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boot it up!

instructor: ela szmyt
Level: II/III (Friday only) • I/II (Saturday only)
Harp Required: yes

Hit the harp and give me 10-repetitions,that is! Drill Sergeant Szmyt will whip you into shape with her basic training program. No fancy equipment needed as you train on the fundamental four - scales, arpeggios, chord and intervals. You will leave pumped up and primed for your next performance. Get ready to report to duty!

if the harp fits- play it!!

instructor: robbin gordon-cartier
Level: I/II (Friday only) • II/III (Saturday only)
Harp Required: optional

All of us here at BITM have already fallen under the spell of the harp! The allure of our unique instrument is reaching new audiences and creating performance opportunities at a variety of different events. From outdoor wine tastings to pop and rock bands, harpists are expanding conventional boundaries and discovering new genres of music along with bringing old traditions to new venues!  This class will explore how to choose appropriate musical selections for events, getting the most out of the repertoire you already know, and learning when to say NO!!!

harp ensemble b

instructor: pam eldridge
Level: II/III (friday only)
Harp Required: yes

This 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.


Harp Ensemble B Repertoire:
  • Sanctus from "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure/ arr. Lynne Abbey-Lee $12.00

  • Ode to Joy by Beethoven/ arr. Serena O'Meara $20.00

  • A Virginia Sampler by Ray Pool $12.00 [Combined Ensemble Selection]

  • Wild Rose of the Mountain by Johnn Mason/ arr. Stephanie Curcio $9.00 [Combined Ensemble Selection]

harp ensemble a

instructor: pam eldridge
Level: I/II (saturday only)
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 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 vaharpcenter@msn.com.


Harp Ensemble A Repertoire:
  • Mini Baroque Suite by Stephanie Curcio $12.00

    • Allemande

    • Sarabande

  • Scarborough Fair arr. Denise Grupp-Verbon $12.00
  • A Virginia Sampler by Ray Pool $12.00 [Combined Ensemble Selection]
  • A Wild Rose of the Mountain by John Mason/ arr. Stephanie Curcio $9.00 [Combined Ensemble Selection]

sophisticated simplicity

instructor: Kim robertson
Level: I/II (Friday only) • II/III (Saturday only)
Harp Required: yes

According to Leonardo da Vinci, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." In this hands-on arranging workshop, discover how playing fewer notes can actually produce a richer, more complex sound by allowing the tone and sustain of your harp to come through. 
Learn ways to simplify an existing "cluttered" arrangement as well as easy but effective chord patterns, dampening techniques and playful sound effects to help you create your own beautiful but effortless arrangements, custom-tailored to your technique. 

ILlumination & inspiration

instructor: martha gallagher
Level: II/III (Friday only) • I/II (Saturday only)
Harp Required: optional

This expansive workshop is chock full of ideas and tools that will spice up arrangements and get you comfy with improvisation, singing, songwriting, performance skills, groovin’ rhythms and more. These tools will be fun and wonderfully useful for playing in public or just playing for yourself! You'll go home with lots of new ideas to incorporate into your music as well as things to explore over time.

Practice for the Finish- Get your music done!

instructor: anne sullivan
Level: I/II (Friday only) • II/III (Saturday only)

Harp RequiredYES
If you've ever had trouble finishing a piece you've started, you may need to reevaluate your practice routine. In this workshop you will learn the essential techniques from Anne's proven Kaleidoscope Practice System. Working at the harp, you will experience the three stages of music learning and discover how to progress through them quickly, before boredom or frustration sets in. You will learn the five focus areas and techniques specifically crafted to develop your skills in each. Your practice will be effective and fun, and you will be playing the way you've always wanted!

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.

intensive morning workshops