Historical Harp Society 2021 Virtual Conference

Across Time

Thursday, August 5, 2021

All Times indicated in Eastern Daylight time zone


12:00 noon – Homage to Judy Kadar (Nancy Thym)


1:15-2:15 – The Development and Use of the Single-Action Harp, panel (Paul Knoke, moderator)

Masako Art, Dr Maria Cleary, Mara Galassi, Lorenzo Montenz, and Mike Parker join Paul in a lively panel discussion about the 18th -19th century single-action pedal harp.

Paul Knoke began his work with historic musical instruments while a student at Brighton High School. He spent two years working with the collection of instruments at the Rochester Museum and Science Center as an Independent Studies course. His Junior year whilst earning a degree in history at the University of Rochester included a semester abroad as an intern with the musical instrument collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. While there, he organized and catalogued the museum’s files of reference photographs of instruments, and designed and implemented new display techniques for the instrument gallery. In addition to piano, organ, and harpsichord, Paul studied harp with Marie Goossens and Nan Gullo. While studying with Dr. Gullo he spent several years working through all available 18th century French harp method books, studying the technique of the period. He has been the principal harpist of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra for 24 years. Mr. Knoke is a charter member and past president of the Historical Harp Society, and has lectured and performed at several of their conferences. In 2007 he was invited to act as guest curator for the Mildred Dilling Harp Collection, now on permanent display at Indiana University. In 2012 he performed in concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the 40th Conference of the American Harp Society on an 18th century harp from his collection.


2:30-3:00 – Open Mic Session

3:00-3:45 – Closing Reception

4:00 pm – Annual General Meeting of the Historical Harp Society