Dear Chapter Members, Harpists always find themselves consumed with music in December, so I hope everyone enjoyed the busy month, whether performing or attending concerts. With the onset of January, it is a chance to step back and reflect after the frenzied previous month, and an opportunity to set some goals for your harp playing in the New Year. You may want to improve a particular technical aspect, learn new pieces, improvise more, or even go out of your way to listen to more harpists for ideas and inspiration. Two opportunities are coming up this January and February: the Harp-a-Thon and the Auditions & Evaluations. Harp-a-Thon is a place to perform in a casual setting as well as a place to socialize with and listen to your fellow harpists. There are still spots available on the signup sheet. You can find more details below in the newsletter. The Auditions and Evaluations also has a signup sheet available online, more information below in the newsletter. A & E is a wonderful chance to perform for Valerie, the principal harpist with the Seattle Symphony, and get feedback and ideas for improvement. Young or old, this is the perfect time for a new look on your playing. Happy New Year to everyone! I look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events! Robin De Lanoy
Spotlight on Chryssa Deliganis:
In 2000 I got married, left my job as a litigator at a downtown law firm, and embarked on a judicial clerkship. I decided to celebrate these happy events by taking up the harp. Long a flute player, I had never learned to read bass clef notes. Susi Hussong took me on as an adult student, and to this day has shown me infinite patience and kindness in my struggles to play the most beautiful of all instruments. My progress slowed as I built my family of four children, but for the past five years I have received the best Christmas present: playing harp alongside my daughters Sophia and Alexia.
Saturday, January 13 at 2:30 Ben Albertson will present a solo harp concert featuring his college audition repertoire. The Glacier Lounge, Skyline Retirement Community, 725 9th Ave., Seattle. No charge, but you need to RSVP Ben at email@example.com to be put on the list. Places are very limited. Friday, January 19, at 8:00 PM. Melissa Walsh and Patti Warden will be supplying harp parts for the Thalia Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th St, Seattle. Tickets are available at the symphony’s website http://www.thaliasymphony.org/. Sunday, January 21– 1:30 to 5:30 Chapter Harpathon at Bayview Retirement Community on Queen Anne. There are still several 15-minute slots available for you to make a lot of people very happy! Sign-ups at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a9af2da31-harpathon1. Saturday, February 10 - First Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton. Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, auditor. Still only $25. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a9af2da31-auditions. Saturday, March 10 – Second Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton. Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, auditor. Sunday, May 6 2 PM – Spring chapter meeting/student recital at Dusty Strings factory in Interbay. May 12 – 13, 2018 Harp Festival 2018, Utrecht, the Netherlands, More Info.
June 27-30, 2018 43rd American Harp Society National Conference at The University of Redlands, Redlands, California. Opening concert by virtuoso Emmanuel Ceysson. More details will be available soon at www.ahsconference.org.