Harpist Entertains and Inspires Students

Chelsea students and faculty were entertained by Mr. Kovac’s musical performance and inspired by his love of folk instruments. A highlight was when the guest speaker invited Chelsea students to play along with him.

In the late 1970s Mr. Kovac was in Columbia, serving in the Peace Corps. It was while he was in Columbia that he was first attracted to playing the harp after hearing a Paraguayan harpist play.  He began to seriously play the harp in 1985.

In his career, Mr. Kovac has built about 500 harps, written three books, produced a number of videos (DVDs) aimed to teach the beginner how to play the folk harp, and recorded a CD with the Moscow Symphony.

During the coldest months of the year, John enjoys staying in Guatemala. He resides in one of the twelve villages along the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlán, located at over 5,000 feet in the Guatemalan highlands, an area strewn with numerous volcanoes.  The great German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt called it “the most beautiful lake in the world.”  Over the years Mr. Kovac has taught many of the native Mayan children from the villages surrounding the lake how to build harps and bowed psalteries.

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