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Festival Dates...
May 16, 2019 Optional Extra Day
May 17-19, 2019 Regular Festival

The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
2019 Performer/Instructors!!!

Tip of the Week...

Check in weekly for tips and tricks from the pros!

Memorization

You hear the word, "memorization," and you panic. Here is a suggestion that is going to make you the envy of your harp teacher's other students. Don't memorize the entire piece - you don't need to do that. BUT! If you memorize three SMALL sections, you'll nail it every time. We're not taking your music and your music stand away - we're just solidifying your harp talent and your musicianship. First, memorize the first phrase (usually the first four bars) of the piece. All you need is the first phrase. If you memorize those first few bars, your nerves will melt away as you continue. Secondly, memorize the ONE measure at the top of every page turn. Page turns can be challenging and frustrating. If you miss the page turn, no worries - you have the next measure memorized and you can turn the page in the next few seconds and no one will know you missed the page turn. Lastly, memorize the last phrase of music (usually the last four bars). By memorizing the end of the piece, you can concentrate on ritardando, rallentando, accelerando, crescendo, decrescendo - all those musical nuances that make the music beautiful. If you're not concentrating on "what are those notes," you have the freedom to watch your fingers, pull back, move ahead, make it your own, and let the harp ring!

-Frank Voltz

 

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Instructor Workshop Introduction

Denise Grupp-Verbon, welcoming you all to the 2019 Harp Gathering in beautiful Archbold, Ohio. Come join us for informative workshops, breathtaking concert performances, a two room vendor hall with harps, music, accessories and more. We look forward to seeing you, at The Harp Gathering!!!

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1/8/19

Workshop Descriptions!!!

A couple of quick notes...

First, two of Patrice Fisher's workshop descriptions are posted and ready for you inspection (third one to come soon!).

Next, registrations have started to really take off after announcing the Sylvia Woods Gift Card drawing so make sure to get your full harpist registration, paid in full, postmarked by January 31, 2019 sent to us to be entered!! Three lucky Harp Gatherlings will each win $100 gift card, so don't delay!!!

Oh, we finally have a Booking ID so don't forget to make your reservations at The Sauder Village Heritage Inn soon by calling (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Let them know the Harp Gathering Booking ID 7831. Room Rates are only $110.00 per night (plus tax) for Standard and $133.00 (Plus tax) for Deluxe. FYI: We just got a reprot from the Inn and our room block is getting close to full...it shaping up to be a really great, well attended festival thanks to all of our faithful Harp Gatherlings, both veteran and new recruit!! You're all SUPER AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

All for now and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

1/6/19

New Tip of the Week and More Workshop Descriptions!!!

Ok...

Just a quick update to let all of you know that more workshop descriptions from Frank Voltz and Patrice Fisher are posted. Patrice has just titles at the moment but descriptions to follow soon!!

Also, a new Tip of the Week is posted at the top of this page. Do have a look at memorization tips from Frank Voltz.

Don't forget about the New Year's drawing as explained in the previous post dated 1/1/19!!!!

All for now and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

1/1/19

Happy New Year - Lets Kick It Off With A Prize Drawing!!!!!!!!

Sylvia Woods Harp Center Prize Drawing at THe Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!

As promised, the Harp Gathering along with Sylvia Woods Harp Center are going to be giving away not one, not two but three (yes, three!!!) $100 Sylvia Woods Harp Center Gift Cards. Three lucky Harp Gatherlings will each win $100, what could be more awesome???...WooHoo!!! If you are in the market for Harps, Strings Accessories, Books, Music and so much more, what better place to find these items than Sylvia Woods Harp Center!?!? A tried and true staple in the Harp Community, for sure!!!


Now for the Rules:

Everyone who sends in their full harpist registration, paid in full, postmarked by January 31, 2019 will be entered to have a chance to win one of these $100 gift cards. It's as easy as that!! So, in addition to saving $100 off the On-Site Registration (for being an Early-Bird...Tweet Tweet) you just might wind up winning a SUPER COOL gift card to boot!!! So be sure to get your registrations in the mail soon to be at the coolest Harp Festival ever!!!

Oh, and don't forget to make your reservations at The Sauder Village Heritage Inn soon by calling (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Let them know you're with the Harp Gathering as we don't have our Booking ID as of yet. Room Rates are only $110.00 per night (plus tax) for Standard and $133.00 (Plus tax) for Deluxe. FYI: It seems that Deluxe fills up first!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

12/31/18

New Kim Robertson Worshop Descriptions Posted!!!

Just a quick note to let you all know that Kim Robertson's workshop descriptions are posted and awaiting your perusal on the Workshops Page!!

