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Tip of the Week...

Check in weekly for tips and tricks from the pros!

Tip: Make a practice plan. If you only have 30 minutes a day, even 15 minutes a day, this is OK! Regular time with your instrument will produce results. If you do have limited time, choose just one piece or one page or one section to work on each day. You will be delighted with the results!

- Denise Grupp-Verbon

 

 

 

 

The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
2016 Performer/Instructors!!!

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See what's coming in 2016!

Instructor Workshop Introduction

Want a taste of what's coming in 2016? Check out our video introductions from the Harp Gathering's 2016 instructors!

See what Lynda Kuckenbrod"s is up to with her playing with passion workshop.

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2/10/16

More Workshop Descriptions Posted...!!!

A quick note to let all you Harp Gatherlings know that there are more workshop descriptions posted so stop by the workshops page and have a peek!

Keep checking back and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

2/7/16

Lots to tell - New Vendors, Workshop Descriptions and more...!!!

Greetings to all you Harp Gatherlings...

We are pleased to announce that workshop descriptions are now coming in from our 2016 instructors and are being posted on the workshops page. Also, in the black box above is a new video introduction to view so see what Lynda Kuckenbrod is up to with her workshop about playing with passion.

We have several new vendors who will be joining us for this year's Harp Gathering: Hayden Harps, Mitten State Music, and Nautilus Creations so check out the vendor page and go to these folk's websites for lots more info!!!

There is a new "Tip of the Week" posted from the Harp Gathering's own Denise Grupp-Verbon about making a practice plan for wonderful results!!!

Finally, registrations are going quite well and the Early bird deadline is getting close, so be sure to send in your registrations and save $100 off the full harpist registration. We do accept credit cards and all you have to do is give us a quick call and we will get you set up in a jiffy (we love to chat!).

And, while we're at it...

Be sure to make your room reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn:

Harp Gathering Room Rates: Standard $99.00 per night (plus tax) / Deluxe $124.00 (Plus tax).

For Room Reservations Call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408
For more information: www.saudervillage.org

Keep checking back and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/23/16

New Vendor, Daily Registration Form Now Available!!!

Howdy, Ho - Harp Gatherlings,

Just a couple quick notes to let you know that we have a new vendor joining us this year, Hayden Harps, from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Be sure to visit Mike's booth and check out his really cool carbon fibre harps, oh and just to let you know, he also builds guitars too, so if you or your companion has an interest in picking up a 6 string friend all the more reason to have a peek!

Next, the daily registration form is now posted for all of you Harp Gatherlings that would like to plan a day trip. Just go to the registration page and click on the "Single Day" form.

Finally, registrations are going wonderfully, fantastic for 2016's Harp Gathering, so do be sure to get your registations sent soon. Remember, we do accept credit cards, just give us a call (419) 478-4177 to process them over the phone as we don't quite have online credit cards set up yet (besides, we love to chat!).

Also, be sure to make your room reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn:

Harp Gathering Room Rates: Standard $99.00 per night (plus tax) / Deluxe $124.00 (Plus tax).

For Room Reservations Call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408
For more information: www.saudervillage.org

Oh, there are folks that may be looking for roommate, so if are interested in sharing a room or have a room already and would like to share, put a shout out of the Harp Gathering Google Group. If you're not signed up for the HG Google Group yet up at the top of this page you can sign up really super easy!

Well, that's about it for now so, stay tuned and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/12/16

NEW - Instructor Video Workshop Introductions!!!

Greetings to All...

All of us Harp Gathering H.Q. hope that you had a wonderful New Years!

As you can see, we are hard at work making plans for a brilliant harp festival for 2016! As part of that effort we have been lucky enough to have some of our harp instructors send us video introductions for some of their workshops. In the black box above, where we have been posting things of particular interest, we will be posting those videos for your perusal. Be sure to check back often as we will post updated videos as we receive them.

Next, our vendor page has been updated with 2016 vendors. As more vendors sign on, we will make updates to the vendor page to keep all of you Harp Gatherlings up to date.

And finally, we are continuing to update the Harp Teacher Finder page, so if you are looking for a harp teacher be sure to have a look there. Now, if you are a harp teacher and would like to post your contact info just drop us a line and we'd be happy to post it for free!

Well, that's it for now.

Stay tuned and check back often because it only gets better and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

P.S. - I forgot to mention that there is a new Tip of the Week...Good advise from Angi Bemiss...WooHoo!!!

 

12/25/15

Merry, Merry Christmas to All!!!

Merry Christmas from The Harp Gathering!The HG Gnome and all of his little friends, along with all of us here at Harp Gathering H.Q. want to wish all of you and yours a Very, Merry Christmas!!!

Stay Tuned as we are excited to be seeing you all next year...

And as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!!

HoHoHo....

 

 

 

 

12/21/15

Ad Form Now Available!!!

The Harp Gathering invites you to participate by sponsoring an ad in our Souvenir Program Book. Each registered harpist, harp companion, exhibitor and performer will receive a copy of the book. Information included in the book will be the schedule of events, workshop descriptions, performer/presenter biographies, and exhibitor information. Reserve your ad space and submit your ad today. Download the ad registration form on our Advertising Page.

On another note...

A BIG THANKS to our reception sponsors for the 2016 Harp Gathering:

~ Therapy Harp Training Program and Lynda Kuckenbrod for Friday night's, after concert, reception
(WooHoo!)

