Born and raised in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue is an award-winning harpist, singer, arranger and composer who has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers, as well as traveled extensively to perform at concerts across the United States and around the world. 

At the age of 12, while at boarding school in County Galway, Áine discovered her true love - the harp. After completing school, she spent three years developing her incomparable talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks and the perfect setting to accentuate the harp's emotional and lyrical connections to Irish history.

With a dozen solo album recordings to her credit, Áine has been nominated for several awards for her work as a record producer. Her recordings include Were You at the Rock, To Warm the Winter's Night, The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, The Twilight Realm, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Pilgrimage, Celtic Lamentations, Close Your Eyes, Love, and Celtic Meditation Music II: In the Name of Stillness. She also has collaborated on a series of music videos with filmmaker Michael Yip entitled Winter, A Celtic Meditation.

Áine’s music, in varying styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has appeared on compilations for industry labels such as BMG, Decca, Universal, Virgin Records, Windham Hill and Putumayo. Many of these albums have topped Billboard Magazine’s World, New Age and Classical Charts for months at a time. In addition, she has completed extensive soundtrack work for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and MTV.  

Áine has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Irish Harp Performance from the University of Limerick, Ireland.





Sunita Staneslow is a native of Minnesota but has made Israel her home since the year 2000. She has become widely known for her accessible arrangements for the harp and has fifteen books published by Afghan Press, Mel Bay and Sylvia Woods. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Sunita’s primary teachers were Frances Miller, Lucile Lawrence and Judith Liber. Classically trained but with a passion for traditional music, her career has spanned many genres. She has recorded CDs of Jewish, Celtic and classical music. Since 2007, Sunita has been working as a therapeutic harpist at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel. Sunita is a frequent performer and instructor at major North American folk harp festivals, was featured in the Virtual Harp Summit and is a lever harp instructor for the on-line Harp Column Academy.


You can find Sunita walking her dogs by the sea or playing in a session at a local Irish pub. In 2015, she spent six months with her husband cycling across Europe with her harp! www.sunitaharp.com


Vie Lidmark  victoriaschoolofharp.com 

The Harp Retreat and the school students are most fortunate to have Vie Lidmark  as the youth instructor.  

“I saw Harpo Marx as a child on the TV and told my momma that I would play the harp when I was big girl.  I was five.  She bought me a Style 23 when I was twelve.”

Forced to sell this pedal harp to help support her family of 11, Vie was promised by her husband that he would someday replace this instrument.17 years later,  Vie returned to the harp, but this time to the Celtic harp. With her new Troubador 111,Vie entered the Celtic harp world.

Vie has taken Celtic Workshops through the years, and enjoyed learning how to play using the lighter tension instruments. She LOVES to teach, and has built up quite a following; she has over 30 students at present.  Her harpers come from all over the front range: Greeley, Plamer Lake, Rye, Florissant, and of course, Peyton and the Springs. 


Vie helped launch our "Harps for Huerfano" program and, due to her work and efforts, there is now an ongoing harp program in the Gardner School 

 “I love people of all ages, and will work with anyone on their harp goals. “