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Scintillating Special Effects: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sat. 3:30-5pm 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.
Scottish Sampler: Kim Robertson
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm Where: TBD
Enjoy learning some of Kim's favorite tunes from the Scottish tradition with classic and lesser known Scottish traditional music, including airs,lullabies, strathspeys,reels, and a few songs by Robert Burns & Tannahil. Tunes will be on lead sheets. Accompaniment patterns and arranging ideas will be taught by ear. All levels welcome but the pace will be slow.
Secrets to Practicing: Maeve Gilchrist
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am 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.
Sing & Play!: Deborah Henson-Conant
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Learning to sing and play the harp at the same time is more than the mechanical aspect of what to do with your hands while your voice does its thing. Use the harp to unleash that path to your heart's voice. Accompaniment doesn't have to be complicated to support your singing. DHC will give you her favorite use-anywhere left-hand patterns and show you how you can adapt them to achieve a solid accompaniment roadmap to get your song where it's going!
Singing Robert Burns: Debbie Brewin-Wilson
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
They don’t call him Scotland’s Bard for nothing! Robert Burns was a prolific poet, songwriter and song collector. Some of Scotland’s most enduring songs come from the Bard. Sing them and learn how to accompany yourself on harp while singing. If you’ve always wondered how to keep your hands moving and sing at the same time, this workshop is for you. Debbie will give you some simple and effective accompaniment patterns and chord progressions and as you master them she’ll get everybody singing. Open to non-harping companions (they can help with the singing).
Songwriting & Creativity: Martha Gallagher
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Songwriting is one fabulous way for creative musicians to express their heart and soul. Explore the ideas, inspirations and mechanics that will get you started or give you a boost on your songwriting journey. Use this workshop to see how finding inspirations and expressing them can tap your innermost creativity. Martha will lead you through weaving a song together and putting on the finishing touches on it. Feel free to bring questions, ideas, and any original material you might like to work on or share.
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. This is a companion workshop to Deborah Henson-Conant's Gear Up workshop, which directly precedes this one. They'll actually be co-presenting this entire afternoon!
St. Hildegard of Bingen & Her Music: Melinda Gardiner
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
St. Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century "Renaissance" woman, whose visionary experiences inspired her writings and music. She composed over 70 songs and the earliest liturgical drama. Hear about her fascinating life and Melinda will guide you through singing and playing some of her music, which can be an inspiration for your own compositions and liturgical or therapeutic work. We will focus on her philosophy of music, the requirements of sung prayer, Hildegard's unusual use of intervals and modes, and how to approach the songs vocally and on the harp.
Storyharping: Martha Gallagher
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Telling stories with the harp must be about as old as the harp itself. Whether you love telling legends and lore, tales that delight wee ones or sharing the stories of life, you can use the harp and voice together with great effect. Discover the many different ways to tell a great story and how to use the harp effectively. Martha will show you how to infuse what you choose to do with your own flavor and flair. If you’ve got a story or idea you’re working on, bring it along to share and work with Martha on your specific ideas.
Storytelling with Your Harp: Nicolas Carter
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Here's another creative approach to harp accompaniment--it's just that this is using your harp as background for telling a story, which can be anything from talking to an audience to introduce a piece to providing special effects for your talks in school programs or as an integral part of special story. Tap into Nicolas' vast theater experience and find out how to best share your stories with others. Don't think you're creative? Take this workshop and learn to draw out that talent.
Enjoy this video of Nicolas telling a story to a group of children.

