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The International Harp Festival returns to the San Damiano Retreat Center in the beautiful hillside town of Danville, CA, May 25 - 29, 2017.

In 2017 you can look forward to:

  • Daily classes in tracks geared specifically to the beginning, intermediate and advanced players that build on the material presented the previous day.

  • Two special seminars covering Teaching Tactics and Performance, designed for advanced students, teachers, and anyone interested in beginning a performing or teaching career or taking it to the next level.

  • Internationally acclaimed artists and presenters to educate, motivate and inspire you.

  • Classes for both the pedal and non-pedal player covering a wide range of topics including musical composition, editing and arranging, Celtic and world music, modal improvisation, playing expressively,  jazz, working with composers, and more.

  • Nightly concerts spanning musical styles from Bach to Bebop, World Sounds and Celtic Music. 

  • A mid-day break to nap, take a walk in the surrounding gardens and hillside trails, play in casual harp jams or do yoga and other Healthy Harpist exercises.

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Thursday, May 25
 

7:15am

Morning Yoga
Thursday May 25, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Courtyard

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday May 25, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

You've Got Rhythm
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on workshop will start with the basic building blocks of rhythm (time signatures, notes, rests, beats, etc.) and move into different rhythmic patterns. We’ll learn the value of rhythmic patterns in the left hand for playing lead sheets, and once you get the hang of that, we’ll explore rhythms of other musical traditions. Some will be easy and some will be challenging. We will discover the fun of syncopation, complex rhythms, and conducting patterns. There will be lots of clapping and tapping, and you’ll be able to immediately translate these rhythmic concepts to the harp, so bring along your instrument. By the end of class, you’ll be excited about rhythms—both old and new—and you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your playing.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Memorization Toolkit
Limited Capacity seats available

Memorization can seem like such a mysterious process! How do you memorize a piece in a way that will stick? Why do some pieces slip into memory quickly and others feel so hazy? And what about the fear of memory slips on stage? Memorizing a piece well is like putting together a puzzle; you use multiple pieces that fit together in order to see the whole picture. This workshop will offer those puzzle pieces b providing a broad toolbox of memorization techniques that draw on multiple learning styles. These techniques reinforce memory and build confidence so that you can perform from memory with ease and satisfaction!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge

9:15am

Teaching Tactics Level 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Session on teaching: methods, graded repertoire, and dealing with teaching youth, adults and seniors, must know solos and audition repertoire, preparing students for college auditions and orchestral auditions.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
St. Francis

10:45am

Teaching Tactics Level 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session on teaching: methods, graded repertoire, and dealing with teaching youth, adults and seniors, must know solos and audition repertoire, preparing students for college auditions and orchestral auditions.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis

10:45am

Jazz Improv Level 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Enter the world of improvisation. This class is great for the new or novice improviser. Learn how to build chords, scales and a MODE. Then we'll start to put this to use. This class is great for those who have never improvised or those who have not played the harp a long time.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel

10:45am

You've Got Rhythm
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on workshop will start with the basic building blocks of rhythm (time signatures, notes, rests, beats, etc.) and move into different rhythmic patterns. We’ll learn the value of rhythmic patterns in the left hand for playing lead sheets, and once you get the hang of that, we’ll explore rhythms of other musical traditions. Some will be easy and some will be challenging. We will discover the fun of syncopation, complex rhythms, and conducting patterns. There will be lots of clapping and tapping, and you’ll be able to immediately translate these rhythmic concepts to the harp, so bring along your instrument. By the end of class, you’ll be excited about rhythms—both old and new—and you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your playing.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

12:00pm

Free Time/Informal Playing Sessions
Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Courtyard

2:15pm

Building Community Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

“Outreach” and “Community Engagement” are buzzwords in the musical community. But how do we, as musicians, go about creating long-term, sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationships with community partners? In this workshop, I borrow from other fields, to explore how other disciplines create meaningful and effective community partnerships and apply these techniques to our work as musicians.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
St. Francis

2:15pm

International Lullabies Level 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Lullabies are found all over the world, a universal expression of love from a parent to the child, bringing comfort and peace. Learn some lovely Russian, Chinese, Czech, Basque & French melodies in various modes, and some simple but effective accompaniment patterns. The goal is to create a soothing, repetitive pulse in the music that will create a calm place for the listener.
Paced for beginners, tunes will be on lead sheets. Basic two-hand coordination helpful but not necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chapel

