Cindy Harris

IMG_0223 has been making and teaching music with voice, autoharp, fiddle and a variety of other instruments for as long as she can remember. She is particularly interested in traditional music of many varieties, and her repertoire includes everything from Irish tunes and Israeli dance music played on autoharp to dark Appalachian fiddle tunes from the mountains of West Virginia.  But her playful side can’t resist amusing modern songs about real life, which somehow co-exist with folk songs from long ago.  A concert set from Cindy is always a collection of eclectic surprises bound together by a common theme that suits the occasion.


DSC_1139Cindy’s musical activities have included autoharp instructor and performer for the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Dulcimore, the Chestnut Ridge Dulcimer Festival, the Illawara Folk Festival, and the Cygnet Folk Festival, and a workshop instructor for Vocal Week at the Augusta Heritage Center. She has been a finalist in the Mountain Laurel International Autoharp Championship almost every year since 2008 (including the epic contest of 2015), and has placed in the top three five times as well as placing second in the Walnut Valley International Autoharp Championship in 2013 and 2014. She has also been a company musician for Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, founder and director of a women’s a cappella ensemble, and is an experienced contradance and square dance caller.  She directs the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir, a group of women who sing at the bedsides of hospice patients, and the Pittsburgh JCC Community Chorus, and she teaches autoharp, fiddle and voice.  Her current CD project is a collection of autoharp duet collaborations that will be published in 2016.