Harp Heals And Strengthens

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

March 13, 2007

Some say music has a healing affect--especially the harp, which can tug on heart strings or heal wounds and one student says it's helped shape her into who she is today.

This 22-year-old college student is majoring in musical performance and plays the harp at least two hours everyday with the dream of sharing music with other people.

"When I started college I didn't really care about what was going on. I was very unfocused, didn't bother trying very hard, just kind of coasted on what I already knew," said Kathleen Corcoran.

But now that she plays the harp more seriously, she is on her way to graduating from college with honors.

"It just lets me take myself away from all of the craziness that's going on around me," said Corcoran.

Over the past three years Corcoran's teacher says she has seen her grow into a swan.

"She smiles a lot more. She walks very tall and in a very self confident way," said harp teacher Virginia Schweninger.

Schweninger has been teaching from her studio in Nelson county for almost four years, but before that was a performer herself.

"It's romantic, it's exciting, it's challenging, it's a whole symphony orchestra in itself," said Schweninger.

In addition to the beautiful music, she says the harp has a calming affect particularly on babies crying and healing those who are sick. In fact the animal shelter in Nelson County plays her CD to calm the animals.

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