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They perform with style, grace, passion. Seven female musicians who play the harp.

The ensemble is called Harper’s Delight.

The women have been performing for two years, bringing a slice of musical heaven to audiences in the area.

Mona Terry began playing the harp eighteen years ago. She is the inspirational leader for the ensemble.

Mona wrote a song titled Harper’s Delight. The women liked the name, and so it stuck. Mona teaches harp lessons.

Harper’s Delight has performed at nursing homes, The Butterworth Center in Moline, Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Illinois and other places.

The women practice weekly, and formed the ensemble about two years ago.

They play several folk songs on the harp, and say the technique is very challenging. Terry has composed harp music, including songs titled Adoration and Harper’s Delight.

The women also play folk music.

Each harp weighs about twenty five pounds. Harps are made from different woods. Maple creates a very light, bright sound. Some of the other woods produce a richer, warmer tone.

Members of Harper’s delight will have a public performance at the Butterworth Center in Moline on Saturday, September 27th from 1-2pm.

The group typically practices each week at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf.

Members of the ensemble are Nancy Keel, Lydia Olson, Stephanie Raphael-Nakos, Jane Seligman, Judy Thess, Carol Cook, and Jo Ann Hull.

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