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Sacred Ensemble Experience: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 1:15pm & 7pm Where: TBD
This workshop is part of The Heavenly Harp Sunday special event add-on.
All the music and arrangements for this workshop are created specifically for this event by Rhett and will also be used in the evening's recap of the day. Prayers, readings and Taize music will also be included.
Saturday Night Banquet: Event
Type: Level: When: Sat. 5:30-7pm Where: TBD
Enjoy a wonderful meal and live harp music with our celebrity guest hosts. Ticket holders only.
Saturday Night Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: Any When: Sat. 7:30-9:30pm Where: TBD
Kim Robertson, Patrice Fisher & Carlos Valladares, Nikolaz Cadoret, Grainne Hambly & William Jackson
Scriptures from the Harp: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 4:30-5:30pm Where: TBD
"And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound/of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder,/ and the voice which I heard was like the sound / of harpists playing on their harps." (Rev.14:2) The harp is mentioned more than any other instrument in the Bible. Robbin will show you how to bring Scriptures to life as she pairs them with the music from the harp.
Scintillating Special Effects: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
There are a lot of nifty special effects you can do on the harp that will add some pizzazz to your playing so take this workshop and Robbin will give you a real technique workout. Besides learning the special effects you'll get practice in decoding how they are notated on music. Learn how to play double harmonics, glissandos in thirds, nail glissandos, tapping the board and more and then find out where to add them into your repertoire.
Secrets to Effective Practicing: Maeve Gilchrist
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
In this workshop, Maeve will walk you through a well rounded practice session focusing on the warm up and how to incorporate metronome use right from the beginning. Combining rhythm, hand independence and finger exercises for a thorough and effective warmup, you'll realize that the most effective routine is one that YOU can create to fit your own level and challenge yourself. She'll then give examples of how to isolate problem parts of pieces or tunes and tackle them, using time in an effective way and saving the most enjoyable parts of playing to the very end of the practice session as a reward! Questions and group participation will be highly encouraged in this workshop in order for participants to get the most out of it that they possibly can. This will be a fun and highly useful workshop for any level of harpist.
Sight-Reading Shortcuts: Anne Sullivan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
You don’t have to be a sight-reading genius, but you do want to be able to “read it when you need it.” You’ll learn how to practice reading skills, the step-by-step system for practicing sight-reading so you can learn music faster and play more accurately. This workshop will help those who "play by ear" but know basic reading as well as beginners.
Silly Harp Tricks: Erik Ask-Upmark
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
If you're looking to spice up your playing, take this workshop! Erik will give you many different ideas and tricks that you can use on all kinds of music that will help you create your own arrangements. You will first learn an easy melody by ear, and we’ll use that to build a complete arrangement with accompaniment, ornaments, variations and left hand technique. Then Erik will show you some of his “party tricks” like extending the range of your harp, changing its sound, how to use strumming and vibrato, plus using the levers in cool ways.
Singing & Accompaniment: Madeleine Doherty
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
If you want to sing and play harp at the same time but find it challenging, take this workshop and learn how to create beautiful arrangements that fit your technical skill and then move it forward. Madeleine will use lead sheets of songs in different styles and teach accompaniment patterns using chords, inversions and modes and how to coordinate your two hands with your voice. How chords work will be covered in the accompaniment context.
Slow Airs Sampler: Kim Robertson
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
A sampling of enchanting, slow-paced airs from around the globe and a variety of traditions with some easy accompaniment ideas to create effective but simple arrangements. All levels welcome but the pace will be slow and the tunes will be on lead sheets.
Small harp repertoire: Sam Milligan
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Sam has just published a new collection of music that he's culled from his many years of experience with small and historical harps, arranged specifically for small harps. Come and learn from a master player how to make the most of however many strings and levers you have on your harp. Size doesn't matter!
Snappy Strathspeys: Rachel Hair
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Nothing says Scottish more than a sprightly, snappy strathspey! Come and join Rachel as she takes you through the unique rhythms of these traditional tunes from her home land of the West Highlands of Scotland. Rachel will also give you some 'tips of the trade' in how to develop patterns for effective left-hand accompaniment for them.
Somerset's Got Talent: Event
Type: Concert Level: When: Fri. 10pm Where: Festival Lobby
An "after hours" activity. Open to all. It's an open-mike. Sign-up to perform at the festival desk prior to this event. Listeners & supporters are welcome too!
Sound Decisions on Amps & Sound Gear: David Eisner
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Can you hear me now? For those who want to turn up the volume on their playing and just don't want to work so hard to be heard, this class is for you! You don't have to be a techno-geek to do sound reinforcement for yourself. Join Somerset's expert sound technician, David, for a look at how P.A. systems, small amplifiers, microphones, direct inputs, and effects work, and how they can enhance your playing experience and help in those challenging, hard to hear venues.
Storytelling & Performance: Alfredo Ortiz
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Whether it's playing informally for your family or for your formal concerts, knowing how to tell a good story can help enrich and create a memorable performance for your audience. Take this workshop to learn the craft of weaving music around real stories or fascinating information about your music. You'll learn what and how much to select for your stories. Alfredo will work with the participants and help them "create their own comments" for pieces they already play. Go beyond the music to make your performances more memorable.
Striking Harps in Castles and Museums: Nancy Hurrell
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
A harp consultant at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Nancy is granted special access to historical harps in museum storage facilities in the US and abroad. In this PowerPoint lecture, rare surviving harps normally hidden from public view are uncovered, revealing exquisite decoration, innovative designs and special historical significance. Museum collections include the National Museum of Ireland (Dublin), Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Dean Castle (Scotland) and London’s V&A, Horniman Museum and Royal Academy of Music Museum, as well as several private castles in Ireland.
Sunday morning concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: Any When: Sun. 11am-12pm Where: TBD
Somerset Youth Harp Ensemble, Dominique Dodge, Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Sunrise Yoga 1: Shyamali Hauth
Type: Demo Level: Any When: Fri. 8am Where: TBD
60 minutes. Start your day with yoga! Breathe and Relax! Get your body ready for a day at the harp with gentle stretches, breath work and invigorating Sun Salutations. We will finish our Yoga session with a wonderful End Relaxation that is not to be missed. Bring your mat (or even a large towel). This class is for every body—modifications and chairs provided!
Sunrise Yoga 2: Shyamali Hauth
Type: Demo Level: Any When: Sat. 8am Where: TBD
60 minutes. Start your day with yoga! Breathe and Relax! Get your body ready for a day at the harp with gentle stretches, breath work and invigorating Sun Salutations. We will finish our Yoga session with a wonderful End Relaxation that is not to be missed. Bring your mat (or even a large towel). This class is for every body—modifications and chairs provided!
Swedish & Nordic Music 101: Erik Ask-Upmark
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
There exists distinct folk harp traditions in Sweden and Norway, quickly gaining in popularity as more and more people discover the richness of this repertoire. The focus in this workshop will be on Swedish folk music, but Erik will teach you some of the differences in style between all the Nordic countries. Erik will focus on mostly dance music with an emphasis on the polska and slängpolska and you'll learn what makes Swedish folk music unique with its scales, rhythmic grooves, accompaniment, ornamentation and more.
Swedish Repertoire Builder: Erik Ask-Upmark
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
This workshop is meant to expand the repertoire for fans of Nordic/Scandinavian music or those who would like to add to the 101 workshop. Tunes will be taught by ear (sheet music will follow) and Erik will focus on different types of polskas and other types of Swedish tunes, looking especially at how to achieve a truly danceable rhythm. Lots of work with left-hand accompaniment and techniques will help make your melodies lively and danceable.
Teacher's Symposium: Practical Teaching Guide #1: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Establishing yourself as a harp and music teacher is more than just printing up business cards and telling people you're a teacher. This frank discussion group will focus on what you need to know in order to effectively teach all kinds of students. This is a first-step to building the inter-personal skills and technical know-how to communicate and teach. You'll get a comprehensive to-do list organized in a step-by-step roadmap to success. Participants can ask questions and get advice on preparing to open a teaching studio.
