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.