1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Physical address: 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Map and Directions
609-392-6409
1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org

Grand Opening Festival

Folk/Roots Music Series:
September Folk/Roots Festival!
History of the Harp
in Ireland
Ellen Tepper

Ellen Tepper
Celtic Harp and Wire Strung Harp
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing



Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present harpist Ellen Tepper for an afternoon of music and stories of the history of the harp in Ireland, in the wonderful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

Ellen Tepper, harpist and historian, brings life to 500 years of harp music. This program presents the story of the Irish harp from its beginnings in about 1000 AD to the last gathering of the Irish minstrel harpers in Belfast, 1792.

Drawn primarily from the collections of Edward Bunting, the concert/lecture features the earliest Irish harp music performed on the wire strung harp for which it was composed as well as the later music on the "Celtic" harp. A history lesson (replete with bad puns) gives a cultural context for these tunes, some of the most beautiful harp music, almost lost at several turns in history.

Ellen was born in New York but spent most of her childhood in Vienna, Austria, where she began studying classical harp at the age of eight. Her abiding interest in early music was inspired by a childhood spent exploring ruins in Europe and by her exposure to the multi-faceted cultural life of Vienna. After returning to the United States, she continued her studies to earn a degree in Harp Performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now The University of the Arts).

A versatile performer, Ellen has performed the traditional pedal harp repertoire but now focuses primarily on music composed before 1800, playing it on a variety of harps, including the medieval harp, the Irish wire strung harp, the Italian triple harp, the Renaissance bray harp, and the modern “Celtic” or lever harp. Ellen has performed with the Historical Harp Society, the American Harp Society, Early Music at the University of Pennsylvania, and with the iconic Philadelphia early music ensemble Piffarro. She also performs for “Music for All Seasons” (please visit their site at http://www.musicforallseasons.org/), and frequently appears as a soloist in the historic homes of the Delaware Valley.

As an authority on the early harp, Ellen is in demand as a lecturer and performer. Known for her humorous approach to historical anecdote, her “History of the Harp through Iconography” show is both educational and entertaining. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Historical Harp Society, and has conducted workshops in English Country Dance Music for the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. Entering the world of the Irish harp through historical sources rather than folk tradition, she has produced five recordings of traditional music. Her repertoire ranges from the 13th to 18th centuries, and includes the well-known music collected by Edward Bunting in Belfast in 1792 at the gathering of the last of the Irish minstrel harpers.

Ellen's publications include Eight English Country Dances, The Harper's Accomplice, Four Variations on Auld Lang Syne, Drewries Accordes (a transcription for harp ensemble), and two chorales by Bach arranged for harp ensemble. She has recorded with the Voices for Children Foundation, a volunteer choir of opera singers which raises funds for pediatric AIDS and numerous other Philadelphia-area musical groups. Her publications are available from Melody Music.

Ellen conducts workshops and classes in harp performance and arranging at her studio in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has served as a faculty member for Early Music Week at Pinewoods, teaching harp. She now has five recordings to offer: Timeless Music for the Celtic Harp, Celtic Refractions, Waltzes with Harps, The Space Between the Strings, and her newly released Winter Cycles.

With Terry Kane, Ellen is a member of the Irish music duo, The Jameson Sisters (www.jamesonsisters.com).

For further information and additional videos, visit her web site at www.ellentepper.com.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are now available! Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building. A wheelchair is also available on request for transporting individuals from the curb into the building.


September Folk/Roots Festival Pass
Purchase your 3 concert Festival Pass today to save $15 off individual concert General Admission ticket price, $10 off Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price, and $3 off Student ticket price for attending all three concerts:

Choose 3-Concert Pass Option (price per ticket):
School or other info:

Group discounts are not available for the Festival Pass.

If you prefer to not purchase the 3 concert Festival Pass, single concert tickets are available for Ellen Tepper below:

Choose Ticket Option (price per ticket):
Group, School or other info:


For only $30.00 per year ($50.00 for families), members of the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary receive advance notice of special events, our member newsletter, gift shop discounts and $5 off our General Admission concert tickets! BECOME A MEMBER NOW!

Membership Option
Names (family membership):


Return to Grand Opening Festival Calendar

September 21, 2016


Copyright © 2016 · All Rights Reserved · Preservation New Jersey