CHRISTA GRIX fell under the spell of the harp during her first lesson at 16.  Two years earlier, she was transfixed by live jazz during a performance at her high school. The two influences have shaped, but not limited her explorations and accomplishments on the instrument.
Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, she is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music generates has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences. For more information about Christa, go to

Latin jazz harpist, PATRICE FISHER favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is a graduate of Tulane and Wolf Trap and lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980’s. She has also appeared at numerous international jazz festivals with her group, “Arpa,” in locations such as Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Patrice has 15 CDs of original music, the latest being "Resilience." She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. Patrice regularly performs a guest artist with many international jazz musicians in Germany, Brazil, Canada & Guatemala.  Patrice is a Certified Music Practitioner and uses improvisation to play for patients in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and hospices.


RACHEL VAN VOORHEES, the Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, enjoys a unique career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. An artist of great versatility, she is as comfortable performing with orchestra as she is playing Celtic music or taking a solo with the jazz group, Diversity, which she co-founded with Charles Neville. She studied at the Juiiliard School; Purchase College; the Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, France; and has a Masters degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Fox Award for highest scholastic average. Ms. Van Voorhees studied the harp with Marcel Grandjany and theory with Nadia Boulanger.

LUKE BRECHTELSBAUER is a New Orleans eclectic harpist, who performs regularly with Helen Gillet and Wazozo World music group, Luke is a Celtic Harper from Sioux Falls, South Dakota . He studied with Anna Vorhes. He has traveled, the world performing in Glasgow, Scotland, Shanghai, China & Brazil. He is also a professional clown and a bagpiper. Here is a youtube link of Luke playing "Lullaby of the Leaves"... with lots of lever changes: Read more about Luke at

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