We had a great turnout for Alfredo’s workshops last month and it was nice to see students of all ages in attendance. It was a good reminder of what I love about being a harpist- the endless possibilities to learn and explore the instrument with new perspectives, regardless of age or level.
With that in mind, I hope many of you can attend the masterclass and concert with Alice Giles this month. We are so lucky to be visited by a world-class teacher and truly inspiring performer. I hope you plan to come to our annual fall meeting that will take place right before the masterclass! See the Calendar for locations, times, etc.
Events like these are what make our chapter such an amazing resource for all of us. I hope you agree and renew your membership this month so we can continue to offer inspiration for what you love.
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
Harp Limerick by Edward Lear There was once a corpulent carp Who wanted to play on a harp, But to his chagrin, So short was his fin, He couldn't reach up to C sharp.
Hereʼs a venue some of you might not have considered!
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Exciting Workshop and Concert Coming Up This Month!
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 performed at the opening concert in Sydney, and was one of the concerto harpists at the final concert in Tacoma.
How John Carrington Came to Play the Harp
￼￼ As early as I can remember I have wanted to play the harp. It must be in my Celtic heritage! At the Ballard church I grew up in, the organist's daughter, Diane Doerflein, was a harpist who studied with Lynne Palmer. She played the harp every Sunday and I remember staring at it in awe every week when I was 4 years old. Since my family owned a clarinet, that was the instrument I started on in the 3rd grade Seattle Public Schools program. I switched to oboe in Junior High and joined the Seattle Youth Symphony program. When we were finishing up rehearsal in the Little Youth Symphony I'd see two harpists loading in for Junior Youth Symphony rehearsal. I quickly befriended them and it re-ignited my passion for the harp.
A family from my church, whose two daughters studied harp, miraculously sponsored me when I was 15. They knew I had a talent for music and a love for the harp so they restrung their Troubadour harp, had me accepted for private lessons at the UW with Pamela Vokolek and offered to pay for my lessons if needed! Mrs. Vokolek took me on a trial basis since I had no piano background and I worked hard and was driven to succeed so I wouldn't miss my big chance. (John is playing a world premiere on January 18 – see Calendar.)