The Houston Chapter AHS
and Gulf Coast Harpers
welcome Frank Voltz for a concert and workshop
March 14-15, 2015. (Scroll for Registration Form)
Saturday March 14:
Location: Fellowship Hall at St. John’s Presbyterian 5020 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77035 (across from the Meyerland Library and down the street from Kroger)
9:30 doors open
10 – 11:30 Jazz Harp Technique
11:30 – 1 Lunch
1 – 2:30 Cool Chords You can Use
3 – 4 pm William Tell Overture and Can-Can Ensemble Rehearsal
Sunday March 15:
Location: St. John’s Presbyterian 5020 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77035
2 pm Ensemble run through
2:45 doors open to the public
3 pm Concert
Cool Chords: To create cool chords, you usually need four notes. We’re going to put four notes in the right hand and use ONE position for those four notes. Simple. The left hand will play two or three notes and use THREE positions. That’s all there is to it. By moving our hands up and down the scale, we can create some truly amazing chords that sound COOL!
Jazz Harp Technique: I took a peek at the handouts for the jazz workshop and you’ll be learning slap bass, slap bass with chords, jazz rhythms all taught using one concept building on the next so you sneak up to playing the more challenging passages. (mr)
Event is open to all harpists, lever and pedal. If you’re playing in the ensemble, please purchase your music and have it well practiced before the Saturday rehearsal – thank you!
Cost of the event: $50
Ensemble music: Can-Can and William Tell Overture. These items are at a discount through the end of February. Note – stock on these titles is low but will be replenished quickly, should we run out. The music is also available from the arranger at www.frankvoltz.com
Frank Voltz began playing the piano at age 7 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Kent State University in Ohio. He has been accompanist for The Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and The Joffrey Ballet. While working with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he was Assistant Ballet Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn. In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country.
Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has performed on “The Hour of Power” at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. He was organist for the National Christian Choir in Washington, DC for 4 years and recorded four CDs with the choir.
Frank began playing the harp as an adult. After playing the harp for only 5 years, he competed and won Second Prize in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition, Lever Harp Division. For the past 10 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout North America including the Somerset Folk Harp Festival (NJ), the Neosho River Harp Festival (OK), Southeastern Harp Weekend (NC), Beginning in the Middle (VA), Harp Gathering (OH), Harp Feste (FL), Harp Journeys (TX), Harp Happenings (IL), and Northern Lights Harp Festival (Ottawa, Canada).
Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2009, he has performed on several occasions with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony.
In 2010, Frank was commissioned to write an arrangement for the American Youth Harp Ensemble. In 2014, he was commissioned to write an original composition for harp and handbells for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.
He has recorded four harp CDs and two piano CDs. As a Gospel Jazz harpist, he is in demand performing in churches all over the country. As a jazz harpist, he has performed on various Rock, Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Folk, Christmas, and Sacred recording projects. He has published more than 70 hymn arrangements, ensembles, and original compositions for pedal and lever harp through his music publishing company, Chiera Music. His music has been recorded by other harpists around the world.
Frank is currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the American Harp Society.
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