It’s hard to believe May is already here. Please be sure to take a look at the Scholarship forms and information in this newsletter, as they are due on the 15th of this month. This is a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages, so please take advantage! The winners will not be asked to perform at the June gathering, but we look forward to hearing them at the fall meeting.
On another note, I wanted to let you all know that I will be staying on as the chapter president for the next term. In an effort to change things up a little bit, I will no longer be writing this monthly greeting. I think Joyce does a great job with sending us news every month and I will certainly chime in as needed. The chapter officers are already thinking of ideas for next year, and we always welcome input and thoughts from all members, any time. I would like to focus on our diverse membership in the coming year- playing together, learning from and supporting each other. I look forward to seeing many of you at John’s house in June!
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
Scholarship Applications are Due this Month!
We are pleased to announce that we will again award local chapter scholarships. The scholarships are open to all AHS member harpists of any age (youth or adult) who are currently studying with an AHS member teacher. Scholarship funds may be used for anything relating to the harp, i.e. tuition, music camps, an instrument, strings, music etc. Application deadline will be May 15th. See the end of this month's newsletter for more information and application form.
Bethany Man, How Did You Start the Harp?
Bethany and her mom, 1982
￼￼I started the piano ‘officially’ in kindergarten. My mom (Diane Chattin) taught me for several years and then it just seemed natural to go to the harp (Mom also plays). Then I was lucky enough to study with the legendary Lynne Palmer, who accepted me as her student, even though she had retired from teaching many years prior. Those of us who have been privileged to know Mrs. Palmer know that lessons with her were filled with high expectations, to say the least. I will be forever grateful to her memory for the life lessons she taught me. My high school didn’t know what to do with the harp, so I was very active with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. I have many, many fond memories￼ of my summers at Marrowstone Music Festival at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. Jonathan Shames (the conductor of SYSO at the time) took me under his wing and also worked to develop my performance skills. He also assigned me the “honor” of being his exclusive page-turner, and we all know what a high-pressure job that is!