Congratulations to Angie Kong and Prydwyn Goldman, who are this year’s winners of our chapter scholarship, announced at the chapter meeting! Angie, a student of Pat Wooster, will put her prize toward the eventual (soon, she hopes!) purchase of a pedal harp. Prydwyn, who studies with Susi Hussong, wants to increase her lesson time from a half to a full hour and to pay for her harp rental. Both girls are relative newcomers to the harp but have played other instruments, are progressing very quickly and see a golden future with the harp.
A Letter From Our Vice President
It has been a long hot summer by Seattle standards. I hope everyone has kept themselves and their harps cool! My harp was relegated to the coolest downstairs room in the house to keep as steady a temperature as possible — and I thought you didn’t need air conditioning in Seattle ;-)
The preparations for Harp Fest are well underway. We are planning an exciting day for all the harpists of Seattle area so reserve Saturday, October 17th now! There will be a variety of sessions throughout the day beginning at 10am and ending with a concert by scholarship winners and several chapter professionals at 3pm. Plus, members pay nothing!
The day sessions will consist of everything from jazz/improv sessions to panels with advice on playing in orchestras to professional advice on playing harp for weddings to a Swap Table.
Come improve your improvising skills, soak up important harp career advice or just sit back and enjoy the concert.
On Saturday, October 17 we plan to have a Harp Day – workshops, harp circles, round tables, maybe even a swap meet (want a free harp ornament?), ending with a concert by some chapter professionals. More details as they become available. 10:00-4:30. No charge.
Spotlight on Carol Levin: How She Came to Play the Harp, Left and Returned...
Start #1 At age ten, I attended National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. One class I took that summer was Instrument Exploration - I resonated with the harp; back home in Chicago studied with Jill Bailiff Reyes at Northwestern, later played with the Chicago Youth Symphony and studied with CSO harpist, Edward Druzinsky. At a college with no teacher I drifted away and eventually sold the harp. (It’s in the movie My Bodyguard, played at the Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel).
Start #2 Decades later, living in Seattle, my husband surprised me with a birthday gift of a Dusty Strings 26, and I noodled around for a few years and taught beginning group harp lessons at Washington Middle School in Seattle.
Start #3 I took Ev Stern’s Jazz Workshop, learned to read charts, joined the MoodSwings women’s big band, and now sit in at jazz and blues sessions around town.
Start #4 My passion these days is improvised music, and I welcome every opportunity to join those brave musicians who are willing to jump into the deep end to make fully collaborative, in-the-moment creative music (including chapter member Monica Schley). Electric harp! Effects pedals! Wah-wah!