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10 harpists take stage on final day of 3-day Owens camp

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Kaitlynn McCamey, 18, of Perrysburg, plays her harp.

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 There were 10 harps and harpists on stage at Owens Community College on Thursday for the 16th annual American Harp Society Day Ensemble Concert.

It is a concert finishing up a three-day band camp at Owens that gives area harpists and opportunity to continue their craft and work together. It was led by founders Denise Grupp-Verbon and Nancy Lendrim.

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"One thing that is nice about the camp is that harpists don't meet [similar instrument players] like with the trombone," Ms. Grupp-Verbon said. "But this gives them a chance to create friendships with harpists around the same age."

This year the camp had eight students from the ages of 11 to 18, along with the two instructors who played with them. . The camp has had as many of 24 harpists.

"It is fun to share this experience with the youngsters and give them the opportunity to play it is really awesome," Ms. Grupp-Verbon said. "We have repeat returns -- one girl is back for her fifth time, she's a veteran."

Ms. Grupp-Verbon, a Owens music instructor, was joined on stage with her co-founder and these students: Caili Bonar of Whitehouse, Emily Cihon of Maumee, Gabriella Crisp of Metamora, Ava Rose Fisher of Temperance, Mich., Hannah Kloster of Perrysburg, Kaitlynn McCamey of Perrysburg, Laurel Stankey of Lambertville, Mich., and Grace Wipfli of Toledo.

Owens is on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com or 419-356-8786 or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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