Dear Chapter Members, I hope everyone enjoys the coming long weekend for Labor Day! I find it is always bittersweet trying to squeeze the last fullness of summer into one final weekend. Autumn is lovely with its brightly colored leaves and pumpkin bread but it is always hard to say goodbye to summer. Looking ahead to fall, the board has been diligently planning for a fun and exciting year of events once again. We have the fall meeting coming up in October with guest artists performing on triple, double, cross strung and also a horizontal Chinese harp, the guzheng. It is rare enough to see a standard harp but this is a once in a blue moon chance to see all of these styles of harps together and learn more about them! A sneak preview into the New Year: we will be having the Harp-a-Thon once again, a day-long community event where performers come and go as they take turns playing sessions for the very appreciative patients and visitors at Virginia Mason. Next up, there is the opportunity to take part in the audition and evaluation sessions with Valerie Muzzolini Gordon. Lastly, we will have the spring chapter meeting that this year will take place at Dusty Strings, including a student recital and a tour of the factory. Please remember to renew your membership as soon as possible in order to take advantage of all these events! You can find information about renewing online at ahsseattle.org. Thank you, and enjoy the nice warm weather still!
Spotlight on Nancy Heins:
My mom played the harp as a high school and college student, and she kept it even though she no longer played in hopes that one of her kids would, so when I was nine I started lessons with Edith Lundgren on Mom’s pedal harp. Edith had a huge collection of single earrings and pins, and when I had a good lesson she would let me choose one – and I still have them many decades later! She also tried to persuade my mom that harpists shouldn’t wash dishes because it softens their callouses, but guess what? Mom didn’t buy that. I don’t remember why, but Edith often wrote out my music using letter names instead of notes, and Pat Jaeger, another of her students, has some of Edith’s music like that, too. Eventually we sold that harp and got a better one that I still have today. During high school we were living in Puyallup, too far from Edith for lessons, but I played in the high school orchestra. Then at SPU I had some more lessons with Edith and also traveled with a group during vacation playing gospel music at churches, and also played with the band!
SEPTEMBER 2017 CALENDAR
Sunday September 3, 6:30 p.m. Parsa Duo at Bloedel Reserve: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson and cellist Dale Henderson will present a duo program on Bloedel's Summer Concert Series: Music With A View. For more player information and tickets visit: http://bloedelreserve.org/event/parsa/Friday, September 22 8pm. Carol Levin will be joining a group of musicians playing a structured improvisational piece, The Shervanya Nocturnal Music, by local composer and author Steven Eric Scribner, at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. ThIs music is described in and goes along with the release of the third book in his fantasy series set in the world of Tond. The author writes: Here's an excerpt from Book Three, describing the Nocturnal Music: "The nocturnal music is to make others sleep; it banishes the dark spirits of the night and brings on peace....Last night we played mostly in the mysterious ailíinya mode. The word means ‛beautiful clouds’, because at that time the fog drifts by in dreamlike forms.”
Sunday, October 15 2:00 Chapter fall meeting at Chryssa Deliganis’ home. Demonstrations and performances on triple, double, cross-strung harps and the Chinese guzheng.
January – Repeat of the harp-a-thon, details TBA Saturday, February 10 - First Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton Saturday, March 10 – Second Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton Sunday, May 6 2 PM – Spring meeting/student recital at Dusty Strings factory 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.