I’d like to give a special welcome to our new or returning chapter members! It is my hope that our community continues to thrive and provide a range of events that attracts everyone. The chapter officers are always open to suggestions and recommendations for programs you would like to see, and welcome your feedback and ideas. Our informal gathering in June will also be a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other, and I urge those of you who haven’t attended a chapter event in a while to come and visit. As you will see below, our chapter elections are this spring, so please consider getting involved that way, as well. Best wishes for more sun this month, and good luck to everyone participating in the upcoming Adjudications!
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
Adjudications are Coming Up!
Last Years Adjudicators Margaret Shelton and Heidi Lehwalder
The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Harp Society encourages you to participate in its 2015 Music Education Program. Students of all ages are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to play the harp in a formal but friendly setting. Our advisor will help every student evaluate and improve his or her musical skills, through both written and verbal suggestions. This year we are fortunate to have the expertise of Bethany Man to serve as the adjudicator. One of the wonderful things that come from adjudication is the opportunity to share information and ideas with the teachers and the students, so we highly encourage you or your students to take part this year. The first Adjudication is on March 7th. Please see the end of this month's newsletter for information on how to sign up.
Patti Warden, How Did You Start the Harp?
￼￼I actually tried pretty hard not to play the harp - I didnʼt want to be in my motherʼs shadow. I started with the piano, then played the violin. But by the time I was in junior high school, I was tall enough to reach both strings and pedals on Momʼs harp, so I started learning. I donʼt remember formal lessons at that age, but I got to the point where I could play some pieces with my sister Rae, a flutist. We performed in the school talent show, playing a piece Mom had written for us: Trivilenade. It had an easy harp part and a showier flute part. When I was in high school, there was too much mother/daughter tension to allow a teacher/student dynamic as well, so I more or less stopped playing. Then in November of 1963, someone from the UW Drama Department called me, asking if I would play for a production of The Fantasticks. The harpist who had agreed to play the show suddenly could not, and they were desperate, so I agreed to do what I could. By the end of the show, I knew I couldnʼt stop playing. Now I say that I could as easily stop playing as stop breathing.
Up Coming Events
Mar. 6 @ 7:30pm University of Puget Sound School of Music, Jacobsen Series - “Exotic Ensembles”