Today the TCU Harp Ensemble celebrated our Past, Present, and Future with a recital featuring Music Preparatory harp students, harp studio alumni, and former harp faculty. Our special guests Dr. Laura Brandenburg, Sydney Howell, and Dr. Mallory McHenry returned to campus to perform as a frog faculty quartet with current harp instructor Kela Walton. The program included arrangements by TCU alumni Elizabeth Hames and Nancy Hurrell. This unique concert concluded with all of the Horned Frog harpists past, present, and future performing together as a large ensemble for the finale.
I'm so grateful to all our many guests for joining us, and so proud of my students for their hard work this semester!
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Intermediate and advanced harp students are invited to join us this July 6-8, 2023 for three days of solo masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals as well as interactive and informative sessions about the harp. In a dynamic masterclass setting, each student will have the opportunity to receive individually tailored instruction on a prepared solo of their own choosing. Students may select 2 pieces of repertoire from standard harp solo literature, All-State etudes, orchestral excerpts, harp concerto, or chamber music repertoire.
The Summer Harp Workshop Final Presentation is open to friends and family at the conclusion of the workshop, and will also be live streamed. The workshop accepts young harpists entering 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Overnight accommodations and recreation activities are available on TCU’s beautiful campus in Fort Worth, TX.
Registration is now open!
I can hardly believe my first semester teaching at Texas Christian University is rapidly concluding. Tonight students from both the University harp studio and the Music Preparatory harp studio performed a program of pieces by Andrès, Debussy, Dussek, Tournier, Press, Salzedo, and Waddington that all share French connections. I'm so proud of everyone's hard work to make this beautiful recital happen!
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TCU Summer Harp Workshop
I'm very excited to announce that I will be teaching at the TCU Summer Harp Workshop this July 6-8, 2022!
The TCU Summer Harp Workshop offers 3 days of harp ensemble, solo masterclasses, and interactive sessions about the harp uniquely customized for the participants enrolled. Each day will begin with a focus on physical wellness through stretching and yoga designed for harpists. Kela Walton will offer individual instruction in masterclasses, as well as ensemble coaching. Sessions away from the harp on customized topics such as: practice strategies, harp history, audition/competition prep, or how to take care of your harp will be offered pending interest by the participants. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to perform on the final recital. This year’s workshop will celebrate being able to create music together again, safely in the same space.
The workshop is open to young harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Students are asked to bring their own instruments, as the availability of rental harps is quite limited.
Learn more and register online at https://finearts.tcu.edu/music/events-and-programs/summer-camps/tcu-harp-workshop/
Harp Column Podcast
In Episode 67 of the Harp Column Podcast, host Kristina Finch and I chat about my articles Keeping the Beat and Fine Tuning in recent issues of Harp Column. For more practical harp news and information visit www.harpcolumn.com, and tune in for more podcasts taking you behind the stories in Harp Column.
With the help of several experts, we take a deep dive into the world of pulse, rhythm, and metronomes, as well as review metronome apps in the July/August 2020 issue of the Harp Column.
With the help of several experts, I take an in-depth look at tuning as well as review tuning apps. We get into, "the nitty-gritty about the chore harpists love to hate." in this special stay at home May/June 2020 issue of the Harp Column. FREE for all harpists to download or read online here!
Harp Column Podcast
In Episode 44 of the Harp Column Podcast, host Kristina Finch and I chat about my article What Makes A Musical Role Model in the November-December 2018 issue of Harp Column. We talk about how I researched this article, and my personal role models. This episode also includes Kristina's conversations with the 20th International Harp Contest in Israel first and second prize winners, Lenka Petrovic and Joel von Lerber. For more practical harp news and information visit www.harpcolumn.com, and tune in for more podcasts taking you behind the stories in Harp Column.
I'm pleased to share another article I've written for the Harp Column!
I asked harpists of all ages and career paths about their musical role models, and the impact these important people have on their lives today.
“An idol may have a desirable, glamorous life that we eye appreciatively but never actually emulate. A hero may blaze the way forward, teaching and encouraging. But a role model is a person who offers, often unwittingly, an accessible pattern of living,” writes Faith Durand, editor-in-chief at The Kitchn food blog. With that definition in mind, who is your musical role model? What qualities do they inspire you to emulate in your daily life?
Harp Column Subscribers can read the full article here: https://harpcolumn.com/blog/what-makes-a-musical-role-model/
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