47 Strings, interactive and educational harp recitals in the community

It’s the halfway point for 47 Strings! Learn how Meghan has been bringing harp music to homeless shelters after receiving the Richter Fund for Music Outreach from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

47 Strings is a unique and unprecedented harp concert series. For each of the 47 strings, Houston harpist Meghan Caulkett will be performing one interactive outreach program. So far, over 22 performances have taken place for the elderly and homeless, and for preschool, elementary, and special needs children. Over 1,600 children have been exposed to solo and chamber harp music from Ginastera, Bartok, Tournier, Salzedo, Ravel and Debussy. The main goal of 47 Strings is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for classical music, by providing concerts to audiences who are not often exposed to it.


About the author

Meghan Caulkett

Meghan Caulkett is a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studies with Houston Symphony Principal, Paula Page. Meghan has performed as principal harpist with numerous orchestras, in solo recitals, chamber recitals, and for people such as legendary film composer John Williams, Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor James Levine, and His Royal Highness Prince Charles. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude from Boston University while studying with the principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot.
Originally from Tahoe City, California, she now freelances all over the greater Houston area and southeastern United States, while maintaining an active teaching studio of harp and piano students. Since November 2011, she has been the acting principal harpist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and has recently been accepted to the Houston Symphony Substitute Musician list. This is in addition to performances with the Shepherd School of Music Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and Symphony of Southeast Texas. Meghan was also a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist from 2011- 2012.
Recently, she founded “47 Strings”- an innovative and educational outreach program designed to bring harp recitals to 47 different charitable organizations and free community concerts within the next year. These performances include educational outreach programs for schools, hospitals, homes for the elderly, shelters for abused women and children, as well as community concerts open to the public.