Congratulations to Angie Kong and Prydwyn Goldman, who are this year’s winners of our chapter scholarship, announced at the chapter meeting! Angie, a student of Pat Wooster, will put her prize toward the eventual (soon, she hopes!) purchase of a pedal harp. Prydwyn, who studies with Susi Hussong, wants to increase her lesson time from a half to a full hour and to pay for her harp rental. Both girls are relative newcomers to the harp but have played other instruments, are progressing very quickly and see a golden future with the harp.
A Letter From Our Membership Co-Chairs
It’s membership time again! BE THE FIRST ON YOUR BLOCK to renew your membership in the Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Harp Society. Traditionally, our membership year runs from September through August, coinciding with the school year and AHS National. But you don’t have to wait until September. You can renew your membership now. You can do so by going to our website, www.ahsseattle.org , and clicking on the link that says “Join Us.” From there you can fill in an online form and pay your dues through Paypal, or you can click on and print the form, fill it out, and mail it to Patti with your check. It’s important that you fill out a form, because then we get up-to-date information about you – your phone number and email address in addition to the name and physical address that Paypal records. Whichever way you prefer is fine. Please feel free to offer suggestions about programs you’d like to participate in or workshops you’d like to attend.
Remember that your dues make our scholarships to worthy students possible and also help to support special events. Reminder: students and teachers must be current chapter members by January 1 to apply for scholarships the following spring.
We hope you’re enjoying the summer!
- Patti Warden and Melissa Walsh
Save The Date!
On Saturday, October 17 we plan to have a Harp Day – workshops, harp circles, round tables, maybe even a swap meet (want a free harp ornament?), ending with a concert by some chapter professionals. More details as they become available. 10:00-4:30. No charge.
Spotlight on Carol Levin: How She Came to Play the Harp, Left and Returned...
Start #1 At age ten, I attended National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. One class I took that summer was Instrument Exploration - I resonated with the harp; back home in Chicago studied with Jill Bailiff Reyes at Northwestern, later played with the Chicago Youth Symphony and studied with CSO harpist, Edward Druzinsky. At a college with no teacher I drifted away and eventually sold the harp. (It’s in the movie My Bodyguard, played at the Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel).
Start #2 Decades later, living in Seattle, my husband surprised me with a birthday gift of a Dusty Strings 26, and I noodled around for a few years and taught beginning group harp lessons at Washington Middle School in Seattle.
Start #3 I took Ev Stern’s Jazz Workshop, learned to read charts, joined the MoodSwings women’s big band, and now sit in at jazz and blues sessions around town.
Start #4 My passion these days is improvised music, and I welcome every opportunity to join those brave musicians who are willing to jump into the deep end to make fully collaborative, in-the-moment creative music (including chapter member Monica Schley). Electric harp! Effects pedals! Wah-wah!