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Youth Harp Program

Youth harp program 2018

Harpist Dominque DodgeA specialty program tailored specifically to young harpers ages 10-16

Directed by Dominique Dodge

We continue building on the incredibly successful program we created in 2013 and are thrilled to bring Dominique Dodge back to Somerset for her fourth year leading the program. She has done an incredible job building this program for young people.

The feedback from the young people (and their parents)is very gratifying. We know there are plenty of music camps out there in the summer but we feel that our harp conference is a unique environment for the young player at a very reasonable cost.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Youth program is moving to Somerset Online! All of the Youth workshops will be conducted "live" on Zoom. Enrollment this year is being capped at 10 participants so that each student can get lots of personal attention in this new online environment. As of 5/20/2020, we only have 2 spaces left.


We are offering a cozy, small program within our conference for young people to make friends and play harp together all while they have the opportunity to sample the full smorgasbord of other workshops that only Somerset offers. We have the excitement of harp players coming from all over the country they can rub shoulders with in an incredible diversity of harps and music not to mention the inspiration and motivation provided the daily concerts with some of the world's top players. And then there's the Exhibit Hall! If adults think that's like being a kid in a candy shop, imagine how a youngster will feel!

This program welcomes young students of all levels to engage with Scottish traditional music on the harp. Dominique Dodge will lead students through classes and rehearsals, using music and song to bring traditional tunes to life with many harps and voices. All tunes and songs will be taught by ear in class and parts will be created to suit different levels of experience (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). This program aims be accessible, fun, and challenging both for students who are familiar with Irish and Scottish music, and for those who come from different traditions (jazz, classical, and others). The program culminates in a performance on Sunday morning where the students get to share their work with a supportive Somerset audience. Update 5/20/2020: there can be no Sunday performance this year! This gives Dominique plenty of time to work with your child.


youth classWho should come: The youth harp program is open to lever and pedal harp players at all levels. Young harp players 10-16 years old will be brought together in a supportive environment to work on both group and individual playing skills. If you want to connect with other players your age and have a fun time learning new harp skills and playing with your new-found friends in a harp ensemble, this program is for you! The ages listed here are suggestions, not edicts. Really experienced younger players might fit in just as well. Any questions, just email Dominique or Kathy for guidance. As of 5/20/2020 there are only 2 slots left.

2013 group(at left: some of our 2017 youth group getting guidance on a tune)
Registration:
Students sign-up for the full festival, which means all 4 days. Full festival admission also gives the student access to all the recorded Somerset workshops, which are on our new website, until the end of the year. (Since you're at home this year, the parent does not need to register as a non-harping companion.)

 

The Weekend's Itinerary in the Program: What You'll Do

This schedule will be revised as needed for the online environment. Stay tuned for changes.

Thursday Meet & Greet:

Orientation at 1pm: This is an opportunity for the students to meet each other and connect with Dominique, who will use conversation, games, and traditional music and song to facilitate this process. Students will be oriented to learning by ear and to traditional teaching styles, and course guidelines and expectations will be laid out. During this time students also begin learning some of the performance repertoire.We're also suggesting that those who attend the Meet & Greet should take any of the 3pm workshops that follow directly.

Friday

1st Workshop at 9:30-11am: learning tunes & songs
Lunchtime 11am-1pm: With your parent/chaperone
(1) Visit the Exhibit Hall and try out harps and shop.
(2) Go to any of the lunchtime mini-workshops.
(3) Go to the lunchtime concert & have lunch.
(4) Or go to the Harp Tasting!

2nd Workshop 1:30-3pm: learning tunes & songs.

3rd Workshop 3:30-5pm:
your choice of any of the Somerset workshops. Check the daily schedules to see what's available in this time slot.
Dinner: 5pm-7pm
With your parent/chaperone
Concert: 7:30pm concert tickets are included in your registration.
Special Events after the concert:
we have regular scheduled special events after the concert which are open to all festival registrants. Additionally, youth harp program participants might want to organize their own harp circles or other get-togethers in this timeslot. Sometimes at this point in the day, bedtime understandably beckons!

Saturday

1st Workshop at 9:30-11am: arranging and practicing repertoire
Lunchtime 11am-1pm: With your parent/chaperone
(1) Visit the Exhibit Hall and try out harps and shop.
(2) Go to any of the lunchtime mini-workshops.
(3) Go to the lunchtime concert & have lunch.
(4) Or go to the Harp Tasting!

2nd Workshop 1:30-3pm: arranging and practicing repertoire.

3rd Workshop 3:30-5pm: your choice of any of the Somerset workshops. Check the daily schedules to see what's available in this time slot.
Dinner: 5pm-7pm
With your parent/chaperone
Concert: 7:30pm concert tickets are included in your registration.
Special Events after the concert:
we have regular scheduled special events after the concert which are open to all festival registrants. Additionally, youth harp program participants might want to organize their own harp circles or other get-togethers in this timeslot. Sometimes at this point in the day, bedtime understandably beckons!

Sunday:

Morning Workshop 9-10:30am: you'll have a chat session in this final workshop of the weekend.

Sunday concert at 11am: showcase for the Somerset Youth Harp Ensemble

2017 youth groupYouth Harp Ensemble cancelled in 2020

Be a part of the Somerset Youth Harp Ensemble! You will 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. We will focus on rhythm, timing, and skills necessary to play well together in all aspects and scenarios. Within the ensemble we will work to create camaraderie, enthusiasm, and support for all levels of players. Harp Ensemble is an excellent opportunity to enjoy our instrument, share music together and provide a great sense achievement through performance. The Somerset Youth Harp Ensemble will perform in the final concert on Sunday. All levels are welcome and encouraged.
Above: The 2017 group with Dominique (right, top row) before their Sunday morning concert.

Questions? Need more information?

Call or email Kathy DeAngelo at 856-795-7637.

 


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