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About Cheryl

As a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps and a popular performer and teacher, Dr. Cheryl Ann Fulton has enjoyed a wonderful international performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1984. Known for her exceptional artistry and expressive style, she performs on a wide range of harps.

Articles About Cheryl

• Harpesmag, Summer 2016



Harp: Jane Weidensaul, Peter Eagle, Nancy Allen

Early Music: Thomas Binkley

Musicology: Dr. Hans Tischler, Dr. George Buelow, Dr.

 Santiago Kastner



Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN:

Doctor of Music (1997)

Master of Music (1985)

Bachelor of Science in Music with Distinction (1979)



Burton E. Adams Prize for Academic Research -- doctoral thesis on the history of the triple harp.

Grand Prix du Disque; Erato Records, 1989

Fulbright-Hays Scholar, Lisbon, Portugal, 1987

Indiana University Graduate Fellowship,1985-86

Joseph Garton Memorial Scholarship,1985-86

• Research and Writing Grant from the Harp Renaissance Society,1985-86

Aspen MusicFestival Fellowship, Summer 1977



Contributing scholar to the New Grove Dictionary of

  Music and Musicians

Authored a chapter for A Performers Guide to

  Medieval Music (IU Press, 2000)

• Bibliography


Notable Performances

Principal harpist for Portugal's leading orchestra, the Orchestre Gulbenkian, 1987

Solo recital at the John F. Kennedy Center featuring five historical harps on one program. "Fulton drew from all of them a serene and delicate sound... remarkable instruments which Fulton played with total skill and reverent affection." - The Washington Post

Performances with many distinguished early music ensembles including Voices of Music, Ensemble Alcatraz, The Galax Quartet, El Mundo, Anonymous 4, Sequential, American Bach Soloists, American Baroque, The Boston Camerata, Camerata Mediterranea, Chanticleer, etc.


Professional Positions

Served on the faculty for the Amherst Early Music

  workshops for over twenty-five years

First Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval Music Workshop

Founding President of the Historical Harp Society

Director of the HHS 2015 Conference

Faculty member, Thornton School of Music at USC. 

• Western Regional Director of the American Harp Society 2013-2019.


Ms. Fulton can be heard on over forty albums and

  soundtracks broadly ranging from medieval, baroque,

  orchestral, and contemporary music to Celtic music and film scores.

Labels include PolyGram, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi,

  Koch International Classics, Nonesuch, Erato, Dorian,

  Gourd Music, and others. 

Her first solo album, The Airs of Wales, brought her

  recognition and acclaim as a "genuine virtuosa of her



Founding Directorships

Founder/Director of the medieval harp choir Angelorum

Founder/Director of the Red Dragon Welsh Harpers

• Founder/Director of The White Horse Harpers



• A highly sought-after teacher of her Touch and Tone

  Technique for Harp, Ms. Fulton has private studios in the

  San Francisco Bay Area in Oakland, El Sobrante and Los

  Gatos, and also teaches via Skype.



When she is not harping she is playing with, training and

  showing her two Belgian Tervuren dogs or out riding her

  two Arabian horses on the trails in the East Bay hills.


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