Teacher's Symposium: Practical Teaching Guide #2: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Robbin will lead a discussion on the business acumen you'll need to become a professional harp and music teacher.; and it's more than just printing up business cards. She'll cover the practical side of how to recruit students and charge for your services as well as scheduling, renting harps and establishing guidelines in dealing with parent/child dynamics. How do you succeed at being a harp teacher? This frank discussion will work with active participation from the attendees and will focus on what you need to know to set up your teaching studio. You'll get a comprehensive to-do list organized in a step-by-step roadmap to success.
The Heavenly Harp Sunday Special: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9am-9pm Where: TBD
Join Rhett, Joanna Mell, Sam Milligan, Robbin Gordon-Cartier and Sunita Staneslow for this special all-day Sunday add-on to the festival which highlights sacred and spiritual music for the harp across many genres of music. See the topics on the itinerary page, along with the registration details.
Therapeutic Celtic Circle of Modes: Laurence Furr
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Ireland's ancient harpers had 3 strains of music, called the geantrai, suantrai and goltrai. These days we can relate these to modes. In this workshop discover how to design medleys based on the Celtic Circle and play for patients at the bedside. These same principles can be used to design concert performances and even your practice sessions by calming improvisational techniques, reflective composition, and ending with uplifting repertoire. This is definitely hands-on so bring your harp! Any size. Any type of harp will do. No sight-reading.
Therapeutic Harp By Ear: Edie Elkan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri 9:30-11am Where: TBD
It turns out that playing tunes by ear is not at all as difficult as you may think. Once you understand how melody and harmony work, you’ll come away empowered and capable of pulling in a wide variety of melodies.
Therapeutic Harp Improvisation & Synesthesia: Laurence Furr
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Discover the seven chakras, corresponding colors, and essential oils that can inspire healing improvisations. Laurence uses synesthesia, or the crossing of senses, for creating beautiful melodies. This is a hands-on workshop as well as a meditative experience. The class will conclude as participants smell specific essential oils and meditate as Laurence plays pieces from his recent CD, Ylang Ylang.
Therapeutic Harp in Healthcare: Edie Elkan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm Where: TBD
There’s something about a harp in healthcare that calms, soothes and makes a real difference in a patient’s and staff’s day. Having played over 3,000 hours at the bedside, Edie will share the music she plays as she recounts special moments she’s experienced in ER’s, ICU’s, NICU’s, psych units and all patient areas in the 11 hospitals that have hosted Bedside Harp. Edie will include a brief overview of the development of the field of Therapeutic Harp, how it started out and its reach now across the country, and the perception of the field by the medical community and the general public.
Therapeutic Music Research Update: Jocelyn Obermeyer & Kim Sterling
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Research is vital for the advancement of our work as therapeutic musicians. How does the music really affect patients, families and staff? What actually happens to the brain during our music sessions? Therapeutic Harp Foundation in Phoenix is partnering with some major medical institutes to research just that. Join THF's Kim Sterling and Jocelyn Obermeyer for a research update presentation, including plans and points to consider. Therapeutic musicians would be interested to know how to duplicate some of these studies.
Therapeutic Musician’s Workday: Laurence Furr
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm Where: TBD
Find out what it is like to work as a therapeutic musician at a hospital as Dr. Furr, in his fifth year as a professional therapeutic musician, shares his background and experiences. He'll use a large lever harp, a smaller therapy harp, and Native American Flutes. He'll also explain his journey into this occupation and his certifications from two programs accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Come to learn about this field. If you're in a therapeutic harp program, come share your own stories as a working therapeutic musician. Bring your harp and share your favorite improvisation.
Thursday Night Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: Any When: Thurs. 7:30-9:30pm Where: TBD
Tomoko Sugawara, Janet Witman, Erik Ask-Upmark, Maire niChathasaigh. Lifetime Achievement Award.
