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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!

Warm-ups are probably the most important part of your practice time. Warm-ups get your fingers moving and your brain engaged in harp stuff (away from all the other worldly stuff in your head). If you don't warm-up, the first several minutes of your dedicated practice time is spent warming up your fingers, which dilutes your concentration on the music you are working on. What should you use for a warm-up? Assuming you study harp with a harp instructor, I'm sure there is a piece that you worked on for months and you eventually mastered it. Well, now it has been several months since you last played it, and you've just about forgotten it. All that practice time down the drain (actually, that time was well spent learning new techniques and musicianship). But basically, the piece is not "under your fingers" any longer. Well, that piece is your NEW warm-up exercise. Since we're just trying to get our fingers moving, its ok if it is not perfect. It isn't part of your dedicated practice time - but bringing it back is a valuable exercise. Play it once and put it away until time for your next warm-up. This is a wonderful opportunity to resurrect some great pieces that were and still are worthy of your time and attention. Once upon a time, those pieces were your focus - now they can be your warm-up. Enjoy them and have fun with them. Consider them your old friends.

-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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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!!!