GIVING TO THE LYRA SOCIETY
The Lyra Society, established in 2004, was
created to increase awareness of the harp as a major solo
instrument, expand the harp repertoire by commissioning gifted
composers, educate young harpists, and enrich the lives of
students. Learn more about the Lyra Society.
The Saratoga Harp Colony is a program of the Lyra Society and relies completely on the sponsorship and generosity of our patrons. We need your support to provide funds for scholarships and facility expenses--to provide young, promising harpists a place of inspiration to enrich their musical talent.
Please contact us on how you can sponsor an individual harpist or if you want to make
a gift to the Lyra Society to defray our organization's expenses.
The Lyra Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law
Backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
with Yo Yo Ma
The Costello & Phillips Commissioning Awards
Edna Phillips and Marilyn Costello, former Harpists of The Philadelphia
Orchestra, contributed to the establishment of The Lyra Society. Ms. Phillips was
responsible for commissioning over 50 works featuring harp and Ms. Costello
also championed new repertoire. These awards are a living memorial to these
women who did so much for the harp.
Your generosity enables us to commission new works by world-renowned
composers and young composers at the start of their careers. To implement
these Awards, the Lyra Society collaborates with prominent non-profit institutions
including the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music.
Commissions feature the harp in solo, chamber and concerto compositions.
Both professionals and outstanding students perform these new works.
The Philadelphia Schools Harp Program
We believe the harp is a wonderful vehicle for inspiring students so that music
will enrich them for the rest of their lives. The Lyra Society has a vital interest in
education as a means for bringing the harp closer to children and young adults.
Through your support, we are thrilled to offer in-school presentations—without
charge to students—to acquaint and excite young people with the harp. Your
generosity also enables us to repair and maintain school-owned harps and to
provide students with professional instruction.
The Saratoga Harp Colony
The Saratoga Harp Colony, an advanced training ground for the world’s next
generation of professional harpists, takes place each August in Saratoga
Springs, NY, summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Students have the
invaluable opportunity to receive private lessons, coaching and tutorials with
members of the Orchestra, and to attend concerts at the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center. Your support provides vital funds for scholarships and facility
expenses — all to provide promising young harpists with a special place of
inspiration to enrich their musical talent.