Two years ago, the Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat put out a request for used harps to be donated to the schools in Huerfano County.  We were delighted when several harps were given to us.  From a loan of four harpsicles in the La Veta School to two wood harps and one pipe harp in the Gardner School, the donations are so very appreciated..  One music teacher followed up by having her young students perform with these harps.  Other teachers put the instruments in their classrooms and let the students just play them.


Then Vie Lidmark, a harpist  and harp teacher from Colorado Springs, offered to give a free session to the interested teachers and some of their students.  Vie has offered this two years now and the students leave her session with an ability to play a simple tune and with a basic understanding of the harp.


We expanded the “Harps for Huerfano” program in 2016.  The goal was to bring a harp teacher into the schools on an occasional basis.  Professional musician and harper, Kim McKee, has worked with the Gardner School children this past year.  Under the direction of part time music teacher Johnnye Dee Mullen, a Holiday Program was put together using the harps (and Kim).  This is just a start.  We now hope to find some funding to continue music and harp in this school.  

2017 update: Jacqueline Quick ,  a harp retreat participant, has donated a beautiful Stoney End 29 string harp fully levered. This gift will be so beneficial for those children who have mastered hand positions and are ready to advance.