Monday through Thursday morning, each ensemble individually rehearses their repertoire in preparation for the Saturday morning concert. On Friday morning, the ensembles come together for the dress rehearsal. Each ensemble has three pieces individually and an additional two pieces that will be performed with the other ensembles. Our faculty members rotate and have the chance to work with each ensemble. Friday morning is the ensemble concert dress rehearsal.

What To Expect

You, the student, and your teacher should collaborate on which ensemble is best for your current level. Participating harpists are expected to prepare their ensemble parts before the festival begins. You will choose your ensemble when you register, and the sheet music will be sent to you after your deposit has been paid. Ensemble parts will be assigned after you register.


2020 Ensemble Music

Largo Ensemble

(Beginner lever or pedal harps)

  • Bouree No. 1 BWV 1009 - J.S. Bach/Barnwell
  • Estrella – Fabio Rizza
  • Lieutenant Macquire - Jeannie Kern Chenette

Allegro Ensemble

(Intermediate lever or pedal harps)

  • En Bateau from Petite Suite - Claude Debussy/Deborah Dahl Shanks
  • La Llorona - Laura Zaerr
  • Shall We Gather at the River - Robert Lowry/Cindy Horstman

Vivace Ensemble

(Advanced pedal harps)

  • Chanson de Mai - Alphonse Hasselmans/Willi Maerz
  • Simple Gifts - Kara Bershad
  • Danza final (Malambo) - Alberto Ginastera/Marcia Dickstein

Combined Pieces

  • I Wonder as I Wander - Vicki L. Smith
  • Cecilia - Paul Simon/Phala Tracy