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TCU Summer Harp Workshop


Dr. McHenry teaching a student at the TCU Summer Harp Workshop

Dr. Mallory McHenry demonstrates a finger-thumb technique at the 2021 TCU Summer Harp Workshop.

July 7 – 8, 2021

This workshop offers 2 days of solo masterclasses as well as interactive and informative workshop sessions about the harp. Professor Mallory McHenry will offer a masterclass and classes on performance wellness and mindset, and the life of a professional harpist. This year, Guest Artist, Professor Vincent Pierce will also offer a masterclass and lead a session that will focus on the creative aspects of writing, composing, and arranging for harp. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to perform on the final recital. This year’s workshop will celebrate being able to create music together again, safely in the same space.

The TCU Summer Harp Workshop is open to young pedal harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Students are asked to bring their own instruments, as the availability of rental harps is quite limited.

Masterclass – In a dynamic masterclass setting, each student will have the opportunity to receive individually tailored instruction on a prepared solo of their own choosing. Students may select 2 pieces of repertoire from standard harp solo literature, All-State etudes, orchestral excerpts, harp concerto, or chamber music repertoire.

All institute activities will be socially distanced to ensure student health and safety.
TCU requires masks to be worn on-campus at all times.
Due to TCU’s COVID-19 protocols, overnight accommodations are not available this summer.

Visit the Harp Studio page for more information.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Mallory McHenry

TCU Summer Harp Workshop flier


Mallory McHenry is a vibrant musician and educator located in Fort Worth, Texas where she serves on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty. At TCU Mallory teaches harp, harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble, and is the director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. Mallory is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Texas in Austin where she also obtained her Master of Music degree with a concentration in Harp Performance in 2018. A member of the class of 2016, Mallory also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood University, a Historically Black College and University located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mallory has a love for premiering new works and has had the opportunity to work with several composers in creating new works for the harp. Offering masterclasses in harp composition, Mallory has appeared as a lecturer and guest artist at Andrews University, The University of Texas at Austin, Oakwood University, the University of Minnesota, The University of Northwestern St. Paul, and several academies across the United States.

As an avid performer, Mallory has had the opportunity to be a member of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestras, The University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Harp Ensemble, the Butler Opera Center, as well as the Austin Civic Orchestra. She has also made appearances with the Laredo Philharmonic and the Valley Symphony Orchestra. Mallory was also afforded the opportunity to perform on both ‘ABC’ and ‘NBC’ Television programs, as well as teaching and performing at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Mallory was named a Young Artist in Residence with American Public Media’s program, Performance Today in 2019. She was the first harpist to air on the show. The program was recorded at Minnesota Public Radio and aired on local National Public Radio stations. Mallory returned to MPR as a founding member of the chamber group, e(L)ement for the academic school year 2020-2021 as a concert artist with their Class Notes series.

Being passionate about increasing diversity in the performing arts, Mallory had the privilege of being an artist at the non-profit organization Challenge the Stats’ Atlanta Launch in 2018. Along these lines, Mallory’s doctoral research is dedicated to the music of African American women composers and their works. Mallory is transcribing these beautiful pieces from original form to accommodate the harp. She will then publish the transcriptions to be more accessible to the public.

TCU harp students enjoy many performance opportunities within a small studio environment. In addition to private lessons, students may also participate in the TCU Harp Ensemble, TCU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Opera productions, chamber music collaborations, vocal accompaniments, as well as solo recitals, studio recitals and campus, intercollegiate and community performances. TCU harpists receive balanced instruction in repertoire and technique, representative of major harp literature and with an emphasis on supple playing, tone production, and clear articulation. The harp program at the undergraduate as well as graduate level includes studies in Harp Pedagogy, Orchestral Excerpts, Improvisation Techniques and Masterclass opportunities with visiting guest artists.