New Year’s Reality Check Another year, another chance / To start our lives anew; This time we’ll leap old barriers / To have a real breakthrough. We’ll take one little step / And then we’ll take one more, Our unlimited potential /We’ll totally explore. We’ll show off all our talent / Everyone will be inspired; (Whew! While I’m writing this, I’m getting very tired.) We’ll give up all bad habits; We’ll read and learn a lot, All our goals will be accomplished, Sigh...or maybe not. Oh well, Happy New Year anyway! By Joanna Fuchs
When I was a child in Kansas our home was filled with music. My parents were music lovers and encouraged me to become a musician. I started piano lessons when I was 11 years old but wanted to play the harp, so started that the next year. I had fabulous teachers starting with Linda Booth and Margaret Ling in Kansas. Then we moved to Portland and I commuted to study with Lynne Palmer in Seattle and then was at the UW with Pamela Vokolek. Summers were with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine. I started playing professionally in high school, and graduated from the University of Washington, School of Music. I made a fun-filled and good living playing in symphonies, show orchestras, recording, teaching and casual gigs like weddings. I’ve also worked part- time as the President of the Musicians Association of Seattle for the past twenty years! Time flies! Nowadays, I am semi-retired from gigging. I play a L & H folk harp and leave the concert grand at home.
Seattle Chapter AHS
The local chapter of The American Harp Society is running an afternoon of entertainment for patients, their families, and the staff of Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle. We need volunteers to perform for 15-30 minute slots. If you want to perform for 30 minutes, just sign up for two consecutive slots. Amateurs, students, and professionals are all welcome! We have some fun harp theme gifts for those that participate.
Sunday, January 22 2:00-5:00 Harp-a-thon at Virginia Mason Hospital. February 7-13 Steve Moss will be doing regulations. Contact Susi Hussong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday March 12, 2017 Master class with Heidi Lehwalder. This will be in lieu of Auditions and Evaluations (Adjudications) this year. All details at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a9af2da31-heidi. Friday, March 17, 2017 8:00 Concert by Bridget Kibbey and The Sebastians, a renowned early music ensemble. Bridget Kibbey curates a special evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, reinvented for the harp. At 415 Westlake Ave, Seattle (a distinctive northwest venue for music, receptions, corporate and cultural events). http://www.emeraldcitymusic.org/tickets/bridget-kibbey-mar-2017 Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:30 Concert by Bridget Kibbey and The Sebastians. a renowned early music ensemble. Bridget Kibbey curates a special evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, reinvented for the harp. At St. Michael's Westside Church, 1835 Overhulse Rd. NW, Olympia. http://www.emeraldcitymusic.org/tickets/bridget-kibbey-mar-2017. Sunday, March 19 10-2 Master class with Bridget Kibbey at PLU. See my email of Dec. 29 for details. May 25 - 28, 2017 2017 International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in the beautiful hillside town of Danville, CA., east of San Francisco. http://www.diablovalleyarts.org
June 25-28, 2017 AHS Summer Institute at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. (www.AHSSummerInstitute.org).
July 2017 The 13th World Harp Congress is coming up in Hong Kong! Learn more on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/whc2017 or at http://www.whc2017.org/index/13th-whc-2017. They are recruiting volunteers and are open to program suggestions. “Come and participate the first World Harp Congress ever in Asia!” Their email address: email@example.com. June 27-30, 2018 AHS Conference in Redlands, CA. Proposals are being accepted through April 1, 2017 for workshops, performances and scholarly lectures at the 2018 National Conference. For more information http://harpsociety.org/ConferenceInstitute/CallForProposals.asp