Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a joyful holiday season, filled with music. Now is the time for those New Year’s resolutions. What will yours be? Maybe it’s finally learning that piece you’ve always wanted to play, performing in public for the first time, or even going to a concert that you normally wouldn’t attend- the possibilities are endless! Our annual adjudications are a great way to stretch yourself and gain new insight from experienced harpists in the area. I urge you to read more about it below [bottom of Resonance], and think about signing up this year. It is a great opportunity for all levels and ages.
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
Adjudications are Coming Up!
Last Years Adjudicators Margaret Shelton and Heidi Lehwalder
The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Harp Society encourages you to participate in its 2015 Music Education Program. Students of all ages are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to play the harp in a formal but friendly setting. Our advisor will help every student evaluate and improve his or her musical skills, through both written and verbal suggestions. This year we are fortunate to have the expertise of Bethany Man to serve as the adjudicator. One of the wonderful things that come from adjudication is the opportunity to share information and ideas with the teachers and the students, so we highly encourage you or your students to take part this year. The first Adjudication is on Feb. 7th. Please see the end of this month's newsletter for information on how to sign up.
Cynthia Kuni, How Did You Start the Harp?
￼￼Other than hearing Stanley Chaloupka playing harp with the LA Philharmonic when I was 5, my first memorable encounter with a harp was 8 years later during a family trip to Ireland. On both occasions I was completely enchanted. I felt a strong draw to both classical and Celtic music, and in all the years between I have kept my involvement in both genres. After my Ireland trip, I began taking lessons on a little Clark harp. I had taken piano lessons at a younger age (from the dreaded Mrs. Skidmore and her metronome), and more recently had begun playing the guitar and singing. Unfortunately, serious family problems put music on the back burner for me, and life became very unstable throughout my teen years. In my mid-twenties I renewed my commitment to the harp with enthusiasm. Soon I was accepting gigs, and playing with The Bramble Band, where I met my husband. In 1991 I began a nine-year period of study with Lynne Palmer, who influenced, inspired, and transformed me tremendously. Now in my 50s, I still feel a great love for both Celtic and classical music and am so grateful for my musical life.