For the institute theme, our Minnesota Chapter wishes to present individual harp stars from the northern region as well as the teachers, students, performers, listeners, composers, harp makers, and inventors who make up the constellations and galaxies of the harp universe.
The Program Committee is finalizing all offerings for the Summer Institute, but the following are some of the projects in planning. Please check back here often for program updates.
Kathleen Bride started studying with Marcel Grandjany as a child, and completed her studies with him at The Juilliard School, will be giving a masterclass on his compositions of any level. This includes beginning, intermediate and advanced performers.
Emily Levin will share her experiences preparing for orchestral auditions and international harp competitions, which will be followed by a master class focusing on orchestra excerpts and solo repertoire for competitions.
Marguerite Lynn Williams is Principal Harpist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and has performed Principal Harp with the Chicago Symphony as well as many other major orchestras. She is the head of the harp department at Roosevelt University in Chicago and the founder of the Chicago Harp Quartet. Ms. Williams will be giving an opera and orchestral excerpt masterclass.
The online masterclass application is available here, with a submission deadline of April 1, 2017.
The Opportunities and Dangers of “Authenticity:” Preparing a Historically Informed Performance: Chilali Hugo & Christopher Scheer Navigating the preparation of pre-1750 music for performance can be intimidating and overwhelming. Dr. Scheer will explore the meanings, dead-ends, and opportunities of approaching performance from a historical point of view. Then Ms. Hugo will provide commonsense, hands-on strategies for performers of all ages and abilities who wish to initially explore historically-informed performance.
Music Theory in Song and Rhyme: Minnesotan Phala Tracy will present workshops for all ages using her playful, accessible and collaborative theoretical concepts.
Physical wellness: Jonathan Reynolds is a Minnesota physical therapist who has worked with many musicians, including many harpists, both professionals and students. He will present a workshop on keeping your body healthy as a harpist and musician, and will also be available for short individual consultations.
Pattern Recognition: Rachel Mazzucco will demonstrate how pattern recognition can help a harpist get past muscle memory and reach the more reliable stages of memorization.
Community Engagement: Working on outreach or community engagement projects? In this hands-on, interactive workshop Jennifer Ellis gives practical tools to build vibrant and sustainable community partnerships.
Young Composers Project: Initiated by an AHS, Inc. national committee, the Young Composers Project will feature Minnesota composer Libby Larsen and Minnesota harpist/composer Rachel Brandwein. Harpist/composers age 25 and younger will apply for acceptance to present and perform their original compositions for harp. Libby and Rachel will hold open classes for discussion, observation and performance. Funded in part by Mu Phi Epsilon Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter.
Harp Masters and History: Kathleen Bride will present her soon to be published book of Marcel Grandjany’s teaching concepts and exercises.
A Harpists Guide to Playing for Singers: In this hands-on workshop, Zoe Vandermeer introduces harpists to fundamental concepts in playing eﬀectively for singers.
Lever Harp Maker Panel: Stoney End Harps and HarpKit provide a behind-the-scenes look at lever harps.
Playing with Passion: Sunita Staneslow shares tools and ideas for playing more naturally and more expressively, whether on a pedal or lever harp.
The Art of Performing: Learn some useful tools for presenting on stage from Kim Robertson , including tips for crafting your stage persona, pacing a program, speaking to the audience and exercises to conquer nerves and remain relaxed and “real” on stage.
Teaching Harp in a Variety of Settings: Ann Yeung, Megan Sesma and Anastasia Pike share insights and advice on building and managing harp study wherever the opportunity lies – private studios, public/private schools, or post-secondary institutions.
Pedagogical Creativity: Employing Lesser-Known Teaching Repertoire from International Sources: Carol McClure presents an introduction to gems of pedagogical literature from around the world, infrequently used in the U.S., with reference to technical teaching points and level-appropriateness of each piece. She is joined by harpists Parker Ramsay and Clara Warford.
Work Out Your Stage Stress: Cross-Training for Harpists: Jaymee Haefner will discuss the ways we can tone and tune our bodies to be the best harpists, physically and mentally, in this interactive workshop.
AHS Concert Artist Recital
Katherine Siochi opens the Institute with her farewell performance as 2015-2017 Concert Artist.
Minnesota Composers Concert
Works by Argento and Paulus, performed by outstanding Minnesota artists
Music for Harp & Voice
Husband-and-wife duo Colleen Potter Thorburn and Benjamin Thorburn present French and American songs for voice and harp, including music by Naderman, Grandjany, and Copland. The Élan Ensemble, Anastasia Pike and soprano Elissa Edwards, share gems from Jane Austen’s Songbook. Delaine Leonard and mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen premiere a new work by Charles Young, a lyrical piece with interplay between the voice and the harp—in the style of a vocalise.
Join harpist Hope Cowan with Amulet Strange and Stephanie Mientka as they present exciting new chamber music written for harp, flute, viola.
New Music for Harp and Saxophone
Admiral Launch Duo, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone, and Jennifer R. Ellis, harp, performs works including Gotkovsky’s Eolienne and new commissions from Patrick O’Malley and Stephen J. Rush.
Northern Region Folk Harp Stars
Celtic harpist Kim Robertson will perform spirited and soulful traditional music from Ireland, Scotland & N. America, as well as a few of her original compositions. She will also be joined by Sunita Staneslaw and Andrea Stern to play some of her original harp ensemble arrangements.
Young Composers Recital
Discover the new works submitted by the Young Composers Project “Featured Composers”.
Harp & Organ Recital
In this program, Rhett Barnwell and Brook Boddie will perform new and older works that can be played on lever or pedal harp with organ. Delaine Fedson Leonard and Jeremy Chesman offer newer works, as well as an arrangement from the Classical Era, that are useful as sacred music or for concert repertoire.
AHS National Competition Winners Recital
Close out your Institute experience with a thrilling performance by the first prize winners of AHS’s 21st National Competition, the harp stars of tomorrow.
Lyon & Healy Awards Recital at Carleton College (transportation provided)
Two lunchtime informal “Table Talks” by region and topics of interest
Sumptuous Scandinavian Buffet Closing Luncheon