Arilyn Mitchell, Harpist

 I love  volunteering at  Newport  Hospital.  This  was a very sweet  moment for me. :)

​​ News


 I have been very blessed to have had many  wonderful teachers, and they have each helped  me grow as a musician.  A special thanks to  them for sharing their knowledge with me. 

 I am currently studying with Carl Swanson in  Boston and Emmanuel Ceysson in New York  City.  My  former teachers include Ina    Zdorovetchi, Janelle Lake, Kelsey Molinari,  Laura Hodges, Valerie Muzzolini-Gordon,  Rebecca Bodrero, Carol McClure, and Heidi  Jellison. 

 I am very happy to be in the Newport,  Rhode  Island area, and I am looking  forward to  playing for others, and  sharing my love of  music. 

  I am pleased to have had many  opportunities to enhance important    celebrations.  I have played at weddings,  both indoors and outside, and even for one on a vintage steam ship. I also enjoy  playing at nursing homes, and various  care facilities.  I play at the Newport Hospital once a week, splitting my time between the Cancer and Rehabilitation wards and the Courtyard. I was accepted into the prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and will begin rehearsals in September. 

 I am the youngest of six children.  My father is a U.S.  Navy Chief, and we have moved a lot during my life.  I  have lived in England, and across the United States,  and have had a lot of adventures along the way.

 My family is very musical.  It was never a matter of  "if" I was going to play an instrument, because all of  my brothers and sisters, as well as my mom, played  regularly.  After trying the flute, I decided to try the  harp, and it was a match made in heaven! 

About Me

Paul Marotta, Perfect Bokeh Photography

 Summer Adventures

 At the end of the official recital in Gargilesse, the  professor, Gabriella Dall-Olio, invited me to play  my transcription of Fazil Say's "Alla Turca Jazz" as  the rest of the students were walking out and  bowing. It was a wonderful and cheerful way to  wrap up the Academie! 

​Orchestral Experience

My solo repertoire ranges from  Baroque to Modern, with a dash of Jazz, a generous sprinkling of Classical, topped off with a pinch of Romance.


 This is a recording from my performance at the  final recital for the Pierre Jamet International Harp  Festival, in Gargilesse-Dampierre, France. The  recital was held in the Église Saint-Laurent et  Notre- Dame de Gargilesse-Dampierre, locally  known as  the Eglise Romane (the church), which  was built in  the 12th century. 

I was named an Honorable Mention of the 2017 YoungArts national competition, and was named one of the winners of the 2015 Boston Harp Festival's competition (Stars of Tomorrow.) I am also a past first prize holder of the Junior Division of the Greater Chicago Area Chapter of the American Harp Sociaty's Scholarship Competition.



 In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to  be accepted into the prestigious Boston University  Tanglewood Institute as one of only four harp  students. I got to perform in the distinguished Seji   Ozawa Hall, as well at the Koussevitzsky Shed, on  the main Tanglewood campus. 

 In the summer of 2017, I had a very busy few  months! I went on tour with the Boston  Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, to Peru, Argentina,  and Uruguay! We had six concerts, spanning 13  days, with intense community outreach working  with local young musicians. Many of the outreaches  were with El Sistema- inspired programs. 

 I also was an intern at the 50th Pierre  Jamet International Harp Festival, held in  Gargilesse- Dampierre, France. I was able to have  lessons with many of the great European harp  legends, such as Marie-Claire Jamet, Catherine  Michel, Isabelle Moretti, Fabrice Pierre, Park  Stickney, and  Gabriella Dall-Olio. I performed the  the first of Andre Caplet's brilliant Divertissements  for harp, Divertissement a la francaise at the final recital.

 These are some videos that were taken in a room that was undergoing renovation at the Hotel Viking, and had been  stripped to the bare bones.

 Some of my favourite solo  composers:

​ Debussy, Faure,  Pierne, Renie,  Handel, Hindemith,  Naderman,Godefroid,  Mendelssohn, Mozart,  Chertok, Desmond,  Boieldieu,Zabel,  Morrison, Henson-  Conant.

 2017-2018 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

 2017-2018 Fall River Symphony Orchestra


 2016-2017 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

 2016 MMEA Southeast District Festival, Senior  Orchestra

 2015 Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Young  Artists Harp Program

 2014-2015 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 

 2013-2014 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra 

 2012-2013 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 2012-2013 Bremerton Symphony Orchestra

 2011-2013 Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra