Rachel Clark, a Baroque fanatic and aspiring economist, has played piano for eleven years and harp for four. Currently under the tutelage of Dr. Charlotte Mizener, Rachel was also a piano student of Dr. Collier of Silsbee and is presently a member of the Beaumont Women’s Club Ensemble and Lamar Civic Orchestra.
She has played for dozens of events in the Southeast Texas area, including Brilliance, a concert featuring local classical artists.
Rachel’s harp is a concert grand pedal harp, meaning that it has no limitations within classical harp repertoire. It’s capable of anything from Bach to Celtic to jazz. With an extended soundboard, her harp is also capable of significant volume (although in crowded rooms or noisy events, it may be wise for you to consider amplification).
The pedal harp is a unique instrument and is also relatively modern: the single-action pedal harp was invented in approximately 1720. However, the 1720s model had glitches, not least among them its tendency to break and buzz and also the fact that it wasn’t able to reach notes or keys it needed to. In 1810, the double-action pedal harp was introduced and remains the standard for classical harps.
Check Harp Gratia Artis for more information.