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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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Thursday, May 26
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday May 26, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:30am

Music Theory Bootcamp
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the basics and more and how to use this information to improvise using lead charts. We'll cover scales, key signatures, modulations, building and using chords, and so much more.

Presenters
avatar for Motoshi Kosako

Motoshi Kosako

Born in Matsuyama City, Japan. He started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.” | | In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons from Dominique... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:30am

Healing Harp: What's it All About?
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn what it means to play in therapeutic settings, repertoire favorites, how to become certified, how to help the family and patient, the basics of therapeutic music, modes, improvisation and more.

Presenters
avatar for Portia Diwa

Portia Diwa

Portia Diwa has been playing and performing on the harp for 23 years.  She is the Healing Harp Clinical Faculty at California Pacific Medical Center's Institute for Health & Healing in San Francisco, where she provides harp therapy for patients and teaches harp lessons, classes, and a year-long certification program in how to play the harp at the bedside. Portia also directs the Harmony Harp Ensemble for children and the Healing Harp... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne is a composer and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New Age music charts. | | She was named the first ever Musician-in-Residence at City of Hope National Cancer Center where her pioneering... Read More →
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →
avatar for Diana Stork

Diana Stork

Diana Stork has been well known in the harp world for over two decades for her eclectic style which incorporates world music, contemporary harp traditions, and music for healing.  |   | Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Diana began her career in 1980’s as a healing harpist--working with pioneers in the holistic healing movement such as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Meir Schneider, Dr. Charles Tart, Andrew Harvey, and... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:30am

Playing the Harp Effortlessly
Limited Capacity seats available

"An Instructional Course in Developing an Effortless Approach to Playing the Harp"

Dancing is everything behind the grace and beauty of being a harpist.

Introduction: Outline main ideas about harp playing. My technical and musical approach. Main differences from others. Relationship with Carlos Salzedo and other influential teachers.

Discussion-Outline: Playing the harp is complex and involves paradoxes. How position evolves as student advances. Distinction between a standard and technical approach and the individual. Isolating the many different technical elements.

Visual and Aesthetics: "A harpists' hands are like a dancers' toes" (Vaslav Nijinsky). Articulation, alignment, dynamic control, ("The full beauty of the harp grows out of many varying tonal effects of which it is capable"), breathing, body language. Gestures must have meaning. Effortless approach to playing the instrument.

Repertoire Discussion: Bring repertoire to demonstrate. Discuss ways of learning. Memorization and developing a photographic memory. Discuss repertoire which presents more challenges to teach: Excerpts/examples from solo, chamber, orchestral, ballet, opera, etc.

Wrap Up: Revisiting subjects with questions and suggestions from our previous sessions.

We all listen with our eyes and this is why it is so important to play the harp with a visual approach to match your musical concepts.

Presenters
avatar for Heidi Lehwalder

Heidi Lehwalder

“The main thing to tell you about Heidi is that she is simply a genius.” | – Leonard Bernstein, Nov. 1963 | | Heidi Lehwalder, harpist, has performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday May 26, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room

1:30pm

Visit the Land of the Celts
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn to play with that Celtic flair. Learn how to play reels, jigs, ballads & other Celtic music, add typical embellishments, arrange music, play easily by ear, and memorize music, all while playing favorite Celtic tunes.

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... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

5:00pm

Social Hour
Thursday May 26, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Deck

6:00pm

Dinner
Thursday May 26, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Harp Music Throughout the Ages.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Ann Fulton

Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →
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... Read More →
avatar for Stephan Haluska

Stephan Haluska

A passionate musician, harpist, composer, music nerd, and avid concert goer based in Oakland CA who is constantly searching for new sounds and music. Stephan is dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians through the music and media production industries.
avatar for Motoshi Kosako

Motoshi Kosako

Born in Matsuyama City, Japan. He started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.” | | In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons from Dominique... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Friday, May 27
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday May 27, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Beyond Triads
Limited Capacity seats available

Tired of the same old arpeggiated accompaniments in the bass? Learn to make the most of your left hand accompaniment by exploring chord variations, inversions, arpeggio variations and passing tones. We'll work on several traditional tunes to help us practice our skills, and open up a whole new world!

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Beginning Irish Tunes
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn simple Irish tunes with simple left hand accompaniments that are fun to play.

Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.


