Dear Chapter Members, It’s hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end but delightful to think of the spring weather it might bring! I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone at the various events and participating in the variety of harp activities throughout the year. The master class with Heidi Lehwalder was fascinating. She is full of knowledge from her years of teaching and performing around the world and it was so nice that she was able to share it with some of our student harpists in the area in such a direct way. I wasn’t a “student” myself at the master class but feel I learned quite a lot! Are you wondering what kind of harp life you can have? Our final gathering for the year, the Spring Meeting on May 7 at Patti Warden’s house, will focus on the “business of harp”, followed by solo performances. John Carrington, Leslie McMichael and Robin De Lanoy will be discussing various aspects such as teaching in a studio, freelancing, composing, running a harp camp and performing in an orchestra. Come broaden your horizons, hear some talented student performers, and socialize with some of your fellow harpists! A final note as summer is coming up: I highly recommend taking a look at the Harp Spectrum website and Resonance for information about upcoming summer harp camps and events. There are so many offered nowadays and they are a great way to get a different perspective on your playing, get ideas on new music to play and meet new harpists. I look forward to seeing many of you on May 7. Happy Spring! Best wishes, Robin De Lanoy, President
Spotlight on Daphne Au:
I started piano lessons at age four. As a schoolgirl in Hong Kong I was a diligent piano student, winning several competitions in high school. I had an invitation to the Royal Academy of Music in London, but instead went to medical school and became a physician, then came to the United States for further training and became a board certified radiation oncologist. Once as a schoolgirl I had attended and been totally fascinated by a concert by Mildred Dilling, who had several harps on stage, so in 1983, when Patricia Jaeger offered harp lessons at the Mercer Island Community Center, I took a few lessons, using her rented lap harp. I liked her and liked playing, so I kept taking lessons and my husband finished and assembled a Progress harp from a kit [and also made her bench – both at left]. Then I bought a 41-string Pilgrim pedal harp, and when Carl Swanson came here to Seattle for an AHS Conference and exhibited his harps at the U of Washington venue, I met him and was able to purchase a Swanson Empire concert grand model. Pat was my only teacher for many years and I played in her student concerts. [Perhaps you have noticed in Classifieds that Daphne’s Swanson Empire concert grand is for sale, and you may want to renew contact with her (firstname.lastname@example.org) upon hearing her story that I sought out. She reluctantly wrote back, “Recently I have had Stage IV bladder cancer. I underwent chemotherapy and radical surgery, then had a severe reaction to antibiotics needed because of intestinal complications. I am lucky to be alive right now. But I am extremely weak, down to 90 lbs. I can no longer play because of a port inserted under my right collarbone. If anyone knows of anybody interested in my harp, please feel free to contact me or my husband, Kevin.” She says she’s not looking for sympathy but would like to sell the harp, and she hopes to regain enough strength to some day play her Camac troubadour lap harp. You are in the thoughts and prayers of us all, Daphne.]
APRIL 2017 CALENDAR
Saturday, April 8, 10 AM Leslie McMichael will perform her original score for the 1916 film “Snow White” live with a screening of the silent film at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. She composed the music for harp and viola and will be joined in this performance by her sister, violist Barbara McMichael. The score was commissioned by the Children’s Film Festival Seattle for their opening night gala in 2016. This presentation is part of ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series, an effort to make arts experiences accessible for all people. The event is designed for people with memory loss, but the general public and all ages are welcome. This arts initiative is a great way for young and old to bond over music and classic film! http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/eca-saturday-matinee---snow-white-1916. Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. Frances Welsh, a senior at University of Puget Sound and student of Catherine Case, will give a recital on Sunday, Kilworth Chapel at UPS. Program includes works by Salzedo, Hindemith, Ravel and Dussek. Saturday April 29, 5:30 PLU Harp Ensemble Spring Concert. Lagerquist Hall, PLU, directed by Catherine Case.
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 at 7:30, and Sunday, May 7 at 2 Meany Hall at the UW. Carol Levin and others perform Oedipus: A Music Dance Drama. (See more details in Bits and Pieces.) 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 Friday, June 2 at 8:00 Carol Levin is a performer in Kaley Lane Eaton's Lily of the Valley, an opera for voice and electronic and acoustic instruments. Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. (See more details in Bits and Pieces/) 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. https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHarpSociety/