Raising the awareness of the beauty of the harp through education, performance and new music

Thank you to Gerry Lenfest 

for enabling us to purchase fifteen new harps for Philadelphia High School for Girls!

Fifteen new Lyon & Healy Ogdens made possible by a generous grant from Gerry Lenfest

Fifteen new Lyon & Healy Ogdens made possible by a generous grant from Gerry Lenfest

Save the Date: May 10 Spring Benefit featuring Project Trio!


 Learn About the Lyra Society


The Lyra Society, established in 2004, was created to increase awareness of the harp as a major solo instrument, expand the harp repertoire by commissioning gifted composers, educate young harpists, and enrich the lives of students.

The Philadelphia Schools Harp Program
Niara_8651We believe the harp is a wonderful vehicle for inspiring students so that music will enrich them for the rest of their lives. The Lyra Society has a vital interest in education as a means for bringing the harp closer to children and young adults. Through your support, we are thrilled to offer in-school presentations—without charge to students—to acquaint and excite young people with the harp. Your generosity also enables us to repair and maintain school-owned harps and to provide students with professional instruction.
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The Costello & Phillips Commissioning Awards
Edna Phillips and Marilyn Costello, former Harpists of The Philadelphia Orchestra, contributed to the establishment of The Lyra Society. Ms. Phillips was responsible for commissioning over 50 works featuring harp and Ms. Costello also championed new repertoire. These awards are a living memorial to these women who did so much for the harp.

Please contact us on how you can sponsor an individual harpist or if you want to make a gift to the Lyra Society to defray our organization’s expenses.

The Lyra Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Your generosity enables us to commission new works by world-renowned composers and young composers at the start of their careers. To implement these Awards, the Lyra Society collaborates with prominent non-profit institutions including the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. Commissions feature the harp in solo, chamber and concerto compositions. Both professionals and outstanding students perform these new works.

The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony
The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes, ensemble playing, and orchestral training.

Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock auditions, master classes with Elizabeth Hainen, and harp ensemble with Nancy Lendrim, culminating in a performance in the final concert. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature.

Build friendships, share ideas, and enrich your musical talent in an intimate atmosphere—and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.

To learn more about the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony please click here.