The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.


1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!


The Congress will be host to a dazzling array of the great names of the harp world. Over the next weeks and months we will be posting information regularly about our artists and their programs.

Soloists include Andrew Lawrence-King, Sivan Magen, Isabelle Moretti, Gwyneth Wentink, Naoko Yoshino and Dan Yu as well as great names in the wider realm of harp playing Nicholas Caballero, Ann Heymann, Motoshi Kosako, Catriona McKay, Rüdiger Oppermann and Albert Ssempeke.

Featured Artists

Isabelle Moretti
Artistic Biography

Isabell Moretti is one of the most appealing figures both among harpists and in the musical world today. Bright, enthusiastic and with real temperament, she imbues her instrument with inimitable style, made of generosity, sincerity and nobility.

Crowned with prizes at international harp competitions in Geneva, Munich and Israel, Isabelle Moretti is invited to the greatest concert halls all over the world. She appears with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra...

Some Suggestions..


Modern Australian
Est. is Establishment Hotel's restaurant situated on the first floor overlooking bustling George Street. Within this luxurious and inspiring room renowned chef Peter Doyle combines fresh Australian produce with French techniques to create a menu that pleases the eye as well as the appetite.

1. Art Gallery NSW
One of Australia’s foremost cultural institutions houses a significant collection of Australian, European, Asian and Aboriginal Art. Located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour, only 15 minutes -walk from the city centre. 10 minute in a taxi from the Four Seasons Sydney.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 10am until 5pm
Open late on Wednesdays only until 10pm
Admission is Free.

2. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney. This is one of the top attractions for families visiting Sydney. Sea Life Aquarium houses over 12,000 animals from 650 species including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, platypuses, tropical fish and much more.

Sydney Ferries to Darling Harbour depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 approximately every 30 minutes. Click here for Ferry Information – link to Getting around in Sydney page. If taking a taxi, ask to be dropped off at King Street Wharf on Lime Street or Wheat Road. If taking the train Sea Life is located only a short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard Stations.

Opening Hours:
9.00am – 8.00pm, 365 days a year
Last entries strictly 7.00pm

3. Sydney Observatory
The observatory today is a museum and public observatory with an important role in astronomy education and public telescope viewing. There is also a virtual reality 3-D space theatre, exhibitions about astronomy, meteorology and the history of Sydney Observatory, cosy planetarium, souvenir shop and beautiful gardens.

Sydney Observatory is located near the historic Rocks District and the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

4. Royal Botanic Gardens
At the edge of Sydney’s downtown is the Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of green at the harbours edge. It includes a distinctive array of native Australian plants and examples of English, European and American-introduced species, laid out in the manner of a formal English garden. The Botanic Gardens’ tropical plant collection is housed in a temperature-controlled glass pyramid inspired by I.M. Pei

Gardens are 20-minute walk from the Four Seasons Sydney.

Opening Hours:
July & August – 7.00am to 5.00pm
Admission is Free

5. Museum of Contemporary Art
Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

On 29th March 2012, a bold, new and significantly expanded Museum of Contemporary Art was unveiled to the public. The redevelopment transformed the Museum, with spacious new galleries including an entire floor dedicated to the MCA Collection; the National Centre for Creative Learning with state-of-the-art technology; public spaces that embrace one of the world’s most famous locations, and a series of site-specific artists’ commissions.

Located on George Street the MCA is a short stroll from the Four Seasons Sydney.

Daily Free guided tours of exhibitions:
Weekdays: 11.00am and 1.00pm
Thursdays: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 7.00pm
Weekends: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 10.00am-5.00pm
Thur: 10.00am-9.00pm
Fri-Sun: 10.00am-5.00pm

Admission to the MCA is free
Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

6. Taronga Zoo
Home to more than 3,000 animals from around the world, including Koalas, kangaroos, platypus and Tasmanian devils. Its elevated location offers outstanding views of Sydney Harbour. The zoo is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.

Visit the Getting Around in Sydney for ferry information.

Opening Hours:
9.30am – 4.30pm (May–Aug)

7. Shopping
The Four Seasons Sydney is located on George Street, beside Circular Quay. George Street is excellent for shopping and is home to the Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building. Pitt Street is parallel to George Street and is the home to the Westfield Sydney shopping mall.

8. Hunter Valley
A special Hunter Valley day tour is being organised privately for the World Harp Congress which can be booked via the registration site. You can select from the following days: Saturday 19th July 2014, Saturday 26th July 2014 and Sunday 27th July 2014 or alternatively book your own day trip for a different day.

Distance from Sydney: Approx. 2 hours

9. Sydney Bridge Climb
This is a fabulous experience and a wonderful way to take in the views of Sydney, either by day or night. You can book a climb via the registration site where the World Harp Congress guests can avail of discounted rates.

10. Sydney Opera House
The Four Seasons Sydney is located on Circular Quay which boasts spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. The walk from Circular Quay to the Opera House is buzzy and beautiful. A ferry ride to Manly or Taronga Zoo for example is a really great way to view the exterior of the Opera House. We do hope you can attend and that you enjoy the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance on Friday 25th July 2014.

Lots of cool places to soak up the atmosphere around the Opera House, these will be more costly but worth a treat considering the surroundings.

Flight Access to Sydney Airports
Sydney's main airport is Kingsford-Smith, 8 km (5 miles) south of the city. Direct flights arrive from Asia, UK, Europe, Japan, North America and New Zealand.

Please note that the accommodation we have sourced for WHC 2014 has been significantly reduced and in order to get these reduced rates congress delegates must pay in full before the 28th February 2014. After this date any accommodation booked must be paid by credit card.

The World Harp Congress 2014 organisers have spent the past few months locating and negotiating the best possible rates for the World Harp Congress 2014. The following accommodation offers a wide variety of all accommodation types to suit your requirements and budget. To avail of these reduced rates please book your accommodation when you register here on the World Harp Congress 2014 website. It is advised that you book early to ensure you received your preferred accommodation type. Accommodation rates are Inclusive of 10% GST

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Sydney is ideally located in the heart of Sydney, in the historic district of the Rocks, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Four Seasons Sydney will be the primary venue and central hub for the World Harp Congress 2014. The hotel has been carefully selected; ensuring delegates are receiving a truly wonderful experience and environment while staying in Sydney for the WHC 2014. The hotel are offering a special accommodation rate which we will be sharing with you shortly.

General Information
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. It is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people. Inhabitants of Sydney are called Sydneysiders, comprising a cosmopolitan and international population.

Sydney's urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Royal National Park to the south.

The Harplounge provides a wonderful opportunity for informal public performance. It will be located right on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the Sydney Dance Cafe, where there will be one lever harp and one pedal harp provided in a designated staging area, from breakfast until dusk.

Advanced players and professionals attending the WHC are invited to perform a free choice program in the inclusive, club style environment of the Harplounge, while the general public and WHC registrants enjoy food, drinks and live harp music. There will be a sign up sheet at the venue for performers to write in their names for a 20 minute slot during the daytime, and you may perform here regardless of whether or not you will be performing in the main program.

We also invite you to attend the evening performances, where there will be an exciting array of distinctive and often risk-taking international acts for you to enjoy!

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Meet in Sydney: Chinese Konghou and World Harp
A Special evening at Taronga Zoo, hosted by The International Konghou Harp Association & World Harp Congress. 

Depart from Circular Quay at 6.30pm on a private Harp cruise, the ‘Rocket Freedom’ to Taronga Zoo. Entertainment on board by the wonderful Paraguayan Harpist Sixto.  A private reception will take place in the Harbour View Terrace at Taronga Zoo where beverages and canapés will be served from 19.30 until 21.30. A very special Chinese Konghou performance will take place in the Harbour View Terrace overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Frozen Landscapes: Hands on Music from Antarctica, by Gareth Farr (NZ), with Helen Webby, Michelle Velvin and Sasha Henderson
Tuesday 22nd July
Helen Webby, Michelle Velvin and Sasha Henderson invite harpists of all levels to join them in a workshop read-through of Frozen Landscapes, by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, arranged for community harp ensemble by Helen Webby.

Inspired by, and named after the continent of Antarctica, where Gareth was Artist in Residence 2006, the three movements evoke the snow capped peaks, huge crevasses and delicate ice patterns of the frozen continent.

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Meet in Sydney: Chinese Konghou and World Harp
A Special evening at Taronga Zoo, hosted by The International Konghou Harp Association & World Harp Congress. 

Depart from Circular Quay at 6.30pm on a private Harp cruise, the ‘Rocket Freedom’ to Taronga Zoo.  Entertainment on board by the wonderful Paraguayan Harpist Sixto.  A private reception will take place in the Harbour View Terrace at Taronga Zoo where beverages and canapés will be served from 19.30 until 21.30.  A very special Chinese Konghou performance will take place in the Harbour View Terrace overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.


