Dear Chapter Members, I hope everyone is enjoying their first bits of freedom in the summer! Between trips to the mountains and the beach, you can take that time that you never have during the school year to pull out your favorite older pieces and even pick out a few challenging or out of the ordinary pieces to learn that wouldn’t fit into the normal schedule. Freedom to mix it up a little! Speaking of which, the new board recently met and we came up with some new and exciting ideas for programs and events that we are starting to put together for the coming year. In the meantime, I hope you are able to enjoy some of the summer and fall events already lined up below. Tristan Le Govic, a Breton harper, will be presenting two afternoon workshops and a concert following in August. Learn a new Breton tune this summer and maybe even some Breton dancing for something new! All the best, Robin
Spotlight on Mary Frank:
Since my mom was a piano teacher, I started on the piano when I was three or four. In 7th grade I began harp lessons at St. Benedict convent school with Sister Aimee, one of the chapter founders (!), and practiced on harps that she had brought in, keeping up with piano all along. At Blanchet High School and North Seattle Community College I slacked off in the interest of other activities. Then I decided to buy a harp and took a rather unusual route to save up for it: I started singing Rainier Beer commercials and others for radio and TV spots, one of which went national! (It helped to have a brother who did production work and gave a demo of my voice to the ad agency). After a couple of years of good earnings from that work I had saved enough to buy a new harp and went to UW for three challenging (had to re-learn so much!) but so worthwhile years of study to earn a harp degree with Pamela Vokolek. Recently I quit my on-call day job at the Y and hope to make enough singing with harp, teaching piano and doing piano church jobs.
Saturday-Sunday, July 2 and 3 10-5 each day. Carol Levin writes: “There's a really interesting and delightful program coming up. Many people have talked to me about their discomfort with improvisation and playing 'off the page'. Steve Treseler, an excellent educator and musician, is leading what he called The Game Symphony Workshop at SPU, an adult workshop for classically trained musicians. Here's a link: https://gamesymphonyworkshop.com/spu/. I'm going - it sounds like so much fun!” Thursday, July 7 5:30-7:30 The Daphnes with Monica Schley, harp, play two sets for “Summer Nights” at Chihuly Garden & Glass summer concert series (Seattle Center). Part of a “special summertime outdoor music series in the museum's courtyard wonderland.” Thursday, July 14 7:30 pm. The MoodSwings including Carol Levin, harp, are playing a special program in the Summer Nights at the Neptune series, highlighting women jazz composers from the early swing years and beyond. The program will include film clips and works by Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider, featuring Seattle's all-women band (and the only swing band with a harp!) Free to the public . http://moodswingsjazz.org. The Nights at the Neptune series is Seattle Theatre Group's juried platform for artists and voices within our community whose work reflect themes of race and social justice and celebrate important cultural art forms. Concerts are free to the public, for all ages - reservations are available online. Doors open at 6:30. Friday, July 22, from 3:00 to 4:00 and from 5:00 to 6:00, and again on Sunday, July 24, from 2:00 to 3:00 and from 4:00 to 5:00, when the show closes: once again, Patti Warden will be accompanying the art at the Renton Annual Art Show, which is held in the Community Center next to the Carco Theater. The Renton Annual Art Show is a juried exhibit, and has an excellent reputation in the art community. Admission is free.
Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at 7:30pm. Jorgensen MusicStudio and Oh! So Live! Concerts present an evening of works for flute and harp featuring Jennifer Rhyne, flute and Catherine Case, harp in works by Claude Debussy, McKay, Takemitsu, Young, and Persichetti at Jorgensen MusicStudio, 2013 Bethel St NE, Olympia, 98506. All tickets are $20. Please bring some snacks and beverages and multiply the merriment! RSVP via email or by calling 360-456-5953 after July 12.
Friday, July 29, The MoodSwings including Carol Levin play at Alki Beach Park, 2701 Alki Ave SW, Seattle.
Friday, July 29 6:00-8:30 Monica Schley plays at a Japanese Garden Fundraiser at the WA Park Arboretum. Sake tastings, an elegant Japanese food buffet, a beer-garden, poetry walk, and other live performances. http://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/gardenparty.html
Friday-Sunday, July 29 - 31 Magic Hill Summer Harp Camp, where you can discover the true enchantment of the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer with Phil and Pam Boulding. Beginners to advanced players are welcome to our beautiful farm beside the Puget Sound. Learn to play the harp or dulcimer or further your studies.
Monday-Friday, August 8-12 PARTICIPATORY PETER AND THE WOLF, a summer music workshop for youth musicians, is happening on Mercer Island. Not just for harpists, the workshop welcomes instrumentalists ages 10-14 to explore the soundscape of Prokofiev’s beloved work and will culminate in an informal performance on the final day. The workshop is taught by Leslie McMichael and guest Seattle Symphony teaching artists, and tuition is $350. Details and registration form at http://www.pluckmusic.com/peter_and_the_wolf.php Saturday, August 13 Breton harper Tristan Le Govic presents two afternoon workshops at 1:30 and 3:30 and a 7:30 evening concert. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St, Shoreline. In the afternoon learn a Breton tune, then learn Breton dancing. Other instruments welcome to accompany the dance. Registration will begin in July. Contact Joyce for more info. Wednesday, August 17 7:00-8:30 Monica Schley plays Healing Tones for a 47-minute guided meditation through the chakras. The session is a tonal attunement on the 7 chakras, each lasting for approximately 7-min. She will blend therapeutic harp techniques, voice, guided imagery and hand mudras. $12 @ East West Bookstore, 12th Ave. NE, Seattle Saturday, August 27 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monica Schley leads in “Improvising In Life & Music” (Group Music Class for musicians of all levels who play any instrument and/or sing). Helps you develop comfort with improvising, co-create songs, and trust in your own ability to make new music on the spot. At Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave. N. $35. Call to reserve a spot. 206-634- 1662
October 7-9, 2016 “Harp Seattle 2016” at Dusty Strings Music Store & School in Fremont. Headlining are internationally renowned harpists Park Stickney, Kim Robertson, Maeve Gilchrist, and Nicolas Carter. Folk harp players, teachers, and enthusiasts will gather to enjoy extraordinary musical performances and intimate workshops. Additional workshop presenters include Harper Tasche, Laurie Riley, Molly Bauckham, Tudy McLain, Catherine Madden, and more TBA. Early bird registration costs $295.00 and begins February 1, 2016. After June 1, registration costs $345.00. Registration includes an all-access pass to the weekend’s workshops and performances. For more information, call (206) 634-1662.