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

Upcoming Events


11th Annual Benefit Celebration:

SAVE THE DATE for our Spring Benefit May 10th, 2016. Featuring Project Trio. More details to come!

Thank you for making our 10th Annual Benefit, ‘Harpn’ Hoedown’ such a big success!

THANK YOU to all of our Lyra Society patrons who attended and helped to raise over $20,000! The May 5 evening was a perfect harmony of strumming and plucking thanks to the DePue Brothers Band and host Pat Ciarrocchi. Patrons enjoyed the hospitality of La Colombe in their wonderful new flagship cafe and took home souvenir coffee mugs. A big thanks to the KB Experience for running the show!

We are deeply grateful to our ever-growing family of donors, whose loyal support has enabled the Lyra Society to reach this important anniversary. Because of their generosity, so many talented, young musicians have had the opportunity to enrich their lives with the study of the harp. We look forward to continued progress and to celebrating
many such milestones in the coming years! For more pictures click here.

Lyra 5x7 Insert_REV29th Annual Benefit Concert “After the Rain”

Sunday 3 PM, May 18, 2014
Curtis Institute of Music, Gould Rehearsal Hall
1616 Locust, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Lyra Society presents:
Lauren Fadeley and James Ihde, of the Pennsylvania Ballet; Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, Viola and Elizabeth Hainen, Harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra; Pat Ciarrocchi, Host, Anchorwoman of CBS 3.
World Premiere by Andrew Hsu, Winner of the Costello Competition.
Musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music
Student Harpists from the Philadelphia community

Join us for the Lyra Society’s premier annual musical gala to celebrate our students, while contributing to the development of new music and music education. Lauren Fadeley and James Idhe of the PA Ballet along with Director Elizabeth Hainen and bright young guest stars, will dazzle you in a lovely afternoon of music, dance and harp not to be missed!


Lauren Fadeley was born in Orlando, FL, where she began her dance training at age four. She trained at the Orlando Ballet School and the School of Performing Arts in Florida, along with summer intensives at The Rock School for Dance Education and The School of American Ballet. In 2000 at age 15, after attending SAB for three consecutive summers, Ms. Fadeley moved to New York City to study there full-time.

Once completing a year at SAB, Ms. Fadeley was invited by Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet. While there, she performed in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon. After two years with New York City Ballet, Ms. Fadeley decided to further her academic and dance education by attending Indiana University. While at IU, she performed principal roles in Serenade, Sonatine, The Nutcracker, Spring Waters, Cinderella, Who Cares?, Paquita, Napoli, and Allegro Brillante. In May 2007, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an outside field in Kinesiology.

In March 2011, Ms. Fadeley premiered as Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. She was also one of fourteen Pennsylvania Ballet dancers who performed in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan. She has appeared as a principal guest artist with Carolina Ballet at An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone, NC in 2012 and with BalletX at the Vail International Dance Festival in 2012 and at The Joyce Theater in New York City in 2013. Ms. Fadeley was promoted to Soloist for the 2011-2012 Season and to Principal Dancer for the 2012-2013 Season. She is married to Principal Dancer Francis Veyette.

Ihde-HeadshotA native of Kent, Ohio, James Ihde began his ballet training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron, where he studied for eight years. In 1993, he came to Philadelphia for a summer session at The Rock School for Dance Education. Upon completion, he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 1993-1994 Season. In 1995, Mr. Ihde joined the Corps de Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in September 2003.
During the 1996-1997 Season, Mr. Ihde received rave reviews for his featured role in Lar Lubovitch’s Waiting for the Sunrise. Since then, he has danced featured roles in several ballets including John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, Lubovitch’s Concert Six Twenty-Two, Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie, Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Second Theme and Third Theme), the world premiere of Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella, and Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Theseus, and Titania’s Cavalier).
Mr. Ihde’s principal roles include Ivan in James Kudelka’s The Firebird, the Pas de Deux in Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Balanchine’s Agon, the Black Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Pas de Deux 1 in William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, and the title roles in Balanchine’s Apollo and Ben Stevenson’s Dracula.

Masterclass with Catherine Michel

February 8th, 2014, 2-4:30 pm
Curtis Institute of Music
Field Recital Hall
1726 Locust St.

$25 for participants, please make checks payable to the Lyra Society
To participate, please contact Lyra Artistic Coordinator Elizabeth to reserve a spot!

Free to observe!

Catherine MichelCatherine Michel was born in France, and began her musical studies on harp and piano with her mother. She graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fifteen under the tutelage of Pierre Jamet, and has competed in several international competitions, winning two Grand Prizes and one Gold Medal in Israel, Hartford and Paris. In 1970, Ms. Michel became a member of l’Orchestre National de France, where she performed under prestigious conductors including Leonard Berenstein, Karl Böhm, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergiu Celibidache, and began her international career as a soloist.

In 1978, she was appointed as the solo harpist with l’Orchestre National of the Paris Opera, where she worked with even many more great conductors, such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Metha, and Lorin Maazel.

Ms. Michel made her first recording for the Philips and Vox companies, including little known concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gliere, Reinecke, Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos. She has also recorded famous works by Mozart, Boieldieu, Pierné, and Saint-Saens. Ms. Michel has also published a book about the literature of the harp in the 18th century.

She has performed numerous concertos, chamber music works, and recitals, and is now an acknowledged authority in the international harp world, and is known as the leading representative of the great French harp tradition. Ms. Michel taught the Hamburg, Detmold, and Zurich music schools, and at the Royal College of Music in London as their Prince Consort Teacher. She now gives master classes all over the world.