Ashley Collins: Manager
Newly appointed as Manager, Ashley is excited to continue her work at the Atlanta Harp Center helping to better serve her harp community.
Ashley Collins received a scholarship to study harp at DePauw University School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance as well as a B.A. in Theatre Performance. She performs for weddings and special events throughout Atlanta and the southeast and offers private lessons in harp.
Ashley brings passion and blissful peace to the minds and hearts of all who have the pleasure to hear her play her harp. For the past fourteen years, she has devoted her life to the harp traveling the world to broaden her musical horizons through learning and performing. From playing harp on the streets of South America, to studying Celtic folk music in Ireland to learning and performing Bollywood music in Bombay, India, Ashley has been living a musical escapade!
Ashley teaches lessons on lever and pedal harp at the Atlanta Harp Center and in Peachtree City, GA. She specializes in beginner harp with a focus on encouragement and an emphasis on proper technique. www.eleganceofmusic.com
Rhett Barnwell: Assistant Manager
Rhett Barnwell is a composer, arranger and performer, and the founder of Seraphim Music, which publishes sacred, classical and meditative music for lever and pedal harp. He has concertized extensively in the United States and in Rome, Venice, and Florence, Italy, and Ireland. A specialist in classical and sacred music for the lever harp, he has been in demand as a presenter and performer at conferences such as the Southeastern Harp Conference, Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Harp Journeys, Beginning in the Middle, Harp Gathering and others. He has organized biannual Liturgical Harp Conferences since 2007. He has given workshops and concerts for American Harp Society Chapters in Washington, D. C., Minneapolis, Nashville and New Orleans, and is regularly commissioned to write new works. Mr. Barnwell earned a Master of Music degree from St. Louis Conservatory and did post-graduate Doctoral study at the University of Georgia. In addition to the harp, he also plays the cello, French horn, and organ, and has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, AIMS Festival Orchestra in Austria, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, and other orchestras. He has served as a Director of Music and Organist for churches in the Southeastern U. S. since 1983.
Tyler Hartley: Harpist-in-residence
Tyler started harp lessons at the age of six. She began her collegiate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Eileen Malone Scholarship and studied under Kathleen Bride, and later attended Kennesaw State University, where she was 2011’s Concerto Competition winner with the Boieldieu Harp Concerto. Tyler holds a bachelor's degree in Music Performance
An avid performer, Tyler serves as principal harpist for the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra and second harpist for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she frequently freelances with various regional groups including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Tara Winds and the Atlanta Wind Symphony.
Tyler teaches private lessons on both lever and pedal harp to students of all ages. She lives in Woodstock with her two fancy rats, Lyon and Healy.
Why buy from us?
The Atlanta Harp Center takes great pride in offering personal assistance to our customers. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to keeping our customers happy with excellent service. We offer the following services to make your harp buying experience an enjoyable one:
* a wide selection of harps to choose from
* generous trade-in values
* 90% trade up policy for any lever harp purchased from AHC within 5 years to any pedal harp we carry (certain restrictions apply)
* first regulation free on new pedal harps
* easy financing available through Allegro Acceptance
* a unique rent-to-own program on lever harps