Dear members, Do you have musical goals? Do you have a BHAG (a Big Hairy Audacious Goal) like playing in a symphony orchestra or a touring band? Or maybe it’s to play well in a recital or competition. Maybe it’s just “play better.” What are some ways to try to reach those goals? Listening is one. I remember auditioning at age 14 to become a student of the Boston Symphony harpist, and one piece I ripped through was Clair de Lune. Several years later I heard a piano version of it and was shocked and abashed to hear how it should be played – how had I never thought to listen before that? Try listening to other harpists (yay for YouTube!) 3 times a week. Set short-term goals, like learning just 8 new measures a day, or playing one page without mistakes. How about practicing before breakfast and before all your other activities crowd your time? Or setting a date to play for family or friends; a deadline, in other words. Yes, it’s all a lot of work, but it’s nice to know that “there’s some good neuroscience research that [people] involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain. A person learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously, using his or her ears and eyes [and feet!], as well as large and small muscles.” Sounds like win-win to me! Joyce (https://yourmusiclessons.com/blog/how-to-set-musical-goals/) (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/
Spotlight on Heidi Lewalder:
My mother hoped for a "halfway talented" daughter to play the harp. When I was 2 1/2 she heard me playing my brother's piano pieces by ear in various keys -she had found her harpist! A few years later my parents heard about Lynne Wainwright Palmer, a brilliant harpist newly arrived in Seattle. She had been second harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski and one of Carlos Salzedo's star students. What an amazing stroke of luck! When I was six my parents and I went to Lynne's home. She asked me to play the piano for her, as she only took students who had some piano background. (They hadn’t told her I only played by ear.) She agreed to take me and soon we went to buy former Seattle Symphony harpist Herbert Graf’s small, gold Style 14 Lyon and Healy. I sat behind it and as I pulled it back the harp went flying and I fell on the floor. They caught the harp and I fended for myself! My first lesson was on my 7th birthday. My parents built little blocks on the pedals for extenders and found a foot-stool to keep my feet from dangling. In one week I learned how to read notes! My poor mother was tearing her hair out and I was in tears....
NOVEMBER 2017 CALENDAR
Susan Haas will be playing the harp with the stage orchestra for the Amy Grant and Michael W Smith tour with special guest Jordan Smith (winner of The Voice) on Thursday, November 16 (Kennewick, WA), Friday, November 17 (Abbotsford, BC), Saturday, November 18 (Everett, Comcast Arena) and Sunday, November 19 (Portland, Moda Center) Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m. Ceremony of Carols with the Byrd Ensemble at St. James Cathedral. Catherine Case, harp. Tickets and info: https://byrdensemble.ticketleap.com/a- classic-christmas/ Tuesday, November 28, 8 p.m. PLU Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert. PLU Music building, room 306. Catherine Case, director Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide performances. Info at www.magicalstrings.com Sunday, November 26 3:00, at Redeemer Methodist Church in Kingston Sunday, December 3, 3:00, at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center in Kent Friday, December 8, 7:30 at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma Saturday, December 9, 7:30, at University Christian Church in Seattle Sunday, December 10, 3:00, at Historic Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon Saturday, December 23, 7:00 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue Saturday, December 2, at 3:00 PM. South Sound Strings Harp Ensemble presents their "Christmas Concert, with harps, voice, flute and a touch of jazz" at Schneebeck Concert Hall at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Directed by Patricia Wooster. Free admission! Come to listen, enjoy and join us (audience participation). For further information, please contact Pat Wooster at H-253-862-3400, C-253-797-9424, email@example.com. Friday, December 8 8:00 The Kirkland Performance Center and Berkshire Snow Productions are pleased to announce a concert by Irish trio, Affiniti. This Christmas concert will also feature Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby. All ages. Tickets are available at the KPC box office and online at http://www.kpcenter.org/about/box-office/ Affiniti is a powerhouse female trio made up of vocalist Emer Barry (soprano), Aisling Ennis (harp) and Mary McCague (violin). All three are classically trained and masters of their instruments but it is their genuine musical affinity with each other and their desire to perform together that makes them special. Emer, Mary and Aisling hail from different counties of Ireland and have performed as solo and orchestral musicians throughout Europe, America and Asia with artists including Kanye West, Josh Ritter, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Sinead O’Connor. Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 24 5 am to 11 am daily. Susan Haas will be playing at the Sea-Tac airport in the large dining atrium The idea is to calm all the weary holiday travelers with soothing sounds. She says, “Come say ‘hello’ if you are on the go!” Wednesday, December 22 4:00-6:00 Susan Haas will play a public solo concert next to a warming hearth, sponsored by the University Place Library (near Tacoma) in their Civic Building Atrium. She calls this annual event the "harpist roasting by the open fire" spectacle and may rope in some harpy friends to join her for the second hour. 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.