Dear members, How can the chapter work for you? Is there a topic, event, or activity that you’ve been wishing would take place at a chapter meeting? We’re always trying to think up interesting programs and would love to have your input. In the past few years we’ve heard Gwen Lyons Baker’s student ensemble; had Robbin Gordon-Cartier for workshops and a concert; had a concert of the combined ensembles of Susi Hussong and Pat Wooster; had workshops and a concert with Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and learned Breton dances with Breton harper Tristan Le Govic; had a house and garden tour of John Carrington’s abode; had a Fall Harp Fest that included workshops on jazz and improvisation, panels on playing in orchestras and at weddings, and a concert of some of our professionals, Alison Austin, Sophie Baird-Daniel, Catherine Case, Valerie Muzzolini Gordon and Jill Whitman. We’ve had a student recital; had talks on therapy with the harp and the business of being a harpist; played in a harp-a-thon at Virginia Mason; and we’ve held adjudications and master classes. This month we’ll be hearing about different kinds of harps. When you renew your membership this month, please take the time to tell us what you wish for. Thank you, Patti Warden and Melissa Walsh, membership chairs
Spotlight on Lauren Wessels:
I began playing the harp when I was about 8 years old, but I had wanted to play for as long as I can remember. I have always enjoyed watching old movies and TV shows, and I remember being fascinated by the harp upon seeing Fantasia and Yvonne de Carlo on The Munsters. When I was five I saw Harpo Marx playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame on I Love Lucy and I told my parents that I wanted to play the harp. After a few years of taking piano lessons and learning how to read music, they gave me my first one, a beautiful little Triplett Catalina that I still keep, and I was hooked. I would spend hours trying to learn my favorite tunes, including Take Me Out to the Ballgame. There happened to be a wonderful harp teacher that lived just down the street, so I would ride my bike to her house every week for lessons and I have been playing ever since. I have always loved the harp and I cannot imagine a time in my life without having its presence there.
OCTOBER 2017 CALENDAR
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.