I hope everyone had a happy Halloween! I was sorry to miss the fall meeting and hearing our scholarship winners perform. Many thanks to Joyce for stepping in and facilitating, and congrats again to Ben and Ellie. There are so many opportunities for young harpists these days, and it’s wonderful to see our members expanding their horizons with a little help from the chapter.
Alice Giles gave a remarkable recital last month, full of amazing technicality and videos of her travels to Antarctica. For anyone who missed it, you can buy a DVD of her trip, and performances there, on her website, http://alicegiles.com. It could make an interesting holiday gift for a harpist in your life!
Hope to see you at one or more of the exciting and varied programs listed in the calendar this month!
Harp Jokes! What do you get if you cross a grizzly bear and a harp? A bear-faced lyre!
What do you call a cow that plays the harp? A moo-sician
Harp Limerick by Edward Lear There was once a corpulent carp Who wanted to play on a harp, But to his chagrin, So short was his fin, He couldn't reach up to C sharp.
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How Mark Andersen Came to Play the Harp
Mark at age 8
￼￼When I was a young child, music quickly became an obsession in my life. My wonderful grandmother was a fine pianist and she began teaching me even before I could reach the pedals of the piano. I played flute in the school band and quickly became fascinated each time I heard a new instrument. In first grade I was assigned to play the auto-harp after the teacher found me experimenting with it after class. The way it blocked strings to make beautiful chords thrilled me and became the beginnings of my intrigue with musical theory and harmony. One afternoon another teacher in my school heard me playing and practicing and asked, “Would you like to see a real harp?” She had a small Welsh harp in her room that she used in her music appreciation class and it was love at first sight. Like many other Welsh harpists, she played on her left shoulder so that's how I first learned. I never owned my own harp until after college and, although I continued harp studies, my major instrument went on to be organ. Since then harp has been mostly just for me, bringing me joy and solace, and I love sharing it with others through playing, composing, and teaching.