Our annual adjudications have undergone some changes since last month, so I hope you will take note and join us for the second session in March, which will be a recital by the participants. Everyone is welcome to come listen and support local students of all ages. And if you are still interested in signing up, the first session is now in March, so there is more time to prepare! There is always a huge amount to be learned from performing, and I hope students will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for growth. Speaking of opportunities, please consider applying for our scholarships this year- the info can be found at the end of this month's newsletter.
Harp Jokes! What do you get if you cross a grizzly bear and a harp? A bear-faced lyre!
What do you call a cow that plays the harp? A moo-sician
Adjudications are Coming Up!
Last Years Adjudicators Margaret Shelton and Heidi Lehwalder
The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Harp Society encourages you to participate in its 2015 Music Education Program. Students of all ages are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to play the harp in a formal but friendly setting. Our advisor will help every student evaluate and improve his or her musical skills, through both written and verbal suggestions. This year we are fortunate to have the expertise of Bethany Man to serve as the adjudicator. One of the wonderful things that come from adjudication is the opportunity to share information and ideas with the teachers and the students, so we highly encourage you or your students to take part this year. The first Adjudication is on March 7th. Please see the end of this month's newsletter for information on how to sign up.
Susan McLain, How Did You Start the Harp?
￼￼After failing piano as a kid because I couldn't read music, I took up folk dancing. I danced for many years, making treasured friends that have lasted a lifetime. Marian Sussman and Beth Kolle are some. I realized I would never be a crack dancer, but thought if I put my passion into a musical instrument, that might be satisfying. I choose the bagpipe because of my Scottish heritage and it was an oral tradition that didn't have those confusing written notes. I started in 1977. Exposure to a Seattle Irish band called No Comhaile in the 70's was life changing. The tradition of playing by ear fit my skills. From there it was a short hop to the Irish harp. I was asked to play before I even knew how. So enter Mary Frank as my harp teacher in 1983. Then a short hop to Pam Vololek and the pedal harp at U of W where I faked my way through music school unable to read a note. Thank you Beth Kolle!! I'm a hybrid musician...traditional, with Salzedo technique. Here is a picture from 1991 when I played with the Scottish band, "Keltoi."