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Cynthia Douglass

Cynthia Lynn Douglass is nationally known as an expert on the Celtic, electric and cross-strung harps. After twenty years of study on the violin, clarinet, and renaissance recorders, Cynthia discovered the rich harmonies of the Celtic harp and the healing effects it gives her listeners. Twenty years later, the Celtic harp is still her favorite instrument and her primary focus. Her work with the harp is broad in scope: in addition to being a nationally known performer and recording artist, Cynthia has begun over 100 students on the Celtic harp, and has formed and directed three harp ensembles: the Augusta Harp Ensemble in Augusta, GA, the Birmingham Harp Ensemble in Birmingham, AL, and Celtic Harpistry in Salt Lake City UT. She currently directs Waking Erin, a traditional Celtic band. She has taught homeless women to play the harp, and played at the bedside for patients in hospitals and nursing homes. Cynthia offers workshops to harpers and harpists all over the country on subjects ranging from Passionate Playing to Learning a Celtic Tune in a Session and Bass Patterns for Improvising and Arranging. Her current recording project focuses on love songs from the Middle East, a project to enhance public awareness and appreciation for the beauty of the arts from the Middle East, where she was born and raised.

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