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News 2021-2022

Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant

I'm excited to announce that I am the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant! I proposed a project centering around videos, and as a result will be creating several new videos, including both performance and instructional videos. More information will be forthcoming. Thank you so much to the MSAC!

July 2022

Summer 2022 Season Favorites Concert

Join me in the summer of 2022 for a livestream performance of Season Favorites. During this hour long performance, I will perform eight pieces, one from each of the eight livestream performances I gave during the 2021 - 2022 season. Throughout the performance I will share some remarks about the music and composers. The performances will livestream through my YouTube Channel free of charge, with contributions accepted, and will be available to view after the premiere.

For more information, please visit my calendar page. 

July 2022

Baltimore Harp Camp Returns 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Baltimore Harp Camp is returning in the summer of 2022. Campers can attend this week-long day camp to improve on their existing harp skills. Each day will be spent in a variety of activities, including playing in an ensemble, as well as working music theory, performance skills, and harp history. The week will culminate in a recital featuring campers playing solo and ensemble music. 

For more information, please visit The Baltimore Harp Camp.

June 2022

Recitals in May

I'm looking forward to giving three recitals in May, two in person and one livestream.

On Sunday, May 1 at 3pm (EDT), I'll give a live and in-person performance on the Community Concert Series at Emmanuel United Church of Christ (124 Broadway, Hannover, Pennsylvania). During this hour long recital, I will perform works by André Caplet, Lili Boulanger, and Grace Becker Vamos. Admission is free. More information is available here. 

Then on Sunday, May 8 at 3pm (EDT), I'll perform live and in-person at An die Musik Live (409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland), for a Mother's Day performance. Throughout the hour long recital, I'll offer some thoughts on the music and perform music by Gabriel Pierné, André Jolivet, and Lili Boulanger. More information and tickets are available here.  

Finally on Friday, May 20 at noon (EDT), I'll give my final livestream recital of the spring. In a recital entitled A Harp Sketchbook, I'll perform works by three composers. Throughout the concert I"ll share some thoughts about each of the pieces on the program: The performance will live stream free of charge, with contributions accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

• Variations pastorales sur un vieux noël by Marcel Samuel-Rosseau

Autumn Dance from Four Seasonal Sketches by Betty Jackson King, trans. Jacqueline Pollauf​

• Fontainebleau Suite by Grace Becker Vamos

    I. Palace Lake

    II. Summer Night

    III. Forest​

May 2022

April Performances

On Friday, April 15 at noon (EDT), I'll give a recital entitled At the Paris Conservatoire. For many years, the Paris Conservatoire was the center of the harp world. I'll perform four pieces by composers associated with the conservatoire, including my own recent transcription of an unusual work by Lili Boulanger. Throughout the concert I"ll share some thoughts about each of the pieces on the program. The performance will live stream free of charge, with contributions accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

• Impromptu-Caprice by Gabriel Pierné       ​

• Prélude pour harpe by André Jolivet    

• Divertissement à l'espagnole by André Caplet

• Trois Morceaux pour Piano by Lili Boulanger​

    trans. by Jacqueline Pollauf

On Tuesday, April 19 at 12:10pm (EDT), I'll give a live and in-person performance for The Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G Street NW) in Washington D. C. During this forty-five minute performance, I'll perform works by Gabriel Pierné, Marcel Samuel-Rosseau, and Lili Boulanger. The performance is free, with donations accepted.

Finally, on Friday, April 22 at 12:00pm (EDT), I'll perform live and in-person for The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington (2022 I Street NW) in Washington D. C. During this thirty-minute performance, I'll perform works by Grace Becker Vamos, André Jolivet, and Gabriel Pierné. This performance is free and open to the public.

April 2022

Presentation at the American String Teacher Association Conference

In March, I gave a presentation entitled Building Technical Harp Skills Through Warm-up Exercises for the American String Teacher Association Conference. I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts about working with students on their technical skills and hope to explore this topic more thoroughly in the future.

March 2022

March Events

On Friday, March 18 at noon (EDT), I'll be giving a recital In Remembrance of Osian Ellis, a world-renowned Welsh harpist who passed away last year. I'll be performing three pieces by composers that he championed. 

• Crépuscule by William Alwyn     

• Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten 

• Suite for Harp by Benjamin Britten

Throughout the concert I"ll share some thoughts about each of the pieces on the program: The performance will live stream free of charge, with contributions accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

Then on Saturday, March 19 at noon (EDT) I'll be offering an online student event about the music of Bernard Andrès. Throughout this event I will discuss and demonstrate many pieces by Andrès for both lever and pedal harp. This will take place via Zoom and is open to students at any level. Advance registration is required. See the Workshop Registration page for more information. 

March 2022

Recent Performances

In February, I had the pleasure of performing live and in-person for several performances. With the Maryland Lyric Opera, I performed Giacomo Puccini's Turandot. It was an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus. I was thrilled to be involved with such a large group of musicians again. I also performed Claude Debussy's La Mer and Gustav Holst's The Planets with the National Philharmonic, two great works! 

