Who Am I?
The Tunings
About Me

My name is Bill McJohn. I live in Seattle, Washington. I've studied Medieval music with Margriet Tindemans and historical harps with Cheryl Ann Fulton. I'm co-leader of the chant ensemble Peregrine and the medieval-music ensemble Contrafacta. I've taught classes and workshops in Gregorian Chant and medieval harp music for the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society, the Northwest Center for Early Music Studies, and the Historical Harp Society.

I play medieval, renaissance, and triple harps, and I own far too many harps, most of them built by Catherine and Bill Campbell, of Port Townsend, Washington. In particular, I have a beautiful instrument that's based on a mid-sixteenth century Italian harp in the collection of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. The process of wondering what in the world to play on this harp led me to think about scordatura, grounds, harmonic/metric schemes, and so on. This web site is basically the book I wished for when I began playing this renaissance harp--I hope you find it useful.