2018 are listed incorrectly in the spring issue of The Folk Harp Journal, through no fault of the Journal. THE CORRECT DATES ARE AUGUST 17-18, 2018, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. We apologize for the misinformation.

Lorinda Jones HARPfest 2018: Lorinda Jones
AUGUST 17-18, 2018

Each year the Franciscan Life Process Center brings to West Michigan a clinician who will lead all who come into new dimensions of harp playing. In the past we have had workshops from some of the most well known and loved harp teachers in the country, including Dennis Rybicki, Rhett Barnwell, Frank Voltz, Serena O’Meara, Sunita Staneslow,  Kim Robertson, and Angi Bemiss.  The opportunity to study exclusively with one master harpist for a day and a half is a rich experience. Come and spend time with Lorinda Jones from Elizabethtown, Kentucky as she shares her knowledge and love of the Irish harp and mountain dulcimer in HARPfest 2018.


Lorinda Jones grew up with a special love for folk and community music-making. Her father led songs in the Southern shape-note singing tradition, and Lorinda grew up playing church piano before earning a music education degree with a focus in classical piano and oboe. When she discovered the mountain dulcimer and Irish harp, she came home to folk and traditional music. Lorinda has produced eight CDs, plus instruction books published by Mel Bay Publications. Lorinda Jones is a board-certified music therapist and musician, specializing in the Irish harp and mountain dulcimer.


Kelly Yousoufian, Michigan Harp Center, www.michiganharpcenter.com, will be on hand for your harp needs.  Contact her ahead of time if you have a specific request. You may rent a harp for the workshop from Kelly. michiganharpcenter@gmail.com 248-288-4277


Lorinda will be joined by Cathy Wilde and Jannell Canerday to perform in concert on Friday evening at 7:30.  Their group, “na Skylark”, which simply means “the Skylark” in Irish, is dedicated to playing the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and other Celtic lands on Ireland’s national instruments: the Irish harp and Irish uilleann (“elbow”) pipes. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There is no charge for workshop participants. Click to purchase tickets.


Click here to register online.

Click here for registration form to mail – full workshop registration.
Click here for registration form to mail – single day workshop registration.

HARPfest Aug 17-18, 2018

Lodging at the Center

The price on the “ticket” is per room for Thursday (8/17/2018) and Friday (8/18/2018). If you would like to stay over until Sunday, please place your order first, then contact us to make arrangements for the extra night’s stay.

Local Off-site Lodging

Main Street Inn, 5 miles from Center in downtown Lowell

Witt’s Inn, 2 miles from Center

River Edge Bed and Breakfast, 3 miles from Center

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Will individual concert tickets be available to non-registrants?

A: Yes, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Q: How many can attend HARPfest?

A: Space is limited, so register now.

Q: Should I bring my harp?

A: Yes, by all means.  If this is impossible, contact Kelly Yousoufian, michiganharpcenter@gmail.com, 248-288-4277, to rent one for a nominal fee.

Q: What if I have special dietary needs?

A: Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

Q: What can my non-harping companion do if he/she chooses to not attend any workshops?

A: Shopping, nature, art, golf, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park