When I was young and we summered near Cape Cod, my harp teachers, a married couple, lived right next door in an adjacent cottage. Several more of their students spent the summers in another house nearby – our own minor league harp camp. My teachers were also summer ministers in a small church on the next street, and we would be assigned to play at their church or the one a few doors down several Sundays in the season. I didn’t much like having to shuck my bathing suit, wash the sand off my feet and put on a dress and shoes, but I’m sure the experience helped accustom me to playing for an audience. No matter your age, maybe you could see if there’s a church that would appreciate your music – at least you might have more time to practice than in the school year. A simple piece well played is all you need. If you missed him last time, you’ll have another chance to enjoy the charming Breton harpist Tristan Le Govic’s playing and singing on Tuesday, August 28, at a house concert in Woodinville. See below for details. More will follow. In July we’re off to Wisconsin to see old college buddies; soon afterwards our guest room will be busy housing my sister-in-law followed by Tristan and then a Dutch friend in September. I hope your summer is as filled with good friends and family and that you find time for fun, rest and replenishment. Joyce
Sunday, July 1, 4:30 at the Maury Young Arts Center, Whistler, BC. Chamber Music Performance. Ben Albertson plays the Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Mvt. 3, Finale) Monday, July 2, 2:00 at the Olympic Plaza (outdoor), Whistler, BC. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler Concert. Ben Albertson plays in Petrouchka by Stravinsky andDaphnis et Chloé 2nd Serie, Ravel. Tuesday, July 3, 8:00 at the Chan Center, Vancouver, BC. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler Concert. Ben Albertson plays in Petrouchka by Stravinsky and Daphnis et Chloé 2nd Serie, Ravel. (Note: The Monday concert in Whistler and the Tuesday concert in Vancouver have the exact same program) Sunday, July 8, 7:30pm at the Chan Center, Vancouver, BC. Ben Albertson plays theDebussy Dances with the University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra.
July 22- August 5 Marrowstone Summer Music Festival at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Three divisions: Pre-college, University, Fellowship (advanced 18-25). Harp lessons, coaching, orchestras, master classes. Harp instructor: Catherine Case. https://marrowstone.org Friday, July 27, from 3:00 to 4:00 and from 5:00 to 6:00, and again on Sunday, July 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 and from 4:00 to 5:00. Patti Warden will once again be accompanying the art at the Renton Annual Art Show, held at the Renton Community Center. This is a juried, well- respected exhibit. Admission is free. Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp 2018 at Magic Hill overlooking Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington. Lessons, workshops, harp history, harp circles. Explore the happy relationship between the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer. Rentals available. Instructors: Philip and Pam Boulding. Participants may camp in the pasture near the studio or make reservations at nearby B&Bs and motels. email@example.com or 253-857-3716 Friday-Sunday, September 14-16 in Port Townsend, Washington. Harps in the Glen, a 3-day harp retreat in a peaceful, rural setting with instructors Kim Robertson & Sunita Staneslow. Limited enrollment, adults only. Bring your lever or pedal harps. Five to six hours of activities daily with workshops, master classes and optional ensemble playing. The focus is on musicality and expression combined with practical tools to improve technique for any level. http://www.sunitaharp.com/2000/01/harps-in-glen-with-sunita-kim.html, firstname.lastname@example.org