We are honoured and excited to announce that Susann McDonald will be presenting a Master Class on the works of Henriette Renié: Legende, Lutins, Piece Symphonique. Contemplation, Ballade Fantastique, Concerto

To participate in one of the Congress masterclasses, please follow the application procedure detailed below. Repertoire must be selected from the following:

Susann McDonald – Renié (Legende, Lutins, Piece Symphonique. Contemplation, Ballade Fantastique, Concerto)
Heidi Lehwalder – Salzedo (any piece)
Bernard Andrés – Andrés (Absidioles, Parvis, Élégie, Préludes, Lamento)
Maria-Luisa Rayan-Forero – Grandjany (Rhapsodie, Theme and Variations on Haydn, Bach Etudes etc) or Renié.

You will need to submit the piece you would like to present in the masterclass in .mp3 file format. Maximum duration is 10 mins, though it can be an excerpt of a longer piece. You may submit several pieces for different masterclasses, with a maximum of three applications.

There is no age limit. Application deadline has been extended from: 30 January 2014 to 30 March 2014

Master Class Application Procedure

  • 1.Send an email to Carolyn Mills at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your intention to apply.
  • 2. You will receive an invitation and a unique link to join ShareFile WHC. This is the website to which you must upload your files. It may take a day or two to receive your invitation. All emails received on or before the deadline of 30 January 2014 will be accepted, even if your invitation link has not been sent to you yet.
  • 3. When you receive the email from ShareFile, click on the link in the email. This will take you to your own unique ShareFile folder. Please follow instructions on how to upload files from your computer. You can browse files or you can drag and drop. Make sure you have selected all .mp3 files, biography, three letters of recommendation, and photograph. (Please Note: your files MUST all be clearly named with your name. You must also include the composer’s name for all .mp3 files). You do not need to upload the same support documentation for multiple applications.
  • 4.When you have added all the files to the list, click the “upload” button.
  • 5.Your application has been completed.
Performance / Lecture presentation
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Performance proposals
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Academic Papers / Lectures
Deadline for abstract submission has been extended to: 28th April 2014

Participation Workshops
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Other presentations:
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Concerto applications
Deadline for concerto applications: 15th Jan 2013
Applications are now open for your performance, presentation, lecture, workshop or other proposals and ideas. All proposals must be submitted on-line and arrive by the deadline date. Please limit your applications to a total of three proposals per person.

Performance / Lecture presentation will comprise:
20 mins + 5 mins question time.
Proposals should be submitted in the form of a short written explanation (max 200 words) and audio file (max 10 mins).
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Performance proposals:
Submit a short explanation (max 200 words) and an audio file (max 10 minutes of music), specifying if the work is solo, chamber music, harp and choir or other and the duration of the proposed performance.
Please specify if it is a New Music category performance application, and if so whether it is a world premiere. For new music, where the new work has not yet been performed, two short audio files would be preferable – one played by the performer, and a work/excerpt by the composer.
Deadline for submission: June 15th 2013

Sarah Collins
Congress Project Manager
Conference Partners

Claire Sheilds
Delegate Services Manager
Conference Partners

Elva Hickey
Operations Director
Conference Partners

Nicola McGrane
Managing Director
Conference Partners
World Harp Congress, Inc.
  • Founder: Phia Berghout, The Netherlands
  • Founding Chair: Ann Stockton, USA
  • Founding Artistic Director: Susann McDonald
  • Founding WHC Review Editor: Linda Wood Rollo

Founding Committee
  • Phia Berghout, The Netherlands
  • Mario Falcao, Portugal/USA
  • Kumiko Inoue, Japan
  • Marcela Kozikova, Czechoslovakia
  • Susann McDonald, USA
  • Sylvia Meyer, USA
  • Robert A. Ouimette, USA
  • Lucile Rosenbloom, USA
  • Deane Sherman, USA
  • Ann Stockton, USA
Members of the Corporation
  • Daphne Boden, United Kingdom
  • Alexandre Bonnet, The Netherlands
  • Sheila Larchet Cuthbert, Ireland
  • Cliona Doris, Ireland
  • Mario Falcao, Portugal/USA
  • Mercedes Gómez, Mexico
  • Kumiko Inoue, Japan
  • Susann McDonald, USA
  • Josef Molnar, Austria/Japan
  • Isabelle Perrin, France
  • Linda Wood Rollo, USA
  • Natalia Shameyeva, Russia
  • Helga Storck, Germany/Poland
  • Karen Vaughan, United Kingdom
  • Patricia Wooster, USA
  • Elena Zaniboni, Italy
Board of Directors
  • Chair: Patricia Wooster, USA
  • Artistic Director: Isabelle Perrin, France
  • Associate Artistic Director: Karen Vaughan,United Kingdom
  • Vice-President: Alexandre Bonnet, The Netherlands
  • Vice-President: Kumiko Inoue, Japan
  • Vice-President: Linda Wood Rollo, USA
  • Secretary: Kathy Kienzle, USA
  • Treasurer: Jaymee Haefner USA
  • Editor, WHC Review: Ann Yeung, USA

