"Harps on the Rocks", a harp trio, has performed together since 2008. We have performed for numerous Weddings, Anniversaries, Renaissance Faires, High Teas, and in Church Services. We specialize in classical, sacred, secular, folk and Celtic music.
Connie Dedon- Harp and Bodhran
Music, Music, Music!!! Connie Dedon loves all styles of music and is just now coming back to it full time after retiring from teaching elementary school. Having grown up in Pueblo, CO , she moved to Estes Park in 1998 where she plays with several musical groups: hand-bells with the United Methodist Church; lever harp with ”High Country Strings”, a mountain dulcimer group; “Harps on the Rocks” harp trio; Concert pedal harp with church choirs; and she is the organizer of the Estes Park Jug Band playing spoons, washboard, Bodhran, and other rhythm instruments. Connie appreciates all art and nature and during the summer works for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in the National Park. While at the Park, Connie’s creativity extends to puppetry: singing and leading programs for vacationing families for six years. Connie’s experience in education keeps all of her musical groups “on their toes” with being well prepared, organized, and she possesses the ability to draw out the best in all of us.
Rebecca Hazlitt- Harp, Steel Harp, Vocal
A life-long music lover, Rebecca Hazlitt can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing! As a child, she sang in the church choir and later, earned her grocery money with her guitar and voice as a single performer in Jackson, Wyoming in the late 1970’s. Acoustic duos and trios were great fun in Austin, Texas from 1980-1985. And when her husband drug her away from Austin, kicking and screaming, she revamped, put together, and fronted her own honky-tonk dance band in their new hometown, Missoula, Montana from 1985–1993. For a non-drinker/ non-smoker the honky-tonk scene grew less and less appealing with each passing year. When she learned of Music-Thanatology (use of harp and voice at the bedside of the dying) she felt called to that work. In this field during her two-year masters study, she learned to play the harp with the Chalice of Repose Project in Missoula, Montana. As a certified Music-Thanatologist, she does hospice work whenever asked. Today, she says, “I find playing the harp the most challenging and most satisfying of all my musical endeavors. Playing with “Harps on the Rocks” is the most fun!”
Karolee McLaughlin- Harp, Recorder, Flute, Vocal
“I love to play harp!” exclaims Karolee McLaughlin a 36 year veteran high school music educator. “Out of all the instruments that I play, this is my favorite.” Karolee hails from the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a B.S. in music education with an instrumental minor. The decision to move to Estes Park in 1991 was the beginning of a wondrous life journey for her husband and three daughters. Karolee was the music director at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park for 10 years and after experiencing a series of strokes, was confined to the couch with 24/7 oxygen! Life, as she knew it, was over. Fortunately, she had a doctor who did not give up and with the help of National Jewish Research Facility discovered she had a hole in her heart the size of a nickel! “Playing the harp, especially with Connie and Rebecca, has facilitated my healing . The vibrations from the strings, the laughter of this group, the meeting of new people , and the performing in all the various settings has been a miraculous healing balm."