About Nadya & Ladyharp
I grew up in a home filled with stories and music - an early memory is singing with my dad
while vacuuming! I was blessed to study piano with Marion Coe in Redmond, Oregon, & later
Music (Minor, with an Education Major) at Western Oregon University.
My father, A. Byrle King (1909-1992), brought joy to friends & the community with his sweet
Tenor voice. We often sang duets for Church or Grange, & I was the Grange pianist my last
two years of HS. Many evenings were spent singing & taking turns at the piano.
My mom Lois was the story teller, & while 'not musical,' encouraged me to practice! We often
traded foot & back rubs, leading to my career as an LMT. Both of my parents encouraged my
interest in art, science, music, healing, ... & offered a loving, supportive home.
My musical journey eventually led to the harp, where I discovered the sounds I longed for;
sustained notes & lovely runs! I also have hand drums, rattles, tuning forks, & a Native
In 1983 I studied massage with my mentor Jeanne Christensen, & co-founded Key to Health
Massage with Jeanne & several other therapists. After a basic grounding in Relaxing &
therapeutic massage, I began studying other modalities, including Reiki, Reflexology,
Ashiatsu, Acutonics Tuning Fork Therapy, Hot Stone, Lightweaving & Etheric Healing.
I often use CDs with harp music as a background for sessions. After moving to Breitenbush &
reconnecting with Seattle Harpist Karen Bruner, I realized a childhood dream, & ordered 27
string, Tuilleadh from Corvallis Oregon Luthier Dave Thormahlen, New Years day, 1993.
Tuille arrived on March 16, & was quickly popular with friends & at events. Her name is from
the Gaelic: "to give abundantly, in full measure." She was handcrafted from Oregon woods:
Big leaf Maple, Black Walnut, and a Sitka Spruce soundboard. Dave's wife Sharon composes
lovely harp tunes, perfect for harpists at any level of proficiency, & co-facilitates a monthly
harp circle in Corvallis, Or.
In January 2007, I wanted 'more bass notes,' & added a 34 string Sligo harp, Rowan Luchair,
crafted by Rick Kemper in Maryland to my 'harmony of harps.' Rowan is a round backed, Irish
inspired harp made of Koa; the soundboard is spruce & cedar, faced with cherry veneer, &
the strings fluorocarbon. Rick's name for this harp, 'Luchair,' is Gaelic for "Joy." Her modest
weight (17#) makes her very portable!
While my 3rd harp, Luna, has a range similar to Tuille's, she's smaller & more suited to
therapy sessions in the hospital, care center or home.
** Please Note: My harps are all 'folk' harps, modeled on traditional instruments; not the
larger 'concert' or 'Orchestral' harp. Tuille & Rowan are both fitted with levers, which allow me
to change keys or put in an occasional 'accidental.' So though I'm classically trained, read &
write music, my harps aren't suited to playing orchestral pieces.
I learned Reiki 'hands on' & distant healing in 1989 & '90, & naturally integrated Reiki into my
harp music. I went on to deepen in Song Medicine with Eric Vormanns, & musicians Laurie
Riley, Ani Williams, & Tina Tourin. With my background in music, I find it natural to compose or
improvise, & to write music for the harp.
I delight in making learning fun. If you've 'always wanted to play the harp,' now is the time to
pursue that dream! I work with both beginning & intermediate folk harp students. If you have
a harp & need a 'jump start' to begin playing again, call me for a consultation or 45 minute
'tune-up.' Design your own class with other students, and deepen your experience.
I focus on meeting your learning style & needs, & offer complimentary consultations.
Lessons are booked in series of 5, & may include harp rental. Sight reading, rhythm,
improvisation & ear training are included in instruction.
Classes in Reiki & Song Medicine or a series of mentoring sessions will enhance your ability to
learn & add powerful tools for healing. Drums, Native American Flute & Tuning forks are all
tools I use personally, & am happy to introduce you to.
Children & elders love the harp - it's always a delight to bring the joy of music to many, going
into schools & care facilities. I declared a Millennium Harper quest at the beginning of 2007,
which was complete by the end of the year! Details are on the Millennium Quest page.
Check my blog for updates on upcoming harp events & new photos. See my listing: Magical
Folk Harp - lessons & bookings on Thumbtack. I'm excited to be part of this resource for
We are honored to add magic & joy to your celebration!
"Jazz Harper" &
Rowan Luchair, built by Rick Kemper, 9-06