We traveled to Cuba at the end of May, 2017, to the Cuban Music Institute, Havana. We taught master classes, performed with the youth symphony as well as in our own concert, and brought supplies and harps to help bolster the harp education resources at the Cuban Music Institute and throughout Cuba.
What is the current state of Harp Education and Performance in Cuba?
There are very limited resources to play, practice, and learn harp in Cuba. Our connection to Cuba - Annabel Gutierrez - is studying at Indiana University that we met during our residency there.
There is a harp instructor, Mirtha Batista, in all of Cuba, and the number of functional harps is minimal. There are only 4 pedal harps in the entire country, and they are in dire disrepair. The Cuban government is (partially) sponsoring Annabel's education at IU to aid in her ability to come back to Cuba and enrich the culture with more harp knowledge, history and educational abilities.
On our trip, we will be bringing resources to help bolster harp education and performance in Cuba. Please help us by donating. We can provide a tax donation receipt.
1. NEW! Become a Cuba Harp Sponsor! Become a Harp Sponsor for 1 of the 4 harps we wish to donate to Cuba! It is our goal to bring 4 brand-new Lyon & Healy lever harps to leave in Cuba for generations of musicians to learn and perform on. CHQ is currently seeking sponsors for each of the four harps.
For a sponsorship of $2000, CHQ will create a plaque inscribed with your name (or company's name) that will be mounted on the harp. Your donation will be forever imprinted on a harp in Cuba! You never know which student may learn on your harp and become world renowned! You will certainly be an essential part of making many musician's dreams come true!
2. Monetary Donations can be made through our site and will be used to purchase strings, tuning keys, music, method books, lever harps; just about anything you would think is necessary for harp education!
3. Material Donations of Strings, Tuning Keys, Music, Method Books, Lever Harps can be made via delivery by April 24th to:
Chicago Harp Quartet
1750 N. Campbell Ave, Unit C
Chicago, IL 60647