Try the Tinwhistle: Dennis Gormley
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Most of the harp players in Ireland play a second, more portable, instrument. Consider the tinwhistle! It couldn't get more portable or lighter and a lot easier to play at a faster tempo (once you know what you're doing!). This is an introductory class. Bring your own tinwhistle (key of D please) or use one we'll provide. Feel free to bring a recording device since this class will be taught "by ear."
Virtual Success: Making Music Online: Anne Sullivan
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
If you’re considering diving into the virtual harp world, take this workshop with Anne! Explore her strategies and tips for teaching, learning, marketing and even making money online with your music. We’ll look at how to tame the technology so your music can shine. This is hands-on with technology. Bring your questions and your computers!
Water Workout: Kathy Kasley
Type: Swim Level: Any When: Fri. & Sat. 7:30am Where: TBD
Water takes 60 % of our body weight, and exercising in the water takes stress off of joints. We will do a full body workout with stretching, range of motion and balance, and incorporate arm muscles, shoulder, back, hand & finger exercises. Ideal for harpists, and a great antedote to sitting all day. This is a "Water Walking" type of class in shallow water. No swimming ability or previous experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. Come and energize your day with a gentle morning workout. Open to companions
Wide World of Harp on the Web: Jaque Davison
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 12:15-1:15pm Where: TBD
This 45-minute mini-workshop is a useful tour of harp and harp-related sites on the internet and will serve to broaden the availability of information for those harp players in search of resources, possibly living remote from other harp players, and those who lack the experience to successfully mine for it. Find out where to get information on music theory, sheet music (paid and free), harp maintenance, and major harp manufacturers and sellers, to name just a few. You'll get a comprehensive handout at the end of the session so you can go exploring on your own. Feel free to bring your lunch. Open to companions
Youth Harp Program: Day 1 Meet & Greet: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm Where: TBD
We kick off our Youth Harp Program with a Meet & Greet session as part of our Thursday Specials. This is an optional part of the 4-day program. It's a get-acquaiinted session which includes a harp circle and an overview of what to expect during the rest of the weekend.
Youth Harp Program: Day 2: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Intro to Scottish Tunes: What gives Scottish music its distinctive sound? How is this music passed on from person to person and generation to generation? This workshop will focus on two tunes from the highlands and Islands. Puirt-a-beul, or mouth music, is a genre of songs whose notes and rhythms mimic instrumental dance music. We’ll learn to sing the songs and then transfer the melodies to the harp, building ear-learning skills along the way. Once the tunes are learned, we’ll use appropriate rhythms and harmonies to build a collaborative arrangement.
Youth Harp Program: Day 3: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Intro to Irish Tunes: How does Irish music differ from Scottish music? How are they related? We’ll explore two contrasting tunes, an Irish lullaby and a lively barn dance. As we continue to develop ear-learning skills and memory, we’ll build arrangements of each tune, identifying useful chord-shapes and rhythmic patterns.
Youth Harp Program: Day 4: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
Final get-together and close out of our first youth harp program. Get answers to questions and/or issues regarding any topic related to harp. This will also be a time to help set new goals for playing, discuss new experiences, help students realize their potential and open up possibilities for the future. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth harpists to unite on issues they feel are relevant, exchange ideas.
Youth Harp Program: Ensemble I: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Harp ensemble is part of our 4-day youth harp program. Rehearse and perform challenging and exciting repertoire that is carefully selected to develop techniques, deepen the students' understanding and awareness of the music, and expose students to new music and ideas. Focus will be on rhythm, timing, and skills necessary to play well together in all aspects and scenarios.
Youth Harp Program: Ensemble II: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Harp ensemble is part of our 4-day youth harp program. Rehearse and perform challenging and exciting repertoire that is carefully selected to develop techniques, deepen the students' understanding and awareness of the music, and expose students to new music and ideas. Focus will be on rhythm, timing, and skills necessary to play well together in all aspects and scenarios.

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