Dear chapter members, When I was asked to write this, I found myself reflecting fondly on the role of the harp in our lives. I am both the parent of a harpist and recently secretary for the chapter. When my daughter Prydwyn first asked to play the harp, everything was new. From the beginning hearing the harp in the house felt magical. Prydwyn played for the joy it brought her. The support of the chapter through scholarship awards allowed her to continue studying the harp. Those studies led to opportunities like playing with in the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, SYSO, high school orchestra and wind ensemble, the solo and ensemble festival and more. The harp is a truly special instrument and I believe a harpist brings a special beauty to the world of music. In our home the harp sits near the heart of our house and no one can escape the sound of practice. Everyone in the house can hum each piece. The harp has been a gift for Prydwyn and the whole family as an outlet and fulfillment of her love of playing music. As chapter secretary I am gaining a deeper knowledge of the harp world. With so many opportunities offered through the chapter these past months and moving forward, I feel fortunate be a part of this growing community that supports the music and artists who give warmth and light with their harp music, much like the coming Spring. Best wishes to all, Susan Goldman, secretary
Spotlight on Erin Kreutz:
Unlike many harpists, I never had a calling to the instrument, it was just something that we did. I grew up in an artistic household, so music was part of our identity. I was also fortunate to attend public creative art schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where a harp and traveling harp teacher (Jeanne Kahn) were literally at my fingertips. I started with violin, but once we reached third grade, we were eligible to take harp lessons at school. I started piano and harp at the same time, because, why not? I didn’t have my own harp, so my family convinced the schools to lend us the harp during school breaks and I was given practice time during school hours. Eventually I started to take lessons with Jeanne Henderson and became serious about harp. I performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and I attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a scholarship student. I later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied with Chelsey Bowles. Post college, I studied with Celia Chan-Valerio in California. In the end, I chose a career as a forest ecologist, but I still enjoy the occasional gig and teaching students of all ages in Bellingham, WA.
FEBRUARY 2017 CALENDAR
Friday March 3 at 7pm. First Christian Church of Kent, 11717 SE 240th St. in Kent, and Sunday March 5 at 4pm. St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L Street NE in Auburn. John Carrington will be performing Jolivet's "Chant de Linos" as well as a work by Arvo Part on the next Auburn Symphony's Chamber concert. Tickets: Adults $18/ Students $10. Call 253-887- 7777 or auburnsymphony.org Saturday, March 4 7:30 pm at Greenlake Methodist Church, Seattle. Wire-strung harp expert Patrick Ball appears in his new show, “Come Dance with me in Ireland: Encounters with W. B. Yeats”, a musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s greatest poet. Tickets available at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event2863558 or by calling 800-838-3006. Saturday March 11 7:00 Magical Strings in a Celtic Gala with Dancers. Marysville Opera House, Marysville, WA Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Sunday March 12, 2017 Master class with Heidi Lehwalder. All details at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a9af2da31-heidi. Wednesday, March 15 6:00-8:00 The Daphnes play at Stone Way Cafe 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. http://monicaschley.com or https://soundcloud.com/harppoet Friday, March 17, 2017 8:00 Concert by Bridget Kibbey and The Sebastians, a renowned early music ensemble. Bridget Kibbey curates a special evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, reinvented for the harp. At 415 Westlake Ave, Seattle (“a distinctive northwest venue for music, receptions, corporate and cultural events”). http://www.emeraldcitymusic.org/tickets/bridget-kibbey-mar-2017 Friday, March 17 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Magical Strings with Mike Saunders and Brittany Boulding. Tides Tavern, 2925 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:30 Concert by Bridget Kibbey and The Sebastians. a renowned early music ensemble. Bridget Kibbey curates a special evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, reinvented for the harp. At St. Michael's Westside Church, 1835 Overhulse Rd. NW, Olympia. http://www.emeraldcitymusic.org/tickets/bridget-kibbey-mar-2017. Saturday, March 18 6:30 pm. Magical Strings at the Nichols Community Center, Fox Island, WA. Fox Island Community & Recreation Association Sunday, March 19 3:00 Magical Strings with Irish Step Dancers. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NEAlbertaSt.,Portland,OR.503-764-4131. Ticketsonline Sunday, March 19 10-2 Master class with Bridget Kibbey at PLU. See Bits and Pieces for details. Friday, March 24 6:30-8pm HEALING HARP TONES at Vision Quest, 3602 Colby Ave N Everett. Join Monica Schley for a 47-minute guided meditation through the chakras, followed by harp songs. The session is a tonal attunement on the 7 chakras, each lasting for approximately 7-min. Monica will blend therapeutic harp techniques, voice, guided imagery, hand mudras and song. $17
Saturday, March 25 7:30 pm Magical Strings at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, 2315 Burwell Street, Bremerton, WA. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets. May 7 2:00 Spring Chapter Meeting at Patti Warden’s house in Normandy Park. See Bits & Pieces. 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 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. June 27-30, 2018 AHS Conference in Redlands, CA. Proposals are being accepted through April 1, 2017 for workshops, performances and scholarly lectures at the 2018 National Conference. For more information http://harpsociety.org/ConferenceInstitute/CallForProposals.asp