HARPS-AYHE has changed the perception of the capabilities of a harp ensemble, heightening awareness of the unlimited artistic potential and the ability to inspire, empower, and transform youth and those with the greatest need in a community. Founded by Artistic Director Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia 15 years ago, the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE) is recognized as one of the finest and most innovative harp programs in the nation.

HARPS-AYHE provides unparalleled music education to more than 750 young harpists through year-round ensemble and outreach programs, and reaches over 300,000 annually through hundreds of performances, recordings, and broadcasts worldwide. Audiences around the world have enjoyed their musical artistry and imaginative programming.

Selected Articles

"American Youth Harp Ensemble up for 2015 Grammy Award," The Progress-Index. (2015)

"Richmond harp ensemble makes sweet music all over the world, " by Karla Redditte at WWBT NBC12. (2013)

"Instrumental Inspiration: The World-Renowned Musicians You've Probably Never Heard  About," by Joan Tupponce. Richmond Family Magazine Online. (2012)

"Passport to perform: travels with the American Youth Harp Ensemble." by Anne Bailey. American Harp Journal (2011): 60+.

"The American Youth Harp Ensemble: A Model of Artistic and Educational Excellence." by Anne Bailey. American Harp Journal (Winter, 2008). 72-75.

Television Specials

"Enjoy a performance by talented members of the American Youth Harp Ensemble," WTVR , VA This Morning, Dec 28 2015

"American Youth Harp Ensemble is excited to launch their new CD, β€˜Caravan: 10 Harps, 10,000 Miles,’" WTVR, VA This Morning, August 4, 2015

"AYHE: Defying the Limits," WCVE

"Christmas With The American Youth Harp Ensemble," WCVE 2003, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp

Radio Interviews

"The American Youth Harp Ensemble Presents a 'Carnegie Hall Preview,'" WCVE, Mike Goldberg, 04/14/2016 - 4:15pm