2:15pm

Jazz Improv Level 1
Limited Capacity seats available

After a quick review of key signatures and chords you'll learn about fun chord progressions to use and begin to create music that is not tied to the page. Great class for those who play at an intermediate level and know a little harmony.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge

3:45pm

Teaching Jazz to Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you wanted to teach your students to improvise but don't know where to begin? Come learn some strategies for getting students comfortable
reading lead sheets, knowing more harmony, learning exercises and doing transcriptions to learn articulation and phrasing.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis

3:45pm

Geography of the Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever thought about the geography of the harp? If you understand the geography of the harp (string spacing = finger spacing), you can learn your repertoire faster and literally play faster on the harp because your fingers "know" what to do before they touch the strings. This hands-on workshop will help you think of the harp in a new way with ideas and exercises that will improve your playing. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your harp.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Chapel
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:45pm

International Lullabies Level 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Lullabies are found all over the world, a universal expression of love from a parent to the child, bringing comfort and peace. Learn some lovely Russian, Chinese, Czech, Basque & French melodies in various modes, and some simple but effective accompaniment patterns. The goal is to create a soothing, repetitive pulse in the music that will create a calm place for the listener.
Paced for beginners, tunes will be on lead sheets. Basic two-hand coordination helpful but not necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge

5:00pm

Social Hour & Jam
Thursday May 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard

6:00pm

Dinner
Thursday May 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Concert
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
avatar for The Admiral Launch Duo

The Admiral Launch Duo

The Admiral Launch Duo explores new sounds for harp and saxophone. Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis have developed their repertoire through ground-breaking commissions, unexpected transcriptions, and improvisation. They have collaborated with composers including Dylan Arthur Baker, Matthew Browne, Christine Hedden, Jasper Alice Kaye, Natalie Moller, Patrick... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Chapel
 
Friday, May 26
 

7:15am

Morning Yoga
Friday May 26, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Courtyard

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday May 26, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Teaching Expressive Playing - Round Table Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Having trouble knowing how to get your students to play musically and with expression? The most important part about playing music is often the most difficult! Come join a round-table discussion about what works, what doesn't, and how we can cultivate musicality in our students!

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis

9:15am

Mindfulness in Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Practice can feel stressful, but what if it could be easier, more effective, and more enjoyable? This workshop will introduce one approach to mindfulness in music to experience and perform music in a healthier, more productive way.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, cuts a distinct profile; a person of diverse interests, his musical activities place him at the crossroads of many unexpected fields and genres. He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel

9:15am

Getting Jiggy
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn some harp-friendly jigs & reels slowed down from the faster fiddle tempos. The class will include some easy but rhythmic accompaniment patterns to enhance the dance feeling of the tunes. Tunes will be on lead sheets. Paced for Intermediate but all levels welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge

10:45am

Teaching Celtic Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Celtic music is a "group sport," with a long-standing tradition of playing together in casual social settings. In this workshop learn the basic elements of Celtic music and how to work with students on melody, rhythm and left hand patterns appropriate to Celtic style. Sample tunes will include the various types of trad tunes (jigs, slip jigs, reels, hornpipes) for solo repertoire and also some accompaniment patterns that work for playing backup in group settings.. Most of the traditional tunes are easy to learn for intermediate level if done at a slow enough tempo and beginners can learn (even one hand) bass lines and backup that allow them to take part in a group session or harp ensemble.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis

10:45am

Jazz Improv Level 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Move on to the next level. We'll explore lead sheets and how to use them to create your improvised melodies and using the chords we've learned. Find out what comping is and how to change chords using smooth voice leading. We will play chords in rhythm and have fun with cool rhythms.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel

10:45am

Cool Chords
Limited Capacity seats available

Yes, you! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced harpist, you can learn to play chords that will ring in your listeners’ ears and that you will enjoy hearing yourself. Triads are baby steps; let’s mambo! Without any knowledge of theory, we will explore how to create chords that will give our music more life, more flair, more sophistication, and more excitement. First, we will learn how to build the chords, and then we will learn how to use them and apply them to a piece of music. This workshop is very interactive, completely hands-on, and totally fun. As time permits, attendees will pick their favorite songs and together, we will apply these cool chords and experience the new sounds we’ve created from small nuances to amazing musical colors. Let’s take the music you play, the music you create, and kick it up a notch!

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday May 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

12:00pm

2:15pm

Careers in Music
Limited Capacity seats available

There is no one-size-fit-all approach to being a professional musician.  Come to this workshop to explore diverse musical career paths! 


Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
St. Francis

2:15pm

The Musical Equation
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to move to the next level as a harpist? Do you know what the next level is (for you personally)? This workshop helps you become a better harpist and explains the concepts and values of becoming a better musician. Of course, everyone wants to play with excellence, but the color, nuance, and subtlety of a dynamic performance requires an artistic approach. This hands-on workshop provides techniques and exercises that will help enhance your playing. We will discover the secret to a great sound on the harp, as well as increase our speed and agility. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your harp. NOTE: Think of this as “Geography of the Harp: Part II.”

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chapel
  • Harp Required? Yes

2:15pm

Jazz Improv Level 2
Limited Capacity seats available

What's a Bossa Nova beat got to do with it? Put a rhythmic punch to your improvisation as we build on the work we did yesterday. We will learn Arpa Nova, my tune, and play the chords and melody.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge

3:45pm

Teaching Mindfulness to Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, cuts a distinct profile; a person of diverse interests, his musical activities place him at the crossroads of many unexpected fields and genres. He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis

3:45pm

Cool Left Hand Patterns Level 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Enhance your arrangements with some of Kim’s signature LH accompaniment patterns. Building on drones, 5ths, harmonic variations and on to more advanced syncopated patterns, learn how to add rhythmic complexity and harmonic spice to any melody. The patterns can also be used for creating intros or to back up someone else playing the tune, even for a Celtic session. Sample tunes will be used as etudes.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Chapel

3:45pm

Mixed Meter Mastery
Limited Capacity seats available

Does swapping between 7/8 and 3/2 give you a headache? This workshop introduces exercises from eurhythmics for swiftly adapting to meter change and gracefully performing mixed-meter passages. It gives you concrete exercises to practice at home so you feel confident and secure moving seemlessly between meters.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge

5:00pm

Social Hour & Jam
Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard

6:00pm

Dinner
Friday May 26, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Concert
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Chapel
 
Saturday, May 27
 

7:15am

Morning Yoga
Saturday May 27, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Courtyard

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Taming Your Butterflies
Limited Capacity seats available

Session on performing: memorization, choosing music for recitals, stage presence, performance anxiety.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis

9:15am

Can You Feel That Beat?
Limited Capacity seats available

Harpists are often told to “just feel it” or listen to their “internal pulse.” But what happens when you aren’t “feeling” it? How can you begin to change or improve? Drawing upon eurhythmics, this workshop offers concrete, fun, and engaging strategies in a supportive environment to improve your internal pulse.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel

9:15am

Start to Finish
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are playing a song, playing a hymn in church, accompanying a singer (or yourself), improvising for the fun of it, or composing an original composition, you need an introduction and an ending. If a vocalist is involved, you will probably need an interlude so she (or you) can catch her breath. There are so many ways to create these parts within a piece of music. Every piece of music is different, so we need to decide on the style and length, and whether to incorporate the melody of the piece itself. This workshop is interactive and fun, and attendees will have ample opportunity to experiment and express their creativity by creating their own introductions, interludes, and endings for pieces that they choose.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge

10:45am

Working for a Living Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Session on the working harpist: contracts, social media, grants, fellowships, managing your business, building your teaching studio, liability insurance.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis

10:45am

International Lullabies
Limited Capacity seats available

Lullabies are found all over the world, a universal expression of love from a parent to the child, bringing comfort and peace. Learn some lovely Russian, Chinese, Czech, Basque & French melodies in various modes, and some simple but effective accompaniment patterns. The goal is to create a soothing, repetitive pulse in the music that will create a calm place for the listener. Paced for beginners, tunes will be on lead sheets. Basic two-hand coordination helpful but not necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel

10:45am

Mindfulness in Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Practice can feel stressful, but what if it could be easier, more effective, and more enjoyable? This workshop will introduce one approach to mindfulness in music to experience and perform music in a healthier, more productive way.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, cuts a distinct profile; a person of diverse interests, his musical activities place him at the crossroads of many unexpected fields and genres. He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Harp Required? Yes

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

12:00pm

2:15pm

Cascading Arpeggios
Limited Capacity seats available

What does the harp do best? Arpeggios and glissandos. When you see and hear a harpist play ascending and descending arpeggios up and down the harp non-stop, it takes your breath away. Why? Because you wish you could do THAT (and because it is just simply gorgeous)! In this workshop, we will break them down into small bites, understand how to intertwine them, practice them, and polish them. Voila, you just added a new arsenal to your harp toolbar. We will start with “three fingers per hand” arpeggios and continue with “four fingers per hand” arpeggios. Think about it—if you’re going to play the harp the rest of your life, how many arpeggios will you play between now and then? A lot! Learn to play them NOW so that you can enjoy playing them the rest of your life!

