Since this is the official season of giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives, I must ponder what the Seattle chapter of the AHS has done for my family. I am not a harpist, but have a wonderfully talented son who wants to pursue a professional music career. We first learned about the chapter from my son’s music teacher, Kippy Lou Scott, when she told us about a performance at Saint Martin’s University that she saw in the Resonance. My son later joined the chapter and has since participated in master classes, workshops, and chapter meetings. He was also a scholarship winner several years ago, and used his scholarship to attend the Evergreen Music Festival. One less obvious benefit of membership has been the opportunity to meet and network with the small, close-knit harp community. They are wonderful people, and I am truly thankful for each kind word and action they have sent our way.
Enjoy all the wonderful harp music of the season. We hope to see you at the “harp- a-thon” charity event at Virginia Mason in January. You will be receiving an invitation to sign up for the event shortly! Warmest Wishes, Beth Albertson
I know the harp would have been my first instrument of choice to learn; however, never having encountered such a creature, my first love was the violin, which I studied from the age of nine and played in our school orchestra throughout junior high school. In high school I took private guitar lessons with the legendary Seattleite, Al Turray. One day many years later I heard the late harpist Gary Andreson playing at Nordstrom. Serendipitously, Gary asked me to sit behind his harp while he took a break. When he returned I asked if he could teach me to play. His exact words were, "No, but I have an eccentric grandmother who teaches.” I soon found myself walking into [the late] Edith Lundgren's home to take my first lesson. Magically, this was the very house (with all the harps in the window) that I used to walk past every day on my way to Lincoln High School. I would fantasize all the time about going into her house to look at her harps and I ended up studying with Edith for about five years. From there my harp has led me to all types of gigs in the Greater Seattle area, Hawaii and England.
Seattle Chapter AHS
The local chapter of The American Harp Society is running an afternoon of entertainment for patients, their families, and the staff of Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle. We need volunteers to perform for 15-30 minute slots. If you want to perform for 30 minutes, just sign up for two consecutive slots. Amateurs, students, and professionals are all welcome! We have some fun harp theme gifts for those that participate.
Saturday, December 3 12:00 The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays its first holiday concert of the season at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101, Lake Forest Park. (206) 366-3333
Saturday, December 3 3:00 South Sound Strings Harp Ensemble Christmas Concert at Schneebeck Concert Hall at the University of Puget Sound Music Building, in Tacoma. Directed by Pat Wooster, free admission.
Sunday, December 4 12:00 – 2:00 Susi Hussong and former chapter member Vanessa Stovall will be playing Christmas harp duos at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW (206) 782-2543.
Sunday, December 4 6:00 Holiday Concert at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma. Ruthann Ritchie with orchestra, organ, and choir.
Magical Strings, with harpist Phil Boulding and hammered dulcimer player Pam Boulding and their large and talented extended family, play their annual Christmas programs. For ticket information go to http://www.magicalstrings.com/Calendar.html. Sunday, December 4 , 3:00 pm at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, Kent Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm at The Theater at Meydenbauer, Bellevue Friday, December 9 7:30 at Urban Grace Church, Tacoma Saturday, December 10 7:30 at Town Hall, Seattle Saturday, December 10 2:00 The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays its second holiday concert of the season at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW (206) 684-4089.
Saturday, December 10 7:00 and Sunday, December 11, 1:30pm. Holiday concert at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor. Ruthann Ritchie with orchestra, organ, choir, and bell choir.
Sunday, December 11th 12:00-2:00 Susi Hussong and former chapter member Vanessa Stovall will be playing Christmas harp duos at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle. (206) 782-2543.
Sunday, December 11th 2:00 The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays its third holiday concert of the season at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle. (206) 782-2543
Friday, December 16 7:00 Pat Wooster will be performing Britten's Ceremony of Carols and two other pieces for choir and harp on at Tahoma Middle School in Maple Valley. The choir is the Tahoma High School Treble Choir, and is directed by Ken Riggs.
Friday, December 18, 8:00 Carol Levin writes: “It appears I will be participating in a Deconstructed Nutcracker at the Table & Chairs Holiday Special, Sunday, at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. This will be a Soundpainting-conducted improvisation for small ensemble, directed by Christian Pinnock, incorporating musical material from the Nutcracker Suite. Would Tchaikovsky be spinning, or applauding? Hard to say. One thing's for sure, no cadenza :-)” Friday, December 23 7:00 “Healing Harp Tones,” a harp concert in duet with Monica Schley and Motter Snell at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, 1763 NW 62nd St, Seattle, WA 98107. $12 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. FYI - This is not necessarily a holiday music program. Music styles will reflect the quietude of winter solstice. Sunday, January 22 2:00-5:00 Harp-a-thon at Virginia Mason Hospital. February 7-13 Steve Moss will be doing regulations. Contact Susi Hussong, firstname.lastname@example.org.