Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe it’s December already- the busiest time of year for so many harpists. As usual, there is a wonderful array of concerts that our members are involved in this season. Be sure to check the calendar below for details.
How exciting that, thanks to Gwen Lyons Baker, we now have a music store closer to our area that will stock some harp supplies! See Bits and Pieces for details.
If you do a lot of holiday shopping online and want to donate to the American Harp Society, check out the home page of the AHS. You can find a link there to shop at Amazon Smile, which will then make a donation to AHS.
Best wishes to everyone for a joyful, not too chaotic, music-filled holiday season!
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
Harp Limerick by Edward Lear There was once a corpulent carp Who wanted to play on a harp, But to his chagrin, So short was his fin, He couldn't reach up to C sharp.
Hereʼs a venue some of you might not have considered!
Looking for a Great Harp Concert this December? Check Out Our Calendar!
We have SO MANY amazing chapter members performing over the next month. Be sure to get your fill of wonderful harp music! Check out our CALENDAR for times and locations!
Fill Out Your Membership Form On-line!
Our Membership Form has gone digital! Click HERE to fill it out on-line.
Former Chapter President Judith Cummings, How Did You Start the Harp?
￼￼I was brought up in Scotland and started violin at 7 and clarinet at 10. Amazingly, there were free one-on-one lessons at public school – but not harp lessons. It never occurred to me to play the harp because it didn’t seem like something that “ordinary” people did. When I was 12, I read a historical book called, “TheShield Ring ” by Rosemary Sutcliff that was about Vikings living in the English Lake District. They had a bard who played a wire-strung harp and I was hooked by the description of the bard painting pictures with his music and mesmerizing his audience. I wanted to do that! I pestered my parents until finally my mum got some plans and made a knee-harp for my 15th birthday. Three years later, I auditioned at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music with viola as my major but they let me in as a harp major, even although I’d never played pedal harp before. After graduating, I spent 2 years doing postgrad in London with BBC Symphony harpist, Sioned Williams. I never really did play wire-strung harp (I hate having long nails!) but still love the sound of it and the idea of mesmerizing the audience with music.
Up Coming Events
Nov. 25 - Dec. 30 Catherine Case is in the pit again for the run of A Christmas Story, The Musical at the 5th Avenue Theater
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28 John Carrington will be back in the pit for The Nutcracker by the Pacific Northwest Ballet