I can't believe it's September already! I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. As fall rolls around the corner, please remember to renew your membership. It's now very easy to fill out the form online, and a great reason to visit the updated website that Marinda has done such a beautiful job on.
With great pleasure I announce that Patti Warden and Melissa Walsh have decided to take on as co-chairs the so-important membership job. Thank you, Patti and Melissa!
I'm very excited about our upcoming visits from two world-class harpists, as well as the American Harp Quartet in Kennewick and the Dusty Strings Symposium, all in September and October ! We look forward to seeing many of you at their workshops, master classes and concerts!
Hereʼs a venue some of you might not have considered!
Our Membership Form has gone digital! Click HERE to fill it out on-line. Just be sure not to forget to visit the Join Us page afterwards to use paypal to pay your dues!
Two Exciting Workshops Come Up This Fall
Your officers are very excited to announce two wonderful opportunities that are coming our way this fall. Mark your calendars now so you wonʼt miss them!
Image from Mr. Ortiz's Website
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, master of the Paraguayan harp, will be in Seattle at a booking conference and called us about doing a workshop and concert for us on Sunday, September 7! He has invited us to join him in an ensemble piece, and weʼre opening this to any member. You would need to learn it over the summer and come prepared to put it together with one brief rehearsal before the concert. Please let me know if youʼre interested in being in the ensemble. See calendar for details.
Image from Alice Giles' Website
Alice Giles, world-class Australian harpist on a World Tour, will present a master class on Saturday, October 18 at the University of Puget Sound and a concert on October 19, 8:00 at Pacific Lutheran University. Alice will be performing at the opening concert in Sydney, and was one of the concerto harpists at the final concert in Tacoma. Exact information on both super events will be available soon.
How Pat Wooster Came to Play the Harp
Pat McNulty (center) as h. s. student
￼￼As a child I studied piano and dance, and added ‘cello when at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy. I was first struck by the harp’ s wonderful sound when I heard an upperclassman play a harp solo in a school concert in early 1953. The next day I asked my piano teacher (also a harp teacher) whether I could take harp. She agreed to teach me, and I was able to practice on one of HNA’s harps. I began playing both ‘cello and harp in the HNA orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony. After graduating in 1955, I hoped to go to college, but lacked the money. I was pleasantly surprised that, because I was a harpist and had orchestral experience, I was offered scholarships to two universities. But my own harp was needed, so my parents took out a second mortgage on their home and purchased a new Lyon & Healy Style 17 for me! (I still have it.) After college at Seattle University and six years of public school teaching, during which I barely touched my harp, Lynne Palmer accepted me as a student – a life-changing event that led to a great expansion of my harp experience. But that’s another story...