15% off Halloween-type titles

Just a reminder that these titles are 15% off until November 4 [put 2015H into the voucher box]:

Spooky Tunes | Halloween Spooky LIttle Tunes | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Landy) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Rowe)If I Only Had a Brain (Scarecrow, get it?) | Ghost Tango | Funeral March (Alfred Hitchcock Theme) | Harpation (ethereal whole tone scale) | PDF Harpation | Enchanted Melodies for Two | My Gallery | PDF My Gallery

Sale code (coupon code or voucher) will expire Nov. 4.  Coupon Code is 2015H

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New from Gaudet, Barnwell, and more

Dear Harp Friends,

We hope you are enjoying fresh ideas during these first weeks of the new school year!   With Halloween approaching, we have marked down a few appropriate titles.  Please scroll to the bottom for more information.
There is new music from Ann Crosby Gaudet and Rhett Barnwell in the form of PDF downloads. And just a reminder that Frank Voltz came out with 2 new titles recently which we’ll repeat on this e-mail.Coming within the next 10 days – look for new titles from Mitch Landy (his Halloween works are on sale, scroll down for information), Joy Slavens, JulieAnn Smith, and even more new pieces from Frank Voltz.  Megan Metheny’s new Christmas book is available as a download, and the paper version has just arrived!  See You Tube further down in this announcement.  It seems we’re the only North American store carrying her book!

New from Anne Crosby Gaudet:  The Look Off – a beautiful ensemble.  Also intermediate level solos: Starlight Reflection and Late Summer Lullaby.

Indigo Cove and the Whitecaps  Sound samples are provided, and they are performed on harp by Anne (really nice); we’re sure you’ll enjoy them.  You may be interested in Anne’s very creative web site for pianists and piano teachers. See it here.  And you can read about her harp therapy experiences here.

Rhett Barnwell has 2 new titles.  Rhett has gained much popularity over the past few years with his appearances at Somerset and Southeastern Harp Weekend. His new arrangements are:
Morning Has Broken and Balm in Gilead.  Barnwell, also an accomplished cellist, included a lovely cello part in Gilead.  For the sheet music (hard copy) format:  Morning Has Broken and Balm in Gilead.

Enjoy this delightful video from Kathryn Cater, appropriate for Halloween.  This composition is from her book, “My Gallery” – also on sale.

Repeated from the last e-mail announcement:

Voltz The one and only Frank Voltz has 2 new titles, with 4 more due to arrive soon.

Heather’s Song – sweet and lyrical.

Mountains of Japan – majestic and mysterious.  Many of our customers eagerly await anything new by Mr. Voltz.  He has a charming style!
More than a few of our customers own everything Mr. Voltz has ever arranged or composed – he has a huge fan club!

On Sept. 2, I played a concert featuring contemporary women composers for the harp.  The concert went over well, and in case you didn’t see the program, you can download it here.

The featured composers were: Kathryn Cater, Joyce Rice, Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher and Barbara Hartman Semmann.

Kathryn Cater

Kathryn’s YouTube Channel

and she has a lovely blog page with wonderful ideas on teaching music to PreK.

Joyce Ricewho runs the Harp Spectrum web site

darhon

 

Barbara Hartman Semmann
whose music is found
HERE

Barbara Semmann (1939-2007) was a lover and teacher of music for over 40 years. She graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee with a degree in Music Education and Liturgical Music. She started learning the harp in 1990 with Jeanne Henderson’s University of Wisconsin outreach program. She has published musical compositions for both harp and for handbells.

We may have a quarterly series of these concerts and give them on concert window.   More to come as that idea develops. There are many more contemporary composers to highlight.

Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

15% off until November 4 [put 2015H into the voucher box]:

Spooky Tunes | Halloween Spooky LIttle Tunes | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Landy) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Rowe) | Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Burton) | If I Only Had a Brain (Scarecrow, get it?) | Ghost Tango | Funeral March (Alfred Hitchcock Theme)  | Harpation (ethereal whole tone scale) | PDF Harpation | Enchanted Melodies for TwoMy Gallery | PDF My Gallery

Below – Megan Metheney plays Carol of the Bells from her new book, mentioned above.  Individual titles an be purchased for $4.00 each.  The single PDF can be found here.


Foster dog Koda Bear did not go to his new home 3 weeks ago as planned.  He is too low key for the energetic family that was interested.  He’s still with us and will make an appearance at the Saturday Petco Meet & Greet.

Happy fall!!

The folks at Melody’s.

 

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We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.
Your friends at Melody’s!
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New Voltz, Cater, Dunwoodie, MORE!

Dear Harp Friends,

There is new music from Frank Voltz, Kathryn Cater, Fran McGaughey, Joy Slavens, Anna Dunwoodie and Megan Metheney and we now have it in stock!

Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

Voltz The one and only Frank Voltz has 2 new titles!

Heather’s Song – sweet and lyrical.

Mountains of Japan – majestic and mysterious.  Many of our customers eagerly await anything new by Mr. Voltz.  He has a charming style!
More than a few of our customers own everything Mr. Voltz has ever arranged or composed – he has a huge fan club!

Kathryn Cater  composer and performer, is also a prolific writer, photographer and collector/organizer of music education materials. Among her many popular harp compositions and arrangements is a series of harp learning books focused on dogs, cats, bugs, birds and horses. Her music is well-loved by children, but adults play and enjoy her music equally. Many adult harpists who play in therapeutic situations use this very music. Cater, whose self-created You Tubes are enchanting and clever, has a web site at http://harprose.com/. Her You Tube Channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXizOfBmb-xX-RmMKenGjQ  —  new from Cater:

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – paper version

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – download version
Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – paper version

Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – download version

The pedal harp version modulates, the lever harp version remains in the same key throughout.  Both have lush harmonies.  Cater’s web site has a link to the sound file  at http://harprose.com/a-merry-little-christmas/

Before I forget, we have a lovely Venus Diplomat from 1998 in mahogany on the  showroom  floor.  In perfect condition, with padded case and shipping trunk.  $13,500.  And, for those of you needing a small harp for school, we have several Dusty Strings Ravennas immediately available.

From Fran McGaugheyBallo Amoroso, early music ensemble (mid 1500s) by Lachambre.  McDowell’s To A Wild Rose, harp solo. She has 49 downloadable titles available, most are for ensemble.  Click HERE to see them all. Her last name is pronounced ma-GOY and rhymes with McCoy like the “real McCoy”.


Last year Joy Slavens came out with an easy Christmas book that was well received – nice arrangements, not hard, great for the beginning adult.  This year we have “Joy at Christmas vol.2” (right now downloadable only, but we expect hard copy soon.)  Plus, volume 1 is now available as a download.  To see the new downloads and a little info about Joy, see her download section.

Anna Dunwoodie has a large selection of downloadable music on our site.   Recently we added Winter Prayer, Valse Brilliante, Hauturu, The Sonsie Lass and All in a Garden Green. Sonsie is a Scottish word meaning attractive.  Anna is listed in the tags on our site – see all her music here.

Megan Metheney has come out with a very unusual Christmas book, called “Bernard’s Christmas – Variations on Works by Bernard Andres.” Each piece combines a work by Mr. Andrès with a Christmas carol.  Presently the book is available only as a download.  Each individual title is also downloadable for $4.  We expect the hard copy book in any day. To view the book and all the individual titles, please click HERE.

Mary is playing a concert of music featuring contemporary women composers for the harp. If you’re interested in the program, you may download it HERE.

Foster dog Koda Bear may be going to his new home this weekend.  It has been a pleasure and honor knowing you, Koda Bear.

Happy back to school!!

The folks at Melody’s.

 

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If you want to keep in the loop, but not receive our e-mails, please consider liking us on FB.  We’ll post our announcements there.  If you need to change your e-mail, you can use the unsubscribe option to do that, too. When we send out these announcements, many times we receive a great deal of orders, and sometimes we even run out of certain titles.  We attempt to keep a 4-month supply of each title on hand at all times, based on the current and previous year sales history. If we have run out of a title, you won’t be able to order it, but please know that we make every attempt to restock within 10 days.

We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.

Your friends at Melody’s!

 

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New Music from Cater, Voltz, Bemiss

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 Dear Harp Friends,

 Angi Bemiss, Kathryn Cater and Frank Voltz have new music and we now have it in stock!  This e-blast will detail their music , and another will follow in about 2 weeks with lots more new music that is arriving. Don’t forget our regular 10% multiple copy discount on print music. Besides a savings for teachers, ensembles can have one person order for the group, get the discount and save even more with a single shipping charge!  The discount is built in, so whenever you order 2 of the same title, you automatically receive a discount on those items.

