Dr. Charles Lynch

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Dr. Charles W. Lynch III is beginning his first year as the Harp Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harp performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying under Dr. Ann Yeung. He received his Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Illinois in 2002, while serving as a graduate research assistant with the Roslyn Rensch Collection. He received a Bachelor degree from Arizona State University in Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis in piano in 1997, studying with Walter Cosand and Dr. Madeline Williamson. He received a second Bachelor degree in harp performance in 2000, studying with Dr. Christine Vivona. He began his harp studies with Karen Miller in the Mesa Public Schools harp program.


Dr. Lynch is a founding member of The HarpCore 4, a harp quartet that performs original “not-what-you-expect-to-hear-on-the-harp” arrangements of popular music. They have been featured at the 2015 Midwest Harp Festival, 39th Annual American Harp Society Conference in Tacoma, Washington, 2008 Boneyard Arts Festival in Illinois, 2007 AHS National Summer Institute in Chicago, and presented the opening concert for the 2004 Illinois Summer Harp Class. He also performs regularly with flutist Kimberlee Goodman, as part of the duo From the West. He has been active as a chamber, orchestral, and solo harpist throughout central Illinois and northwest Indiana for fifteen years. He performed regularly with several orchestras, including the Kankakee Valley Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra.


During his graduate studies at Illinois, he worked on the Roslyn Rensch Collection and Papers. He has presented a presentation on Roslyn Rensch and the collection at the American Harp Society's National Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. His articles on the Roslyn Rensch Collection have appeared in the Summer 2003 and 2010 issues of The American Harp Journal. He is active in several harp and music education organizations. He most recently served as the secretary and webmaster for the Greater Chicago Chapter of the AHS.


Dr. Lynch previously developed collegiate harp programs as adjunct harp faculty member at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame University, in Notre Dame, Indiana. He is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the harp students of Mesa Public Schools and to continue the development of the exemplary program in harp education that was developed by retired Harp Specialist Karen Miller and MPS Music Education. The program begins its 42nd year with 117 harp students from band and orchestra programs at eight of the district’s junior high schools and six senior high schools