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Harp Camp Virginia features Sunita Staneslow in 2017 - June 15, 2017

Harp Camp Virginia coming again to Beautiful Nelson County

 in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains


Sunita Staneslow, Featured Artist

Concert, Workshops, Private Lessons

WHERE:  Stay at The Acorn Inn, Nellysford, VA, USA 22938

or close-by B&B's in Beautiful Nelson County

BEGINS:  Check-In Sunday, July 30, 2017

Late Afternoon Concert with SUNITA STANESLOW

Private Lessons Available - Pedal & Lever Harps Welcome

CONCLUDES:  Activities conclude Thursday Evening, August 3rd

Check-out 11:00 a.m. August 4th.

FACULTY:  Featuring Sunita Staneslow, Eve Watters, Kate Tamarkin,

Virginia Schweninger, G. Howard Bryan,

Angela Kelly, Katyusha Fogg

ACTIVITIES:  Daily Workshops, Ensemble Rehearsals, Group Lessons,

Farm Visit, Canoeing & Lake Swimming

MEALS:  Delicious & Nutritious Catered Meals on site


COSTS:  See Below

Flat rate fee for sleepover campers; Day Campers welcome

CONTACT:  Virginia Schweninger;

or call Virginia at (434) 996-9456

We are 1 hour north Lynchburg, VA; 1 hour southwest of Charlottesville, VA

Harp Camp Virginia is funded in part by a grant from

The American Harp Society


Previous Harp Camp Virginia 2016 Info - July 2, 2016


Previous Harp Camp Virginia 2016 Program - July 1, 2016


Harp Camp Virginia 2016 - June 17, 2016

Harp Song Christmas Concert at RVCC 2011 - November 2, 2011

Harp Song of the Blue Ridge

Christmas Concert

December 8, 2011

An Ensemble of Harps for the Holidays

To Perform at the

Rockfish Valley Community Center


Virginia Schweninger, Harpist

With harpists from her studios in Nelson County,

Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg and Charlottesville

Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

Rockfish Valley Community Center 

190 Rockfish School Lane
Afton, VA 22920-3000
(434) 361-0100

Free & Open to the Public

This one-hour concert is performed annually

for the community of Nelson County

joined by Seniors from Staunton, CVille

and children from local elementary schools.

 All are welcome.

Harps of Gold Christmas 2010 - December 12, 2010

Enjoy just a few minutes of the Harps of Gold Christmas Concert performed at Fort Hill United Methodist Church. This clip features three pieces played by the Harp Song of the Blue Ridge Trio. Over $3,000 was raised that evening for charity. More video of the larger ensemble will be posted soon.

Harps & Handbells at RVCC December 9th - November 8, 2010


HarpSong of the Blue Ridge

& Friends Christmas Concert

At the Rockfish Valley Community Center

An Ensemble of Harps & Handbells for the Holidays


Virginia Schweninger, Harp

Nancy VanZant, Handbells

Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

Rockfish Valley Community Center

190 Rockfish School Lane
Afton, VA 22920-3000
(434) 361-0100 

Free & Open to the Public

This one-hour concert is performed annually for the Seniors of Nelson County.

This year Seniors from Staunton will be joining us as well as children

from local elementary schools have been invited.

 All are welcome.

William Jackson - Workshops in Nelson County - April 17, 2010

William Jackson

One of the Foremost Harpers of Scotland


Two Workshops Sat. April 17, 2010

Harp in Music Therapy 10:30-12:00

Traditional Scottish Music 1:00-2:30

Everyone brought or reserved a sack lunch

and enjoyed the beautiful day in Nelson County!

Virginia Schweninger’s Nelson County Studio

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MaryJo Wins First Place - March 26, 2010

MaryJo performed a beautiful rendition of Purcell's "Ground in F" this weekend at her schools annual talent contest. She was thrilled to learn that the judges awarded her a unanimous vote for the First Place Trophy out of a field of 16 very talented young people. Congratulations MJ!


Hope Receives Optomist Award - March 8, 2010

Congratulations to Hope on receiving the Optimist Club award for "Excellence in Musical Accomplishments" for her Middle School.

Hope's musical interests and talents seem boundless. She is a member of our harp ensemble, "Harp Song of the Blue Ridge," performing this year at the hugely successful fundraiser, "Harps of Gold Concert." She also performed with the group at the Lynchburg Symphony's "Christmas & Candlelight" Concert.


Hope is a member of Cantate, the children's choir in Lynchburg, and in addition to the harp, she plays the violin, piano, flute, and performs in her middle school theater projects. We're very proud of Hope! Congratulations.

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Sage Performs at North Branch School, Nelson County - March 6, 2010

Sage just played for her classmates for the first time. Her adorable performance was met with resounding applause, hoots and hollers and hugs from all her friends. Sage was very proud of herself and cheered like an Olympian at the finish line. Doesn't get any better than that! Congratulations, Sage. 





The President's Blog, Sweet Briar - February 5, 2010

"More Snow, and a Little Night Music"

Sweet Briar Harp Instructor, Virginia Schweninger, and Flute Instructor, Lynn Buck perform together at the Fringe Festival this year.



Great Harp Concert - January 29, 2010

News&Advance / Lynchburg

December 29, 2011

Every time I am privileged to attend an outstanding concert in our community, I am reminded again how fortunate we are to be the recipients of such talent.