Friday May 27, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Globe-Trot with Your Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

The Middle East and Asia have long harp histories, yet approach music very differently than in the West. This workshop introduces you to the dramatic and touching scales, textures, rhythms, forms and ornamentation of music from the Middle East and Asia. Spice up your Celtic arrangements by slipping in some sinuous Middle Eastern rhythms, add poignancy to your ornaments with Asian note bends (yes, they're possible!), finally make sense of Gregorian chant by delving into the free tempo of monophony...this workshop opens up so many new colors and possibilities for your current harping, regardless of what style you play. Come prepared to be inspired!

Presenters
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Make Music Theory Work for You
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
avatar for Motoshi Kosako

Motoshi Kosako

Born in Matsuyama City, Japan. He started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.” | | In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons from Dominique... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Fireside Lounge

10:45am

Intro to the Cross Strung Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a hands-on demonstration of the fascinating world of the chromatic cross-strung harp. Participants will learn about its history in its various forms and will hear musical examples showing how the instrument can play music of all styles with all the “juicy” chords that are often eliminated in lever harp playing. Participants will have the opportunity in class to try playing melodies, chords and scales on a cross-strung harp. Bring a cross-strung harp if you have one, but a few cross-strung harps will be provided if you don’t have one.

Presenters
avatar for John Metras

John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Optional

10:45am

Meet the Modes
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you love that medieval sound? Learn the basics of the four medieval modes (Protus, Deuterus, Tritus, and Tetradus): their melodic patterns, cadence structures, how to use modal consonance and dissonance, and the significance of Pythagorean tuning. Therapeutic harpists will find this workshop especially valuable.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Ann Fulton

Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday May 27, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room

1:30pm

Intro to the Blues
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn a style that will make you want to run to your harp to play!

Blues is one of the simplest musical structures, and one of the richest and most expressive.  And it’s incredibly fun on the harp! 

You start with three simple chords, and once you know exactly where to play them, there is no limit.

With Deborah, you’ll learn:


  • Exactly where to set your levers to play a Blues melody that’s easy yet sounds impressive.

  • How to bend notes and do riffs, licks, bass lines and comping (super fun).

  • How to play solo Blues

  • How to play with a band, shifting between the 3 roles: Bass, comping and melody.

  • The structure of the 12-Bar Blues, and which chords go where

  • How to get the rhythm into your body

  • How to ‘fake’ it if you get lost

  • How to create the mind-blowing “Kerfuffle” ending that looks hard, but is easy!


Presenters
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... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

1:30pm

Fun and Easy Latin Harp Pieces from Mexico and South America
Limited Capacity seats available

Rhythm is one of the most fundamental building blocks of music. If you can be strong in your rhythm, your harp playing will become stronger, more rooted and fundamental.


  • Getting our bodies into a Rhythmic State

  • Working to get a steady Pulse

  • Examples of different rhythms

  • Learn a piece-- from Venezuela (which has more of an African feel).

  • Transcriptions of other Latin pieces will be played and passed out.


Diana has studied and performed Latin music--especially the music of Venezuela for over 20 years. Her teachers have included: Melicio Martinez, Carlos Guedes, Alfredo Ortiz, Javier Montoya, Carlos Reyes Sn and Jr., and Sandy Smith.

Presenters
avatar for Diana Stork

Diana Stork

Diana Stork has been well known in the harp world for over two decades for her eclectic style which incorporates world music, contemporary harp traditions, and music for healing.  |   | Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Diana began her career in 1980’s as a healing harpist--working with pioneers in the holistic healing movement such as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Meir Schneider, Dr. Charles Tart, Andrew Harvey, and... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

1:30pm

What's That Sound?
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered how many different ways you can play a glissando? Or do you wish to get more variety out of your music? Come explore the often-unheard sounds of the contemporary harp. Learn about extended harp techniques, how to "prepare" your harp, and how to play the harp with auxiliary tools. Check out how many of these sounds were developed and implemented by celebrated harpists and composers and how you can use them too, to give new life to your own arrangements, improvisations, and compositions.

Presenters
avatar for Stephan Haluska

Stephan Haluska

A passionate musician, harpist, composer, music nerd, and avid concert goer based in Oakland CA who is constantly searching for new sounds and music. Stephan is dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians through the music and media production industries.


