I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful summer! Before you know it, we'll be welcoming Alfredo Ortiz for a day of workshops and a concert, which will include a harp ensemble for anyone who wants to participate. This will be a great opportunity to play really fun music with the composer himself! And, mark your calendars for the October dates when Alice Giles will visit. We are lucky to have a world class harpist like Alice here, and her recital and masterclass will be a highlight of the year for sure.
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Two Exciting Workshops Come Up This Fall
Your officers are very excited to announce two wonderful opportunities that are coming our way this fall. Mark your calendars now so you wonʼt miss them!
Image from Mr. Ortiz's Website
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, master of the Paraguayan harp, will be in Seattle at a booking conference and called us about doing a workshop and concert for us on Sunday, September 7! He has invited us to join him in an ensemble piece, and weʼre opening this to any member. You would need to learn it over the summer and come prepared to put it together with one brief rehearsal before the concert. Please let me know if youʼre interested in being in the ensemble. See calendar for details.
Image from Alice Giles' Website
Alice Giles, world-class Australian harpist on a World Tour, will present a master class on Saturday, October 18 at the University of Puget Sound and a concert on October 19, 8:00 at Pacific Lutheran University. Alice will be performing at the opening concert in Sydney, and was one of the concerto harpists at the final concert in Tacoma. Exact information on both super events will be available soon.
How Patricia Jaeger Came to Play the Harp
￼I began violin before age 4. We moved a lot during The Great Depression, with scarce jobs in the U.S. By age 12 I was in the local amateur orchestra in my small town. There was a big gold harp standing in the rehearsal hall, but no one in this orchestra played it. In high school I was a violinist in the Pennsylvania All State Orchestra, and a harpist came to play with us in Strauss's Emperor Waltz. Finally at Eastman, as a violin major, I had some harp lessons from Cowles, who was training with Eileen Malone. Was I being nudged toward harp? Later, after marrying and moving to Seattle, I played harp-and-violin duets with Lynne Palmer for Sigma Alpha Iota and also out in the community for schools and senior homes. Lynne inspired me to attend the Seattle meetings of AHS and I decided to join, and soon bought a Troubadour harp. I took lessons for nine years. Then I found a used pedal harp and added harp to my strings studio and taught in the public schools with Joan Clark and Kippy Lou Brinkman Scott, and at North Seattle Community College, and have played and taught it since then.
Up Coming Events
Aug. 1 @ 8pm Carol Levin and Monica Schley in a Reprise Concert