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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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Thursday, May 26 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
Playing the Harp Effortlessly LIMITED

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"An Instructional Course in Developing an Effortless Approach to Playing the Harp"

Dancing is everything behind the grace and beauty of being a harpist.

Introduction: Outline main ideas about harp playing. My technical and musical approach. Main differences from others. Relationship with Carlos Salzedo and other influential teachers.

Discussion-Outline: Playing the harp is complex and involves paradoxes. How position evolves as student advances. Distinction between a standard and technical approach and the individual. Isolating the many different technical elements.

Visual and Aesthetics: "A harpists' hands are like a dancers' toes" (Vaslav Nijinsky). Articulation, alignment, dynamic control, ("The full beauty of the harp grows out of many varying tonal effects of which it is capable"), breathing, body language. Gestures must have meaning. Effortless approach to playing the instrument.

Repertoire Discussion: Bring repertoire to demonstrate. Discuss ways of learning. Memorization and developing a photographic memory. Discuss repertoire which presents more challenges to teach: Excerpts/examples from solo, chamber, orchestral, ballet, opera, etc.

Wrap Up: Revisiting subjects with questions and suggestions from our previous sessions.

We all listen with our eyes and this is why it is so important to play the harp with a visual approach to match your musical concepts.

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Heidi Lehwalder

“The main thing to tell you about Heidi is that she is simply a genius.” | – Leonard Bernstein, Nov. 1963 | | Heidi Lehwalder, harpist, has performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No

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