I'll be giving an online solo performance this month, in a program including works by J. S. Bach, Gabriel Pierné, Eduardo Chavarri, and a theme and variations that I composed. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, July 14th at 2pm
presented by the
Enoch Pratt Fee Library
Baltimore Harp Camp Canceled
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Baltimore Harp Camp 2020 has been canceled. We are hopeful to be back in 2021!
Distribution Through Lyon and Healy
I'm excited to announce that Lyon and Healy is now distributing fifteen of my works for harp through harp.com. These publications include exercise books, pieces for solo harp, and arrangements for harp ensemble. Many works are also available for purchase through my informational harp website - harpinsideout.com - and selected publications are available through Amazon.
New YouTube Videos
For the past couple of years, I've been filming, editing and posting a video on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/JacquelinePollauf) every other week. However, with more time at home during the pandemic, I've increased my pace and have been posting weekly videos. Here are my latest couple of videos:
Harp Column Review
The Harp Column Magazine gave Beau Soir, my recent recording with cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, a glowing review in their May/June 2020 issue:
"Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf plays with a breathier and darker sound, drawing on her instrument’s richness to balance the dense beauty of cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski in their lovingly recorded Beau Soir. Primarily consisting of familiar works of the fin de siècle France, most notable in this handsome disc is Arvo Pärt’s Fratres allowing the cello to put in motion a hypnotizing motif. The two then explore simple variations, again seeming to luxuriate in a duskier soundworld. Vaughn Williams Six Studies in English Folk Music places the duo in their sweet spot of expressiveness as well as their ability to evoke a time long gone by. Pair this one with Spiegel im Spiegel and you have utter perfection."
Publication About Chamber Music
A Guide to Including Young Harpists in Chamber Music Settings has been published as a feature article in the current edition of American String Teacher. Aimed at providing information for music teachers and chamber music coaches working with young harpists, I hope this article helps young harpists find more ensemble opportunities.
Although I've taught online lessons for many years, with the coronavirus pandemic, I have transitioned to teaching exclusively online for the time being. I have put together a page of information and FAQ's here.
I'm delighted to announce that I will be giving a few virtual performances on behalf of local libraries. With so many of my spring 2020 performances canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, I've been missing performing.
The upcoming performances will take place on April 28, April 30, and May 8. Below you'll find a preview video with a few short pieces.
Summer Camp Updates
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan has canceled its summer program. While I will miss being a part of of the Blue Lake Faculty, I am hopeful that the Baltimore Harp Camp will still run as scheduled in August.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of my spring performances have been canceled. Many are hoping to reschedule for the summer or fall. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Harp Ensemble
I'm excited to announce that in March I will be guest conducting the Maryland Symphony Youth Orchestra Harp Ensemble, a group comprised of harpists from age 8 - 18, for two performances.
New Publication from Lyon and Healy
I'm delighted to announce that Lyon and Healy Publications has just published my arrangements of Gabriel Fauré's Romance en La Majeur, Op. 69, for cello and harp. You can see more information here, including a video performance of the piece.
Beau Soir Widely Available
Beau Soir, a recently released album of cello and harp music with Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is now available through iTunes, Amazon and all other major streaming sites.
Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and I just released Beau Soir, a recording of pieces for cello and harp. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Judith Krummeck at Baltimore's WBJC radio station for a short interview about the release. You can listen to the interview here.
Performances of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols
A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten is a beautiful work for choir and harp, written in 1942 while Britten was crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This year, I'll be performing the piece with three excellent choirs:
December 4, 7:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University Choral Society, under the direction of Mark Hardy
Shriver Hall, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland
December 15, 10 am
Towson Presbtyerian Church Choir, under the direction of Stephen Harouff
Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland
December 15, 4 pm
First and Franklin Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Jason Kissel
First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Album Release Concert
I'm delighted to announce the completion of Beau Soir, a recording of pieces for cello and harp with Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It will shortly be available in both physical and digital versions. We will be holding a album release concert:
Saturday, December 7 at 2pm
An die Musik
409 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
National Gallery of Art Solo Recital
My solo recital at the National Gallery of Art was a great experience. I performed a contemporary program, including the premiere of Nicky Hind's Harpers Ferry, a work that was written for me. The gallery has many beautiful spaces and I performed in the East Building Library, pictured below.
Free Improv Performance
Every now and then I enjoy stepping outside of my musical comfort zone. To that end, I just performed on Derrick Michaels Presents, a free improv series in Baltimore. Below are photos from the performance, including Derrick Michaels on saxophone, Zachary Swanson on bass, and Brent Madsen on trumpet.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Season Begins
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently found themselves in a difficult situation and experienced a fourteen week lock out, during which they were unable to perform. Thankfully, they were able to negotiate a new contract and begin performing again in September. I was honored to be a part of their opening weeks. Here I am warming up before a concert at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland.
Performance and Masterclass at Florida State University
I'm looking forward to performing Maurice Ravel's Introduction et Allegro at Florida State University alongside FSU Faculty members. While I'm in Tallahassee, I will also be giving a masterclass for the harp studio at FSU.
Solo Recital at the National Gallery of Art
I am honored to announce that I'll be giving a solo recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. this fall. The program will feature 20th century music for the harp, including works by Paul Hindemith, John Cage, Ami Maayani and the premiere of a new work by Scottish-American composer Nicky Hind. More info is available here.