Dear Chapter Members, The first month of 2017 sped by, bustling with activity in the New Year — it’s proving to be interesting so far, both in the harp world and otherwise! Looking back on our Chapter’s year, we have had a busy one and the events keep coming as this year continues: We had Tristan Le Govic teaching Breton music and dance in August; in September we were presented with information about music therapy and therapy harp by local members who work in this field and in January we had the harp-a-thon at Virginia Mason Hospital in downtown Seattle. For those of you who missed the harp-a-thon, it was both a social and a learning experience for performers of all levels and ages. Local harpists of all ages played, listened and enjoyed each others’ company on top of entertaining Virginia Mason Hospital in its lobby. Not only was it nice to support fellow harpists, but it was a chance to get ideas for new music as there was an eclectic collection of harp music played, including one student’s very own composition! Watch out for more to come this year: February brings Steve Moss to work on our harps; March brings two master classes (Heidi Lehwalder and Bridget Kibbey), May brings our Spring Meeting (TBA), and on the heels of the success from our recent harp-a-thon, we may plan another one near the Critical Care Department at Virginia Mason, which would be particularly meaningful for those present, so keep your eyes open and please join us for some events this year! Warmest regards,
Robin De Lanoy, president
Spotlight on Carolyn Tanksley:
A series of “fortunate events” introduced me to the harp. When I was 4 years old, my parents thought the church choir performance of “The Ceremony of the Carols” would be too long for me to sit through. Our neighbors were supposed to take me home after Sunday school, but as fate would have it, one of their children was sick and I had to stay at church. To “distract” me, my dad introduced me to the harpist, Frances Gilman Miller. I followed her EVERYWHERE, mesmerized by the “magic” sounds coming from the beautiful instrument. Mrs. Miller, as I always called her, told me I had to learn to read music first and then, I could take harp lessons. At age 5, I started piano lessons, eager for my first harp lesson. For the next 15 years, including studies at St. Olaf College, I continued lessons with Mrs. Miller. My good fortune continued in the PNW when Pamela Vokolek played for my wedding and my husband then surprised me with the gift of lessons with her. May I carry on a piece of the beautiful legacy these two incredible women have shared with all of us in the harp world.
FEBRUARY 2017 CALENDAR
February 3-12 Pacific NW Ballet is unveiling a creative, modern re-telling of Cinderella called "Cendrillon", choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. It is set to the classic Prokofiev score with a 70-page harp part played by John Carrington. At McCaw Hall. Tickets at PNB.org The live broadcast will be on KingFM 98.1 on Saturday Feb 4 at 7:30pm. Friday, February 3, 9:00 pm Monica Schley plays at The Skylark Cafe (over 21 venue). Original tunes: Solo Harp+Voice. February 7-13 Steve Moss will be doing regulations at a new location, near Northgate. Contact Susi Hussong, email@example.com to see if there are any slots left. Saturday, February 11 9:30 a.m. Leslie McMichael provides music at the World Day of the Sick and Special Blessing for Caregivers. At Providence Mt. St. Vincent chapel (3rd floor), 4831 35th Ave. SW, West Seattle. February 17 Monica Schley will be at the University of Maryland (tour to Baltimore/D.C. area) with Ahamefule Oluo's critically acclaimed show, "Now I'm Fine" Saturday February 18 3:00-5:00 Cynthia Kuni will play at a Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Avenue in Carnation. Art available for purchase from local artists. Tickets at www.snovalleysenior.org Friday, February 24 12:00-1:00 Monica Schley plays Healing Harp Tones, a lunchtime concert @ Seattle City Hall (free and open to public). As a Certified Clinical Musician, Monica focuses on the healing aspects of music. This concert is intended to be a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere in which listeners can come as they are. Friday, February 24, 7:00 pm – Monica Schley plays at Olympic Sculpture Park (more info TBA) in an Art Encounter w/dancer, Paige Barnes - 7pm. http://winter.site.seattleartmuseum.org/fri-feb-24-art-encounter/ Saturday and Sunday, February 25 & 26 8:00 pm. John Carrington will be performing Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" in the trio version with Seattle Pro Musica at St. James Cathedral. Saturday, February 25 7:00 Angelina Kong, student of Pat Wooster, won the Tacoma Youth Symphony concerto audition and will perform the first movement of the Concerto in Bb by Handel, transcribed by Carlos Salzedo, with the TYS at Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma. Tickets at the door or at tysamusic.org. $10 orchestra, $23 balcony. Sunday March 12, 2017 Master class with Heidi Lehwalder. This will be in lieu of Auditions and Evaluations (Adjudications) this year. All details at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a9af2da31-heidi. 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 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. Sunday, March 19 10-2 Master class with Bridget Kibbey at PLU. See my email of Dec. 29 for details. 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. They are recruiting volunteers and are open to program suggestions. “Come and participate the first World Harp Congress ever in Asia!” Their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.