Have you ever wondered how a master teacher inspires, guides, and transforms students’ lives? Now you can get a glimpse into a lesson with a world renowned harpist as you listen to participants perform solo pieces and learn from Anneleen’s comments that follow in this open lesson format. Be sure to bring your notebook so that you’re ready when inspiration strikes!

All levels welcome, harp not required.

Need a technique tune-up? Join the fun and learn how to increase your dexterity, musicality, tone and phrasing through traditional Scottish and Irish dance tunes! Maeve will teach you to keep your body relaxed and fingers light in order to achieve that perfect reel tempo.

Intermediate/Advanced Level, harp required.

There may be no higher calling than when we are asked to play, or volunteer to play, for a religious service in a sacred setting. Whether you’re preparing for your first worship service or are an experienced church harpist looking for new ideas, this workshop is just for you! We will take a look at the practical side of playing in a religious setting, including a survey of major denominations and worship styles. The Liturgical Calendar will be explored, and we will see why “Salve Regina” will be a big hit at the local Catholic Church, but bomb at First Baptist! Practical guides to repertoire, compensation, weddings, funerals and other aspects of playing in a sacred setting will be covered.

All levels welcome, harp not required.

Join Ashley and Maryanne in a great harp adventure and experience firsthand
the various harp models offered by VHC’s manufacturers. Learn what makes each harp
unique and maybe meet your new best friend!

All levels welcome, harp not required.

Does the word improvisation stir up feelings of anxiety or nervousness? Come conquer your fears with Maeve! Many associate the idea of improvising with advanced technique and a sophisticated understanding of harmony, but improvisation is simply the art of spontaneous creation and used commonly in various folk and world cultures. Using diatonic material, imaginative rhythms, and simple motifs, this class will be a gentle introduction to the improv world.

All levels welcome, harps required.

Discover methods to the madness of arranging and composing for the lever and pedal harp! Through trial and tribulation you will learn how to create beautiful music out of a row of strings. You will discover how to make even simple arrangements of your favorite tunes by finding your style, and selecting a mood, a key, a meter, and other mechanics from a musical toolbox.

All levels welcome, harps required.

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Few harpists know the orchestral repertoire better than the Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic! Whether you are an experienced ensemble musician practicing for orchestra auditions or simply curious as to what goes into preparing an orchestral harp part, this performance class is an incredible chance to learn from one of the world's preeminent orchestral harpists.

All levels welcome, harp not required.

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Come join the fun of playing with other harpists and making music together.  We will prepare Kingsfold by Rhett Barnwell and A Virginia Sampler by Ray Pool with coaching from VHC Festival guest artists. Everyone is welcome to participate. Find a part that is comfortable for you and play what you can.  We will perform our prepared pieces on the final concert Sunday afternoon.

• Plan to attend both ensemble rehearsals (Sat. 4pm / Sun. 1pm)
• You must provide your own harp, bench and stand. There will be a storage
area available between rehearsals and concert.
• Harp ensemble participants must be registered for the festival by February 20.
• Harp ensemble repertoire can be purchased by clicking on the links below.

Kingsfold……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Rhett Barnwell

A Virginia Sampler……………………………………………………………………………………………………….Ray Pool

All levels welcome, harps required.

Looking to refresh your music library? This class will be a fantastic way to get
repertoire ideas for all genres including classical, pop, liturgical, seasonal, and teaching materials. Join Maryanne as she plays snippets of each piece and decide if it’s something you might want to add to your own music collection.

All levels welcome, harp not required.

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Ever notice that the stage feels a little different than the practice room? Join guest artist Anneleen Lenaerts as she shares techniques and tips to help you feel comfortable on stage and be free to express yourself musically. Learn how to use your practice time not only to become a better harpist, but to make sure that the best version of yourself comes across in performance.

All levels welcome, harp not required.

This class is for anyone who gets a knot in their stomach just thinking about what would
happen if a string broke! Let our resident string expert Amy teach you how to change a string with confidence. She’ll help you master the knot, secure the string to the tuning pin, and give tips on changing wire strings.

All levels welcome, harp not required.

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Curious about Camac harps? Join their Principal International Technician, Liza Jensen, as she takes you on an educational journey through Camac's history and innovation.

All levels welcome, harp not required.