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
• Harp: Jane Weidensaul, Peter Eagle, Nancy Allen
• Early Music: Thomas Binkley
• Musicology: Dr. Hans Tischler, Dr. George Buelow, Dr.
• 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
• 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)
• 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, Sequentia,
American Bach Soloists, American Baroque, The Boston
Camerata, Camerata Mediterranea, Chanticleer, etc.
• 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-
• Ms. Fulton can be heard on over forty albums and
soundtracks broadly ranging from medieval, baroque,
orchestral, and contemporary music to Celtic music and
• 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
• 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.