The Bemiss descriptions are largely taken from her own recently sent e-mail announcement.  Please scroll down to view the new Voltz and Cater titles.  There are many new items from which to choose!The Music of Friends Volume 2 Key of C arr. Angi Bemiss
The Music of Friends Volume 2 Key of Eb arr. Angi Bemiss

Angi Bemiss  Quoting Bemiss (with a few edits), The Music of Friends #2; 25 contemplative selections from Brook Boddie, Aileen Kelley, Cindy Kleinstuber Blevins, Beth Kollé, Judy Phillips, Robin Phillips, Susan Raimond, Kim Robertson, Verlene Schermer, Sunita Staneslow, Wendy Stewart, Sharon Thormahlen, Louise Trotter, Frank Voltz, Margaret Warczak, Karl & Marilyn Wienand, and Sylvia Woods.  Over the years, folks have told us that Music of Friends Book #1 is their “go-to book” and have asked me to compile a second book.  Here are YouTube links for the two favorite compositions that finally convinced me that there needed to be a second book:  “Upon the Willows” by Brook Boddie.

and “Cairn Water” by Wendy Stewart (in MOFv2) – (Some of you may have heard Wendy play at Southeastern last year when she was here from Scotland.)

.   The following are new singles from Angi Bemiss.

 

  • Gabriel’s Oboe – Rhett Barnwell and Angi played this as a duet (Rhett on cello) in the Liturgical Harp Forum concert at Somerset. It is a lovely composition that you may recognize.

  • Essence of “The Swan” –  “This is Balfour Knight’s adaptation of the theme from Saint-Saëns’ Le Cygne/The Swan.  Quoting Angi: “When Balfour and I were arranging music for Classical Selections Book #2, he masterfully arranged “The Swan.”  He’s a much more accomplished harpist than me, and I have to admit that it’s the only arrangement I’ve published that I really can’t play without a lot of practice.  So, Balfour penciled out an easier version for me.  Rather than the 13 lever flips of his original arrangement (a miracle even at that), this lovely excerpt requires no flips.  You’ll love it!  On more than one occasion, tears have glistened as folks heard this lovely adaptation.”

     

  • The Handing Down

    Quoting Angi: “Written by the guitarist Ed Gerhard, this was on the Windham Hills Guitar Sampler from 1988.  I have always loved it and desperately wanted to play it on piano or harp, but I couldn’t find the music.  Finally, just a few months ago, I found a guitar tab and realized that it could work – so, after a long weekend of focused work, it came together.  I love to play it!  As harpists, we can appreciate the harmonics in this YouTube cover of it.  As a bonus of the challenging process of tracking down the copyrights for a print license, I was delighted to learn that Ed will be in concert in Roswell, GA, next March.  He is a master acoustic guitarist.  I can’t wait!”

  • Stephen Foster Medley

    Quoting Angi from here until the end of her listings: “A harpist-friend wrote to ask if I had arranged “Slumber My Darling” by Foster.  She sent this video, I was hooked immediately, and the rest is history. <snip>  I played some of these arrangements in the weeks before Mom’s death last October and, even as the light was fading from her eyes, she smiled in recognition of the timeless melodies.”

  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton – A harpist-CMP-friend was visiting and we were talking about my mother’s Alzheimer’s and the “magic” that happens when folks recognize a song and start singing along – what a privilege to bring tangible joy into their lives (and for the dear staff that provides such loving care)!  We then started talking about the fact that some of these folks are younger than us – very sobering.  Janie said, “Angi, you need to arrange music for us to play for our generation, too.”  She mentioned “Wonderful Tonight,” so I downloaded the music and found that it’s beautiful on the harp!  This video is vintage Clapton and brings back fond memories, exactly as I will always envision it being sung and played by him.
  • Carol Ann by Michael W. Smith

    A friend (named Carol Ann) asked if I’d ever heard this one, so I thought it would be nice to arrange it for her – ended up really liking it.  The recording is by MWS, and I play it slower on the harp.

  • Cry Out to Jesus     “This is one of our favorite songs by Third Day.  I love the melody and the message of the lyrics.”
  • Quiet Centre Medley –  “This simple medley came together while we were visiting friends in Scotland last summer.  At a service in the Old Kirk of Cullen built in 1602, we sang “Come and Find the Quiet Center.”
  •  Hector the Hero by James Scott Skinner

    A harpist-friend sent me this clip and a lead sheet she had found. After just a few minutes at the harp, I knew I wanted to arrange it.”  End of Angi Bemiss quoted material.  Angi’s Website is http://www.simplytheharp.com/

    small karen harp

    The one and only Frank Voltz has 2 new titles!  His Name is Love – intermediate for all harps with only 2 lever changes.

    The Painting – a melodic piece, intermediate, with just a few lever changes.  Many of our customers eagerly await anything new by Mr. Voltz.  He has a charming style!

    More than a few of our customers own everything Mr. Voltz has ever arranged or composed – he has a huge fan club!

    Kathryn Cater was asked by one of our customers to pen her duo arrangement of Silent Night.  Gretchen, our customer, says this is drop dead gorgeous. I agree. Kathryn is an exquisite harpist, and her compositions and arrangements have the utmost integrity.

    Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – paper version

    Silent Night Duo for Flute and Lever Harp – download version
    Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – paper version

    Silent Night Duo for Flute and Pedal Harp – download versionThe pedal harp version modulates, the lever harp version remains in the same key throughout.  Both have lush harmonies.  Cater’s web site has a link to the sound file  at http://harprose.com/a-merry-little-christmas/

    We have more new titles, but did not want to overwhelm.  All new titles are under “What’s New”.

    Keep Cool and take care of yourselves.  Enjoy your preparations for fall activities and schedules.  Thanks for letting us be a part of your lives!

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If you want to keep in the loop, but not receive our e-mails, please consider liking us on FB.  We’ll post our announcements there.  If you need to change your e-mail, you can use the unsubscribe option to do that, too. When we send out these announcements, many times we receive a great deal of orders, and sometimes we even run out of certain titles.  We attempt to keep a 4-month supply of each title on hand at all times, based on the current and previous year sales history. If we have run out of a title, you won’t be able to order it, but please know that we make every attempt to restock within 10 days.
We generally ship using media mail.  Media is printed or recorded matter, and it used to be known as “book rate” or “library rate”.  It is the least expensive way to ship.  We use new box material, or a cardboard support in a new padded envelope to protect your music. We have found that new packaging material survives the journey best, so we don’t use recycled material when sending out your orders (except for bubble wrap and paper padding), but we encourage you to recycle the packaging material you receive from us. We flatten and recycle all cardboard boxes from our vendors, and we reuse the bubble wrap.
Your friends at Melody’s!
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Easy Improv – 2 new Frank Voltz titles, more

15% off music in the Americana Category | Easy Improvisation Lesson

Capital Harp Retreat Sundays | Used Harps Listing on our Blog Site

Sale on Ruth Berman Harris titles | New Frank Voltz pieces
Sunset on Seattle You Tube

Hello Harpists!

There are quite a few topics in this newsletter, so just keep scrolling away and you may find something of interest to you!  We now have a google+ presence!  Please visit us there! Find us on Google+

Red River Valley is well known as a cowboy song. I like to play David Sullivan’s arrangement of the tune from his book, Celtic Harp on the Prairie, which also gives history of the tunes. The song actually originated in New York as a commercial tune written in the 1890’s called In the Bright Mohawk Valley. The chorus and the verse are similar to each other, and this song lends itself to a simple improvisation. Continue reading

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Playing without Stumbling

Is it a challenge for you to make it through a tune without stopping?

In many cases when working on an arrangement, all goes smoothly until the melody becomes developed and the tunes goes off the beaten path. At this point the student becomes lost in a world of fingerings and complications. It’s frustrating for the student, who wants to play smoothly and lyrically but also wants to play interesting arrangements that are beautiful.

A possible solution for you might be to divide your practice into distinct focus groups:

1 – Melody

2 – Chord names

3 – LH 4th finger placement

First and foremost, it is important to focus on the melody. Be able to play it through smoothly; try singing or humming it. Try to say the chord names while you’re playing the RH – even say the name slightly before the downbeat. Secondly, focus on the 4th finger of the LH – think of it as leading or making way for the melody. Be able to play it without hesitation. After steps 1 and 2, you are ready for step 3 – a basic yet beautiful arrangement. Remember that if it flows and sings, it is simply beautiful. When you feel comfortable with the simplicity, try step 4, which is a slight elaboration of the melody.

I’ve taken “Star of the County Down” and divided the written music into focus groups. Print out each of the 4 pages and work on them in order for the best results. Links to the pages are below this article.

The first page centers around the melody without LH, but with the chords. You are encouraged to say the names of the chords while playing the melody. Chord names are provided.

The second page emphasizes the melody with the chord tonic, which is notated along with the chord symbol. After you are very familiar with the melody and saying the chords, try adding just the tonic of the LH, and be sure to have your 4th finger in place slightly before the downbeat, showing preparedness, since your LH prepares the way for the melody.

The third page utilizes all you have learned thus far, for a simple yet pleasant arrangement of this lovely tune.

The fourth page is a slight elaboration of the melody, creating interest for both player and audience. Because you are now very familiar with lessons 1 – 3, you can now focus on a more developed melody with confidence.

Enjoy the path of learning and music!

