It seems that Fall is well on its way with the beautiful colors starting to develop across Seattle. With the start of October, that brings us to our Fall Chapter meeting on Sunday, October 9th. Please mark your calendars for this meeting full of interesting discussions on music therapy, harp music after high school and also performances. If you haven’t renewed your membership for the year yet, now is a great time as the season starts. Following the meeting with all of our speakers and performers in October, we are hoping to have a harp-a-thon at an area hospital in December as well as master classes with Heidi Lehwalder in the new year, so lots of exciting events for the year! Look forward to seeing you all there! All my best, Robin De Lanoy
Spotlight on Deb McClellan:
When I grew up in San Diego there were very few harpists in all of Southern California. My eventual teacher, Gertrude Hustana, developed a plan to get students interested in playing the harp. She went to local elementary schools, gave concerts and pitched her scholarship program: If there were 4 students willing to commit to a year of instruction, she would provide the school with a harp and give weekly lessons to the students. The cost was one dollar a week for the lesson and harp rental! We were given access to the harp to practice during the week. Trudy did this for 4 years, starting students at 4 schools each year. Several students seriously pursued the harp. She created a wonderful program that included private lessons, recitals and regular ensemble practice, where she wrote the parts herself. She had a really unique flair for voicing and gave us all something to sink our teeth into. She left her harps to her students. In her will, she said that leaving her Salzedo to me was “to make you feel guilty enough to keep playing.” This resulted in my studying with Lucille Lawrence and getting a Masters degree in Harp Performance at Boston University.
*******ATTENTION HARP STUDENTS******
PLEASE JOIN US AT THE AHS FALL MEETING (WHICH WAS PLANNED WITH YOU, YES YOU, IN MIND!) Featuring a special panel (of cool young people) on ways to continue your harp odyssey after high school/college Why attend the meeting?
Make new friends with common interests
Gain a mentor (or two)
Let the love of a supportive harp community wash over you
Free food and refreshments
Also learn about harp therapy, how you might fulfill community service requirements playing harp, and the post-graduate experiences of a recent AHS scholarship recipient
Did I mention free food and refreshments?
Gain performance experience (if you feel it, as either a featured performer or background music if you don’t want to be the center of attention). Pedal and lever harps will be available for your use. WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016, 2 to 4 pm WHERE: Home of AHS Seattle VP Chryssa Deliganis and young harpists Sophia and Alexia Calandrillo 19023 11th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177 (house phone is 206-569-4736 if you get lost)
OCTOBER 2016 CALENDAR
Friday, September 97:30 Catherine Case in concert with friends on flute, cello, viola, violin, piano and mezzo-soprano. Program includes the Saint-Saëns Fantasie for violin and harp, Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp, Ibert’s Trio for violin, cello and harp and more. Schneebeck Concert Hall, SPU. For more info and tickets, http://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/campus-news/details/1500/.
October 7-9, 2016 “Harp Seattle 2016” at Dusty Strings Music Store & School in Fremont. Headlining are internationally renowned harpists Park Stickney, Kim Robertson, Maeve Gilchrist, and Nicolas Carter. Folk harp players, teachers, and enthusiasts will gather to enjoy extraordinary musical performances and intimate workshops. Additional workshop presenters include Harper Tasche, Laurie Riley, Molly Bauckham, Tudy McLain, Catherine Madden, and more TBA. Early bird registration costs $295.00 and begins February 1, 2016. After June 1, registration costs $345.00. Registration includes an all-access pass to the weekend’s workshops and performances. For more information, call (206) 634-1662.
Sunday, October 9 2:00 Fall chapter meeting. Plans include hearing from Betsy Hartmann and Joseph Lachman (with emailed input from former chapter members Vanessa Stovall and Casey Pinckney) on harp in their lives both in and after college, Joseph on living and studying in Asia, a discussion on music therapy by certified therapists Betsy Hartmann and Ruthann Ritchie, and performance time. At the home of vice president Chryssa Deliganis, 19023 11th Ave NW in Shoreline, WA 98177 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Two pedal and two lever harps available to anyone who wants to play solos or duos.
Saturday October 15 Monica Schley’s trio The Daphnes will be playing at the Sorrento Hotel from 8-10pm. Admission is free & all ages. http://hotelsorrento.com/event/the-daphnes
Monday, October 24 7:30 Patti Warden will be playing the harp parts for the first concert in Cascade Symphony's 2016-2017 season. Selections include Ravel's Bolero, Lehar's Overture to the Merry Widow, and for a touch of Hallowe'en, Saint Saën's Danse Macabre and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. The concert will take place at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at the orchestra's website, www.cascadesymphony.org.