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These morning classes showcase each instructor's specialty in an intensive workshop setting. Classes designated harp required are hands-on workshops. All participants are welcome to attend these classes and we make every effort to provide a limited number of communal harps to share with other participants.


Sign-up for morning intensive workshops is required for registration. Please note, some classes have size restrictions and availability is on a first-come basis.


Cool Chords (you can use!)                   Instructor: Frank Voltz
Levels: II/III Friday I/II Saturday           Harp Required: Yes
Yes, you! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced harpist, you can learn to play chords that will ring in your listeners’ ears and you will enjoy hearing yourself. Triads are baby steps; let’s mambo! Without any knowledge of theory, you will create chords that give your music more life, flair, sophistication, and excitement!  You will learn how to build chords, and how to apply them to music. This workshop is interactive, hands-on, and totally fun. As time permits, attendees will pick their favorite songs, apply these cool chords and experience the new sounds we’ve created from small nuances to amazing musical colors. Let’s take the music you play, the music you create, and kick it up a notch!

Field Guide to Beautiful Tunes         Instructor: Kim Robertson
All Levels (Friday and Saturday)       Harp Required: Yes

Why do certain tunes captivate us more than others? What are the qualities that make a melody sound so beautiful and memorable that we never grow tired of playing it?    Using a sampling of traditional airs from around the globe,  explore some of the essential elements of a "beauty tune" and discover how to identify (or compose!) your own. The tunes will be on lead sheets and suggestions will also be made for simple but effective left hand accompaniment patterns.

Magical Mystery Tour                        Instructor: Lynne Aspnes
All Levels (Friday and Saturday)        Harp Required: Optional

We’ve all experienced that visceral response to extraordinary musicianship.  We can’t define it, we can’t quantify it, but we “know it when we hear it.”  In this workshop master musician and teacher Lynne Aspnes will spend time with you examining the characteristics that contribute to memorable musicianship.  Through discussion, listening​ examples,​ and applying principals in practice, Lynne will provide you the tools to incorporate these characteristics into your own playing.  Beyond the techniques of negotiating the harp and the mechanics that comprise those notes on the page, lies the land of mystery and synthesis where musicians go to play!  Go beyond the notes on the page and explore the the magical world of music!


Once More, for Good Measure            Instructor: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Levels: Levels I/II (Friday) Levels II/III (Saturday)    Harp: Optional

Harp Festivals, Conferences, Master Classes, Private Lessons – You’ve been to them all! Have you incorporated all you’ve learned or are you dusting off those old handouts and books to try again?  It’s time to put it all together and maximize your practice, performances and enjoyment of the harp!  In this class, Robbin will motivate you to develop a personalized plan using the tools you’ve garnered over the years to do just that.  Using practice time efficiently?  Technical challenges?  Choosing appropriate repertoire?  Whatever your challenge, Robbin will address your questions and help you develop a personalized plan of action!

Tell Your Story with Music!              Instructor: Deborah Henson Conant
All Levels (Friday and Saturday)       Harp Required: Optional

Did you ever wish you could use your favorite piece of music to tell an important story of your life? In this class, you will learn a game changing performance skill to do just that!  By creating a structure to combine word and music and using musical patterns from a piece of any level, Deborah will show you how to create a truly unique experience for you and your audience.  Come prepared with a piece near and dear to your heart!


You've Only Just Begun                      Instructor: Jaclyn Wappel
Levels: Beginners  (Saturday)             Harp: Not Required

So you've chosen the harp, now what? In this class Jaclyn will introduce you to the basics that will help launch your harp journey.  She'll be covering essential topics including tuning, hand position, and harp maintenance. This class will provide everything you need to start making beautiful music with your new best friend. 


Harp Ensemble A                                 Instructor: Mary Jane D'Arville

Levels: I/II (Friday)                              Harp Required: Yes
This harp ensemble workshop is for harpists at the beginning to intermediate levels of playing, and those with little to no previous ensemble experience. We will cover the basic elements of ensemble playing, such as following a conductor, listening to others, and working together as a group. Those who wish to will have the opportunity to play with the group in an informal concert before our Saturday evening festivities. If you find that a part you are learning is too difficult, just do your best to play what is comfortable for you -- remember it's an ensemble, and there is safety in numbers! Participants must use original, purchased copies and repertoire selections will be available for purchase at the Virginia Harp Center by calling 804-378-3761 or emailing virginia@vaharpcenter.com Participants must purchase original copies of the following music:


Mini Baroque Suite:  Corrente and Gigue: S. Curcio
Annie Laurie: Traditional/arr. C. Place
Chariots of Fire: Vangelis/arr. M.J. D'Arville
Waltz of the Flowers: Tschaikovsky/arr. F. Voltz


Harp Ensemble B                                 Instructor: Megan Landfair
Levels: II/III (Friday)                            Harp Required: Yes
This harp ensemble workshop is for harpists at the intermediate to advanced levels of playing (suggested 3 years of training), and those with some previous ensemble experience. We will work together as a group to achieve the best sound possible, follow a conductor, and listen to each other. Those who wish to will have the opportunity to play with the group in an informal concert before our Saturday evening festivities. If you find a part you are learning is too difficult, just do your best to play what you can -- remember, it's an ensemble, and there is safety in numbers! Participants must use original, purchased copies and repertoire selections will be available at the Virginia Harp Center. Participants must purchase original copies of the following music:


Off She Goes and She's Gone: D.H. Conant
Hungarian Dance #5: Brahms/L. Abbey-Lee

Chariots of Fire: Vangelis/arr. M.J. D'Arville
Waltz of the Flowers: Tschaikovsky/arr. F. Voltz








intensive morning workshops 2018

March 1 - 4th, 2018

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