Mary Radspinner

www.heartfelt-harp.net

1star county down mel and chords – part 1

2star county down mel and one lh note – part 2

3star county down mel and simple lh – part 3

4intermediate version – part 4

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Midwest Harp Festival

Midwest Harp Festival
A National and International Harpist’s Affair!
July 19 – 25, 2015

University of Tulsa
Lorton Performance Center

Faculty:
Mary Bircher   Elizabeth Richter    Faye Seeman

http://midwestharpfestival.org/

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Augustana Harp Academy

June 21-24, 2015

Play and perform during three exciting days of music study at Augustana College in Illinois.

Learn from Dr. Erin Freund

http://www.augustana.edu/x61626.xml

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Houston Summer Harp Festival

From Kimberly DeRosa, director:
Hi Everyone!

We would like to invite all middle school and high school aged harp students to join the 16th HOUSTON SUMMER HARP FESTIVAL at Houston Baptist University this summer, July 20 – 25th, for a harp-filled week of classes, harp ensembles and fun. The theme for our finale performance is “A Harp-Filled Year” with music selections that have been chosen from occasions celebrated through the year.

 
We invite everyone to come to our finale concert at HBU in the Belin Chapel (Morris Cultural Arts Center) on Saturday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. – noon. Admission is free.
 
Faculty: Kimberly DeRosa, Therese Honey, Susanna Campbell and Hope Cowan.
 
Please check out our website for more information and registration forms. Scholarships are available. 
 
Best wishes,
Kimberly DeRosa, director

ORDERING MUSIC
Please order your music immediately. Music is available from Melody’s Traditional Music – www.folkharp.com or (281) 890-4500 unless noted as a downloadable PDF from www.houstonsummerharpfestival.com   –   All parts should be prepared by July 20th.

BLUE ENSEMBLE
This ensemble is recommended for beginning/intermediate incoming 6th – 9th graders and those inexperienced in ensemble playing. Lever and pedal harps. 

REQUIRED MUSIC:
1) One performance ready solo of your choice.
 Memorization encouraged but not required.
2) Three Patriotic Pieces arranged for harp by Mary Radspinner. Choose 1 piece to learn. If you choose Star-Spangled Banner, play the key of Bb (2 flats). This is available as a hard copy or a downloadable file through Melody’s Traditional Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-892-4500.
  Here is the PDF download version.
3) Christmas Canon for 2 or more harps arranged by Janet Jackson Witman. This is available at Melody’s Traditional Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-892-4500.
4) Triptic Dance  by Pierre Beauchant. This is available at Melody’s Traditional Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-892-4500.
5) Easter Time arranged by Susanna Campbell. Available only as a download HERE as of April 1st. Please come back to download your copy at that time.
6) Thanksgiving arranged by Hope Cowan. Available only as a download HERE as of April 1st. Please come back to download your copy at that time.

ORANGE ENSEMBLE
This ensemble is for late intermediate/advanced 9th graders through graduated seniors. You are expected to have some experience  with ensemble playing and be able to confidently play your part with correct notes, fingering, and counting. Lever and pedal harps.

REQUIRED MUSIC:
1) One performance ready solo of your choice.
 Memorization encouraged but not required.
2) Three Patriotic Pieces  arranged by Mary Radspinner. Choose 1 or 2 or all 3 pieces to learn. If you choose Star-Spangled Banner, play the key of Bb (2 flats). This is available as a hard copy or a downloadable file through.  To order see links above under the BLUE ensemble.
3) Beauty and the Beast arranged by Sylvia Woods. Learn the easy solo OR the advanced solo. Available through Melody’s Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-890-4500.  Click on the title and it will take you to the item at Melody’s web site.
4) Worship and Wedding arranged by Shari Pack. Learn both “Call to Worship” and “Wedding Day Begins”. Available through Melody’s Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-890-4500.  Here is the PAPER version, only 2 left, then it will be available only as a PDF download.  Click on the title after the 4) for the PDF download version.
5) St. Patrick’s Day Medley arranged by Therese Honey. Available only as a download HERE as of April 1st. Please come back to download your copy at that time.
6) Celebration Medley arranged by Kimberly DeRosa. Available only as a download HERE as of April 1st. Please come back to download your copy at that time.
 

HUSKY ENSEMBLE
This ensemble offers an extra opportunity for advanced players in ORANGE ENSEMBLE who have sufficiently prepared their ORANGE ENSEMBLE repertoire.  You MUST be a member of Orange Ensemble to play with Husky Ensemble.  For pedal harps only.

1) La Joyeuse for 2 harps by Rameau arranged by Carlos Salzedo. Available through Melody’s Traditional Music: www.folkharp.com or call 281-890-4500.  If you click on the title, La Joyeuse, it will take you directly to the product at Melody’s.  Limited supply, a bunch were ordered but only a few shipped.  Hoping to replenish the supply soon.
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Frank Voltz Concert & Workshop – Houston, March 2015

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

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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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