The 32nd International Harp & CELLO School
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 2018

We are thrilled to invite you to our 32nd Annual Harp & Cello School. In the mornings delve into your level specific session, and in the afternoons choose from musical topics including ensemble. Enjoy special activities like the student BBQ, Breton dance workshop, instructor concert and the annual Céilidh. The Harp School has been a career and life changing experience for many harpers for over 30 years. Come join us! 

 

2018 Harp & Cello Program

 

Morning Sessions 9am - 12:15pm M-F 

The morning sessions, which run for three hours each day, are level specific. If you are not sure what level to choose, you can always move around on the first day. 

 

Intermediate with Sharlene Wallace

Inspiration. Fluidity. Repertoire. Technique. Beauty. Fun.

The Intermediate level harp class will encompass how to play and what to play as well as how to practice! The class will learn new tunes, left hand accompaniments, exercises and arranging ideas while incorporating  technical ease, pattern recognition, beauty tone, expressive playing, improvisation and... other mountainous inspirations.

 

Intermediate with Carolyn Kuban

This intermediate level class will introduce both familiar and unfamiliar repertoire, including pre-composed music, arranging from a lead sheet, and improvisation techniques for the purpose of supporting people with therapeutic needs at home or in institutions in our communities; The instructor will describe some of the physiological, emotional, and spiritual needs to be taken into consideration when choosing music from the given repertoire. Types of patients benefiting from a musical intervention a harpist might encounter at a facility are those with Alzheimers disease or other memory impairments, in hospice or palliative care, suffering from anxiety, pain  or sleeplessness, in long-term rehabilitation after surgery/injury, near the end-of-life to name a few. In each case knowledge of how specific musical choices (style, structure, dynamics) affect specific responses toward healing will be studied and practiced as a group.

 

Advanced with Tristan Le Govic

Breton music is part of the Celtic repertoire as well as Irish, Scottish or Welsh music. Join this group if you want to perform some typical Breton tunes, such as An dro, Gavotte or beautiful melodies, as played in Brittany nowadays. We will use some tools in order to understand the process of arranging with a teaspoon of theory and just a pinch of analysis (nothing hot, it’s for the flavour).

No prior knowledge of Breton music needed. You may or may not have played Breton music before. We will start by learning some tunes step by step and then bring up arrangements and variations. Learners by ear and/or with the music are all welcome.

Beginner/Novice with Lani Krantz (THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Lani's morning class for novice harpers will give students a chance to discover all the important things they need to know to play the music they want to - hand position, scales and arpeggios, glissandos, how to roll chords, and more. Perfect for someone wanting a "technique boot camp" or for someone starting their harp journey. Lani's smooth style and warm and calm approach will inspire and help students build a solid foundation.

 

Cello with Morag Northey

This workshop will be tailored to the participant’s level of achievement. Beginners to experienced are welcomed and encouraged.  Each session will begin with warm-ups to unlock and balance the body, free vibrations, and provide ease, accuracy and direction. Cellists will dive into technique, studies and pieces and tie-up the day with cello ensemble! Morag offers a very rewarding and memorable approach to furthering your love of the cello…forever positive“I am excited to work with any and all who come to play!

A teacher for 35 years, Northey adheres to the technical demands of classical music while inspiring cellist of all ages and stages from rudimentary skills to successful entrance in the profession. She has trained in the Suzuki and Kodály methods, taught at the Calgary Suzuki Talent Education Society, consistently lead group and ensemble classes for early childhood, teen and adult levels, and for ten years created and ran a series of unique, multi-age, multi-level, all-encompassing intensive string summer boot camps.


Afternoon Sessions 1:45 - 3:45pm M, T, T, F

Running for two hours each afternoon (except Wednesday), most of these are not level specific, so you are welcome to join any class. Beginners may want to continue working with Lani and Cellists continue to work with Morag.

The Island Mountain Harp Ensemble with Sharlene Wallace

The Island Mountain Harp Ensemble - What a special joy and community there is in playing together. Afternoons with Sharlene will be spent together playing as a harp ensemble... no matter what your level is! Experience the beauty and fun of making music together either from written charts, creating charts or Sharlene's own harp ensemble compositions. Join The Island Mountain Harp Ensemble!!

 

Breton Ensemble with Tristan Le Govic

Tristan will lead a couple of Breton dance tunes arranged especially for the group with different parts in order to fit all participant levels. If performing the melodic line has often the harp player preference, accompaniment parts with typical rhythmical patterns can also be very interesting without struggling! 

 

The Whole Harpist Program with Carolyn Kuban

This afternoon class, called 'the Whole Harpist Program', will cover brain/body harp dynamics based on current neurologic music research of the role of the brain in  learning and in motor movement. The emphasis will be on movement--how to enjoy playing the harp by increasing awareness through analysis of finger/hand/ arm/torso movements while playing. This will include upper body relaxation with regard to ergonomics (body positioning), prevention of repetitive motion syndrome, improved aiming and accuracy, proprioception awareness (‘playing by feel’) and movement and memory at the harp. If time permits there will be whole body wellness exercises applicable to pre- and post-practice at the harp. This program is geared to all levels. Participants will be playing their harps for ‘hands on’ application of these ideas.

 

Three Great Tunes with Lani Krantz (THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Three great tunes and how to approach them - Explore a South American, a celtic and a classical tune in these 4 afternoon sessions. Learn how to approach sheet music, as well as learning by ear. Exploring meter and rhythm, how to shape a melody, and how to play together for the joy of it! This class is open to all levels, and will have various parts according to the skill level of the students.

 

Cello Continued with Morag Northey

This workshop will be tailored to the participant’s level of achievement. Beginners to experienced are welcomed and encouraged.  Each session will begin with warm-ups to unlock and balance the body, free vibrations, and provide ease, accuracy and direction. Cellists will dive into technique, studies and pieces and tie-up the day with cello ensemble! Morag offers a very rewarding and memorable approach to furthering your love of the cello…forever positive“I am excited to work with any and all who come to play!


Wednesday Night Dance Workshop with Tristan Le Govic (August 22, 7pm)

Like music and singing, dancing is an important part of the Breton traditional daily life. People share unique and joyous moments all together all through the year. It is a way to create a deep social link between them. In this workshop you will learn how to dance the most popular Breton dances such as An dro, Hanter-dro. No prior experience needed. The dances are fairly simple to learn. If you like dancing, singing or dancing and singing, come along and join in!