Instructor Bios

 


Felice Pomeranz

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Felice Pomeranz, harpist, is a performer, teacher, entrepreneur, and recording artist.  She holds advanced degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, in both classical and jazz harp.  Felice is the first and only harpist at New England Conservatory to receive a Masters’ Degree in Jazz Studies.  Ms. Pomeranz is Professor of Harp at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  She began the Harp Program in the String Department at Berklee College in 2002.

Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.  Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available widely through harp outlets, as are her teaching DVD, Jazzy Beginnings and CD/workbook, Harp in the Band, Vol 1.  Her newest book, Berklee Harp, serves as an etude and exercise book for harpists hoping to improve their pedaling, chord symbol reading, and improvisation skills.  It is the first harp publication by Berklee Press, and is widely available through major harp outlets and Amazon.  She is presently collaborating with Berklee alumni harpists, writing a contemporary etude book which includes studies addressing modern performance techniques, harmony, and rhythm. 

Ms. Pomeranz directs the popular harp referral network, The Gilded Harps, organizing events throughout New England and beyond.

She is very active in the American Harp Society having served as New England Regional Director, Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chair of Conference Evaluations, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors.   Her AHS Foundation Award, Kids for Camp, serves to provide a summer camp experience for needy and underprivileged youth. Visit Felice’s website, www.gildedharps.com, for photos, bookings and upcoming events.

 
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Canadian harpist and composer Sharlene Wallace is a diverse musician performing, recording and teaching on both lever and pedal harps. Winner of the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (USA) and the Dinan Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres International de Harp Celtique (Brittany), she has given concerts and workshops across Canada, the United States, France and Italy. Sharlene's seven CDs express journeys of rhythm, spaciousness, the Canadian landscape, Classical, Celtic, South American and original music. Her most recent CD, In Night's Deep Silence, is a tranquil Christmas album for harp and bass (George Koller). As well as solo concerts, Sharlene tours with George Koller (bass) and the Christmas trio, Harp & Holly (Sandra Swannell and Terry Young). Sharlene continues to give workshops across Canada including annually at CAMMAC (Quebec) and Island Mountain Arts (BC). She also teaches both Celtic and Classical harps at Wilfred Laurier University, York University and University of Guelph. Her own harp performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman. Sharlene has also been guest soloist on both Celtic and Classical harps with orchestras throughout Ontario. Sharlene is principal harpist with Guelph Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Oakville Symphony.

 

Seumas Gagné has been playing the music of the Scottish and Irish Gaels on the Celtic harp for more than thirty years. After finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, his attention returned to his first love, the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland. He was one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts and recorded one CD with them, Prophecy and Blessing in 1997. That same year, Seumas and five friends from Slighe nan Gaidheal journeyed to the Royal Scottish National Mòd (a Gaelic music competition) in Inverness, Scotland where he won the Elspeth Hyllestad Trophy for solo clàrsach performance. At the time, he was the only American to have won this award. IMA is pleased to welcome Seumas back to the Harp School this year!

 
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Playing for over thirty years, Marilyn teaches in her Harp Canada Studio in Duncan, Vancouver Island, and at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and is the founder of the Island Mountain Arts International Harp School. Since establishing herself on the Island, Marilyn has built up a very busy teaching schedule and is delighted to share what she's learned. Her students range in age from children to seniors, and are at all levels of study.

Learning to play the harp is a wonderful introduction to music, it is a common second or third instrument for musicians, and because the initial stages are so enjoyable, it makes a good instrument for those who have always wished they could play something, but felt they were "too old to learn". Of course there is no such thing on any instrument, but the accessibility of harp playing makes it a good fit for an older beginner. Regardless of the instrument or level, joy, magic, beauty, fun, (and practice!) are the ingredients for successful study. Marilyn emphasizes understanding of music from the very beginning and a strong theory component is included in all the lessons. To see what she and her students are doing visit: www.hcs.harpcanada.com

 
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“A distinguished virtuoso, her playing enraptures our mind with an artistry that brings blissful pleasures to the soul.” The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

“one of the most passionate, unique, sensitive and expressive musicians I have ever encountered in all my years. I came to her to study the cello and my eyes were opened up to new worlds of possibilities in music practice and performance born first from inner peace.

When you hear her cello voice, you will be truly touched.” Bruce Hildesheim B. Mus., Juilliard School

Morag Northey is a deeply expressive cellist and a unique explorative artist who’s experience has spanned the realms of classical, theatrical and popular music as well as her own original compositions for over twenty-five years.

In June of 2019 Morag Northey made her debut with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra performing Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in e minor, a collaboration with Conductor Carlos Foggin. 2018 included chamber music performances in Calgary, Cochrane, Strathmore, Del Bonita, Waterton Lakes and Spruce Meadows AB Canada, Taos NM and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, performing works by Gliere, Mozart, Handel-Halvorsen, Piazzolla, Bach and Saint-Saens. Miss Northey also performed continuo and principal cello for the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, principal cello for the Calgary premiere of ‘Mary and Max' and the American premiere of her theatrical concert ’17’ with Eugene Stickland at the Taos Centre for the Arts.

Morag’s upcoming performances include her debut with the Hershey Symphony in October of 2019, additional appearances with violinist Odin Rathnam and pianist/conductor Gregory Woodbridge in the Riverhouse concert series, June performances of ’17,’ and principal cello in ‘The Louder We Get’ Theatre Calgary, January 2020.
In 2014 Morag Northey and Jeremy Brown gave the world premiere of Christian Venter’s ‘Concerto for Cello, Saxophone & Symphonic Wind Orchestra’ with the Calgary Symphonic Wind Orchestra. At the American String Teacher Association International Workshop, Glasgow Scotland, Miss Northey was the principal cello of the string and baroque orchestras under Sir Edward Melkus. She has performed in the Calgary Pro Arts Concert Series as an improvisatory cellist and vocal soloist with pianist Sheldon Zandboer.
In the theatre, Morag Northey has served as principal cellist in Mary and Max, Secret Garden, Crazy For You, The Little Prince, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Theatre Calgary as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wizard of Oz Alberta Theatre Projects and Jeremy de Bergerac, Crossing Swords, Forte Musical Theatre Guild, Les Miserables Live Ent, Phantom of the Opera Mirvish Productions, and West Side Story, Rawlings. Morag has appeared Principal or Co-Principal in orchestras of Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Mathias, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Calgary Tour.
Morag’s 2009 Album ‘This is the Life’ is a testament to her experience-based expressions as singer, songwriter, cellist and pianist. She was awarded the Calgary 2015 Betty Mitchell Award for “Outstanding Theatrical Composition” ‘Butcher,’ Alberta Theatre Projects, performed and inspired athletes and coaches at the 2010 Olympics, played for the Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, and in the 2015 Canada Winter Games performed ‘Unstoppable Love’ with pianist/conductor Kevin Zakreski, with commentary about the multi-dimensional realities and characteristics of Love. Morag played and sang the Opening Blessing of the Canada Winter Games in collaboration with a Lheidli T’enneh, First Nation Elder and a Drummer. Morag’s band ‘Red Venus Blue Tango’ closed for the Dalai Lama ‘Now’ tour, she was nominated for “Outstanding Inspirational Album of the Year” Gospel Music Association of Canada’s 29th annual Covenant Awards, 2007 for her work as composer, arranger, cellist, singer and co-producer on ‘Lilies of the Field’ album, Kristoph Franz guitar and voice.

The Sunset Theatre Artist Exploration Series, Wells B.C. 2008-2017 was the birthplace of many of Morag’s compositions: ‘Poetry on the Wall,’ ‘Run the Wind,’ ‘Whispers,’ and the world premiere of ’17 - when emptiness turns inside out’ a dramatic story with inseparable connection between cello, voice, words and worlds. Morag created a three year series of solo concerts ‘Together Calgary’ offering sound therapy of improvised cello and voice and performed a year of ‘Full Moon Walks’ encouraging reconnection with Self through Nature, Fish Creek Park, Calgary. In 2014 Morag walked the 720 kilometre Camino de Santiago pilgrimage carrying her cello, playing and singing along The Way. With her first step she spawned ‘Walk On’ a project encouraging those troubled to move healthfully through and out of difficulties.

Morag began her cello studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music, age twelve, with Judith Fraser and Ian Hampton. She attended Banff Centre summer masterclasses with Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, has an AA in Pedagogy and Performance, Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College studying with James Hunter, is a graduate of the Toronto Professional Orchestral Training Program where she performed for Janos Starker, attended Bowdoin College Music Festival, Maine studying with Channing Robbins, holds a BA in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin studying with Phyllis Young and taught in the UT at Austin’s ground-breaking String Project and has a MM from the University of Calgary, performing a number of times as soloist with the university orchestra and fondly remembers her Kodaly Duo with violinist Thomas Rolston.


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Tristan Le Govic

Tristan will not be able to join us this year.

Originally from Brittany, Tristan Le Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur). The attraction to music will never leave him.

During his studies he gained numerous prizes and nominations that emphasize the recognition of a talented and accomplished musician. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him as one of the leading Celtic harpers today.

During his time living in Ireland, then in Scotland - where he was appointed Celtic harp instructor within the City of Glasgow - he developed a deep sense for Celtic music both in a solo repertoire or with big names of the music world. For the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival (2011), the harpist Corrina Hewat invited him to take part in the performing of her masterpiece The Song of the Oak and The Ivy with Mary Macmaster, Wendy Stewart, Heather Downie and Bill Taylor.

Tristan Le Govic created his musical diversity by performing with other musicians such as the accordionist Samuel Le Hénanff, harpists Rachel Hair and Ailie Robertson or Enez trio, a band mixing Celtic music with jazz colors, founded with Stuart Macpherson (bass) and Roy Shearer (percussions). Introduced to the Nordic music by the Swedish singer Lise Enochsson, he developed a unique repertoire of Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp whose result was the recording of the CD Elva.

Recognizable by his sense of rhythm and harmony, his style is popular among the public and critics alike. Singer, storyteller, virtuoso musician, he founded his repertoire in the tradition and also with his own compositions. In perpetual movement, his world opens the gates of an extraordinary diversity. For the public, he is an enchanter.

He is the publisher of The Breton Harp Anthology, a unique collection of three music books featuring the best harpists in Brittany (Alan Stivell, Kristen Noguès...).