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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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Friday, May 27
 

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
 
Saturday, May 28
 

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
 
Sunday, May 29
 

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