Such was the case Dec. 12th when the Harps of Gold presented its Christmas Concert at Fort Hill United Methodist Church. Virginia Schweninger, director of Harpsong, well known throughout the area for her many accomplishments, and her harpist students presented a varied and beautiful program of Christmas music. She was accompanied by Nancy VanZant, also a harpist student, and organist and handbell soloist at Fort Hill. What a wonderful way to spend an otherwise dreary afternoon. Don't deprive yourself of such an opportunity if and when it happens again. 

Jean Thomas, Lynchburg

Sweet Briar's Quirky Fringe Festival - January 12, 2010

Virginia Schweninger, Harpist, performs with flutist, Lynn Buck, at Sweet Briar's Quirky Fringe Festival

HarpSong at the Hamner Theater - December 10, 2009

Every year, at Christmastime, HarpSong of the Blue Ridge performs for the Seniors of Nelson County. Students from Tye River Elementary School and recently, North Branch School, join in on the fun. These are wonderful pictures that tell the story of one such concert at the Earl Hamner, Jr. Theater.

HarpSong will again perform at the Rockfish Valley Community Center - December 1, 2009

HarpSong's Annual Christmas Concert takes place this year at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. All are invited to attend for free.


Harps of Gold 2009 a Big Suggess! - November 1, 2009

Harps of Gold Concert 2009





Harp Song of the Blue Ridge

An Ensemble of Harpists


 Seven Harpists ~ Seven Antique Gold Harps

Featured Soloists Included:

Quinn Egner, Chelsea Barnwell, Canaan Taylor, Virginia Schweninger, Claire Witman and Laura Stokes

Over $10,000 was raised for the Wednesday Music Club of C'Ville

to fund scholarships for talented young musicians.

Harpmaker, Howard Bryan, told the story of these beautiful 18th, 19th & 20th century masterpieces.

Kate Tamarkin -  Master of Ceremonies

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St. Charlottesville, VA

"Somewhere in Time" Wins Third Place in Just Plain Folks Awards - October 10, 2009

JPF Award Banner

"Somewhere in Time" receives Third Place Award for Best Solo Instrumental Album of the year in Nashville!

The Just Plain Folks Music Awards screened more than 560,000 songs and 42,000 albums in 90+ genres from over 160 countries to honor the very best works of the many independent artists in the competition. Judges included a mix of over 10,000 Music Industry Professionals, Music Fans, Musician and Songwriter Peers.
The only criteria that was given to the judges was . . . "Does this music move you?" That's what it's about for me, so I am a very happy and thankful person right now!
My husband, Dave, the love of my life, just said he "thinks that's just flat frigging sennnnsaaaational!" So now, also thanks to my wonderful hand surgeon, Dr. Christopher Hersh, I'm preparing to record my second CD.
Love and Blessings to you all,
Virginia Schweninger

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Sweet Briar College Newsletter - September 1, 2009

Harp Instructor Honored for Album

Schweninger, ensemble to perform Nov. 1 in Charlottesville benefit concert

BY SUZANNE RAMSEY College relations staff writer

A musical recording by Sweet Briar College harp instructor Virginia Schweninger has been recognized as one of the top solo instrumental CDs of the year by Just Plain Folks, a group that bills itself as “the world’s largest grassroots music organization.”

“Somewhere in Time” was one of 10 CDs nominated in the “Solo Instrumental Album” category, which qualified the harpist and her CD for a Just Plain Folks Award. The awards — given in dozens of album categories from rockabilly to storytelling, as well as for songs, lyrics and videos — were presented this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

Schweninger’s album took third place.

Since 1999, Just Plain Folks has recognized recording artists from around the world. In her genre, Schweninger was up against musicians from several U.S. states and Germany and Australia. She was nominated by the people at CD Baby, where her album can be purchased and downloaded, and judging was conducted by music industry professionals, fans and peers.

“Somewhere in Time” is Schweninger’s first album, and it was the first time she’d been up for a Just Plain Folks Award. “I was completely stunned and amazed,” she said of the nomination, although she admitted to initially questioning the validity of the honor.

“It took me about two to three weeks before I believed it. I started checking it out and calling friends. A good friend of mine is a Hollywood rep [for composers] and she said, ‘Oh yeah, it’s the real thing.’ So then I believed it.”

The playlist on Schweninger’s CD is an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music — everything from Bach’s “Prelude No. 1 in C” to the title track, the theme from the movie “Somewhere in Time.”

Although her repertoire was born of a variety of genres, Schweninger said, her “heart is in the contemporary music,” which makes her recent nomination even more poignant. “This, to me, is so inspiring. … It suddenly just makes what I’m really good at enough. I don’t have to try to be a harpist that I’m not.”

Schweninger is currently at work on a second album of jazz, pop and light classical pieces that have become popular with her audiences, including Etta James’ “At Last,” “What a Wonderful World,” music from “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Pocahontas,” Vivaldi’s “Winter’s Largo” and Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

She also is planning “Harps of Gold,” a benefit concert for the Wednesday Music Club. According to Schweninger, the club raises money to “provide music scholarships and music camp scholarship for talented young musicians, all based on adjudicated competitions. We also provide music lesson tuition assistance based on need.”

“Harps of Gold” will feature Schweninger’s harp ensemble, Harp Songs of the Blue Ridge, playing golden harps made in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Sweet Briar student Caroline Rainey will play with Harp Songs, and Claire Wittman, daughter of associate professor of theater Loretta Wittman, will sing Schubert’s “Ave Maria” accompanied by a harpist on an 1800s-era instrument.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children 15 and younger. For information or tickets, contact Charlotte Burns at (434) 975-1132 or . Tickets also are available at Music & Arts, 1512 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville.

To hear a preview of “Somewhere in Time,” click here.

Story posted by
SUZANNE RAMSEY on 09/01/09

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