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What to wear for lessons, recitals, and everything in between.
—by Carla Fabris
What to wear? It’s one of my absolute favorite questions of the day and I truly look forward to browsing through my kaleidoscopic closet to see what I feel like putting together out of my staple pieces and a few (okay, many) wild cards. But when you’re a freelance harpist, the question can take on a whole new meaning. Whether I’m playing a standard wedding or a more unusual event that absolutely needed a harpist’s touch, I am sometimes at a loss and often in a rut about performance wear. I have a passion for fashion and outrageous accessories, but I have to stop myself because there are so many factors involved. Will this be something that I can move my arms in? What shoes will match, and will I be able to pedal in them? What is appropriate for what type of performance situation? What is appropriate generally and in an overall sense for the modern harpist? If you’ve found yourself asking any of these questions, read on for a few tips that will make your trips to the closet (or mall) a lot less daunting!