Westchester resident Carly Syta showed just how much she enjoys playing the harp by setting a new Guiness World Record for marathon harp playing last month, her family said.
With witnesses looking on, Syta played her harp almost continuously from the morning of Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9:19 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17 at 10:53 a.m., for a total of 25 hours and 34 minutes, breaking the old Guiness World Record of 24 hours and 30 minutes.
Syta, who attended St. Anastasia School in Playa del Rey, is currently a senior at Notre Dame Academy High School. Her family said she set the record at her high school, playing all day, all night, and into the next day as witnesses took shifts and recorded every song she played.
The student played according to the Guinness World Record marathon guidelines, in which every song had to be at least two minutes long with no more than 30 seconds between them.
Needing a large repertoire because no song could be repeated until four hours had passed, Syta played Broadway tunes, standards, pop, classical, and Disney music.
Reflecting on her record, Syta said, “I focused on playing one song at a time and tried not to think about how much longer I had to play.”
She noted how she was really tired at about five o’clock in the morning, but she got help from “cookies and energy drinks” to continue on with her goal.
Throughout the marathon, the dedicated harp player was able to take some breaks as she was allowed five minutes of break time after each full hour of playing.