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The #1 concern harpists share is their playing sounds wooden, lifeless.
They fear playing with expression is only for "advanced" harpists.
They worry that creativity is only for the "gifted" or "talented."
In fact, being musical is natural!
But we need TOOLS to bring out what's inside us, otherwise it's guesswork.
...and who has time for guesswork?
Virtual Harp Summit gives you the tools to:
...quickly and easily!
Each top-notch harpist at Virtual Harp Summit has been
chosen because they are uniquely expressive and creative.
They walk their talk. They share from experience.
Our harpists come from every continent on Earth except Antarctica (well, our Alice Giles has performed there, so let's count that too!)
Some of these outstanding harpists are old friends to you,
others will be delightful new faces - all are amazing.
You are GUARANTEED to come away with
life-changing tools and experiences that will make a HUGE impact on your harp playing.
Still pinching myself that I really get to be part of this! RM, Santa Cruz CA
Have you ever attended a workshop, missed a key point, and wished you could press pause? At VHS, press pause with abandon! Better yet, watch all the video workshops as many times as you like! You won't miss a single minute!
Pour yourself a nice glass/make a steaming cup of your favorite brew, and sit down for a guaranteed front row seat at our glorious concerts on video! Don't worry about dashing in and throwing coats over seats!
...and social time!
One of the great joys of festivals is meeting other harpists. At VHS you'll connect with harpists worldwide at our online "social hours." You'll even be able to follow up long-term via our Private online pages. Welcome to your new harp friends and communities!
Sunita has become a recognised leader in the harp world, and frequently tours and conducts workshops and master classes for harpists in the USA and Europe. She was named one of the top ten Jewish instrumentalists by Moment Magazine and is a recipient of a 1998 McKnight Foundation Fellowship in recognition of her work with Jewish music. She has released 20+ CDs of Jewish, Celtic and classical music and published 12 books of arrangements of music for the harp.
Beth Kollé is admittedly nuts about the harp, and Celtic and Nordic music. She has made her career out of these obsessions by performing, teaching, recording and publishing harp music from the Celtic and Nordic lands. She also sings and performs on flute and Irish pennywhistle, and is the founder of the Harpa Tours.
Destiny Muhammad follows in the footsteps of Jazz Harp Master Dorothy Ashby (who recorded with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Frank Wess to Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder). Whether interpreting jazz standards or her original tunes, Muhammad turns every piece into a soulful adventure.
Lisa Lynne has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring Celtic Harp. She has sold over one million recordings. Her innovative work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and the Wall Street Journal.
Philipp Barsky started as an electronic musician at age 12, and soon became known throughout the worldwide computer underground scene. He began harp at 25, and now composes and improvises on a self-modified electro-acoustic lever harp. Philipp developed a distinctive style, and records and produces ethno-oriented music.
Sacramento Magazine says, “Kosako plays with fluid, modern style that evokes Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.” His groundbreaking style is also noted in Harp Column as “Motoshi Kosako's introspective soloing was reminiscent of Keith Jarrett.” He plays numerous original compositions and standards as solo or in trio and quartet. Since 2008 he started touring Japan to give performances and workshops. He is considered the most influential Jazz harpist in Japan.
Alice Giles is one of the world’s leading harp soloists. She won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively both in recital and with orchestras in Europe, America, Australia, and Israel. She has given many premiere performances, has commissioned a complete program of new works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Artistic Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has also commissioned many new works by Australian composers.
Julia Kay Jamieson
Julia Kay Jamieson is an energetic performer, dedicated teacher and inspired composer and arranger. She is a professional freelance harpist comfortable with playing a variety of musical styles from classical to popular, jazz, Celtic, religious or folk. She plays pedal, lever and single-action harps and has a Masters degree in harp performance. Julia has won numerous honors for both her playing and teaching.
Tara Jaff is an Iraqi Kurdish musician. Her fascination with the ancient harps of Sumeria, Assyria and Elam, dating as far back as 3000 BC led her to the contemporary Celtic harp. She has embraced this instrument and combined it with Kurdish music, particularly folk songs. She has developed her own innovative style to adapt to the various musical rhythms and modes of the region, bringing a contemporary expression to an ancient form of music and song.
"Creativity gives meaning to my passion. I live for the unexpected, a magical moment on stage that brings joy to all present. Composing and arranging the music I perform gives purpose to my work. I deeply enjoy the searching, exploring and discovering process."
Sarah Marie Mullen
Harpist Sarah Marie Mullen has been delighting audiences for years as a touring and recording artist. Her masterful playing and innovative arrangements have made her a favorite all over the country. Combining a personal, playful style of performance that often blends music with storytelling, she has been called “a master at her craft who brings a bit of whimsy to the typically serious instrument”.
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Internationally acclaimed by the critics, Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz is a concert artist, composer, author, educator, and gold record winning recording artist. His performances for audiences of all ages and backgrounds are unforgettable music experiences with exciting Latin American rhythms, traditional, classical and popular music as well as his original compositions.
Temesgen was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He studied with Alemayehu Fanta and Teshome Shenkute at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa. It is Temesgen's dream to keep alive the ancient musical traditions of Ethiopia. He is in the process of setting up a school to teach the Begena and the Krar. Temesgen teaches online and in person.
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and theatrical flair. Her shows, her life, her instrument, her workshops and her music are all about transformation - all tied together by powerful, funny, affirming stories and universal humor.
For over twenty years Harper Tasche has shared his distinctive and emotionally compelling performances, and his obvious passion for teaching, at major harp events across the USA and Canada. Harper’s marketing director wants to push recordings and publications – but for Harper, it’s all about making music as evocative and expressive as possible.
Hong Kong/California, US
Winnie Wong began her training on the Chinese guzheng at the age of four and a half under the expertise of guzheng virtuoso, Ms. Weishan Liu and at the age of 5 made her debut. Currently Winnie also performs as a part of a fusion music group, “Ultra World X-tet”. Her playing is noted for its extremely emotional and virtuosic power.
A New Zealand born harpist of Samoan descent, Natalia Mann combines a classical foundation with a natural aptitude for experimentation. As a recording and performing artist, she has a great capacity for adaptation to extremely diverse musical contexts. From various world music styles through to contemporary, electronic and meditative forms, Natalia brings grace and originality to all of her collaborations.
An award-winning musical artist performing worldwide, Dr. Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty. She integrates global musical traditions with fluency and reverence. Born in Ireland and raised the child of an Irish diplomat, Diana has traveled, lived and performed on six continents. As a natural outgrowth of this inspiration, her music interweaves global music, art, spirituality and mythology.
Katrina Handayan & Michael Young
Katrina and Michael are yoga teachers, meditation instructors, and experienced in arts as diverse as massage and heavy metal. They offer deep and fun pointers during this workshop as quick, gentle ways to open your creativity and expression.
Denise Grupp-Verbon completed her Master's Degree in Harp Performance at Northwestern University. In addition to her college career, Denise studied harp privately, for many years, with Mr. Edward Druzinsky, Principal Harpist with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 40 years.
A childhood love of mythology drew Cynthia onto a path of musical storytelling. Her unique sound possesses a purity and soulful expression reaching from prayerful to whimsical. Cynthia is a devoted, passionate musician and published composer. She performs and teaches internationally. Cynthia’s music is heard on many soundtracks and recordings, including her album, “Beyond All Telling”.
Francisca Santibanez is a plant|heart based healer, herbalist, visual artist, and educator. Raised in South America, she spent her childhood in Brasil and Chile. From a very young age she was deeply connected with plants and had the awareness that her primary relationship was with nature and life itself. She inherited a love for herbs from her mother and grandmother, both whom were avid herb gardeners and medicinal tea (aguita de yerba) drinkers following a long tradition of Chilean folk “kitchen medicine”.
Kathryn Kleypas has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature and has spent the last 20 years teaching and supporting writers of all ages and educational levels in may different parts of the world. She became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach as a means to be more effective in her work with students and writers but has discovered that the transformational powers of Co-Active Coaching help all people, no matter their backgrounds, to tap into their creativity and find their own unique modes of expression.
Vessela Trichkova is a seasoned professional harpist, and studied with the most prominent Bulgarian harpists. Her first teacher Suzanna Klintcharova, and later Vessela acquired a Master’s Degree at the Bulgarian National Music Academy under prof. Malina Christova. Since 2000 Vessela has been principal harp for the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. She plays with many other orchestras as well, both as a soloist and as an orchestra member, such as the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, the Macedonian Philharmonics, the Belgrade Philharmonics, and the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also regularly takes part in film music or other contemporary music recordings. Vessela plays chamber music as well. She's a member of Quarto quartet since 2012 and in recent years has a duo with flutist Yana Mihaylova. Vessela's repertoire encompasses a vast range music styles and eras, and her rich concert activities have brought her to many different countries. She has performed in Paris, London, Moscow, Jerusalem, Seoul among others.
Daniel Berkman is a Bay Area electronic musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, looper and innovator on the Kora (a 21-stringed harp-lute from West Africa) and its modern counterpart, the Gravikord.
