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Local students in harp competition

Kathryn Elmer, Georganne Hunter, Philip Hommes, Grace DeRocher and Marilla Hanson at the Scottish Harp Society competition.

Five students of Duluth Township Celtic harpist Georganne Hunter participated in the Scottish Harp Society of America Minnesota competition at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul on July 19. Solo Harp competition levels consist of beginner, novice, apprentice, journeyman and masters and require performance of set styles of traditional Scottish music. Additional special competition categories include early Scottish music, harp and vocal, harp in ensemble and emerging forms.

The competition drew harpists of all levels, age and experience from across Minnesota and was judged by internationally acclaimed Scottish harpist and composer Ailie Robertson.

Hunter's students placed highly in solo harp with Marilla Hanson tied for second in novice, Grace DeRocher placing first in apprentice, Philip Hommes placing first in journeyman (under 17) and  Kathryn Elmer taking first in masters. Grace and Pearl DeRocher placed first in harp in ensemble with Grace on harp and Pearl on hammered dulcimer.

Elmer has been a student of Hunter's for nine years and has also studied Celtic Harp in Canada and Scotland. She will appear as a featured harpist during the Highland Fling themed weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, Aug. 16-17.