One of the country's foremost harpist will perform for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series on Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public, though donations will be accepted.

Lisa Spurlock, who has studied music since she was 2, has been a freelance artists for 19 years and has several national accolades to show for her work, including a first-place division finish in the American Harp Society National Competition in 1997.

This will be Spurlock's third time performing for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation. Having performed in Madison solo and with an ensemble, she will bring an ensemble of other harp players for Friday's show.

"It's quite an event, if you've never seen it before," said Lynn Maricle, secretary of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation board.

Spurlock began studying harp at age 8 and later enrolled in the bachelor of music program at Indiana University and trained with world-renowned musicians. She has recorded with the Louisville Chorus and released her first solo album "All I Want is a Harp for Christmas" in 2004.

Spurlock regularly plays weddings and parties and has performed during the Kentucky Derby's annual Derby Ball.

She lives in Louisville, where she founded and directs the Louisville Harp Academy - the largest and most comprehensive harp studio in the Kentucky region.

The final Madison Performing Arts Foundation presentation of the spring will be May 16, when the Dixie Heights High School choirs from Kenton County, Ky., will perform at Trinity United Methodist Church. The performance will start at 7 p.m.