The Harp School, Inc.


Carol McClure, Artistic Director


Carol McClure, Artistic Director, The Harp School, Inc.


Carol McClure, MCM, Artistic Director of The Harp School, Inc., is a virtuoso harpist and concert artist, a widely published composer and editor, a nationally recognized teacher, and a highly respected conductor and church musician.



A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Carol began harp study at age six, and by age eleven was a student of both Marcel Grandjany and Mildred Dilling, and a master class student of Nicanor Zabaleta. By age fourteen, she had won two major harp competitions, and began her international concert career at age sixteen, performing in Europe.



Carol's career has taken her as orchestral harpist from Glasgow, Scotland to New Orleans, Louisiana. She has presented hundreds of solo recitals in churches and concert halls -- from England's historic Coventry Cathedral with Sir David Willcocks to Buenos Aires, Argentina -- throughout the western hemisphere. Her recordings for the Coventry Music label are in distribution around the world.



Carol McClure is a highly respected and sought-after harp pedagogue, teaching under the auspices of The Harp School, serving students from beginning through professional level. She is the author of The Angel's Harp™, a curriculum for young children based on ear training, sight-singing, harmony, and ensemble peformance, and trains affiliated teachers in this proprietary method under the auspices of The Harp School.



Carol serves as Lecturer in Harp at The University of Louisville and Union University. In 2014, she served as a juror and faculty member at the Wales International Harp Competition. Carol is a regional Representative of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, with over of fifteen years’ experience administering music examinations for thousands of candidates.



Carol McClure is an alumna of the University of Louisville, and earned the degree Master of Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with dual emphases in choral conducting and harp. The breadth of her conducting experience includes service as choral director at Queen's Park Baptist Church in Glasgow, Scotland, Director of Music and Arts at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia, and Director of Children’s Music at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee.









In addition to her performing and recording career, Carol is an active composer. She has been awarded two separate commissions by the Bingham Foundation in Louisville for major orchestral works: Song of Kentucky, and A Kentucky Overture. She is nationally known for her compositions and arrangements for children's voices. Carol is Children’s Music Editor for St. James Music Press, where she created the Viva Voce choral curriculum for young singers, now in use in churches across the United States.




Carol lives on a small farm in Middle Tennessee with her husband Wes Ramsay, is the proud mother of Susannah and Parker, and the enthusiastic owner of three herding dogs and three cats, who constantly keep her entertained.













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