Friday May 27, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:45pm

Harp Circle 'In C'
Limited Capacity seats available

You are invited to come play this simple minimalist group composition by the celebrated Bay Area composer Terry Riley. In C consists of 53 short musical phrases that can be repeated any number of times before an individual decides to move to the next phrase. This creates a beautiful, soothing, and meditative wash of sound that is both fun to play and inspirational.

The score may be downloaded in PDF format below.

Presenters
avatar for Stephan Haluska

Stephan Haluska

A passionate musician, harpist, composer, music nerd, and avid concert goer based in Oakland CA who is constantly searching for new sounds and music. Stephan is dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians through the music and media production industries.


In C pdf

Friday May 27, 2016 3:45pm - 5:45pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:45pm

Left Hand Heaven
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting with simple, basic patterns, we will learn exercises to strengthen the left hand and increase dexterity and confidence in the left hand and then move on to advanced patterns which can be used in arranging.

Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.


Friday May 27, 2016 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:45pm

Touch & Tone Technique
This workshop will introduce the basics of Cheryl Ann Fulton’s Touch & Tone Technique™.  Her approach treats the harp as primarily a melodic, not percussive instrument, with an emphasis on putting breath in the fingertips and playing from one’s center.  It gives the player the ability to truly play legato phrasing on a plucked string instrument.  It also enables the harpist to play with a full, rich tone and extensive dynamic range with no tension, stress or blockage.  She will teach several of her Touch & Tone exercises, including the “Scoop” and  “Wave” how they are connected to breath, explain her concept of horizontal gravity and how to use it for playing the harp, and demonstrate the biomechanics involved in keeping the finger, wrist, elbow and shoulder joints completely open and relaxed while playing. Many of the exercises are like "yoga for the hands."  We will look at specific musical examples to experience how this technique aids in deeper connection to music and expanded expressive capability.

The Touch & Tone Technique™ helps eliminate tension, develop healthier ways of playing, and deepens individual expressive capabilities and connection to the harp.  It also harmonizes the physical work on technique with the aesthetic goals of creating expressive music on the harp.   The result is the delight in finding how to bring the best tone out of any harp with a more relaxed approach to playing using the least possible effort for the greatest possible result.  Harpists at all levels will find value in this workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Ann Fulton

Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

6:00pm

Social Hour
Friday May 27, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Deck

7:00pm

Dinner
Friday May 27, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dining Room

8:15pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is World Sounds.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.
avatar for John Metras

John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Saturday, May 28
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Celtic Music for Lever Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton claim credit for producing wonderful Celtic music. We'll discuss the importance of tradition, learn several beautiful tunes, and explore techniques for ornamenting and accompanying those melodies. We'll also discuss the difference between playing for dancers and playing for listeners.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Fireside Lounge
  • Level Intermediate
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Invite Your Muse on a Date
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you believe that compositions spring forth fully fledged via The Muse? Do you feel that improvisation is just for people who have a special knack? Not so on either count--there are many ways to commune with your Muse! Classical musician-turned-original music maker Dr. Diana Rowan shares her most successful techniques for getting started on your own compositions and improvisations. Together we demystify subjects like modes, form, and variations so that you come away with a full basket of gorgeous and useful ideas to develop. Hands-on so that you experience and internalize these fun devices on the spot. Recording is encouraged for follow-up at home.

Presenters
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Fun & Effective Practice Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Knock out the "practicing blues." What is making learning so slow and hard? Let's put a smile on your face. End frustration & boredom, get off that playing plateau, and start to think creatively about your practice time.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Siegel

Jessica Siegel

Jessica Siegel received her MA in Music Education and Harp Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University where she studied with the eminent harpist, Alice Chalifoux.  Her performance career has included orchestral, solo and chamber music in Cleveland, Ohio and the San Francisco Bay Area. | | In 2003, Jessica opened Harps Etc. with the goal of making the harp visible and accessible to a larger... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Amplifying the Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever get tangled up in wires trying to set up a simple sound system? Ever wondered how it all works? Or how come it doesn't? Join Deborah for a fun introduction to amplification, in plain English, with special instuctions just for harp players.

Presenters
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... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Fearless Sight Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

This class provides techniques for improving one’s ability to sight-read new music. Musical examples isolating rhythm, melody and chords will be provided with the opportunity to practice these techniques during the class.

