The World Harp Congress Vision:

  • Promote the performing arts with special emphasis on harp composition, education, appreciation and performance.
  • Sponsor an international harp congress with exhibits every three years.
  • Encourage young harpists; in particular through the Focus on Youth concerts at each congress.
  • Establish international communication by publishing the World Harp Congress Review twice a year with a network of correspondents throughout the world.
  • Ensure support of the harp through the World Harp Congress Phia Berghout Endowment Fund.
  • Provide opportunities to promote the harp and support harpists of all levels throughout the world for better mutual understanding, support and friendship.

World Harp Congress, Inc.

Founder: Phia Berghout, The Netherlands
Founding Chair: Ann Stockton, USA
Founding Artistic Director: Susann McDonald, USA
Founding WHC Review Editor: Linda Wood Rollo, USA
Chair Emerita: Patricia Wooster, USA

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 of the World Harp Congress

  • Daphne Boden, United Kingdom
  • Alexandre Bonnet, The Netherlands
  • Cliona Doris, Ireland
  • Mario Falcao, Portugal/USA
  • Mercedes Gómez, Mexico
  • Kumiko Inoue, Japan
  • Mieko Inoue, Japan
  • Kathy Kienzle, USA
  • Sheila Larchet Cuthbert, Ireland
  • Susann McDonald, USA
  • Isabelle Perrin, Norway/France
  • Lieve Robbroeckx, Belgium
  • Natalia Shameyeva, Russia
  • Ernestine Stoop, The Netherlands
  • Helga Storck, Germany
  • Karen Vaughan, United Kingdom
  • Linda Wood Rollo, USA
  • Patricia Wooster, USA
  • Ann Yeung, USA
  • Elena Zaniboni, Italy

Board of Directors

  • Chairman: Kathy Kienzle, USA
  • Artistic Director: Isabelle Perrin, Norway/France
  • Associate Artistic Director: Karen Vaughan, United Kingdom
  • Vice-President: Alexandre Bonnet, The Netherlands
  • Vice-President: Mieko Inoue, Japan
  • Vice-President: Mercedes Gómez, Mexico
  • Secretary: Ann Yeung, USA
  • Treasurer: Karen Lindquist, USA
  • Editor, WHC Review: Isabel Moretón Achsel, Germany
  • Elizaveta Alexandrova, Russia
  • Ann Benjamin, USA
  • Clíona Doris, Ireland
  • Mario Falcao, Portugal/USA
  • Alice Giles, Australia
  • Marisela Gonzalez, Venezuela
  • Aurea Guerner, Portugal
  • Evelyn Huber, Germany
  • Lucrecia Jancsa, Argentina
  • Jan Jennings, USA
  • Jung Kwak, Korea
  • Veronika Lemishenko, Urkraine
  • Karen Lindquist, USA
  • Stasa Mirkovic Grujic, Serbia
  • Marcelo Penido, Brasil
  • Lieve Robbroeckx, Belgium
  • Ernestine Stoop, The Netherlands
  • Katryna Tan, Singapore
  • Caryl Thomas, United Kingdom
  • Ernst Walch, Liechtenstein
  • Guan Wang, China
  • Patricia Wooster, USA

Honorary Board of Directors

  • Bernard Andrès, France
  • Pierre Bartholomée, Belgium
  • Sally Beamish, United Kingdom
  • Marco Betta, Italy
  • Robert Freeman, USA
  • Paul Patterson, United Kingdom