Dear chapter members, It has been an honor to serve as your AHS Seattle Chapter Vice President this year, and I'd like to take this opportunity to convey a simple message: you are wonderful! If you are reading this newsletter then you have opted, at least in some small measure, to make harp a part of your life. This is a wise decision. Study after study has shown the physical and mental benefits of music, and the only thing better than enjoying music on your own is sharing your appreci- ation with other like-minded people. This is especially true today, in the era of ubiquitous screen use and instant gratification of our entertainment needs. Thanks to you our chapter was able to host or sponsor numerous opportunities for togetherness this year. Personally, I greatly enjoyed the Tristan LeGovic concert, learning about harp therapy and the business of harp at our fall and spring meetings, the opportunity to play and hear others at the harp-a-thon, and the ability to grant scholarships to deserving students in need. My family was privileged to welcome harp legend Heidi Lehwalder into our home for an incredible master class, and we were thrilled to witness Ben Albertson's performance of the Ginastera Harp Concerto just a few weeks before he won the WMEA harp competition. These and other opportunities were made possible by you and your wise, healthy, brilliant decision to care about the harp. I hope that you were able to join us in person this year but if your schedule didn't allow it, no worries: there is always the coming season of meetings and events. I hope to see you soon! Chryssa Deliganis
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!
JUNE 2017 CALENDAR
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.