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The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering brings together autoharp enthusiasts from around the world for five days of workshops, concerts and 'round the clock music-making. Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Gathering features concerts and workshops from some of the folk world's best musicians -- and they come because no matter what else they're famous for, they also just happen to play the autoharp!

Our 27th Annual Gathering will be held June 21-25, 2017 at Little Buffalo State Park Campground just outside Newport, Pennsylvania.

Our featured performers for 2017:

We are planning more Pre-Gathering Classes starting on the 20th. Charles Whitmer (Beginners), Drew Smith (Intermediate Chromatic) and Jo Ann Smith (Intermediate Diatonic) will teach 9 hour classes on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the Gathering. You can register on line for these classes here or download a printed registration form that you can mail in here.

We're expecting another great Gathering. If you've never been to Mountain Laurel and are wondering what types of things go on there, take a look at Gregg Averett's comprehensive recap of the 2016 Gathering.

Hot News

June 17, 2017: Yesterday, we announced plans to once again stream several of the Mountain Laurel concerts on Concert Window ... we spoke too soon. Unfortunately, we've got a real problem with the camera setup that can't be fixed in time to stream the videos. We're heartsick over it but it is what it is and we have no alternative but to simply cancel our plans for this year and shoot for next year. On the bright side, there's still time for everyone to come see the concerts in person! Register at the gate for any of the shows starting Wednesday night with the Board Member's concert. We'll see some of you there!

June 16, 2017: We're getting very close to launching MLAG 2017 at Little Buffalo State Park. As we did last year, we will be streaming several of the concerts live on Concert Window. We will start the live stream approximately 15 minutes before the posted show time so people have an opportunity to get connected and to verify things are working. The start times listed at Concert Window are approximate.  If last year was any indication, we know you're going to enjoy these shows. The ticket prices are minimal (some of the shows are free!) but donations are always welcome.

January 27, 2017: The design for the 2017 MLAG T-Shirt has been completed and Ivan Stiles has done his usual great job ... as usual, the T-Shirts are available in both Men's and Women's sizes. You can order when you register or you can order just the T-Shirt if you're not planning to attend the Gathering. If you would like to order just the T-Shirt, send an E-Mail to our Registrar for instructions.  All T-Shirts are $18 plus postage.



January 14, 2017: Luthiers and MLAG Board Members, Tom Fladmark and Greg Schreiber, have just published an excellent video covering all aspects of changing strings on virtually any autoharp. Whether you have an OS or a hand-crafted luthier 'harp, Tom and Greg show you exactly how to approach and complete the task of changing just one or all the strings on your 'harp. The video includes instructions for working with A and B model OS 'harps as well as 'harps featuring Schreiber, D'aigle, and/or Lumbert fine tuners.



July 13, 2016: I just finished putting together some photo highlights from MLAG 2016 using pictures from Frank Baker, Rita Persing, myself and others. The video is fairly long but it's an historic record after all! This is the 26th in a series of videos detailing the history of the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering. Thanks to Frank Baker and others for the wonderful pictures. The accompanying music is an amalgam of contest pieces from this year's Contest. Buy the Contest CD and hear the rest of it!

MLAG 2016 Photo Highlights

June 10, 2016: Pennsylvania Magazine has published a nice article about Mountain Laurel in their May/June issue. Thanks to Laurie Jean Houck for the wonderful story and pictures. Here's a link to the original PDF file.

New MLAG Toll-Free Hot Line: MLAG now has a toll-free hot line to help answer any questions you may have about the upcoming Gathering ...

Registration - Press 1
Camping - Press 2
Pre-Gathering Classes - Press 3
Workshops - Press 4
Mary Lou Orthey Scholarship - Press 5
Cohen-Grappel Recording Grant - Press 6
Autoharp Angels Program - Press 7
Autoharp Hall of Fame - Press 8
For all other questions - Press 9

Annual Deadlines:

  • Autoharp Hall of Fame nominations applications are due by March 1, 2017. A ballot is  downloadable here  and is  also available in any issue of the Autoharp Quarterly. You can also use our new interactive form feature to submit your nomination. For a list of the members of the Autoharp Hall of Fame, click here.

  • Mary Lou Orthey Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2017. If you are thinking about coming to the 2017 Gathering but a lack of funding is making it tough, consider applying for a scholarship.

  • Applications for the Cohen/Grappel Recording Grant are due June 1st, 2017. Details are here.

The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Consider making a tax-deductible donation, now, or remember us kindly in your will, later. Please contact us for details or, to donate on-line via PayPal, click on the donate button below. .

If you have comments or questions, you can direct them to our registrar.

Remember to bring items for the Silent Auction to benefit the Gathering. Items or services do not have to be autoharp-related or even music related -- any item you think might be of interest to people is welcome. More details at the Gathering or send a note to Cindy Harris.

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