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Festival Dates...
May 17, 2018 Optional Extra Day
May 18-20, 2018 Regular Festival

The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
2018 Performer/Instructors!!!

Tip of the Week...

Check in weekly for tips and tricks from the pros!

Performance:

Performance is a skill. This means it's something you can cultivate, something you can get better at. Don't worry about whether you have a "talent" for performing or not. You can get better at performing by practicing performing.

What does that mean? Well, before even getting on stage, practice what it will be like to perform:

  1. Play through your performance pieces in their entirety, no stops, no matter what happens.
  2. Play your performance pieces as a story, focusing on the feeling and message.
  3. Let go of any inevitable mishaps that occur along the way - you can't do anything about them, and they'll hold back your flow if you focus on them.
  4. Film yourself on your phone as part of your performance preparation - this gets you used to having an "eye" on you!
  5. Most of all, remember your audience wants to feel something far more than they want to be impressed. Moving your audience emotionally is what they'll remember for a lifetime - it's precious gift you're offering.

-Diana Rowan

 

 

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1/4/18

Registration Forms are Posted...

Ok, as promised, the full and daily registration forms are posted and ready for you to fill out and send in with you payment to secure your spot at THE MOST AWESOME HARP FESTIVAL EVER!!!!! Check out the Registation page or just click on The 2018 "REGULAR" Registration Form for the full festival registration or click The 2018 "SINGLE DAY" Registration Form for the daily registration ift you can't attend the full festival.

Let's Also Have A Prize Drawing To Celebrate The New Year-Woo Hoo!!!!!

Roland Prize drawing at the 10th anniversary of the Harp Gathering at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn, May 2017Here is yet, another super awesome offer...

The Harp Gathering will be giving away this most excellent Roland CUBE Street amp as a special prize drawing to be held at The Harp Gathering in 2018.

All you have to do is get your full harpist registration sent to us, postmarked by January 31, 2018 to be entered. It's that easy! What could be better, $100 off the on-site registration and a chance to win a Roland CUBE Street (Denise loves both of hers!!!)!!!

Now, for the details...

The Ultimate Amp for Traveling Harpists

For harpists who are on the move, the Roland CUBE Street is the amp for you. Whether you’re running to a rehearsal, lesson, wedding, reception, or any gig which requires portability & versatility, the Roland CUBE Street is a battery/AC-powered gem that’s ready to travel fast. The CUBE Street sounds incedible and is capable of high-volume output thanks to dual digital power amps and a pair of high-performance speakers.

Features of the Roland CUBE Street Portable Amplifier:

  • Beautiful Black Cabinet
  • Compact, lightweight, and portable with a slanted cabinet design
  • 2 high-performance 6.5" neodymium speakers
  • Just 6 AA batteries provide up to 15 hours of use; AC adapter included
  • Harp/Guitar/instrument and mic/line inputs for simultaneous 2-channel use
  • 8 COSM amp models, effects, EQ, and built-in tuner

Finally, a new "Tip of the Week" is posted just in time for the New Year!!! A great tip on performing from Dr. Diana Rowan so do peruse at your leisure : )

Well, that's it for now. More to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

12/25/17

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...

Tapestry Christmas Wishes from The Harp Gathering!!!

All of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

This is a Photo of Denise and Michael at a recent Holiday Party that they performed at. Santa was nice enough to pose for a photo with Them. They were certainly good little boys and girls...HeeHee!!!

On another note, stay tuned for the 2018 registration form as it will be posted in the next few days. Also, it's time for a giveaway to bring in the New Year which will be anounced at the same time as the registration form posting...WooHoo!!!!!

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

 

12/11/17

So Much to Tell...

So, my timing is all messed up!!! I have been dealing with putting out fire, after fire, after fire etc...

Ok...enough with the excuses...lets get back in the saddle and get this party started!!!

First, a new "Tip of the Week" (or when ever I manage to get one posted....very heavy sigh!!!). Great advice from Mr. Frank Voltz about tunig your harp to make it sing....Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti_Dooooooooo.

Next, we have a new vendor joining at The Harp Gathering in 2018, Embellish by Carol Martin. Do make sure to stop by her booth and see all of her trinkets and treasures!!

Next after that, we have the concert schedule posted so be sure to swing by the Concerts page and peruse at your leisure!

Just before finally, Lynda Kuckenbrod from Sound Werk Certification Course will be sponsoring the Friday evening reception....BIG HAND for Lynda....WooHoo!!!!!!!!

And finally...for all you Instagram fans, Denise finally got me to start my own profile so if your are interested in seeing my photographs, that I've been posting, head on over to Instagram and Follow @photoguitardude and you can see all my awesome photos that I've been sharing with the world!!! If you're not on Instagram you can download the app to your smart phone and set up a profile in about 5 minutes. If you're not really into posting photos, you can just set up a profile so you can cruze around Instagram and check out all the incredible photos and wonderful stories people are posting. It's certainly my favorite piece of social media technology!!!

Ok, that about does it for now...stay tuned because we're itchin' to have another registration contest in the near future...BIG FAT WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

 

11/10/17

Another Tip of the Week...

I know, I'm working on my timing but as they say..."Better late than never!" A new Tip of the Week is posted, great words of wisdom from Harper Tasche.

Also, have a look at Frank Voltz's updated bio on the Instructor/Talent page, a very impressive read!

Finally, Joy Slavens from Expressions of Joy will be joining us in 2018 as a vendor.

More to come so stay tuned!

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

 

10/12/17

Ok, so Denise and Kim are giving me the blues...!!!

I know it's been a while since I last posted...very heavy sigh!!!

So, here are a few updates and I'll try to do better about being more timely.

First, A new "Tip of the Week" (I know, I know...it says "Week!"). Check out what Dr. Diana Rowan has to say about practice!

Next, we have our Friday lobby performers posted on the Schedule page so do peruse at your leisure!

And finally, there are new teachers posted on the Harp Teacher Finder page, so if you are in the market for a local instructor or perhaps an on-line instructor, have a look as there are many to choose from!

More to come soon (REALLY!!!) and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

8/14/17

Performer Bios Posted and More...

Well. first of all, all of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. hope that all of you Harp Gatherlings are having a great summer! Believe it or not, we have been hard at work, this summer, planning for the 2018 Harp Gathering. It may not look like it, at first blush, but we are laying the foundation for another super fun weekend of workshops, performances, yummy food and camaraderie.

We have posted bios of some of our 2018 performers so check 'em out on the Performer Page! Also, we are pleased to announce that Cass Jendzurski has agreed to come back and give some more of her insightful workshops. And while we are on the subject of return artists, we were informed that Harper Tasche's music theory and modes workshop was very popular and that students couldn't get enough of modes. With that being said, Harper has agreed to finish the job and devote an entire workshop to the subject of modes, so if you're interested in taking your playing to the next level and spicing it up with Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian you won't want to miss Harper's follow-up workshop! WooHoo!!!!!!

Next, our Tip of the Week is now posted and ready for your perusal!

Finally, we are also working on a top secret project and as we have more details we might let all of you Harp Gatherlings in on it...but not just yet!!! Hmmmm...what could it be??? : )

Be sure to check back soon and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

5/26/17

Thanks for a Great 10th Anniversary!!!

Something to remember our wonderful time together this year! Keep checking back and more to come soon.

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