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chapel

2:15pm

Harping in Hospitals: A Practical Guide
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past 14 years, Barbary Grant has logged over 17,000 hours as a hospital musician at Stanford, Lucile Packard Children's and El Camino hospitals. In this workshop, Barbary will outline what works - and what doesn't work - in a hospital setting. Intermediate players will try their hands at playing by ear, memorization techniques and basic improvisation. Sample song lists and a musical bibliography will be provided as well as resources for the surviving the vetting process (like certifications and insurance.)


Presenters
avatar for Barbary Grant

Barbary Grant

The power to evoke deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael. Her affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic, and even Manx. This homage won her first place in... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge

3:45pm

Working for a Living Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session on the working harpist: contracts, social media, grants, fellowships, managing your business, building your teaching studio, liability insurance.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Ann Smith

Julie Ann Smith

Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony, Julie Ann Smith is one of the most prominent young American harpists today, performing as both an orchestral musician and concert artist. Silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and Bronze medalist in 2001, she made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the United States. | | Ms. Smith regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. Her appearances include multiple performances with the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, to name a few. She has been the opening recitalist for the 2006 American Harp Society National Conference, the 2007 USA International Harp Competition, and Guest Artist for the 2010 Young Artist Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, GA. | | Ms. Smith is equally experienced as a chamber and orchestral musician. A founding member of the San Diego-based Myriad Trio, she regularly appears in chamber concerts and has performed abroad in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Her festival credentials include the Bay Chamber, Mainly Mozart, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Acting Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2006-07), Principal Harpist for the New World Symphony Orchestra (2004-06), and was the winner of the 2011 Lyric Opera Principal Harp audition. | | Ms. Smith is an avid promoter and performer of new music. Several pieces have been written and premiered by Ms. Smith including Cactus, a double concerto for harp and violin written by Michael Torke (premiered by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), The Eye of Night for flute, viola and harp by David Bruce (premiered by The Myriad Trio), and Sonata, a trio for flute, viola and harp by Jeremy Cavaterra, to be debuted by The Myriad Trio in April of 2013. | | An active teacher, Ms. Smith is Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and maintains a private harp studio in San Diego working with students of all ages on both lever and pedals harps. A certified instructor in the Suzuki method, she supplements her performance schedule with master-classes across the... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis

3:45pm

Jazz Improv Level 3
Limited Capacity seats available

You can play the blues. You just didn't know how! Today you'll learn the secret to playing the blues. We'll learn an easy blues tune and go "off the page" without fear.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Chapel

3:45pm

Inspired Composing
Limited Capacity seats available

Composing for the harp is a two-step process. First you need to compose your creation. We will discuss various methods of composing as well as discover Frank’s unique approach to writing a composition. Secondly, you need to transcribe your music correctly so that it is easy to read and easy to play. Oftentimes, the difference between a good composition and a great composition is how well the composer understands and applies proper transcription techniques. We will conclude the workshop with a “composition by committee,” that is, the attendees will collaborate on musical ideas and together we will create an original composition using the concepts presented in the workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge

5:00pm

Social Hour & Jam
Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard

6:00pm

Dinner
Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Concert
Artists
avatar for Barbary Grant

Barbary Grant

The power to evoke deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael. Her affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic, and even Manx. This homage won her first place in... Read More →
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Chapel
 
Sunday, May 28
 

7:15am

Morning Yoga
Sunday May 28, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Courtyard

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday May 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Jazz Improv
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to read a lead sheet and play off the page. You'll learn cool chords, rhythmic devices and chord patterns to enhance your improvisation. We'll learn a jazz standard and solo over the form.

Presenters
avatar for Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical music and jazz, being the first harpist to receive a jazz degree from NEC. Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as directing three summer harp festivals in New England. The Felice Pomeranz Jazz Quartet has performed throughout New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available through many harp related... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis

9:15am

Sensational Sounds
Limited Capacity seats available

Does performing bring on the jitters? Do your hands shake or your heart race? Does your mind speed up with a million thoughts or go completely blank? All of these and plenty more are totally normal reactions to the adrenaline of performance. But, the symptoms of adrenaline and performance anxiety can be stressful unless we learn how to manage them productively. This workshop is designed to help every student develop their own individualized, personal toolkit for successful performance. It offers a wealth of customizable resources from a wide variety of sources to help students find strategies that feel like a good fit.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel

9:15am

From Hymnal to Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

If you think jazz harp in church is beyond the boundaries of religion - think again! We're going to wake everyone up in the pews! We will take several hymns and create jazzy arrangements. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore many musical possibilities with jazz styles and techniques. Most hymns are simple 16-bar tunes that make them easy to arrange. You can take everything you experience in this class and apply it to pop tunes as well.