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 Music Introduction: Aryeh Frankfurter
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Traditional Swedish folk music offers a refreshing addition to expand your repertoire. It is at once familiar and accessible while also somewhat exotic with some challenging harmonic and rhythmic structures. I will introduce a variety of Swedish tunes which introduce the beauty and peculiarity of the genre such as Brudmarsch (Bride March), Långdans (Long Dance) and Gånglåt (Walking Tunes). Tunes will be taught by ear with music given out. Like it? A second workshop in more Swedish music follows in the schedule.
Swedish Polskas: Aryeh Frankfurter
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
Get deeper into Nordic music with this workshop focusing on Sweden's peculiar and most popular folk dance called the polska (not to be confused with a polka!). Learn 2 beautiful polskas by ear and get familiar with their triple meter time signature. Written music will also be provided and you'll learn musically appropriate chords and left hand arrangements as well. Like it? A second workshop in more Swedish music follows in the schedule.
Syncopation Secrets: Kim Robertson
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
To "syncopate" simply means to change the pulse in music by emphasizing the offbeats and making the strong beats softer. In this workshop, you'll learn how to put a little kick into your piece by using syncopated patterns that are not too hard to play. Kim will guide you on breathing life into any piece, from slow airs to up-tempo tunes. Exercises will help you break down the rhythm and feel it internally, rather than mentally, and will also cover shortcuts for coordinating the right hand melody with a syncopated left hand pattern.
Taize: Rhett Barnwell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
The Taizé Community in the Burgundy region of France has produced a repertoire of simple, meditative worship music which transcends musical styles and has become popular here. This workshop will explore its origins and mission and worship practices. Take an in-depth look at the repertoire, ideal for harp. Current editions and arrangements will be examined and you'll play for a “simulated” Taizé service, complete with candles and icons. Additional acoustic instruments, such as violin, flute, recorder, etc. are also encouraged.
Technique Tune-up on Scales and Trills: Josh Layne
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg.-Int. When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
Looking for some good warmup exercises to add to your daily routine? Scales are something we encounter all the time in music, trills not as often. Both are worth working on! Scales in particular are one of the underpinnings of good technique. In this workshop you'll learn a variety ways to practice them, as well as getting hands-on help and suggestions.
Twelve-Minute Mentor: Deborah Henson-Conant
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Looking for a musical mentor? Garner some great tips and advice personalized to your specific needs in this 10-minute per person coaching session with DHC. Whether it's help with specific technique problems or advice moving a piece you're working on to the next creative level, DHC will help you evaluate your own playing and offer suggestions to help you achieve your musical goals. Eight participants must sign up in advance, please, but listeners are welcome to attend the class and glean their own understandings through observations of this creative process.
Therapeutic Music & Native American flutes: Laurence Furr
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
Native American flutes could be a very calming addition to your professional toolbox in a variety of therapeutic music settings. One size doesn't fit all so in this workshop Laurence will do a show and tell of a variety of these versatile flutes and even give the attendees a chance to try them out.
Thursday Night Concert: Event
Type: Level: Any When: Thurs. Where: TBD
Laurie Riley, Grainne Hambly & William Jackson, Meric Donuk & Janet Harbison. Registered attendees & ticket holders only. No tickets sold on-site. Concert followed by the reception honoring William Jackson's 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."
Using Harp with Children: Laurence Furr
Type: Demo/Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: TBD
From his experience teaching weekly Musikgarten to over 125 children, Dr. Furr has developed using harp in his classes with these very young children. Get ideas on how to incorporate the harp in your music classes with children from six weeks and up. Laurence will discuss story telling, "hands on" playing with the children, playing different styles of music and having the children make up their own story and other ideas. Bring your harp and ideas and show us what you do.
Water Workout: Kathy Kasley
Type: Swim Level: Any When: Fri. 7:30am Where: Indoor pool
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
Water Workout: Kathy Kasley
Type: Swim Level: Any When: Sat. 7:30am Where: Indoor pool
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
Weddings from Soup to Nuts: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Lecture Level: Any. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
If you want to build your gig business on doing weddings, take this comprehensive workshop from Robbin to focus on being a better music business person and in-demand wedding harpist. Of course, you have to be able to play the harp, goes without saying. Being prepared is knowing more than the Canon in D! 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 covering the business aspects of the gigs as well as preparing for the actual ceremony and building a winning repertoire.

Youth Harp Ensemble I: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int. When: 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 Ensemble II: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int. When: Fri. 3:30-5pm 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: Day 1 Meet & Greet: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int. When: Thurs. 1:30-3pm 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. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
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Youth Harp Program: Day 3: Dominique Dodge
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int. When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: TBD
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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.

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