Dear Chapter Members, I bet, like me, you're ready for some sunshine in May! Brighten your life Sunday, May 7th at 2pm when we will have the Spring Meeting at Patti Warden’s house, with various speakers including John Carrington, Leslie McMichael, and myself on the topic of the “business of harp”. Many harpists spend the majority of time studying and perfecting their instruments and not necessarily figuring how to make a living from it. This meeting will address the different ways to use your harp skills, from playing in orchestras to having a working teaching studio to freelancing. We also have a small lineup of students that will be performing for us, live as well as on video! We’ll end as always with treats and time to chat. Summer will be here soon so you might have a look around for any interesting harp summer camps. At http://www.harpspectrum.org/camps_concerts/camps%20USA.shtml you’ll find a handy list. It’s always nice to spend some otherwise idle summer days in the camaraderie and inspiration of fellow harpists at such camps, and summer is the perfect opportunity to hone in on those elusive, much-needed skills that the rest of the year can be too busy for. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing many of you at the Spring Meeting. Best Wishes, Robin De Lanoy, chapter president
Spotlight on Leah Rei:
My first experience with the harp wasn’t all positive. I was chosen to be one of six students at Bryant Elementary School to play the harp as part of a Seattle Public Schools program. Kippy Lou Brinkman, whom I loved, was my teacher. Unlike my fellow harpists, I hadn’t had any musical training and didn’t possess much natural ability. While I did learn great form, I struggled with learning the music and received several well- deserved lectures from Mrs. Palmer, the supervisor. At the end of the program I went on my way, not realizing that later in life I would be given another opportunity to play the harp. That came 20+ years later when my husband and I had a serendipitous encounter with Susan McLain. She and he conspired to surprise me with a harp (rental) and lessons (with Mary Frank) for my Christmas present. It opened up a whole new world for me. You still won’t find me playing the harp part for Swan Lake with the ballet orchestra - John Carrington does that so beautifully - but you will find me playing a varied repertoire of favorite classics and modern melodies and loving the joy it brings to me and the people listening.
MAY 2017 CALENDAR
Sunday, May 7 2:00 Spring Chapter Meeting at Patti Warden’s house in Newcastle. See President Robin’s letter.
Sunday, May 21 2:00 The Mukilteo Community Orchestra will perform a free concert at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. On the program are two works with lots of harp, Respighi's Fountains of Rome (2 harp parts) and the Ravel Bolero. Wednesday, May 24 5:00-7:00pm. Harp and bass duets with Monica Schley and Nate Omdal for the art opening of Women Painters of Washington at University House, 22975 SE Black Nugget Rd, Issaquah. Open to the public. May 25 - 28, 2017 2017 International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in the beautiful hillside town of Danville, CA., east of San Francisco. http://www.diablovalleyarts.org Saturday, May 27: 1pm. Carol Levin and the MoodSwings are playing a swing dance set from the Great American Songbook at NW Folklife. Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion. Monday, May 29 1pm, Carol Levin in duo with Jenny Ziefel, bass clarinet. Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. Wednesday, May 31 6-:00-8:00pm. The Daphnes play at Stone Way Café, 3510 Stone Way, Seattle. http://monicaschley.com/harp-music/daphnes/. The Daphnes feature Monica Schley (harp and voice), Nate Omdal (bass) and Julie Baldridge (violin). This unconventional group draws sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, 90’s alternative bands Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies, and jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane. No cover. SWC is a great Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood hub, off the Burke-Gilman Trail and on major bus lines. All ages. Great beer, wine, coffee and food! Saturday, June 10 10:30am-12:30pm. Monica Schley is teaching an all levels class on improvisation. Are you stuck in your learning process? Do you feel like your music needs a creative boost? This imaginative class is for you if you want to take your musical journey to the next step. Learn how to become a better listener, develop comfort with improvising, co-create songs, and trust in your own ability to make new music on the spot. This class is meant to be a confidence builder, helping musicians of all levels to believe in their own skills and inherent good ideas. Oh yes, and have fun! For musicians of all levels who play any instrument and/or sing. $40 - Call Dusty Strings Music School to register: (206) 634-1662 http://store.dustystrings.com/c-78-multi-instrument-classes.aspx Friday, June 23 7:00-9:00pm The Daphnes play at Stone Way Café 3510 Stone Way, Seattle http://monicaschley.com/harp-music/daphnes/. The Daphnes feature Monica Schley (harp and voice), Nate Omdal (bass) and Julie Baldridge (violin). This unconventional group draws sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, 90’s alternative bands Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies, and jazz musicians Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane. All ages! No cover. SWC is a great Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood hub, off the Burke-Gilman Trail and on major bus lines. All ages. Great beer, wine, coffee and food! June 25-28, 2017 AHS Summer Institute at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. (www.AHSSummerInstitute.org). 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.