About Us


Clara H. Arnold, B.M., NMT, MT-BC, is a professional Celtic harpist (harper, if you prefer), concert harpist, teacher, and board certified music therapist, with advanced certification in Neurologic Music Therapy.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, where she earned her bachelor of music degree in music therapy and harp performance. Clara is the founder and president of the Arizona Folk Harp Society (AzFHS).

Clara’s love for the harp began at the young age of four, when she heard a recording of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, and Handel’s Concerto for Harp in B Flat.  She has since realized her childhood dream of performing on this beautiful instrument as a solo harpist, in orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral works and in harp and flute or violin duos. In 2013, she founded Arizona’s premiere Celtic harp ensemble, High Desert Harpers.

Clara considers it a true privilege to provide instruction on harp, as well as piano, and she is passionately committed to helping her students succeed.  If you have previously studied a method for harp other than the Salzedo method (e.g. French, Grandjany, Russian), you will not be forced to start from scratch with a new method!  A good teacher is knowledgeable about the different approaches, and knows how to build on what you’ve already learned to help you succeed!

Education

Harp – Clara began by studying the Celtic harp, and later was classically trained in the Salzedo Method for harp. She had the privilege of studying with Phyllis Ensher-Peters, graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music under Carlos Salzedo (one of the greatest harpists in history, an unparalleled virtuoso player, innovator and teacher), and with one of New York State’s finest harpists, Karlinda D. Caldicott, graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music under renowned harp instructor Alice Chalifoux.

Degrees, Certifications & Training:
• Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude,
Marywood University, Scranton, PA
• Associates in Liberal Arts & General Studies, music emphasis, with high honors,
SUNY Broome, Binghamton, NY
• Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC),
The National Certification Board for Music Therapists
• Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT),
Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy
• Hospice & Palliative Music Therapy Institute
The Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care

Honors & Awards:
• 2007 awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society.
• 2005-2008 Marywood University Talent Award in Music.
• 2005-2008 Marywood University Award for Music Students.
• 2004-2005 SUNY Broome Music Department and Student Activities Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
• Other Honor Societies: Delta Epsilon Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa.

Professional Organization Memberships:
Arizona Folk Harp Society (AzFHS) www.azfolkharp.wordpress.com
American Harp Society (AHS) www.harpsociety.org
American Harp Society – Phoenix Chapter
International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC)
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) www.musictherapy.org
Arizona Music Therapy Association (AzMTA) www.azmta.org
American Recorder Society (ARS) www.americanrecorder.org