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Masterclass: Interpretations & Expressivity: Solo Pedal Harp Repertoire with Maria Luisa Rayan

Thursday, June 20, 2019 ▪ 1:15PM ▪ Watson Chamber Music Hall

Musical masterpieces are created by a musician’s ability to convey an idea through artistic expression. Discover how to craft your music with Maria Luisa Rayan, one of the world’s leading harp soloists. A Silver Medalist in the USA International Harp Competition in both 1998 and 2001, Ms. Rayan has performed to critical acclaim across the globe. Ms. Rayan offers her artistic expertise in the interpretation and communication of some of the world’s greatest repertoire for solo pedal harp.

Apply with standard pieces from the intermediate to advanced solo pedal harp repertoire, such as works by Faure, Grandjany, Hindemith, and Salzedo

Masterclass: Myths & Legends: Celtic/Lever Harp Repertoire with Nikolaz Cadoret

Friday, June 21, 2019 ▪ 8:30AM ▪ Watson Chamber Music Hall

The harp has occupied a place in myth, legend, and lore for as long as it has been around as an instrument. Discover the age-old custom of Celtic storytelling with Nikolaz Cadoret, an internationally-renowned performing artist deeply-rooted in Celtic tradition. A native of Brittany, France (a famous Briton Celtic region), Mr. Cadoret will explore technique and artistry, while offering unique insights into the history and culture of this ancient instrument.

Apply with Celtic/lever harp music of all genres, including Celtic jigs, airs, reels and classical lever harp music.

Masterclass: Musical Storytelling: Orchestra, Opera & Ballet excerpts with Marguerite Lynn Williams

Friday, June 21, 2019 ▪ 1:15PM ▪ Watson Chamber music Hall

The sound of the harp plays many different character roles in iconic orchestra, opera, and ballet repertoire, from depicting the tranquility of a peaceful landscape to the exuberant joy of victory. Discover the power of musical storytelling with Marguerite Lynn Williams, Principal Harpist of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and founder of the Chicago Harp Quartet. Ms. Williams will cover style and performance practice, while providing tips for success in even the most challenging harp excerpts.

Apply with cadenzas and excerpts from orchestra, opera, and ballets, such as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Ravel’s Tzigane & Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker or Swan Lake.

Masterclass: The Harp & Orchestra: Pedal Harp Concertos & Orchestra excerpts with Elisabeth Remy Johnson

Saturday, June 22, 2019 ▪ 9:15AM ▪ Watson Chamber Music Hall

Many young harpists dream of a successful career as a concerto soloist and orchestral harpist. Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Principal Harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1995, is living this dream, having performed major harp concertos and orchestral repertoire. Bring your interpretation and artistry to the next level with Ms. Remy Johnson’s skilled critique, while she offers personal insight into life as an orchestral harpist.

Apply with a concerto or orchestral excerpts, such as Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane, Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.


The deadline for your masterclass application is April 15, 2019.  If selected to perform, you will be notified by May 1, 2019.