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

The Lyra Society At a Glance

GLISSANDO Education Program Facts:

Lyra currently employs three Teaching Artists in four schools providing 20 harps and weekly private lessons and group classes to 27 students.

Our schools:

  • Central High School, 4 students
  • Girard Academic Music Program, 4 students
  • Kearny School, 4 students
  • Masterman School, 4 students
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls, 4 plus a group class of 11 with room for 15
Year 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
# of Schools 1 2 4 5 5
# of Students 4 8 16 20 27

Additional GLISSANDO Programs:

  • Four GLISSANDO students attended the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at the Curtis Institute of Music on full scholarship in summer 2016.
  • Three students had concert grand pedal harps placed in their homes for summer practicing through the Lyra Loan Program.
  • Three students are currently participating in the All-City Orchestra program for 2016-2017.
  • The Lyra Society has given three to five in – school presentations each year, which exposed thousands of students across the district to the harp. Hundreds of students have tried the harp hands on through ‘Harp Tryouts’, a more intimate classroom size presentation.


Costello Competition for Composition Facts:

  • In its fourth year, the Costello Competition has commissioned and published three new works for harp through engaging university composers across the nation.
  • Since its founding in 2004, the Lyra Society has commissioned a total of thirteen new works for solo harp or harp with other instruments.