Celtic Strains in Therapeutic Harp Playing and further Applications : Dr. Laurence Furr
There is evidence that certain musical progressions are able to help a person to first soothe and relax,
then music to go deep into the soul for meditation, contemplation, prayer, and release, and finally music
to lift the spirits. Ireland’s ancient harpers had three strains of music, called the Suantraighe, Goltraighe,
and Geantraighe. Discover how these “strains” can be transferred to the modes of Mixolydian, Aeolian,
and Ionian to intensify the effectiveness of healing services and bedside visitations. Use this same
principle in your recitals and concerts.
Ensemble – Friday Ensemble with Barbara Biggers
With one rehearsal on Friday, we will play three ensemble pieces at an informal performance on Saturday afternoon. You will need to order and prepare your parts before the festival. You may edit your part so that it works for you at the level you are playing now. This experience is yours, so adjust the parts to your needs. That may mean leaving some of the notes out or playing only treble clef or only bass clef or just playing the first note in each measure. With all of us playing together, we will have everything covered. Click here for the list of required music. Lever and pedal. All levels.
Ensemble – Saturday Ensemble with Kimberly DeRosa
One rehearsal only! There are two pieces to purchase and prepare prior for our festival. These pieces will be played on Saturday afternoon for an informal performance. You may edit your part so that it works for you at the level you are playing now. This experience is yours, so adjust the parts to your needs. That may mean leaving some of the notes out or playing only treble clef or only bass clef or just playing the first note in each measure. With all of us playing together, we will have everything covered. Click here for the list of required music. Lever and pedal. All levels.
Expanding Your Repertoire: Kimberly DeRosa
Tips regarding how to build your repertoire for your individual needs. Kimberly will also be bringing boxes of music from her personal library. Ordering music online without having a chance to play it can be frustrating. This is a chance for you to peruse her library, have her demonstrate some pieces and play some of the music yourself. This may help you decide on future purchases and building your repertoire.
All harps and levels are welcome for this informal chance to play through parts and/or solo arrangements together as an ensemble. Music will not include flats will be appropriate for harps tuned in C.
Jazz Theory: Cindy Horstman
Learn how to easily interpret jazz chords and apply them to your playing.
Masterclass: Barbara Biggers
In this masterclass format, participants of any and all levels will have an opportunity to play a polished solo. Duos, trios or quartets may also perform. No matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced player, Barbara will be providing her best comments to boost your music to the next level. You don’t have to perform to be in this class. Participants are welcome to observe only and enjoy listening to others play. Everyone benefits from this experience. Level: All levels.
“La Petite Harp”: Laurence Furr
What can you do with a harp with 27 strings or less? What are the pros and cons? What do you do with your left hand? Can music really sound good on so few strings? Let’s explore the “itsy bitsy” harp.
Pop Goes the Lead Sheet: Cindy Horstman
This class is for all levels. You will learn a pop tune working off of a lead sheet (melody with chord names), Cindy will teach you how to play the song with interesting chords and how to improvise an introduction to the piece. These are great tools that you can apply to other music.
Therapeutic Musician’s Workday: Laurence Furr
Find out what it is like to work as a therapeutic musician at a hospital as Dr. Furr, in his fifth year as a professional therapeutic musician, shares his background and experiences. He’ll also explain his journey into this occupation and his certifications from two programs accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Come and learn about this field. If you’re in a therapeutic harp program, come share your own stories as a working therapeutic musician.
Trouble Shooting: Kimberly DeRosa
This workshop will encompass different approaches for specific “problem places” in your music. Examples will come from participants, so bring your challenges. Kimberly will provide her best solutions by incorporating technique, practice approaches, fingering and editing.
Up Close with Kimberly
This free format will allow participants to visit, ask questions and “pick the brain” of Kimberly. It may also provide an opportunity for any participants wanting to play a solo in an informal setting and receive comments from the presenter.