Dear Chapter Members, Happy May Day! This is my final letter as president and we are still looking for members to step forward to serve as our next president, secretary or treasurer. Please consider volunteering to help this chapter thrive in the future. There are many opportunities for programs or guest artist visits that the American Harp Society can help support and make happen, so if you are inspired to keep our community a vibrant one, please consider getting more involved! There is still time to contact Robin if you would like to perform at the student recital this May 15. We're also looking forward to presenting awards to our scholarship winners and hearing them play. I hope many of you will join us and support these talented students. It has been a pleasure to serve as your chapter president. Our chapter has been a really positive force in this community for many years and I hope it continues for many many more! All the best, Catherine
Spotlight on Annie Fortnum:
One night I went with a friend to an Irish pub. I watched as one of the players tuned up his smaller harp, and he finally played after intermission. I told my friend, “I’ve always wanted to play the harp, but have no idea how to find a teacher.” Her son knew a teacher but her studio was full so she gave me her teacher’s name – Naomi Kato. I called that day and started lessons on a tiny harp. Naomi thought I would be someone who would take a few lessons, then get discouraged and quit, but I fooled her. I rented a still bigger harp and then got my own Lyon and Healy “Chicago" on Valentine’s Day in 2012. I started lessons in 2007 at age 80 and am still taking from Naomi. I love playing my wonderful soothing instrument and have played at retirement homes, my church, and for two weddings. All those who visit my home always ask to hear me play, too. I was even featured in the Edmonds Beacon, a local newspaper, under a column called “Go with Gusto” where they talked about my age and learning to play. I just wish I could have done this many years ago but will continue until my fingers no longer work!
MAY 2016 CALENDAR
Sunday, May 1, 3:30. Spring Concert by Cora Voce, a Tacoma-based choral group. Featuring Beth Gabdaw, bodhran, and Margot Kimmel, Celtic harp. Margot has invited Ruthann Ritchie, a Cora Voce member, to play a harp tune with her! Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7410 South 12th St., Tacoma. Sunday at Fox Island United Church of Christ, 726 6th Avenue Fi, Fox Island, WA http://www.coravoce.org/performance.htm
Sunday May 1, 7pm, Benaroya Hall. Street Requiem, A moving multi-movement cantata for massed choirs, soloists and chamber orchestra, the latter including Carol Levin. This Seattle premiere performance will benefit the homeless. More info and tickets at www.seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2015-2016/concerts/benaroyahall/starbucks- chorus-street-requiem Friday, May 6 8 PM. Bethany Man is giving a recital at Resonance Hall in the SOMA Towers, 288 106th Ave NE Suite 203, Bellevue. She will be joined by Jennifer Mahaffey on flute for a couple of numbers, and says, “It's going to beautiful!” The repertoire will include Fauré, Handel, Palmer and Miyagi, among others. http://resonance.events/event/first-friday-salon-in-concert- with-bethany-man/
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. Miranda Campos in her Senior Recital at PLU, Lagerquist Hall. Music by Handel, Hindemith, Franck, Persichetti. Miranda is a student of Catherine Case. Sunday, May 8Monica Schley plays 11am - 3pm Harp for Mother's Day Brunch at Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA Friday, May 13, 7-9pm Carol Levin’s trio, The Likes Of, with Sue Spang and Kelli Mitchell, play jazz standards and more at the big PhinneyWood ArtUp ChowDown spring art walk, at the Phinney Market Pub, 5918 Phinney Ave 98103 Sunday, May 152:00 Chapter spring meeting and recital. Patti Warden’s house in Newcastle. Please contact Robin Purchas De Lanoy with your program. You may use Patti’s 23 harp. Friday, May 20, as the 3rd Friday of each month, 7-11 PM, there’s a grand All-Star Women’s Blues Jam at Spinnaker Bay Brewing, 5718 Rainier Ave S. Carol Levin has been privileged to sit in for a set or two with the outstanding house band, and so can you! (Sister harpists - contact her if you’d like to play her electric instrument, wah-wah pedal included, for a tune). Friday May 27-Sunday, May 2945th annual NW Folklife Festival, the region’s best continuously free event, celebrating a world of traditional music, and harps abound.
Saturday, May 28 Workshop and concert by Christina Tourin (www.emeraldharp.com/). She will be on Vashon for a workshop 1:00-4:00, teaching improv, beautiful patterns and a delightful tune, as well as about the harp as a therapeutic instrument. At 7:00 she will give a concert (desserts at intermission). Suggested donations - $25 workshop, $10 concert. Church of the Holy Spirit, Vashon Island, WA. Info: Ruthann Ritchie at email@example.com. RSVP for the workshop.
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.
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.