The Community School of Music at the University of Central Arkansas will have a free workshop on the history, mechanics and sounds of the harp starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.

Residents can explore the history, mechanics and sounds of the harp with Alisa Coffey, who will introduce the harp in a short presentation Friday at 3:30 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Recital Hall of the Snow Fine Arts Center. There will be time for questions afterward and an "up close and personal" view of the harp.

Coffey is the principal harpist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the UCA music school. Formerly from the Phildelphia area, Coffey served as the harp faculty instructor at the Settlement Music School and was also the artistic coordinator for the Lyra Society, a nonprofit organization that offers harp lessons within Philadelphia public schools.

Coffey has served as an extra or substitute harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, IRIS Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic among others. As a soloist, Coffey received recognition in the 2011 Lyon and Healy Awards, as well as the 2011 American Harp Society National Competition. She has attended summer music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival, Artosphere, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and Saratoga Harp Colony.

For more information, contact Jann Bryant at 450-5755 or