February 2022

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Spring 2022 Season Announcement 

Join me in the spring of 2022 for an exciting season of performances and student workshops. At the heart of the spring season are my short, thematic online concerts of solo harp music on the third Friday of every month at noon (Eastern Time). Throughout each thirty minute performance, I will offer remarks about the theme and composers presented. All performances will livestream through my YouTube Channel free of charge, with contributions accepted.

Additionally, I will offer a few live and in person performances this spring. More information about all of my performances and workshops is available on the calendar page

January 2022

December Events

December is a month filled with both in-person and livestream performances. I hope you can join me!

Candlelight Concert, Sunday, December 12 at 4pm

First and Franklin Church, 210 W. Madison Street

For this beautiful holiday concert, I'll be performing music for solo harp and harp and choir, including works by Benjamin Britten, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Henri Büsser. A free will offering will be taken.

More information is available here


 

Russian Music on the HarpFriday, December 17 at noon (EST)

Livestream Performance

I'm looking forward to this month's online performance, an exciting program of Russian Music, including Aram Khachaturian's dramatic Oriental Dance and Toccata and a transcription of Pytor Tchaikovsky's classic Waltz of the Flowers, along with works by Reinhold Glière and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov.

Click here to access the livestream


Workshop: Special Effects and Extended Techniques, Saturday, December 18 at noon (EST)
Online Workshop

In this online workshop, I'll be delving into non-traditional ways of playing the harp, including techniques like

xylophonic sounds, tuning key slides, and thunder glissandos. I will demonstrate and explain all of these techniques

while participants play along on their harps. The workshop will take place via Zoom and is open to students

at any level playing either a lever or a pedal harp. Advance registration is required.

See the Workshop Registration page for more information


 

Solo Recital, Sunday, December 19 at 7pm (EST)

An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street

To end the fall season, I'll be giving a solo recital featuring the music of Marcel Tournier, Pytor Tchaikovsky,

and Reinhold Glière. This in-person event will offer limited seating, as well as a livestream option.

Ticketing options are available here

December 2021

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November Performance and Workshop

Join me on Friday, November 19 at noon (Eastern Standard Time) for a performance of The Music of Marcel Tournier. Marcel Tournier was a French harpist and composer who wrote for the harp in a mesmerizing and impressionistic style. Throughout the concert I"ll share some thoughts about each of the pieces on the program:

• Étude de Concert, op. 39, “Au Matin”​

• Berceuse Russe, op. 40

• Vers la Source dans la Bois​

• Images Suite no. 1, op. 29

               

The performance will livestream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

On Saturday, November 20 at noon (Eastern Standard Time) I'll be offering an online student workshop about combining the right and left hands. Throughout this workshop I will demonstrate and talk through various exercises focused on the challenging of coordinating both hands. The workshop will take place via Zoom and is open to students at any level playing either a lever or a pedal harp. Advance registration is required. See the Workshop Registration page for more information

November 2021

October Events

On Friday, October 15 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) I'll be giving a performance of Sonatas for the Harp. Throughout the concert I"ll share some thoughts about each of the pieces on the program:

Sonata in c minor by Sophia Dussek

Sonata in D Major by Mateo Albeniz, trans. Susanna Mildonian

Sonata in c minor by Giovanni Battista Pescetti, trans. Carlos Salzedo

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

Then on Saturday, October 16 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) I'll be offering an online student event about the music of Marcel Grandjany as learning repertoire. Throughout this event I will discuss and demonstrate many pieces by Grandjany for both lever and pedal harp. This will take place via Zoom and is open to students at any level. Advance registration is required. See the Workshop Registration page for more information

October 2021

First Concert and Workshop of the Fall Season

I'm delighted to be giving a concert on Friday, September 17 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) that I'm calling Dancing on the Harp. I'll be performing four pieces in this short concert and will speak a bit about each piece throughout the performance:

Peacherine Rag by Scott Joplin, trans. Jacqueline Pollauf

Sarabande et Toccata by Nino Rota

Valse by Arnold Bax, ed. Marcia Dickstein

Tango and Rumba from Suite of Eight Dances by Carlos Salzedo

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

On Saturday, September 18 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) I'll be offering an online workshop for students on rhythm on the harp. This will take place via Zoom and is open to students at any level, playing either a lever or a pedal harp. Advance registration is required. See the Workshop Registration page for more information

September 2021

Fall 2021 Concert Series Announcement

Join me this fall as I continue my online concert series! I'll be giving a short performance of solo harp music on the third Friday of each month at noon (Eastern Time). Each concert will explore a different theme and will livestream through my YouTube Channel for free, with donations accepted.

I'll also be offering online student events on the third Saturday of each month this fall. These will take place at noon (Eastern Time) via Zoom. See the calendar page for registration info, as well as more details about the entire series. 

 

Schedule:

Friday, September 17 | Concert: Dancing on the Harp

Saturday, September 18 | Workshop: Rhythm

Friday, October 15 | Concert: Sonatas for the Harp

Saturday, October 16 | Presentation: Grandjany's Music as Learning Repertoire

Friday, November 19 | Concert: The Music of Marcel Tournier

Saturday, November 20 | Workshop: Combining the Right and Left Hands

Friday, December 17 | Concert: Russian Harp Music

Saturday, December 18 | Workshop: Special Effects and Extended Techniques

August 2021

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