South Florida Chapter


The South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society was founded as the Miami Chapter on November 28, 1970 by Mrs. Margarita Montero Inclan.  The name was changed in 1998 to include American Harp Society members in the communities of Broward and Palm Beach County.


"The mission of the American Harp Society, Inc. is to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists."

American Harp Society South Florida Chapter

Current Officers

Charlene Conner, President

Stacey Berkley Devine, Vice-President

Susan Manwaring, Secretary

Karen Lang, Treasurer

Glen Arfsten, Communications Director

Past Presidents

Margarita Montero

Trudy Frank Faust

Valerie von Pechy-Whitcup

Mark Spencer

Kit Kostowski-Granat

Stacey Berkley

Charlene Conner

Nancy Ann Gillan

Kay Kemper

Events and Concerts

12 February 2017

4:00 pm

Harp & Viola Duo

Kay Kemper, harp & Scott O’Donnell, viola

Sponsored by Music in Miami at: 

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

464 NE 16th Street

Miami, FL  33132

Tickets $20 at the door, $15 online at

Our Founder

Margarita Montero Inclan

(August 27, 1903-April 11, 1993)

Mrs. Margarita Montero Inclan was born 27 August 1903 in Havana, Cuba to a musical family. Her early instructors were Señora Ardors and Amelia Conti. She later traveled to Philadelphia, PA to study with Edna Phillips and Camden, ME to study with Carlos Salzedo.

For twenty years, Margarita was Principal Harpist of La Filarmonica de la Habana and for many concurrent years principal harp of Pro-Arte Musical and La Orquesta del Gran Teatro de la Habana.

Margarita Montero Inclan
Margarita Montero Inclan

One day in 1961, Margarita (in her late 50s) went to a morning rehearsal of La Filarmonica, called in sick during the lunch break, and with her husband Aquilino boarded a plane for Miami. She left behind everything, including her harps and music.

Margarita was able to continue her harp career in Florida. She performed with orchestras all over the state. She also established harp programs at Miami Senior High School, Miami-Dade Community College, and Florida International University. Margarita arranged numerous pieces for harp ensemble, was a beloved teacher, "abuela", and friend.

Music for Harp

arranged by Dr. Glen Arfsten

all proceeds from the sale of these books go to support the activities of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society.


Harp & Organ Duets - $15

Berceuse, Faure; Aria, Franck; Berceuse, Schumann; Cantilene Nuptiale, Dubois; Consolation, Liszt; Meditation, Dubois; Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod; Arioso, Bach

Harp Solos, volume 1 - $15

Adagio Cantabile, Beethoven; Allegro, Haydn; Allegro #2, Haydn; Finale, Haydn; Clair de lune, Debussy; My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice, Saint-Saens; Bridal Chorus, Wagner; Trumpet Tune, Purcell; Trumpet Voluntary, Purcell; Vesti la giubba, Leoncavallo; Hymn to Joy, Beethoven; Largo, Handel; The Swan, Saint-Saens; Andante, J.C. Bach; Pavanne, Ravel; Vocalise, Rachmaninoff

Bach & Handel Harp Solos - $10

"Aria" from A minor Violin Sonata, Bach; "Prelude in F minor" from WTK, Bk 2 #12, Bach; "Larghetto" from 10th Concerto for Strings, Handel; "Prelude", Handel; "Sinfonia" from Queen of Sheba, Handel

Favorite Hymns - $7 (suitable for lever or pedal harp)

Rock of Ages; My Faith Looks Up to Thee; Fairest Lord Jesus; This is My Father's World; Just as I Am; I Need Thee Every Hour; For the Beauty of the Earth; Amazing Grace; O Master Let Me Walk with Thee; Nearer My God to Thee; Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross; Breathe on Me Breath of God; My Jesus I Love Thee; Wonderful Words of Life; The Old Rugged Cross [pedal harp]

Solos for the Student Harpist - $5 (suitable for lever harp students)

Danny Boy, traditional; Merry Widow Waltz, F. Lehar; Vilia, F. Lehar; Theme from Sonata in A, W. A. Mozart; Theme from Polovetzian Dances; A. Borodin; Salut d’Amour, E. Elgar; Intermezzo [duo] Intermezzo [solo], P. Mascagni; Theme from Jupiter, G. Holst; The Trout, F. Schubert

Christmas Carols - $5 (suitable for lever or pedal harp)

O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; Silent Night; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Joy to the World; The First Noel; Away in a  Manger; Good Christian Men Rejoice; Angels We Have Heard on High

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      Dr. Glen Arfsten, a Minnesota native, received his Doctorate from the University of Alabama. His harp studies began with noted harpist/arranger Sharon Watson, who’s arrangements inspired him to write music for harp. A man of many talents, in addition to being an accomplished tenor, he can be found playing piano, flute, harp, and organ. Dr. Arfsten has published study materials for high school choirs as well as 6 volumes of music for the harp. 

      In 2007 Dr. Arfsten was awarded a Honorary Lifetime Membership in the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society for his immeasurable support and generosity.

Contact Us

We love music and we love the harp!

There are various types and sizes of harps and our members are just as unique, playing a variety of musical styles on a wide assortment of harps. Our members are young, old, teachers, students, and performers. We would love to have you join us in our mission to promote awareness of the harp within the South Florida community. 

Whether you already play the harp, want to learn to play, or just enjoy listening to the music of the harp, let's celebrate the harp together.


Nancy Ann Gillan

Former Chapter President


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