  • Milda Agazarian, Russia
  • Kirsten Agresta Copely, USA
  • Nathalie Chatelain, Switzerland
  • Shannon Shuen Chieh, Taiwan
  • Maria Cristina de Carvalho, Brazil
  • Clíona Doris, Ireland
  • Mario Falcao, Portugal/USA
  • Mercedes Gómez, Mexico
  • Marisela González, Venezuela
  • Ann Griffiths, United Kingdom
  • Mieko Inoue, Japan
  • Judy Loman, Canada
  • Susann McDonald, USA
  • Marcela Méndez, Argentina
  • Kaori Otake, Japan/Canada
  • Ángel Padilla Crespo, Mexico
  • Sirin Pancaroğlu,
  • Randall Pratt, USA
  • Lieve Robbroeckx, Belgium
  • Nicoletta Sanzin, Italy
  • Ernestine Stoop, The Netherlands
  • Helga Storck, Germany/Poland
  • Elzbieta Szmyt, Poland/USA
  • Angela Yau, China
  • Dan Yu, China
Honorary Board of Directors
  • Pierre Bartholomée, Belgium
  • Marco Betta, Italy
  • Pierre Boulez, France
  • Nathalie Brooke-Benckendorff, United Kingdom
  • Jean-Michel Damase, France
  • Robert Freeman, USA
  • Esther Herlitz, Israel
  • Pierick Houdy, France
  • Akira Miyoshi, Japan
  • Sergiu Natra, Israel
  • Libor Pesek, Czech Republic
  • R. Murray Schafer, Canada
  • David del Tredici, USA
Executive Committee

Alice Giles(Artistic Director)

Alice Giles is the extraordinary local Artistic Director of the 12th World Harp Congress. Here are her ‘vital statistics’: First Prize winner of the 8th Israel International Harp Contest; international recital soloist including London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street 'Y', Merkin Hall; gives masterclasses word-wide; foremost interpreter of Berio Sequenza II; Director of the Kioloa Summer Course and the Seven Harp Ensemble.

Genevieve Lang Huppert (Artists, Concerts, Volunteers)

Genevieve has always found herself in the right place at the right time. Formative years were spent in playing youth orchestras, sailing tall ships, and writing letters. These days she runs an opera company, plays the harp, and looks for every opportunity to share the joy of music making with audiences and performers alike. Come July, she’ll be bouncing a one-month old on her hip as she plays her part in the World Harp Congress.

Mary Doumany (Sponsorship and Promotion)

After learning her basics, Mary branched into jazz, improvisation and general artistic mayhem. She is now a cross-arts practitioner known as a composer, jazz harpist and singer, and is earning a reputation as a creator of innovative works that encompass music, text and visuals, some of which have been acquired the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. Mary loves to inspire others to transcend self-imposed boundaries, whether in art practice or appreciation


The World Harp Congress, Inc. a private non-profit organisation, was founded in 1981 as an outgrowth of the International Harp Weeks held in The Netherlands for twenty years under the leadership of Phia Berghout and Maria Korchinska. 

Past Congresses have been held in Maastricht, The Netherlands; Jerusalem, Israel; Vienna, Austria; Paris-Sevres, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Seattle-Tacoma, USA; Prague, Czech Republic; Geneva, Switzerland; Dublin, Ireland; Amsterdam, The Netherlands and most recently Vancouver, Canada. Concerts, workshops and seminars concerning all aspects of harp musicology and performance are offered at these triennial sessions. Watch this video showing a sequence of performances from past congresses.

The World Harp Congress has members representing over 59 countries. The Board of Directors welcomes all persons who are interested in the harp to join this international organization.

The World Harp Congress 2014 is coming to Sydney from 20th – 26th July 2014. Immerse yourself in a festival of harp, and celebrate music from around the globe - don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! The Congress highlights the extraordinary versatility of the instrument, featuring many different musical genres, national folk instruments, early harp, cross-over and classical styles. Daytime events will also include themes such as Therapeutic harp, and numerous World and Australian premieres. Attend performances by international students in the Garrison Church during the day, and by world-renown stars in the best evening venues.

DAY PASS is available onsite for $200 (+ 10% GST). This includes the daytime events at the Four Seasons Hotel, George St. and the evening concert (for that evening).

How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."