To each and every one of you, a happy and safe New Year's Eve!!!

All for now and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

12/27/18

New Instructor, New Worshop Descriptions, New Tip of the Week, New Year (almost...!!!)

Sooooo....All of us here at Harp Gathering HQ hope that all of you Harp Gatherlings had a wonderful Christmas and are gearing up for a Happy New Year!!! Oh, and some of us also had a birthday on the day after Christmas which means two days of fun, fun, and more fun...WooHoo!!!

We have been hard at work collecting and preparing all of the wonderful info that, we know, you all want! Like new worshop descriptions on the Worshops Page, a new instructor, Joy Slavens, has joined the instructor racks for 2019 (see her bio on the Instructors/Talent Page!), and you will also find a new Tip of the Week posted at the top of this page!!!

Oh, I almost forgot (well not really, I'm just trying to create interest...snicker, snicker), we are putting the final touches on a fun drawing that we will be announcing right around the New Year. It's gonna be awesome so you won't want to miss out! Keep checking back often, of course...HeeHee!!!

Wishing you all Happy Holidays and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

12/12/18

Registration Forms Are Available, Workshops Starting to be Posted, Concert Schedule, New Tip and etc...

Greatings to All...

As we are all gearing up for the holidays, I thought that I would do some updates and give all our Harp Gatherlings a taste of what's to come in 2019!

First off, we have been getting calls and emails about the registration form. soooo... ask and you shall receive!! Both the regular and daily registration forms are now posted on the Registration Page so have at it and get those registrations in soon!

Next, we are taking a new approach and posting workshop descriptions as the instructors submit them so keep checking back as we will post them as we receive them! WooHoo!!! Oh, we also have posted the concert performances on the Concerts Page so do have a look at that...Lots of great performances in 2019!!!!

Next Next, make sure to check the Vendors Page as we are now posting 2019 vendors and we will add them as they confirm with us.

Next Next Next, We have posted our lobby performers to delight you ears as you arrive for a SUPER FUN WEEKEND, so check out the Schedule Page and as the full schedule starts to take shape, we will get that posted for your perusal!

Finally, I really am trying to get these crazy Tips (of the Week - supposedly!!!) posted on a more timely basis and I think I'm getting a little closer - maybe...heavy sigh!?!?

Not to beat a dead horse or anything but...The Sauder Heritage Inn has told us that our block of rooms at the Inn are filling quickly, so do be sure to make your reservations soon by calling (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Let them know you're with the Harp Gathering as we don't have our Booking ID as of yet. Room Rates are only $110.00 per night (plus tax) for Standard and $133.00 (Plus tax) for Deluxe. FYI: It seems that Deluxe fills up first!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

11/16/18

New Tip and more...

Hello to all.

A new Tip is up and ready for your perusal. I keep trying to do this weekly but somehow life has been getting in the way. I'll try to do better in the future...heavy sigh!!!

Denise tells me that the 2019 registration form is almost ready to post so keep an eye out for that...WooHoo!!!

Our 2019 Vendor list has been posted on the Vendor Page and there will be more vendors posted shortly.

Oh...The Sauder Heritage Inn has told us that our block of rooms at the Inn are filling quickly, so do be sure to make your reservations soon by calling (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Let them know you're with the Harp Gathering as we don't have our Booking ID as of yet. Room Rates are only $110.00 per night (plus tax) for Standard and $133.00 (Plus tax) for Deluxe. FYI: It seems that Deluxe fills up first!!

Workshops descriptions are starting to come in so I'll be posting those as they're ready so stay tuned!

We will also be posting to more instructors as soon as we can...so much to do : )

Well, that's about it for now...

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

8/19/18

And so it Begins (Again...)

Greetings to all of our Harp Gatherlings past, present., and future. Well, Denise, Kim and I have finally gotten our schedules straightened around and are ready to start putting together another brilliant Harp Gathering for you in 2019 (WooHoo!!!!).

We are really stoked about the 2019 Performer/ Instructor lineup with Latin Harpist - Patrice Fisher, Jazz Harpist -Christa Grix, Celtic Goddess - Kim Robertson, Yours Truly - Tapestry (Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon), Gospel-Jazz Great - Frank Voltz, Classical/Celtic Harpist - Janet Witman, along with Instructors, Cass Jendzurski, Beth Stockdell and others to be announced soon!

We truly want to thank everyone who came to The Harp Gathering in 2018 for making it such a fun and exciting weekend. We love seeing all of you and we will continue to work hard to make The Harp Gathering a very special, fun, exciting weekend filled with lots of good food, close friends, and learning, all just for you!!

Stay tuned and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!