Presenters
avatar for John Metras

John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

See You in Scandinavia
Limited Capacity filling up

We'll talk about what makes Scandinavian music different from other ethnic music, including modes, melodies and interesting lever settings. Learn two or three exquisite traditional songs from Scandinavia by walking through the dance steps, clapping the rhythms and then playing the tunes on our harps.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday May 28, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room

1:30pm

Creating Tasty Harp Arrangements from Lead Sheets
Limited Capacity filling up

This is a hands-on class with many musical examples providing techniques for turning a lead sheet into an interesting musical arrangement. It will include various rhythmic patterns, chord substitutions and melodic ideas that can be plugged into various songs. Participants can feel free to bring a lead sheet that they would like ideas for arranging.

Presenters
avatar for John Metras

John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. Francis
  • Level Intermediate-Advanced
  • Harp Required? Yes

1:30pm

Love Those Levers
Limited Capacity seats available

Overcome the challenges of playing classical music on the lever harp. Learn how to flip levers with ease and confidence, when and how to edit accidentals, and how to focus on melody first with bass accompaniment. The works of Bach, Mozart, Handel, Debussy, and more will be covered.

Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.


Saturday May 28, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

1:30pm

Stage Mastery: Transforming Fear to Powerful Performances
Limited Capacity seats available

Having mastered a terrible case of stage fright, Diana is now a solo performer, teacher, lecturer and recording artist. Diana is deeply sympathetic to the suffering stage fright brings. It actually caused her to give up music completely for 4 years. Diana uses her experience to help others transform stage fright into positive performance energy. She explains where stage fright/performance anxiety comes from, and most importantly, what practical steps you can take right now to make this energy your ally.

You will take away specific tools to:


  • manage anxious feelings before and during performances

  • become mentally tough so that you override mistakes and other mishaps

  • redirect your stage fright energy into compelling performance energy

  • practice in such a way that you are perfectly positioned for confident and joyful performances, whether for yourself or others


Presenters
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

3:00pm

Harp Ensemble for All
Limited Capacity seats available

Play one part or switch around in this fun harp ensemble. We'll learn the parts for two or three songs, and when we put the parts all together - magic happens! In all these arrangements, the Harp One part may be played as a stand-alone solo for intermediate to advanced players.

The music for this workshop may be purchased as a PDF download at the following link:
http://www.harpsetc.com/non-sofre-chanters-tune-lamento-apureno-wedding-bells.html
Please refer to the included instructions when purchasing for part assignments.

Presenters
avatar for Diana Stork

Diana Stork

Diana Stork has been well known in the harp world for over two decades for her eclectic style which incorporates world music, contemporary harp traditions, and music for healing.  |   | Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Diana began her career in 1980’s as a healing harpist--working with pioneers in the holistic healing movement such as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Meir Schneider, Dr. Charles Tart, Andrew Harvey, and... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:00pm

River of Healing
Limited Capacity full

Learn a series of enhanced arpeggios and musical phrases that are useful in therapeutic harp practice, as well as meditation and improvisation. This workshop is eligible for CEUs in the MHTP and Harp for Healing programs.

Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.


Saturday May 28, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

3:00pm

Saving Time with Sibelius
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are an arranger, composer, or transcriber, notating music is often a time consuming yet necessary step. With music notation software like Sibelius, notating music becomes simple, quick, and dare I say it, fun! You can create sheet music that looks professional, can be heard through MIDI playback, and is easy to share. Learn the tricks, tips, and hints to the software while focusing on notating specifically for the harp.

Presenters
avatar for Stephan Haluska

Stephan Haluska

A passionate musician, harpist, composer, music nerd, and avid concert goer based in Oakland CA who is constantly searching for new sounds and music. Stephan is dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians through the music and media production industries.


Saturday May 28, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

5:00pm

Social Hour
Saturday May 28, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Deck

6:00pm

Dinner
Saturday May 28, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Dynamic Dames.

Presenters
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... Read More →
avatar for Destiny Muhammad

Destiny Muhammad

Destiny – Sound Sculptress Recording/ Performing Artist/ Singer-Songwriter fashion on Harp. Her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience.  Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, John Santos and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe's... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Sunday, May 29
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday May 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Dining Room

9:15am

Playing from the Heart
Limited Capacity filling up

Why can I play so well at home but freeze up in public? We’ll explore that question and more in this workshop. Every player needs tips that really work to help the music flow easily in public. Learn how to prioritize your concerns and ease your anxieties in the future.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

9:15am

Walk the Labyrinth
For thousands of years, human beings have created paths known as labyrinths for reasons ranging from blessing to pilgrimage and healing. Harpists Diana Stork and Portia Diwa have created spiritual, mythic and deeply beautiful music from decades of performing at labyrinths throughout the world. Their performances can be experienced as musical concerts inspired by Medieval, Celtic, classical and even jazz improvisation styles, and also as inward journeys of healing and meditation. You are invited to walk on the labyrinth; or relax and enjoy the heart-felt, organic music of local harpists Diana Stork and Portia Diwa on two hand-made Neo-Celtic lever harps.

