Recognized as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps and a popular
performer and teacher of Celtic lever harps, Dr. Cheryl Ann Fulton has enjoyed
a wonderful international performing, recording, teaching and scholarly
research career since 1984. One of the world's leading harpists known for her
exceptional artistry and expressive style, she performs on triple harp,
medieval harp, renaissance bray harp, double action pedal harp and
contemporary Celtic lever harps. Her solo recital performed at the John F.
Kennedy Center featured five historical harps on one program of which the
Washington Post said, "Fulton drew from all of them a serene and delicate
sound... remarkable instruments which Fulton played with total skill and
She earned a BS degree in pedal harp, and an MM and DM in early
music/historical harp/musicology from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana
University, Bloomington where during her graduate work she was a dedicated
student of Thomas Binkley. Dr. Fulton is a contributing scholar for the
latest edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and
authored a chapter for A Performers Guide to Medieval Music (IU Press,
2000). She was awarded the Burton E. Adams Prize for Academic Research for
her doctoral thesis on the history of the triple harp. In 1987 she received
a Fulbright award for research and performance in Lisbon, Portugal and while
there served as principal harpist for Portugal's leading orchestra, the
She has performed with many distinguished early music ensembles including Sports football betting appVoices of Music, Ensemble Alcatraz, The Galax Quartet, El Mundo, Anonymous 4,
Sequentia, American Bach Soloists, American Baroque, The Boston Camerata,
Camerata Mediterranea, Chanticleer, etc. She served on the faculty for the
Amherst Early Music workshops for over twenty-five years and was the first
Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval Music Workshop. She
is the founding President of the Historical Harp Society and is Director for the
HHS 2015 Conference.
A versatile recording artist, she can be heard on over thirty albums and
soundtracks broadly ranging from medieval, baroque, orchestral, and contemporary
music to Celtic music and film scores, on major labels including PolyGram,
Deutche 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 instrument."
She founded and directs the medieval harp choir Angelorum and they are currently working on
a recording of the music of Hildegard von Bingen with Karen Clark and Varja
Dr. Fulton is on the faculty of The Thornton School of Music at USC. She is a
highly sought after teacher of her Touch and Tone Technique for Harp and has a
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.
You can find out more about Cheryl on her website.
The Airs of Wales
A Harper's Holiday in Wales
Angelorum - The Harps in the Trees
The Once and Future Harp