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1. What is Harp Journeys?
Harp Journeys was founded in 2006 by Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa. This Harp Festival is open to adults desiring to enrich their studies of music on the harp and to allow the opportunity to connect and network with other adult harpists/harpers. Harp Journeys also allows a format for talented and experienced presenters and performers to share their strengths and their music. This program was designed to meet the unique needs and desires of the adult player. It allows opportunities to learn about a variety of styles and techniques on the harp. Ensemble playing is an important part of this Festival and everyone is encouraged to be a part of this unique experience. Even for those who have never played in an ensemble, this opportunity can be rewarding and fun. Spotlight performances of our faculty are open to the public with free admission. Past locations for our Festival have been in Houston, Cypress, Lewisville and Irving. The 2019 Festival will be in Irving.
About our Faculty:
Our exceptional and talented faculty members are all experienced performers and presenters, have worked in numerous environments teaching adults, have a passion for their art and share the unique gift of inspiring students at any and all levels. Previous years’ outstanding artists include Becky Baxter, Rhett Barnwell, Angi Bemiss, Kimberly DeRosa, Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Therese Honey, Cindy Horstman, John Gearhart, Linda Larkin, Delaine Fedson, Dr. Laura Logan Brandenburg, Emily Mitchell, Mary Radspinner, Ingrid Sevy, Louise Trotter and Frank Voltz.
2. What is new for Harp Journeys this year?
Harp Journeys will sponsor the Spotlight Concert Series featuring our talented faculty. Each day there will be two thirty minute performances. Please check our Concert page for the schedule. There performances will be open and free to the public.
3. What about the weather?
The historic average temperature in Irving, Texas at the beginning of May is high of 81 degrees and low of 61 degrees.
4. How many participants are likely to attend Harp Journeys?
Harp Journeys offers an intimate environment for workshop and ensemble participation. This allows a chance for you to get to know your fellow harp enthusiasts and an opportunity for some personal attention from our very talented and experienced Faculty. Past Harp Journeys registration has numbered between 20 – 45 participants.
5. What ages does this Festival include?
Harp Journeys is structured for adults 19 years – 100 years old. If you do not fall into this age range but would like to be considered as a participant, please contact Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 962-6923. : )
6. How do I go about renting a harp for the Festival?
Contact Kimberly at email@example.com or (713) 962-6923. Please mark your application that you are interested in a lever or pedal rental harp. The earlier you are able to make these arrangements the more likely you will be accommodated. Requests must be resented at least one week prior to the Festival. Rental fees vary from $60 – $80 for one day or $80 – 100 for both days.
7. May I leave my harp overnight?
The harps are locked each evening. In order to store your harp overnight, it will be required that you sign a release form stating that you take full responsibility of the instruments and personal items stored on sight. Neither our venue nor the Harp Journeys staff is responsible for damage or loss during the Festival. Please take your harp home at the end of the day on Saturday.
8. Do I need to prepare anything ahead of time?
Yes! One of the fun and rewarding experiences of Harp Journeys is the opportunity to play in an ensemble. In order to gain the most from your ensemble experience, it is strongly suggested that you purchase the music ahead, choose the part you would like to play before rehearsals begin. We have limited time in rehearsals and some advanced preparation will allow a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.
9. How do I know which Ensemble suits me best?
The repertoire will be posted on this website under “Ensembles”. If you are currently studying with someone, show him/her the repertoire list and ask his/her opinion. Although the Ensembles in the past were divided into levels, this year, both Ensembles are multi-level. You may participate in one or in both, depending on how much music you would like to prepare. You may also choose to prepare some but not all of the music for the ensemble. This is your experience so please do what feels right to you!
10. How do I know which part to choose for the Ensemble music?
Choose a part that is comfortable for you. If you are currently studying with someone, he/she will be able to help guide you. If you prefer playing just right hand or just left hand, that is fine.
11. May I sign up for a private lesson?
Unfortunately or schedule does not allow time for private lessons. However, if you are interested in a private lesson, most of our instructors are available to give instruction either in person or via Skype/FaceTime.
12. Is there concert attire for the participants?
Our “performance” at the end of our day on Saturday will be informal so there is no need to bring a change of clothes, just be comfortable. You may invite loved ones and friends to listen to our final performance of our pieces.
13. Do I have to play in an Ensemble?
We very much hope that you will experience the fun of creating music with other harpists. It is a rare occasion that brings this many harpists together and being a part of that can feel magical.
14. Concert tickets?
Our concerts are free and open to the public.
15. What about meals?
16. For further questions?
If the other pages on this website do not answer your question,
contact Kimberly DeRosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 962-6923.