Harvi Alonzo Griffin, December 14, 1936 - August 9, 2005. Harvi, a world renowned Harpist is now playing with the angels in Heaven. Early in his career Harvi was principle harpist with the Detroit Symphony, National Symphony and the U.S. Army Band. Harvi appeared at the White House twenty-five times, for presidents, princes, industrial leaders and other internationally powerful people. Harvi also spent many years as a solo artist with over 1,000 performances touring the U.S., Asia, and Europe as well as teaching masters classes. His students are harpists with major symphonies all over the world. Harvi was a native of Detroit, MI and a graduate of Cass Technical High School, he then studied at Michigan State University where he received his B.A. and first Masters Degree. He next studied with Lucile Lawrence, Mannes College of Music in New York City where he received his second Masters Degree, and then with Eileen Malone, Eastman School of Music. Harvi was known for his dedication to his music and for his skill at performing every type of music from Classical to Country and Western on the harp. Anyone who knew or studied with Harvi soon learned that in his mind there was no excuse for anything other than your personal best, he expected his students to be as dedicated and to work as hard as he did himself to be the best they could be both as giving, caring people and as musicians. Harvi was a loving man who freely gave of himself to support anyone who sought his aid. Harvi is survived by his life partner of the past 13 years Lee Barr; his adopted "Mom" Josephine Barr, both of Phoenix, AZ and a multitude of loving friends from around the world. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held for Harvi at a later date. For information regarding this service please send an inquiry to email@example.com. Donations in Harvi's name may be sent to either Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ or to Rosie's House [a music school for inner city children], 527 W Pima St., Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 21, 2005.