The sound of the plucked string of the harp has enchanted and transformed people for thousands of years. Certified music practitioner, psychologist and researcher Marcie Swift, M.Ed. CMP NCSP has explored the role of the harp as a mystic ladder that unites this world with the next. This ancient instrument, cherished as a gift from the gods, has been used for transformation and transition throughout the world. The timeless magic, power, and allure of the harp will be described in this inspirational program. Come hear the history of this mystical instrument; which began with the Phoenicians, en route to what is now Ireland, and later spread to the United States. Marcie will discuss early American harpists in the 1800’s, leading up to the fascinating Harpo Marx. Audience members will experience first hand the soothing tones of the harp, when Marcie plays a wide range of beautiful music, paired with her own improvisations and story-telling. Marcie will bring several of her Celtic harps, including her Reverie harp, which each member of the audience may play to experience its wonderful healing vibrations.
Marcie Swift, M.Ed. NCSP CMP is a nationally certified school psychologist, certified music practitioner of the harp, and board certified diplomate in behavioral health through the American Association of Integrative Medicine. She provides therapeutic harp music for chemo patients during treatments, and runs support groups for cancer patients, using harp therapy and relaxation therapy at several hospitals. Her highly acclaimed healing album, Thread of Life, is available for purchase. She recently recorded her second album, The Heart is True, with her husband master fiddler Gordon Swift.
Marcie is available for individual therapy, and home or hospital visits, to address anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain and illness.