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sneak peekAdd-on to your festival weekend with the 2017 Improv Expansion with Deborah Henson-Conant!

Broaden Your Improv Horizons with DHC’s new Improv Expansion, this year’s All-Day Sunday program. improv expansion

Deborah gets rave reviews from everyone who attends her All-Day Sunday sessions at Somerset. This year, Somerset is collaborating with Deborah Henson-Conant to bring another brand new full-day improvisation experience to our festival.

Set your sights and reach new heights by exploring how to open up pieces you already know and love.

Tap your creative potential and augment what’s already in your musical toolbox.

Learn how to Stretch Out and Be More Responsive in:

--Therapeutic harp environments like nursing homes, hospital and hospice settings

--Long background-music gigs

--Liturgical ceremonies needing a meditative and contemplative soundscape

--Jam sessions with your friends

Step Up to a New Level Regardless of your playing level.

Improv Expansions will complement your current repertoire and at a new dimension to how you think about how you and your harp interact to create music.

This workshop is for you if you want to:

--Learn techniques to be more expansive

--Learn how to create interludes

--Learn how to take sound snippets from a familiar piece and create a new piece

--Unchain Yourself from black dots on the printed page and learn the power of playing music from your heart and soul and conveying that feeling to others.

About the Presenter   Itinerary   Registration

Some Scenes from Deborah's 2015 Somerset Workshops


Itinerary & What to Bring:

Like with any good improv, we’ll start with a guideline–and likely diverge from it, but the schedule will roughly follow:
9-10:30am you will have time to attend the Somerset Sunday concert at 11am!
11am-12pm Somerset concert (included)
Have a quick lunch.(Be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall before Sunday)
12:30-3pm (with short break, as needed)
3:30-5pm
What to Wear: Please dress comfortably and come ready to move and to play.
What to Bring: You can bring a notebook and pen if you want to take notes, but please don’t bring a music stand!


deborah henson-conantAbout Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated Composer/Performer, creator of her own online school that teaches hundreds of harp players world wide improvisation, arrangement and performance techniques. She the author of the bimonthly column “Harpist Reinvented” for the Harp Column. She’s created and performed her own music and music-theater works in one-woman shows and with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. She's released more than a dozen recordings including the Grammy-Nominated “Invention & Alchemy” of her original works with symphony orchestra. Her mentorship program “Harness Your Muse” coaches harpists in creating their own original shows and recordings.

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Costs & Registration

Deborah Henson-Conant's Improv Expansion Sunday Special at Somerset: Only $100 if you add it to your full festival registration during our Early-Bird discount period, which ends May 1. If you just come for the single day it's $150. Although we'd like for you to sign-up in advance, you can register on-site.

Location & Hotel

The event takes place at the Sheraton Parsippany, 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany NJ. Attendees can take advantage of the Somerset discount hotel rate of $115/night. For more details on the location, maps, and transportation options see the Location page.

Questions? Need more information?

Call Kathy DeAngelo at 856-795-7637 or email Deborah Henson-Conant


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Updated 1/1/17
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