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Take My Advice: For Beginners: Sunita Staneslow
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
This directed chat-session with some hands-on for beginners and those new to the harp will cover everything Sunita wishes she was told when she started the harp. A no-holds-barred discussion about everything but what notes to play! She'll cover why it is important to sit well and be on the path to playing without tension; how to experiment and enjoy the long path to mastering the harp, how to fake it, where to find music and the importance of playing simple music.
Tell Your Story with Music: Deborah Henson-Conant
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
In this workshop you learn the art of combining spoken word with music to completely personalize a piece for concerts, the bedside, or as a great ice-breaker in a performance. Everyone at any technical level can create something beautiful, memorable and moving. This workshop combines finding the basic elements of your story (we'll use the story of how you came to play the harp), and then combining them with music you know and love.
Therapy Music on Small Harps: Edie Elkan
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm Where: TBD
No matter what level of player you are, you will make beautiful healing music in this hands-on workshop which is an introduction both to noodling (improvising but far less scary) and playing by ear. Best if harps are tuned in C. Participants for the whole workshop will receive a discount coupon for Edie's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About, compendium of over 100 healthcare-tested tunes and music theory.
Thursday Night Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: Any When: Thurs. 7:30-9:30pm Where: TBD
Performers to be announced
Traditional Middle Eastern Harp: Ron Cook
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sun. 3:15-5:15pm Where: TBD
This two hour workshop will explore solo performance traditions in the Middle East, particularly in the Middle Ages, and how those performance practices can be adapted to the early single-row harp. Must be registered for the HHS Conference. For complete conference itinerary and details, including registration sign-up, click here.
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."
Venezuelan Folk Music 101 : Eduardo Betancourt
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
The "arpa llanera" and its music come from the plains of Venezuela and has distinctive rhythms that you'll want to try out. This is an introduction to playing in 3/4, 6/8 and 5/8 with some of the basic Latin techniques that will add a whole lot of flair to your repertoire. Taught by ear but sheet music is provided.
Venezuelan Llanero Passage: Eduardo Betancourt
Type: Hands-on Level: Int When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
The romantic and slower-paced Passage (or passaje) is a staple of Latin American music and this workshop will give you plenty of practice in these rhythms so that you can leave with a new song in your repertoire. Taught by ear but sheet music will be provided at the beginning of the class.
Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy: Sarajane Williams
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: TBD
There are now many facets of therapeutic harp. Learn about Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy from harp therapy pioneer Sarajane Williams. Sarajane will review the development, theoretical models and current applications of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (VAHT) in this lecture and demonstration. This is an interactive Q&A opportunity to explore this area of harp therapy.
Why I play the Single-Action Harp: Paul Knoke
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sun. 12:45-1:45pm Where: TBD
A discourse on the unique repertory, technique, and resources of the early pedal harp including a masterclass as part of the presentation. This lecture is part of the Historical Harp Society Conference, which is an add-on to your festival registration. For complete conference itinerary and details, including registration sign-up, click here.
Wire-strung Harp 101: Ann Heymann
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
If you're new to the wire-strung harp or are considering getting one, this is an essential workshop for you with one of the world's leading experts and teachers of this instrument. This is geared to all levels AND any harp is welcome for a hands-on overview of approaches and basic technique of playing a wire-strung. Ann will also have a cláirseach tasting with her own instruments.
Wire-strung Harp Arranging 201: Ann Heymann
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: TBD
Technique is the cornerstone for developing idiomatic arrangements on the Gaelic harp. Find out how to get the most from the instrument. What are the challenges? Are there guidelines? Class will be taught largely by ear, but music hand-outs will be included.
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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