Presenters
avatar for Portia Diwa

Portia Diwa

Portia Diwa has been playing and performing on the harp for 23 years.  She is the Healing Harp Clinical Faculty at California Pacific Medical Center's Institute for Health & Healing in San Francisco, where she provides harp therapy for patients and teaches harp lessons, classes, and a year-long certification program in how to play the harp at the bedside. Portia also directs the Harmony Harp Ensemble for children and the Healing Harp... Read More →
avatar for Diana Stork

Diana Stork

Diana Stork has been well known in the harp world for over two decades for her eclectic style which incorporates world music, contemporary harp traditions, and music for healing.  |   | Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Diana began her career in 1980’s as a healing harpist--working with pioneers in the holistic healing movement such as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Meir Schneider, Dr. Charles Tart, Andrew Harvey, and... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Garden
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

10:00am

Improvisation Immersion
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Sunday All-Day Intensive: Improvisation Immersion.
How are some musicians able to just sit down and start improvising music 'out of thin air'?

How do others take a simple tune and spin it into an entire piece?
Are they just more 'creative' than others? Or do they have skills that anyone could learn?
This full-day workshop will help you take the techniques and skills that you already have right now, at this moment, and turn them into something that lets you truly express yourself ... spontaneously through the use of improvisation.

In this Full-Day Workshop You’ll Learn:


  • 5 ways to enhance each piece you’re already playing – right now - without having to improve your harp technique

  • The 4 essential tools you need to create a convincing solo improvisation on any simple melody without doing any preparation in advance

  • 3 fun, simple musical jams you can use when someone says “Let’s Jam” (or when you start saying it!)

  • How to modulate from one tune (and key) to another – and how to use that modulation as a moment of creative expression

  • How the basic principles of Music, Theater & Movement Improv can work together to broaden your expressive range no matter what your technical level is so you can be more expressive with the music you already play by engaging your body, and truly listening to what you’re playing learn skills

  • How to take your musicality and performance ability to a whole new level without having to ‘get better at the harp’


This workshop is for you if you want to:


  • Know how to break away from the written page

  • Know how to be more responsive musically to any situation you’re in – from a Blues Jam to a bedside in hospice

  • Know how to break out if you’re feeling stuck

  • Experience the freedom of simply sitting down and playing without having to ‘worry’ about the notes

  • Know how to communicate a sense of relaxation (even if your stomach is churning and your hands shaking!). Audiences in concerts and care settings NEED to feel this first to truly hear your music. And more importantly by doing this you will be able to hear and play your music better too!

  • Express your musical story without having to learn anything new on the harp. We spend so much time working on finger technique, speed, coordination and agility – but or bodies and voices need the same attention. Using techniques learned in movement and theater improvisation we’ll learn to express more before even touching our first note on harp.

  • Learn the power of theatrical communication when the space before your piece begins and when your piece ends is just as important as the space in a melody is to the notes.


Presenters
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... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:00am

Liturgical Harp
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Sunday All-Day Intensive: Liturgical Harp.
Within Judeo-Christian worship there is now such a broad spectrum of music: Classical, Hymns, Contemporary Christian, Praise and Worship music, Rock, and many others. Sunday will be a chance to explore different traditions of music within the liturgical setting. The harp is one of the oldest instruments and throughout the Psalms we are told to “Praise the Lord with the harp and the voice of song” (Psalm 98:5). As harpists we will explore this ancient tradition and make it relevant to today’s worship.

The day will begin with a Worship service. Harp ensemble and soloists will be involved as we experience the liturgy and community of worship. 

Workshops by Bonnie Mohr will include: The Harp in a Worship Team, Arranging Sacred Music for Harp and Voice.

Joanna Mell will be teaching: The Music is the Message, Music from the Psalms.