AND

~ Thormahlen Harps and Sharon & Dave Thormahlen for Saturday night's, after concert, reception
(Major Hand Clapping!)

 

Keep checking back as there is more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!!

 

12/18/15

Sauder Heritage Inn Booking ID now available!!!

Here is the Sauder Heritage Inn booking ID for the Harp Gathering in 2016 - Booking ID#5888. Be sure to make you reservations soon!

Also, here is a new Performer/Instructor video for you to enjoy!

More of what's coming in 2016!


For Your Listening Pleasure,
Christa Grix- 2016 Instructor/Performer

Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, she is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music generates has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences.

Listen to this beautiful wedding sampler!!!

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

 

12/14/15

How About a Few Updates!!!

This holiday season is quite busy for Denise and I, lots of holiday parties, concerts, and church services to play : )

So really quick, I've made a couple of updates, namely I've added a new "Tip of The Week" all though it hasn't exactly been every week : (

I promise to do better after the holidays....Really!

Also, I've made a change to the Blog page, above, and added a slide show of our 2016 Harp Gathering performers...How cool is that...Right!!! Don't worry about our Harp Gathering video as I've moved that to the Harp Gathering Home Page so all of you new Harp Gatherlings can peruse that and see what a great time you will have at our soiree...WooHoo!!!!

Oh, registrations are going super this year, so do make sure to send yours in soon as we only have so much room. We do take credit cards and all you have to do is give us a quick call at 419-478-4177 and we can take care of you. We are working on setting up taking credit cards online, but in the mean time just give us a call as we always love to chat : )

Also be sure to make your room reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn:

Harp Gathering Room Rates: Standard $99.00 per night (plus tax) / Deluxe $124.00 (Plus tax).

For Room Reservations Call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408
For more information: www.saudervillage.org

I just noticed I don't have a booking I.D. for the Heritage Inn posted on the website yet, but if you tell the fine folks at the Inn that you are with the Harp Gathering they can set you up without any problems! I'll get a Booking I.D. posted really soon...boy I've got a lot of work to catch up on!!!

Well that's about it for the moment. Be sure to check back soon as I'll be updating the website more often now....I promise!

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

 

9/28/15

And so it begins...Again!!!

Well, here we go again, preparing for another awesome Harp Gathering in 2016.

So, first on the agenda...

We have had some questions regarding what I meant in my previous post regarding our good friend and new addition to the Harp Gathering family, Rhett Barnwell. I said he was "pinch hitting" for Harp Gathering veteran, Frank Voltz and that could have been taken the wrong way. What I meant by that, was that Rhett graciously agreed to conduct the Harp Gathering Ensemble for 2016. It is no small task, and we are so grateful that Rhett was willing to take this on! We are absolutely ecstatic that Rhett will be joining us, for the first time, in 2016 as he is a highly sought after clinician and performer. We welcome him with open arms as he has always been on our short list and fortunately all the stars aligned for 2016's Harp Gathering...WooHoo!!!

Next on the list...

It is time to start posting new "Tip of the Week" tips from our 2016 Faculty. Make sure to check in, weekly, for the new "Tip of the Week" -- always posted in the box above. This week's tip is from Christa Grix, offering great advise on changing your harp strings.

Finally...

Make sure to check out our teachers page to see if there is a harp teacher in your area. If you are a harp teacher and would like to be listed on our teaching page, send us your contact information and we will gladly post it free of charge! Links back to the Harp Gathering website are always appreciated!

Ok...

Well, that's about it for now. Be on the look out for the new registration forms, as they will be posted shortly!

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

 

6/16/15

Just a quick note to let all of you Harp Gatherlings and aspiring Harp Gatherlings know that we have posted the final Performer/Instructor bios for the 2016 Harp Gathering. Make sure to cruze on by the Instructor/Talent page and have a peek! 2016's lineup includes: The ever charming Richard Ash from Folkcraft Instruments, The brilliant arranger extraordinaire Angi Bemiss, Pinch hitting for Frank Voltz in 2016 is sacred music specialist Rhett Barnwell, Jazz Goddess Christa Grix, All sunshine and light Lynda Kuckenbrod, The ever passionate Diana Rowan, Author of "Tunes to Go" Cynthia Shelhart, The Harp Gathering's own Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon known together as TAPESTRY, and finally the legendary Louise Trotter...WooHoooooo!!!!!

In case you're wondering, the answer is YES, we have made the Performer/Instructor roster BIGGER, which means that we will also be expanding the workshop offerings too...Don't you just love it?!?!?! We Do!!! : )

Here is a taste of what's coming in 2016!


For Your Listening Pleasure,
Louise Trotter - 2016 Instructor/Performer

Texan Louise Trotter is a versatile entertainer on pedal and lever harp, playing a varied repertoire, from classical to Broadway, Swing, Latin, Rag, Sacred, Jazz, and is one of the few harpists who specializes in Country Western.

Listen to this beautiful arrangement of O Danny Boy!!!

More to come soon and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!!!

 

5/20/15

Well, after a couple days we have finally been able to catch our breath and start back at it. All of us, here at Harp Gathering H.Q., had a super great time putting all of this together for you. We have had lots of great comments and some really great suggestions for upcoming years. Many Thanks to everyone for another wonderful, fun packed, educational weekend at the 2015 Harp Gathering!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering in 2016!!!