Happy April! I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine! This month our annual scholarship applications are due, so please don't wait until the last minute! The application can be found in this newsletter and is open to members of all ages who are in need of assistance in pursuing their goals with the harp. Also, if you have been working hard all year, and want to share your accomplishments, remember to sign up to play in our student recital, taking place at the spring gathering on May 15. We're also still looking for volunteers who would be willing to serve the chapter as president, secretary or treasurer. Maybe you're an adult student, or the parent of a devoted harp student, with a little extra time to help keep us going, and bring fresh ideas to fruition for our members? Please step forward, we would love to hear from you! Hope to see you at one or more of the many offerings on the calendar this month.
All the best, Catherine
Spotlight on Diane Moss:
"I did not start playing harp until I was in my thirties. As a violinist in youth orchestras, and a life-long choral singer, I had seen many pedal harps in action but I was never attracted to them. Then one Memorial Day in the early ‘80s I was at Folklife at the Seattle Center, and I heard a charming sound. I followed my ears and found myself in front of the Magical Strings booth, where Philip Boulding was playing a small lap harp. Complete enchantment! My dear husband bought me a Boulding student harp and a series of group classes with Philip, then I found other folk harp players in my area to meet with and we began a monthly harp circle. In 1992 I began editing Reigning Harps newsletter and in 1996 I was on the organizing committee of the ISFHC Conference in Olympia. Some of us from that group went on to form the Seattle area ISFHC Chapter that incorporated as the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society, of which I am the secretary. So 30+ years, two kids, and six harps later, I'm still in the thick of it... when you first hear those strings ringing, you just never know where they will lead you!"
APRIL 2016 CALENDAR
Saturday, April 2 8:00 and Sunday, April 3 7:30 After a very successful tour to NYC, the show Now I'm Fine returns back home to Seattle's historic Moore Theatre. Musician/Comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo leads a grand-scale experimental pop opera about keeping it together. Drawing from darkly funny personal stories about illness, despair, and regeneration, the show features a 17-piece orchestra, including harpist Monica Schley, and a spectacular performance by vocalist okanomodé. THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT. Tickets: $30
Wednesday, April 6 7:30. Sophie Baird-Daniel plays in an exciting concert with viola, flute and cello – the Debussy Trio as well as works by Piazzolla, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and more! At Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St., Seattle. www.capitolcider.com - “bringing classical music from the concert hall to your neighborhood bar.” (See poster at the end of Resonance.)
April 15 5:30 PLU Harp Ensemble will give their spring concert in Lagerquist Hall at PLU. The ensemble is directed by Catherine Case.
April 16-23 Multi-instrumentalist duo Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter play harps, cittern, Swedish nyckelharpa. Contact the venues for specific information.
Saturday, April 23: Seattle - Greenlake Methodist Church w/Patrick Ball.
Saturday, April 30 5:30 Lagerquist Hall at PLU. Harp & Flute recital with Catherine Case, harp and Jennifer Rhyne, flute. Music by Takemitsu, Persichetti and McKay. Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 senior citizen (55+) and PLU alumni, free to PLU community/students and 18 & under. Tickets are available PLU Concierge Desk by calling 253-535-7411. Tickets can also be purchased online one month prior to the event, via the following link: Flute/Harp, Tickets
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 and 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
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. Miranda Campos Senior Recital at PLU. Lagerquist Hall. Music by Handel, Hindemith, Franck, Persichetti. Miranda is a student of Catherine Case.
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.
May 15, 2:00 p.m. Spring Chapter Meeting and recital at the home of Patti Warden
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.