Thanks from the animals (and me!)

by Cynthia Shelhart in , ,

 Presenting the donation to PCAS director Jon Thomas. He's the tall one on the right.

Presenting the donation to PCAS director Jon Thomas. He's the tall one on the right.

Have you been wondering how we did with the Friends of Francis concert in October?

Well... We rocked it! Thanks to your generous help, for the 2nd year in a row, we donated $400.00 to the Porter County Animal Shelter in Valparaiso IN!

Thanks to everyone who attended the concert, bought a CD, donated money, put up a flyer, or helped in any way... especially the Council & congregation of St. John's United Church, the concert hosts, where I also serve as Director of Music. I'm so happy to present this concert each year to help the Shelter find forever homes for these animals in need. Thank you, PCAS, for all you do!

Chesterton harpist performs to aid local animals

by Cynthia Shelhart in , ,

CHESTERTON, IN (Sept. 25, 2012) – Harpist Cynthia Shelhart, a nationally recognized Celtic harpist and recording artist, will present a solo concert, “Friends of Francis,” on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Church, 225 W. Lincoln Ave., Chesterton IN. This fourth annual concert will benefit the Porter County Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Valparaiso IN.

Shelhart, the 2005 U.S. Scottish Harp National Champion and director of music at St. John’s United Church, will perform traditional music from Scotland & Ireland, as well as her own compositions. The concert is named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.

Admission is free, and a freewill offering to benefit the Porter County Animal Shelter will be accepted. Shelter animals will be available for adoption, and Shelhart will donate a portion of the evening’s CD sales to the Shelter.

For more information, contact Cynthia Shelhart at (219) 508-3558 or

Holly & Mistletoe Gigs in NW Indiana This Weekend

by Cynthia Shelhart in , ,

Happy December! It's time-- literally-- for holly & mistletoe! Please come out to see me this weekend as I play holiday music for your shopping enjoyment in Northwest IN:

Upcoming Shows:

Dec 2, 2011 - Valparaiso, IN Sheep's Clothing, 60 W Lincolnway Valparaiso Holly Days, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Dec 3, 2011 - Chesterton, IN Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S 5th St Mistletoe Market, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Hope to see you there!

PS: Harp music makes a great gift... yes, I'll have CDs available.

Cyber celebration: new webstore finally open for business!

by Cynthia Shelhart in , , ,

After wrestling with countless platforms and gateways for most of 2011, I'm so excited to announce that the store for my site is finally *open* for business! The "Store" link on my website will take you directly to

In the interests of "going green" and improved customer service, my harp music books are now also available for instant download in digital format:

The store is viewable on mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, and most Android phones & tablets) for easy & secure on-the-go shopping during the busy holiday season. My favorite feature is probably the MP3 players on my CD product pages. (Love these!)

I'm still working on some of the features, but the secure shopping environment is ready to go! Thanks for everyone's patience while I found the right solutions for you.

Time for a happy dance!