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Follet, Grace



  • Existence: 1906 - 1986

Biographical History

Grace Weymer Follet (1906-1986) was an astounding harp performer as well as a dedicated mother and teacher.

Despite neither of Grace Follet's parents being musical, they were very supportive of their children's interest in and study of music. At age fourteen, Follet started studying the Harp, and by fifteen she had graduated from high school. A year later Follet moved to New York and begin her study with Carlos Salzedo; she studied with him until she was twenty-one, but they remained close friends for the remainder of their lives.

In the summer of 1930 Follet began work on a harp instruction course entitled "The Four-Year Course in Harp for Credit in High School" that was published by Lyon and Healy and became widely distributed throughout the United States.

Follet was the editor of "Harp News" from 1955 to 1966 and was elected to Board of Directors of the American Harp Society in 1966, serving as National Vice-President and Secretary.

Follet was an avid teacher and continued to teach until her death in 1986; at age eighty-six she had fifteen students and was an adjunct professor at universities.

American Harp Journal, Summer 1987: p.46 (Started "four-Year Course in Harp for Credit in High School") p.47 (Elected board of directors of American Harp Society; Editor of "Harp News" 1955-1966)

American Harp Journal, Winter 1994: p.17 (neither of her parents were musical; started studying harp at 14: went to New York to study with Salzedo; taught until the day she died)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Grace Follet papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7875
Scope and Contents

contain vocal scores for women's voices, vocal scores for mixed choirs, course booklets pertaining to harp instruction, research notes on the history and structure of harp, American Harp Society (AHS) conference booklets, programs and brochures of Follet and other prominent harpists, correspondence, two indexes and two appendixes to the AHS sound recording repository. Collection spans the dates 1927-1985, with publication dates ranging 1889-1959.

Dates: 1889-1985

Lucile Jennings papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7788
Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, harp music, music programs, and photographs that belonged to Lucile Jennings spanning the years 1974-2005.

Dates: approximately 1974-2005