Dear chapter members, It seems that summer has finally arrived! For me, summer brings not only the sun but a chance to mix up the routine. It’s full of opportunities, from special events to attend or simply savoring the extra hours in the day. There are plentiful indoor and outdoor concerts to inspire and provide new ideas; there are numerous music festivals and camps to attend where harpists can socialize amongst each other, swap ideas and music and learn or perfect new techniques, or sometimes it’s just as fun to stay at home and have extra time to practice new or old pieces. On another note, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of events that our chapter provided this year. Thank you to everyone who helped this happen and thank you to all of our members who were able to attend these events and support them! Looking forward, whichever way you choose to do it, I hope you take full advantage of the coming months and enjoy the summer! Robin De Lanoy, president
Spotlight on Lynne Wainwright Palmer:
How did Lynne Wainwright Palmer (1918-2010) come to play the harp? (Many of you studied with or knew Lynne, the late grande dame of harp in Seattle and mother of Patti Warden, but there are some younger folk or new arrivals to harp who didn’t.)
Betty Evelyn Wainwright was born to highly musical parents. Her mother was a violinist, violist, and pianist, who had attended Oberlin College. Her father established the first high school music program in Ohio and the first summer music camp in the United States in LaGrange, Indiana. In such a home environment, Betty’s musical talent and capability were not treated as extraordinary. She began studying piano at age three and violin at six. At camp by age ten she added more including flute, clarinet, cello, and oboe, depending on what was needed for a particular rehearsal or performance. Her mother and a pianist provided accompaniment for silent films, and going to Friday movie nights exposed Betty to a wealth of repertoire. She learned to play much of it by ear. Although she enjoyed all the instruments she played, especially the violin, she said that once she began playing the harp, it eclipsed all the others. At 17 she became a student of Carlos Salzedo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She eventually became one of his prize students, even changing her name at his suggestion that “Betty” was not an appropriate name for a concert artist, and “Lynne” would be much more suitable!
JULY 2017 CALENDAR
Friday, July 28 7:30pm. Monica Schley plays at Crysta Casey's book release @Couth Buzzard (Seattle). Monica will be reading poems and playing original tunes. Open mic to follow! Free and all ages. http://monicaschley.com Wednesday, August 9 5:30-7:00pm Monica Schley w/ The Daphnes @Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle Center) Event tickets purchased through https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com. All ages. http://monicaschley.com. Friday, July 21, from 3:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 6:00 and Sunday, July 23 from 2:00 to 3:00, and 4:00 to 5:00. Patti Warden will once again be accompanying the art at the Renton Annual Art Show. Renton Community Center. July 2017 The 13th World Harp Congress is coming up in Hong Kong! Learn more on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/whc2017 or at http://www.whc2017.org/index/13th- whc-2017. “Come and participate the first World Harp Congress ever in Asia!” Their email address: email@example.com.
June 27-30, 2018 AHS Conference in Redlands, CA. The 2018 theme is “Back to Our Future”, spotlighting the three tenets of the AHS mission statement: celebrating our legacy, inspiring excellence, and empowering the next generation of harpists. They also hope to reflect the Latin influences of southern California as well as the Hollywood musical scene. Concerts anticipated include noon-time pop up’s; unusual chamber music pairings with harp; original harp quartets from the last 10-15 years; legacy pieces (both solo and chamber) originally commissioned by the Northern California Harp Association; and legacy and contemporary concerti. https://www.harpsociety.org/ConferenceInstitute/