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2013, Harp Day

Harp Day 2013 was a huge success!  

WHEN: Saturday March 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Settlement Music School Willow Grove Branch
318 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

WHO: Everyone!
Harp Day is FREE for Phillyharp chapter members and two family members, and includes lunch!
($20 for non-members to attend morning events and lunch; no fee for concert only.)

Schedule of Events
8:45 a.m.                      
Registration begins

9:00-11:00 a.m.          
Harp Ensemble—Harpists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participated in our morning rehearsal and afternoon concert. Please Sign Up to participate. See the repertoire list, below. 

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Competition SuccessWhat are the judges listening for in a competition? What can you do to prepare and play your best? Our panel will talk about the recent Philadelphia Harp Competition, what the judges heard, and take your questions. 

10:00-11:00 a.m.        
Bach on the Harp—Bach spcialist Laura Sherman will show you how to take Bach from the keyboard to the harp. 

11:00-12:00 a.m.        
Tales from the Broadway Pit—What's it like to play for one of the most popular shows on Broadway? Laura Sherman will answer your questions about playing for "Wicked."

Lunch—free for members and two family members.

1:30 p.m.                       

Featured Guest Artist Laura Sherman, from the Broadway show "Wicked"

Laura Sherman will be sharing insider information on what it's like to be a busy Broadway harpist! Laura is the harpist with the Broadway show "Wicked" and founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, and Joshua Bell. Featured on WNYC's "Sound Check" and "The Today Show," she has performed in many of the great concert halls in New York City and Europe. Tours with three Broadway shows have taken her around the world. Laura's editions for harp of the complete Lute Suites by Bach became her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan and were published in June 2012 by Gotham Harp Publishing.

Harp Ensemble with Monika Vasey

Now is your chance to play with others in our Phillyharp Ensemble for all ages and levels! Whether you are an experienced player or have never played in an ensemble before, we want to hear from you! Monika Vasey will show you all you need to know in a morning rehearsal, before the group performs on our afternoon concert. Please Sign Up to participate.

Participants should come prepared with the following music. 

Puccini Medley, arr. by Diane Michaels

A Scott Joplin Montage, arr. by Frank Voltz

"Jupiter" from The Planets, arr. by Janet Witman

Dyades, by Bernard Andres (we will perform as many as we have time for, beginning with no. 1). 

Choose whichever part is best for you, and make whatever necessary edits you need to enjoy yourself—we do not mind if you only want to play one hand!

Other Details

Goodie Bag Giveaway and Membership Drive
We're giving away a harp accessory goodie-bag loaded with harp essentials to one lucky Harp Day attendee. Each member or new member who attends will receive a chance to win, and for each new member you refer who joins the chapter on Harp Day, you'll receive an additional chance to win! 

Member Showcase

Welcome to Virginia Harp Center and Planet Harp, who will be taking part in our member showcase!


Chapter members with harp-related items to sell are invited to showcase your wares at Harp Day. You must email in advance to reserve space. 

Concert Program

"Serenade Melancolique", by Alphonse Hasselmans
—performed by Sarina Marone, First Prize, Phil. Harp Competition Junior Pedal Division 

"Watching the Wheat," by John Thomas
—performed by Anya Garipoli, Frist Prize, Phil. Harp Competition Senior Pedal Division

Phillyharp Ensemble

Sonata in A Major K.209, Scarlatti
Danse des Lutins, Renie
Impromptu Op. 86, Faure
Le Rossignol, Liszt,, arr. Renie
—performed by Madeline Blood


Philadelphia Harp Competition Awards Presentation 

Maryanne Meyer (Program TBA)

Helen Gerhold (Program TBA)

About our Performers
We are excited to present to you three Phillyharp chapter members who will be competing at the upcoming USA International Harp Competition this summer in Bloomington, Ind. (read more)

Madeline Blood
The Philadelphia Inquirer has quoted harpist Madeline Blood as “remarkably poised and musical...raising thematic ideas and shaping a range of colors.” At age fifteen, Madeline became one of the youngest harpists ever to be accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music where she held the Mary Jane Mayhew Barton Fellowship studying under Judy Loman and Elizabeth Hainen. Madeline has collaborated with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. After graduating Curtis in 2011, Madeline was appointed Principal Harp of Symphony in C. Madeline has performed her concerto debut at the American Harp Society's 36th National Conference in 2004. Madeline was selected to perform on National Public Radio's "From the Top" in 2005. As a soloist, Madeline has played with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and Independence Sinfonia, among others, and graced international stages from the Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia to the Bernard Haitink in Amsterdam. She has received awards at the First International Harp Competition in St. Petersburg Russia, the American Harp Society Competitions (both regional and national) and the Delaware, Pottstown, and Kennett Symphony concerto competitions. Madeline received a Deane Sherman Award from the World Harp Congress in 2008.

Helen Gerhold
Helen Gerold has played the harp for twelve years since the age of five.  Helen’s awards include AHS-Philadelphia Student Concerto Competition (age 7) and 1st place Junior Division (age 9), 2nd place Intermediate I Division of USA International Harp Competition.  Helen also performed in 2010 “Stars of Tomorrow” concert. As runner up in From the Top’s ‘Big Break Contest’, Helen played at Carnegie Hall and the From the Top broadcast in 2011. Helen’s harp performances include, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2007 and Focus On Youth Program - World Harp Congress 2011. She has attended summer programs at the Saratoga Harp Colony 2008-2012.  Helen co-won SHC’s Play with the Pros Concerto Competition and performed of the Concerto for Harp by Reinecke, 3rd movement. Helen is in her 5th season as principal harpist, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.  Helen is a student of Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Maryanne Meyer
Maryanne Meyer is an active orchestral and chamber harpist as well as a solo recitalist both in the Philadelphia area and in her home state of Indiana. Maryanne serves as Principal Harpist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, appears frequently with the Delaware Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, as second harpist with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has presented numerous chamber music concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region as a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio. She has performed as pit harpist in recent Barrymore Award-winning productions of The Light in the Piazza and Sunday in the Park with George. She maintains a private teaching studio in Haddonfield, New Jersey and is the resident harp instructor at Rowan University, Settlement Music School and the Girard Academic Music Program middle and high school in Philadelphia. A frequent participant in summer music programs, including the Saratoga Harp Colony, she has also been a faculty member at the Young Artists Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Maryanne holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer Diploma in harp performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Susann McDonald. She completed her Master of Music studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen.