At the Virginia Harp Center, we are unique in our quest to bring harps to the people. We have traveled extensively up and down the East Coast carrying a mini showroom to conferences, master classes and other harp events, both local and national. If you would like for us to be part of your next event, call us at 1-804-378-3761 for the Richmond showroom or 1-856-428-1430 for the New Jersey showroom.
Glissando Summer Harp Fest
July 11, 1 -4pm; Peabody Conservatory of Music: Towson Campus; 949 Delaney Valley Road Towson, MD 21204-2686. Virginia Harp Center will be exhibiting on the last day of the Glissando Summer Harp Fest, a one week intensive harp summer program for intermediate to advanced students of all ages, designed to assist in developing harpists through the exploration of ensemble performance, stage presence and harp maintenance. For more information on the camp, go to: http://peobody.jhu.edu/preparatory/departments/harp/harpfest.html For more information or requests for the exhibit, please call 804 378 3761.
Introductory Harp Class for Children
July 14, 16, 21, and 23 (Ages 5-9); July 15, 17, 22, and 24 (Ages 10-15); 9:00-10:00AM; Midlothian, VA Showroom; Cost Includes two week harp rental and four hours of instruction by professional harpist. If your child has expressed interest in learning the harp but you're not sure about their commitment level, this is the perfect way to introduce the instrument in a light and fun group environment. Your child will learn the fundamentals of the instrument from our professional harpists on staff along with the basics of musical education. When the class is complete, we will provide you with all of the necessary information to help your child take the next step in their musical education! Please call us at 804-378-3761 or email Diana.Elliott@vaharpcenter.com for more information or to register your child.
The Somerset Folk Harp Festival
July 31-August 3, 2014; Hilton Parsippany, Parsippany, NJ. Virginia Harp Center is excited to be part of The Somerset Folk Harp Festival again this year. This 4-day conference celebrates the diversity of music, talent and experience of the folk harp world. Whether you want to focus on one style or type of music, solidify some specific skills, or try out something new, the breadth of this year's workshop offerings is sure to expand your musical horizon. For more information, go to www.somersetharpfest.com
The formation of the Virginia Harp Center was a result of the perfect merger of a businessman and a professional harpist.
For 20 years, David D'Arville was the owner of Southern Music Center, a successful Richmond-based music store. Mary Jane D'Arville graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a Masters of Music in Harp Performance. A harpist in both Richmond and Charlottesville Symphony Orchestras, she has over 20 years of free-lancing and teaching experience at all levels. Their marriage in January 1996, brought them together in realizing many dreams, including the fruition of The Virginia Harp Center.
Why buy from us?
Call, stop by or come visit us at one of the many regional shows where we exhibit up and down the East Coast! You'll see why Virginia Harp Center is the place to go for your next harp purchase. The Virginia Harp Center takes great pride in offering personal assistance to our customers. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to keeping our customers happy with excellent service. We offer the following services to make your harp buying experience an enjoyable one:
A wide selection of harps to choose from
Generous trade-in values
A trade up policy for any lever harp purchased from VHC to any new pedal harp we carry
First regulation on new pedal harps
Many different financing options
A large lever harp rental selection
A rental credit towards purchase policy
A free catalog and newsletter
Add my name to your undoubtedly long list of happy clients! In April, I began exploring the harp as an addition to our small hammered dulcimer group, with a Harpsicle in mind (mostly because it was inexpensive and portable). I wasn't even sure I could play a harp--but Daniel and Diana at your Haddonfield store patiently introduced me to the instrument and I soon began lessons with Kathy DeAngelo. With each visit to their store, Daniel and Diana always gave me great guidance and truly understood the process of finding the right harp for my needs and budget. In July, a 2003 Aziliz was consigned; and after several tryouts I took the plunge! Having my own instrument vs a rental has helped me greatly--I practice more often and take it places to play (I would have been horrified had I damaged a rental--even slightly--so I was overly cautious). And yes, mine came with a few minor nicks-- so that's another worry off my plate. But thanks to Daniel and Diana, I got an affordable, quality harp that I will enjoy, treasure and be proud of for years to come. I appreciate all their efforts, and especially their patience, in making this dream a reality.
Dear Virginia Harp Center and Mr. D'Arville, My name is Kelly Wells and I purchased a Lyon and Healy Style 23 from your store earlier this January. I would like to thank you for making my harp selecting experience so enjoyable. I really enjoyed speaking with your staff and gaining more knowledge from them at the Virginia store and personally at the Atlanta store. I could not be any happier with my harp, all thanks to the Virginia Harp Center!
Dear Virginia Harp Center, My name is Amy and I purchased a lovely Lyon and Healy 85P from you last year. I am a professional harpist and needed a smaller sized instrument to use as a gig harp. I wanted to write to you in way of thank you for your amazing service. This particular harp is lovely. Your manager assured me that it was one of the nicest student sized harps that she had played, and on receiving it, I am in complete agreement. It truly is lovely. It has a full rich sound that carries extremely well without the brassy or tinny overtones, even in the extreme treble range. It retains a tune for a long period of time, and holds up well to all of the gigging that I use it for. Thank you so much for your amazing service. I was nervous about buying an instrument sight unseen and without playing it first... I am wonderfully pleased. I will absolutely not hesitate in using you again for my future purchases, and in recommending you to my students!
Conveniently located outside of Philadelphia and Richmond, the Virginia Harp Center provides the Mid-Atlantic region with the largest selection of harps.
When the Virginia Harp Center opened in Midlothian, Virginia in 1997, we were determined to create a showroom dedicated to serving all harpists. We succeeded by offering the largest selection of harps on the East Coast by some of the finest lever and pedal harp makers in the world including Camac, Dusty Strings, Lyon & Healy, Salvi, and Triplett. But we didn’t stop there.
Our commitment to providing the highest quality customer service to harpists everywhere inspired us to open a second showroom location. Virginia Harp Center North in Haddonfield, New Jersey, offers the same extensive inventory selection as well as the knowledgeable, friendly and ever-helpful staff harpists have come to expect from our company. On the next pages you will read about the instruments, the makers and the companies that manufacture the harps we represent. It is our goal to help you find the harp that you’ve been looking for. Enjoy.