WORKSHOPS (all are 2 hours in length except for Harp Maintenance and Hear it Played)

Fees for non Fulltime Registrants

(if paid after 5/31/17) $60/day


Hear It Played – Lorelei Barton and Jaina Krueger

Several times during the week we will play music from our store that you would potentially want to purchase.  Generally, the harpist purchases most music sight unseen and ear unheard.  This is an opportunity to hear nuggets of pieces played. We bring the music to life to help you make your decisions while shopping in our store.

Harp Maintenance Nuggets – Peter Wiley                                      Monday afternoon

There is always something new to be learned about your harp’s maintenance that Peter can address.  With his humorous approach, there is always something to be learned or reminded about maintaining your harp.

Stage Presence and Etiquette – Jaina Krueger

For anyone but required by all solo competitors.  The competitors will have an opportunity to play parts or all of their competition piece in the competition venue.  You will learn how to approach the harp, remove any awkward sitting positions, and practice bowing, and exiting. 

Beyond the Mechanics (Adult Workshop) – Lorelei Barton             Tuesday afternoon

The precision is there.  The notes are learned. Check!  The rhythms are stellar.  Check! The pedals are flying.  Check!  Is the piece finished?  Learn how to push beyond the mechanics to polish your music by shaping and phrasing to achieve a musical flow.  You will bring a piece of music that you are currently studying which is almost to the polished point.

Special Edition – Elizabeth Richter                                                    Wednesday Afternoon

Did you know that the way you mark and edit your harp music can improve your tone, help you play faster and increase your note accuracy?  And that poor or missing markings can make you sound buzzy, uneven and make it harder to play the right notes?  In this work shop you will learn some helpful strategies for creating your own great editions of the music you are performing.

The Top 10 Habits of a Stellar Student – Mary Bircher                     Thursday afternoon
Do you sometimes wish you could be a better student? Would you like to be more prepared for lessons?  Do you yearn to find greater satisfaction from your hard work and accomplishments?  Becoming a successful student is a journey filled with twists and turns, surprises, and lots of hard work.   Join us as we explore how to become a more successful student.  We’ll look at the basic behaviors all good students must exhibit; other topics presented will include being prepared, maximizing your practice time, becoming a better listener, the student/teacher relationship, cultivating a positive attitude, celebrating your success, and lots more.  Bring your harps and a notebook. We’ll do some playing/focusing exercises at our harps; the notebook will become your personal practice journal. 

Festival Fun with Faye – Faye Seeman                                            Friday afternoon

Celebrate our last day of our week together with memory and harp-related trivia games, improvisation skits based on what we learned, create artwork based on what we hear, move to the beat, play concentration ala Midwest harp Festival and develop skits for the impending banquet.