Somerset Folk Harp Festival
Somerset Folk Harp Festival

Located at the Sheraton Parsippany
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We Celebrate Our 20th Year

Festival Guide with access info has been email to All Access subscribers. Limited-Time Access folks get their Festival Guide on July 14.

This is a record-breaking year with attendees from all over the world!

The General Public is invited to Browse through our Virtual Exhibit Hall.

"This year you are bringing Somerset to the world, instead of bringing the world to Somerset. Thank you for finding a new way forward" --Linda
"It is a wonderful way for us to be a part of what my harp friends and I consider to be the biggest and best harp festival in the United States."--Gail

Harping in the time of Coronavirus: what this means for the festival
We're doing a combination of videos and "live" real-time workshops & events!

online logo100+ Workshops, Including Our Thursday Kickoffs
and All-Day Sunday Add-ons!
50 live online, real-time workshops combined with an impressive array of workshops on video. All the "live" events will also be recorded and available for later viewing too.

No matter where you are in the world or what your playing level, there's something for everyone on our new online platform Somerset Online. We're going to stay connected this summer with our new online festival portal. We have plenty of music genre workshops from the Blues to Scandinavian music on all kinds of harps: single row harps, double-strung harps, cross-strung harps, historic harps, small harps.


Thursday Workshops will be held "live" on Zoom. All "Live" Workshops on Somerset Online will be recorded and available for later viewing.

small world thursday

Celtic harp workshops in Parsippany NJ

latin immersion

Extend Your Weekend with Sunday Add-ons: Harpers' Escape, Double-strung Deep Dive or Deborah Henson-Conant's Lead Sheet Boot Camp. These webinars will be "live" & interactive online & recorded for later viewing by those who attend them.

harpers escape

youth harp programOur Youth Harp Program is the Best! We have kids of all playing abilities who love this program. They get plenty of attention in their smaller program and then can participate in regular festival workshops. They'll have to all the workshops for the rest of the year too! This program will be held "live" everyday on Zoom.


double-strung sundaydhc boot camp


What People Say About Us

"This is the best harp festival"--Jakez Francois, head of Camac Harps

"Dear Kathy and all of your harp elves: Bill and I are very thankful to all of you. Your tireless hard work in making the festival is really an effort beyond belief. The festival has added a dimension to our marriage that I never expected. It has given us one more thing that is wonderful to share and you have made that possible. "

"It was so wonderful and I could not forget it! Great teachers, well organized, easy to move around with the harp... It was amazing for me. I told many friends in Japan about your wonderful festival."--Kumi, from Japan

"As this was my first festival, I was literally blown away by everything! Every person I encountered was welcoming, the festival was impeccably organized, and being around so much talent was not only inspiring, but truly an honor. I am really looking forward to attending next year's festival! "--Kate

"The festival was one of the most efficiently run events I have ever attended. My husband had a great time and said he wouldn't want to miss it. Thank you for everything you do to make this happen." --Maryann

"I loved the festival last summer and thought it was beautifully organized and had no complaints at all. I was very impressed. " --Frances

"Dear Kathy, I keep thinking that I have learned so much at Somerset already that it would not matter if I skip a year or two. That never happens. You have put together a great line-up (as usual). You have outdone yourself!" --Marie

"I appreciate the opportunities provided to be exposed to various ethnic music genres."