- Allison A. Alcorn
(b Avington, PA, 14 May 1953). American maker of historical harps, lyres, and psalteries. Lewandowsi grew up surrounded by arts and crafts, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in philosophy and early music just as the early music movement in America was in full swing. While other historical instruments seemed in ready supply, early harps were not, and Lewandowski, largely self-taught, began making them herself in 1975, copying and reinterpreting models she studied in museums and iconography. In 1980 she moved her workshop from New York City to Vermont, where she continues to build instruments in Bellows Falls. Her harps range from small Romanesque and brass-strung Celtic types to four-octave 17th-century Iberian models; her six- and seven-string lyres are inspired by Anglo-Saxon prototypes, and her psalteries include simple trapezoidal models and more elaborate Trecento types. Initially, university early music programs made up much of her clientele, but nowadays, in addition to professional and amateur consort players, she notes a newer market among harpists involved with hospice or meditation work. As of ...