The Lyre Association of North America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to initiate, inspire, and support the sounding of the modern lyre as a musical instrument in artistic, pedagogical, and therapeutic activities in North America and throughout the world.


The Lyre

Performed by Veronika Roemer

In the nineteen twenties, when many innovative ideas made an impact on the culture of the day--in architecture, the sciences, visual arts, music and theater--innovation was found least in the realm of musical instruments. Yet, away from the bustling crowd of mainstream progress, two men were in the lonely pursuit of creating an instrument gentle to the child's ear, yet challenging to the discriminating musician. The lyre was conceived and created out of silence. These two men had no ambition to compete with any existing instrument or Carl Orff's resonance effects.

The Lyre 


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  • a subscription to Soundings: A Lyre Review (containing substantive articles and a music supplement)

  • a discount on fees for all conferences and workshops sponsored by LANA as well as on music bought through our service.

Membership runs for one year from the time dues are received or one year from the expiration of current membership, whichever is a later expiration date. 

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Latest Blog Posts

2019 LANA Members' Meeting

Thirty-one members and friends of LANA met July 1st in Kimberton, PA for the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Lyre Association of North America. They came from California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as South Korea and Ecuador.

Movement for Musical Renewal Conference

By Diane Barnes, Hillsdale, New York: The Music for Musical Renewal Conference this past summer was very special. Veronika Roemer brought us many valuable musical games and activities for all ages, and especially for working with children.

By Melanie Eberhard, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania: The 2019 Lyre Conference for Musical Renewal brought to my awareness new opportunities to expand and deepen my listening and observing skills, as well as creating opportunities for children and colleagues to do the same in a Camphill School setting.

The Boy Who Gave Apollo His Lyre

By Margo Ketchum, Kimberton, Pennsylvania

For the past few years, LANA has been getting inquiries from parents wanting to help their young sons find a lyre! They say they’re reading books on Greek mythology and Apollo…. Could we direct them to where to find a lyre and a lyre teacher?