Raising funds for Music College

In 2009, when I was 9 years old, I discovered the Harp. This was a small Celtic harp but I was hooked. At age 11, I auditioned for a local youth orchestra, and the first piece that we performed was the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, by Tchaikovsky! We rented an orchestral pedal harp, assumingly only for that concert, but once I started, there was no turning back. My parents, Kimberley and Brian (a recently retired U.S. Navy Chief) have encouraged and given their time over the years, to help me learn the Harp.

Thanks to my parents’ support, I’ve had the opportunity to study the Harp and Music with many great American and European Harpists. Since I was 12 years old, I’ve used my skills to volunteer as a Harpist in Hospitals, Care Homes, Rehabilitation and Cancer Centres – both military and civilian. I was honored to win Volunteer and Community Service awards for my work at these centres.

I have been able to play with amazing Youth Orchestras across America, such as the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Benjamin Zander, and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Stephen Radcliffe. I have also attended various Harp Festivals in the USA and Europe, and been able to play solo at venues such as the Redwood Library and the Newport Mansions. I have been fortunate to win some competitions for my Harp playing including: winner of the Junior Division of the Great Chicago Area Chapter of the American Harp Society’s Scholarship Competition.

This past year has been very exciting and is now heralding a new road in my future life. My dream of becoming a professional harpist has started with auditions to three European Conservatories, and more auditions to come.

I have already been offered places in all three of the European Conservatories, but my top choice is to attend:
The Royal College of Music in London, UK on the Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance course.
The Royal College of Music have offered me a spectacular opportunity, but time is running out:
If I can match the initial annual Scholarship offer of £4,000 ($5,500) by the end of March, the Royal College of Music will then enter me into the secondary scholarship program.

I will, of course, also have other expenses associated with my course such as my dormitory costs and living expenses.  No matter if I go to school in the US or overseas, the annual combined costs will be upwards of $40,000 a year.

This is where I really need your help. My dream is to move forward with my academic career to hone my technique, my musicality and professionalism as a Musician and to give joy to people in my work as a Harpist.

Please can you help me to become a professional Harpist by attending the Royal College of Music?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

(To find out more about me, please see my Facebook page, my Instagram, and my webpage ).

  • Lynn Nelson 
    • $100 
    • 38 mos
  • Beth Albertson 
    • $30 
    • 38 mos
  • Barbara League 
    • $100 
    • 38 mos
  • Tracy Godin 
    • $25 
    • 38 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 39 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Arilyn Mitchell 
Fall River, MA
Catherine Mitchell 
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