Harp ensemble participants may purchase sheet music at the following link:
http://www.harpsetc.com/?subcats=Y&status=A&pshort=Y&pfull=Y&pname=Y&pkeywords=Y&search_performed=Y&q=ihf&dispatch=products.search


9:00 Harp Ensemble: set up and final rehearsal

9:45 Introduction to our Liturgical Worship

10:00 Worship Service: During our worship time we will offer praise, thanksgiving, repentance and supplication with the music of the harp and with our voices.  Those wishing to participate in harp ensembles, prayers, and scripture readings, please contact Bonnie Mohr.

11:00-12:00 The Music is the Message: How to put together a medley of hymns and songs to convey a message in music.  How to write an introduction and bridges between songs, how to change meter and key within a medley.  

12:00-1:30 Break for Lunch

1:30-2:30 The Harp in a Worship Team: The harp can be used as a ‘heavenly’ addition to a worship team or band.  Get ideas on how to work as a team. Bring your harps!  Other instruments would be welcome too. 

2:45-3:45 Music from the Psalms: The harp has an ancient and deep connection to both the recitation and singing of the Psalms.  This connection endures to the present.  In this workshop, we will explore the different ways that the harp can be used to enhance the Psalms in the worship service.  We will hear both traditional and contemporary settings of Psalms that embrace both Jewish and Christian worship expression.  

4:00-5:00 Arranging Sacred Music for Harp and Voice: Go beyond the melody and chords, dig deep to create music from your soul.  Incorporate excerpts of your favorite harp music and integrate the beauty into sacred music.  Create your own Psalms of Praise.


Presenters
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.
avatar for Bonnie Mohr

Bonnie Mohr

Bonnie teaches harp at Azusa Pacific University where she earned her Masters in Music. She has worked as a professional harpist in a variety of venues throughout the Los Angeles Area for many years. With “harp and voice“ she has participated in worship services and solo concerts in California, the Pacific Northwest and Minnesota. She has also performed in Japan and churches in Germany. Bonnie is the founder of The Harp in Worship... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Healthy Hand Techniques
Limited Capacity full

In 1987, Diana contracted a severe case of tendonitis from which 3 doctors told her she'd never playharp again. Unwilling to accept this verdict, she searched for alternative therapies and in the process discovered the work of Dr. Meir Schneider, a movement specialist. She studied privately with him for 5 years, and in the process, undid her tension (and resumed playing the harp) and learned techniques to increase awareness and facility. Over the years, she has expanded her knowledge of healing harp through studies of Alexander and Feldenkreis techniques, chiropractic work with Dr. Thomas Bloink, and the subtle energy work of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross. She also brings meditation techniques from Buddhism which she has practiced for over 20 years. Diana has taught this workshop for over 15 years throughout the US, Canada and Europe.


  • Simple movement exercises to relieve pain and release tensions

  • Breathing techniques to increase sensation and sensitivity

  • Visualization and meditation techniques to deepen both physical and emotional awareness of your music

  • Special emphasis on techniques to increase flexibility, movement, and sensitivity in the hands


Presenters
avatar for Diana Stork

Diana Stork

Diana Stork has been well known in the harp world for over two decades for her eclectic style which incorporates world music, contemporary harp traditions, and music for healing.  |   | Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Diana began her career in 1980’s as a healing harpist--working with pioneers in the holistic healing movement such as Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Meir Schneider, Dr. Charles Tart, Andrew Harvey, and... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday May 29, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room

1:30pm

Harpist's Toolkit
Limited Capacity filling up

Don't get caught unprepared! Learn simple fixes for buzzes, broken pedal rods, lever
problems, changing strings, and more. Mike will show you how to inspect pedal and disc mechanisms, how to travel with your harp, and what to look for when buying a harp.

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 "What's the Buzz?" for which he wrote and illustrated what all harpists need to know about their instruments. Mike also repairs, restores... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 1:30pm - 5:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Optional

5:00pm

Social Hour
Sunday May 29, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Deck

6:00pm

Dinner
Sunday May 29, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Take 5.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne is a composer and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New Age music charts. | | She was named the first ever Musician-in-Residence at City of Hope National Cancer Center where her pioneering... Read More →
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Pacific Arts Trio

The lush sounds of flute, harp and cello have inspired many colorful arrangements and some original compositions that make up the repertoire of The Pacific Arts Trio. Current members, (Alice Lenaghan—flute, Natalie Cox—harp and Dan Reiter—cello) are each principals with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The trio performs standard classical chamber music arranged for the group by Dan as well as his original compositions which... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No