Daniel also has recordings under his electronic music moniker Colfax. Instruments: kora, gravikord, guitar, handsonic, ukelin, synths, cello, uke, viol, keys and more.
Early-Bird VHS registrants are already raving:
"This is genius!" JL, Minnesota
"This is such a great idea! Thank you for making it affordable!" MP, California
"OMG, this is awesome!" EB, Ohio
“What a feast it's going to be!
This is a very thought-out and balanced line-up of high-caliber artists and teachers,
from thousands of years BC to contemporary to beyond,
from pedal to lever and electric to across the continent
to someone who doesn't even play harp.
Yet somehow it doesn't seem to be all over the place since there's a unifying theme.
This is a very masterful collaboration.
I'm looking forward to it. “ AW, California
1. VHS features an unparalleled gathering of master harpists, sharing never-before released material. You'll learn state-of-the-art approaches to playing with maximum beauty, expression, imagination, and creativity. You'll watch via brand-new videos, seeing and hearing all the action close up.
2. Since you'll be learning on your own time, you have maximum chance of retaining this wonderful information. This takes advantage of current learning theory: we learn better when we're relaxed.
3. Rather than taking a smorgasbord approach, VHS dives deeply into the two most important topics in music making: Expression & Creativity. This set you up for true success in your harp playing, and meaningful progress. We're not about more information, we're about creating lasting change so that you experience a completely new level of harping.
? I'm not a techie type person - will it be hard for me to access Virtual Harp Summit?
VHS is designed by a harpist, with harpists, for harpists. We're artists, not techies, and totally understand where you're coming from! We've chosen the most straightforward online tools available, and they're a pleasure to use. Just log on, and you're good to go! You don't even need a super-fast internet connection. We also have a magical team (Jaime & Debbie) behind us who can help you if you get stuck on a tech matter.
? How are the workshops shared - video or audio only?
The workshops are all VIDEO so that you can see as well as hear these amazing teachers.
? How long is VHS free for?
VHS is 100% free September 14-20. Thereafter, you can purchase an All-Access Pass for a small fee, which gives you lifetime access to ALL the presentations (see next question).
? What if I can't make any of the dates between September 14-20? I really want to attend VHS!
Don't worry, we've got you covered! You can purchase the All-Access Pass for LIFETIME access to all the workshops! Just register for Virtual Harp Summit on this page as usual, and you'll also receive details on the pass. It's an amazing deal, backed up by a 100% money-back guarantee. Yes, we're that confident VHS delivers!
? What if I'm a beginner?
If you're a beginner, this is a perfect time to join VHS! All the presenters are focused on Playing with Expression & Creativity. This is info you need from Day 1. For the 10% of truly advanced techniques (I'm looking at Motoshi and Sarah, and that only for part of their presentations ;)), those are something you can grow into.
? What if I'm advanced or already a teacher?
The insights are presenters are sharing represent literally centuries of hard-won wisdom on topics we rarely discuss directly. The presenters are all addressing Playing with Expression & Creativity, and many of the insights will either be news, refreshers, or different ways of understanding things you already know. By all counts, VHS will be hugely valuable for you and/or your students. Bonus: many presenters are sharing how they STAY creative and expressive despite the pressures of being pros. You know what we mean ;)
? Why has this not been done before? It's a great idea!
The technology has only just now reached the point where it's possible for non-techie people to create and access summits like this. You're in on this cutting-edge event. Welcome to the future of harping!
I know music changes lives, sometimes instantly.
As a lifelong musician, I’ve had the privilege of performing and teaching worldwide.
From Eastern European Cathedrals, to the US Embassy in Vietnam, to the Smithsonian in Washington DC, to prisons and healing centers globally,
the power of the harp to dramatically move people enthralls me.
Sharing the power of music is my mission.
When I see my students step out into the world in their own artistic voice, it moves me to tears. When I hear the impact our music on others, it gives me hope more than anything else possibly can.
As a teacher and performer, my greatest goal is to foster lasting transformation.
This is very practical: I get my students to play better, with more power, confidence and sheer artistry.
For my audiences, I take them on a deep internal journey, and they find themselves changed forever.
I believe music is one of the most potent tools for healing ourselves and our world.
I believe in working with mentors who can actually do what they teach.
This is why I've gathered the harpists I most admire across the entire globe to teach you.
This is the first virtual harp summit ever, and the goal is nothing less than to make the harp more creative, more expressive, and more accessible than ever before.
To find out more about my music and concert schedule, visit www.dianarowan.com (and come take a lesson with me Sept 20, my VHS free workshop date!)
WELCOME TO VIRTUAL HARP SUMMIT! We're so glad you're with us.