Presenters
avatar for Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols. Frank began playing... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Getting Started with Chamber Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Would you like to start collaborating with non-harpists but you aren't sure where to start? Do you want rehearsals with your duo partner to go more smoothly? Do you want to know how to mark your score to make the most out of a chamber music rehearsal? Come to this introduction to chamber music to learn boots-on-the-ground, practical techniques!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis

10:45am

Harpist's Toolkit
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis began working at Lyon and Healy as a harp technician in 1989 and left to form HarpTech in 1995. As HarpTech, Mike has traveled all over the United States and internationally working on harps. He is a former columnist for the magazine Harp Column under the title of "Wh... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge

10:45am

Modal Musings
Limited Capacity seats available

A right-brain, creative approach to using modes as a foundation for improvisation. Utilizing the 7 basic diatonic modes, discover what makes each one sound unique and ways to use them as a foundation for improvising. Learn simple but effective one and two-hand patterns to creative beautiful improvisations and more personalized arrangements.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

12:00pm

2:15pm

Winner's Recital
Limited Capacity seats available

Sunday May 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chapel

2:15pm

How to Capture the Catchy Celtic Style
Limited Capacity seats available

Celtic music looks deceptively simple to a classically trained harpist but it requires a different feel, a lighter touch and a rhythmic sensibility.   Learn some of the essentials of Celtic style, including how to play with dynamic and rhythmic nuances to achieve the signature lilting cadence. The class will also cover  formulas for building traditional sets of tunes as well as ideas for creating more contemporary Celtic arrangements. 


Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
St. Francis

2:15pm

Improv for Harpists
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge

3:45pm

Working with Composers
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you go about working with a composer? What should you know before meeting with a composer for the first time? What do you do when a composer writes a part that is unplayable? I've performed over forty premieres and working with composers is always an adventure! This workshop will cover both the practical survival tips and the nuanced etiquette of working successfully with composers.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy.  She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis

3:45pm

Modal Musings
Limited Capacity seats available

A right-brain, creative approach to using modes as a foundation for improvisation. Utilizing the 7 basic diatonic modes, discover what makes each one sound unique and ways to use them as a foundation for improvising. Learn simple but effective one and two-hand patterns to creative beautiful improvisations and more personalized arrangements.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge

5:00pm

Social Hour & Jam
Sunday May 28, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard

6:00pm

Dinner
Sunday May 28, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Concert
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
avatar for Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. | | Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Chapel
 
Monday, May 29
 

9:30am

Strings of Passion
Limited Capacity seats available

Hold onto your hat - Deborah Henson-Conant is BACK!

Learn how to really connect yourself to your harp and your music at 

The Strings of Passion - Live FULL DAY workshop!

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What if you discovered there was an instrument inside you that resonates to your spirit the same way your instrument resonates outside you?

What if this inner instrument had strings like a harp and they resonated in your inner world - plucked by your creative expression in the outer world.

What if these two sets of strings resonated each other, so that when you plucked the strings of one, the other resonated as well?

That's how you connect with your STRINGS OF PASSION.

Passion can be gentle and quiet - or bold and dramatic.  It can be like showing off, like revealing your inner Diva - or like holding something sacred and secret.  It can be a whisper or a shout of joy. 

In this full day workshop,  you'll connect with your deepest artistic impulses, expressing them with your body, mind and soul.  Your passion will resonate through your instrument - your physical instrument that others experience for deeper enjoyment of playing music for yourself and for others.  Your playing will become richer, your connection to yourself and your audience will resonant and expand.

If you do nothing else for yourself this year - discover YOUR strings of passion - the ones that resonate within you - and let them ring through your life and your instrument.

What others have to say:

"I love the idea of being physically involved in the music instead of the constraint that is taught in classical music."

"I love the simplicity!  Yet it's powerful and heartfelt."

"I love the idea that experimenting with a simple practice and letting go of what it sounds like - it helps to develop fluidity with the fingers and brings surprising results - You open yourself to DISCOVERY."


Presenters
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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. | | Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France... Read More →


Monday May 29, 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge