Friday: Secrets of the Stars Supershow

Start your weekend with a bang!  Each conference presenter performs a piece and teaches a 3- minute gem on learning, practice, or memorization.  There’s lots of laughter, with priceless tips.  You might even go to the ticket exchange board to pick new classes after you see the style of each presenter!   No harp needed.  All levels.  Companions welcome.   

“Friday Extra Retreat Day” participants only

Southeastern Harp Weekend


Arpeggios for Growing Harpers

Arpeggios are the ultimate “harpistic” sound that you will depend on throughout the years.  If you are only playing “triad-triad-triad” arpeggios you need to break out of that box!

Or maybe you don’t even know what an arpeggio is.  In that case, come get started on the right foot!  This is not Sunita’s intermediate level “Art of the Arpeggio” workshop with swirls and 9th’s, but is instead oriented at a more “starter” level.  You’ll learn ideas you can implement without making complex arpeggios, so you’ll be on the path of “Yay, I have more choices of beautiful patterns.” 

Learn to look at chords differently, stretch them out and clear up your bass.  You’ll see that you can change the order of the notes without changing fingerings, or make a “suspended” feeling that is gorgeous.  The course will go at a gentle pace instead of packing in too many ideas.  Come learn lovely ideas you will use from now on!  Bring harp. Taught for Early Beginner and Experienced Beginner, but also open to anyone else that still plays only “triads” arpeggios.



Do you play so that all your notes are the same volume?  How would you like to add dynamics, special effects, nuance, delicacy, drama, or passion to your playing?  How about making a crescendo without adding tension?  How about designing your phrasing to add tenderness to your piece?

Your music will come alive when you feed it with color and contrast. Sunita will share a few exercises that help you develop finger control.  You’ll experiment with changing the angle of your fingers to change the tone. And you’ll see where you can go all out, and when a subtle change is more appropriate. 

This all makes playing much more satisfying and musical.  Feel confident with adding dynamics to all your music!  Bring harp.  Early Intermediate to Experienced Intermediate.



Beginners to Advanced can all benefit here.  Often, we scramble for more notes to make a tune impressive.  But on the harp, less is more.

On piano, a simplified piece can sound juvenile, but the ringing strings of the lever harp allow you to create magic with fewer notes.  You are not cheating when you simplify.  Your listeners don’t know what is more, or less, difficult.  They only know what is more, or less, beautiful.  With an uncluttered arrangement, you are more in control of the harmonies, and you can make your tune glow with as you put more attention into the feeling you want to create.

Sunita will show you how to decipher the heart of the tune and figure out what is important.  This allows you to make a passage easier by removing notes to reveal the soul of the tune.  Come explore this valuable skill that can make your harping not only less stressful but often more interesting!  Hands-on for most attendees, and Newbies can attend and see the concept for future use.  Bring harp.  All levels.


Timing is Everything

Timing is everything if you want to play music instead of just notes.  The difference between “nice” and “exciting” is in timing!  Come with Sunita into a world where playing that one last note makes everyone hold their breath, instead of playing it so it snuffs out the flame. Come learn how to create a phrase that flows into the next.  And learn to use timing to get the blood pumping, or to alternatively soothe the soul. 

Remember, timing is not just rhythm.  Without nuances, music can be flat or rigid.  On the other hand sometimes timing IS about the rhythm, the inner “pulse” of the music that keeps it exciting.  We invite you to join Sunita to start to control your music, play with new awareness, and make it all come alive with the knowledge that… timing is everything!  Bring harp.  Experienced Beginners to Advanced.


Full Body Harping

Did you know that playing the harp uses the entire body?  Or at least it should!  If you properly utilize your body, your arms don’t get tired, your neck stays comfortable, and your music keeps flowing.  Sunita will show you how to gather energy from your core, how to keep your shoulders down and chest open.  You’ll explore ways to “place” and “raise” to increase relaxation and tone.

The goal is to play as if you are dancing on the clouds, and to lure the most beautiful sounds from your harp. Sometimes we get so focused on learning the latest tricks to play fast that we don’t create the most relaxed pathway to playing.  Space in the hand, between the fingers, and the distance between your fingers and the strings, are all factors. In this class you’ll aim towards building coordination of the two hands to stay relaxed.  The concepts in this class will improve fast playing as well as slow.  Bring harp.  All levels. 


Blanket of Sound

Learn to flow seamlessly between arpeggios to create a blanket of harmony that can envelope your listener.  Improvise on a descending bass. Create a smooth phrase that can help someone completely relax. not-- fall asleep.

This workshop might be for you even if you don’t play in a therapeutic setting. If you want to develop tone and legato phrasing, if you want to keep one note from “popping out” louder than the others, or if you want to soothe your own stresses, the skills are  the same.   This is not a workshop to develop your repertoire or learn about bedside harping. It is about controlling flowing lines and phrases so that you are a better musician.  Develop elegance!  Newbies will benefit by watching, others will work hands-on.  Bring harp.  All levels.

Click here for a definition of the 6 “Experience Level Descriptions” that will help you pick workshops that are right for you. 

Feather Fingers

Tired of sounding clunky on the harp? Learn Kim’s distinctive “Feather Fingers” technique that will add more nuance and grace to your playing. Using exercises for volume and tone, learn to bring out the individual voice of each finger to create simple but gorgeous inner harmonies.

With sample melodies, learn how to “float a melody” and create more expressive and articulate phrasing.  This class will be a workout and can’t cater to beginners, but those folks can audit from the back of the room to just listen.  Bring Harp.  Early Intermediate to Advanced.

Click here for a definition of the six “Experience Level Descriptions” that will help you pick workshops that are right for you.  


Beauty Tunes

Why do certain melodies make our spines tingle?  In this class Kim will reveal some of her secrets for choosing and arranging those special airs that best release the soulful beauty of the harp. Using sample tunes in various modes and styles, she’ll illustrate ingredients that make up a "beauty tune" and give you strategies to discover and develop your own.  Sample tunes will be on lead sheets.  Bring Harp.  Exp. Beginner to Advanced.


Kim’s Cool Left Hand Patterns, Level One

Learn some of Kim’s cool signature LH accompaniment patterns so you can transform even simple pieces into engaging arrangements.  She will show you how to build on drones and 5ths to create rhythmic and harmonic variations that are relatively easy to play but sound complex. 

This class will be a somewhat relaxed pace to allow budding harpers to lock in the ideas.  Bring harp. Early Beginner thru Early Intermediate


Kim’s Cool Left Hand Patterns, Level Two

Learn more of Kim’s cool accompaniment patterns so you can enhance any style of music. Starting with a quick review of the basics from Level 1, Kim will move on to more advanced patterns that add rhythmic complexity and harmonic spice to a melody.

The various patterns can be used at any tempo.  Also they can be used for accompanying pieces, or as a foundation for creative noodling, or for improvisation for therapeutic settings.  This class will move too fast for budding players, so we invite them to attend Level 1 instead.  Bring harp.  Experienced Intermediate & up.



An uncomplicated primer on self-expression at your harp.  Kim will teach simple improvisation formulas to free you up and let you comfortably play off the page. 

Exercises will include patterns, rhythms and modes for beautiful improvisations.  Some of the motifs can also be used within an arrangement as intros or interludes, or they can be used in therapeutic harp settings.  And it’s a joy to use these patterns to create personalized warm-up etudes that are fresh and fun every day! 

Some of the techniques may be more complex toward the end of the class, so one-hand participation is also an option.  A reference sheet will be given at the end.  Liberate yourself into a new realm with this hands-on experience!  Bring Harp.  Early Intermediate & up.


Damp it All !

Known by various names: damping, dampening, muffling or étouffée (not the Cajun stew), it is something classical harpists learn to do, yet many folk harpers are unfamiliar with it. This deceptively simple art makes pieces cleaner, more expressive and more exciting. It is one the key elements of Kim Robertson’s masterful tone.  

If you don’t yet use damping, this will open up a whole new dimension in your playing.  If you already use some damping but would like to get better, you’ll get new ideas for individual finger damping, open hand damping, closed hand damping, soft muting and staccato effects.  

These offer new dimension to arrangements.  Exercises will include how, and when to, stop the strings from vibrating and how to incorporate damping techniques into your own tunes. Less experienced players may not always keep up with the hands-on aspect, but that's ok, just bring a recording device. Bring harp.  Experienced Beginner & up.

sarajane williams

saturday and sunday:

sunita staneslow

sharon thormahlen


“This year I went for the basics.  Music theory, chords,

writing music, ear training.  I had no idea how much I was missing,

but now I know what to work on! 

These were eye opening (or ear opening) classes for me.

- Karen Parke -


Levers and More

In this popular workshop with harp maker Dave Thormahlen, learn about the different types of levers and why these differences matter.  Some are cast from metal, some from high quality plastic, some are color coded; see why these act differently on the sound of the strings and influence your ease of use.  

You’ll earn how to adjust them so that your harp plays in tune no matter what key you're in. He’ll share a few harp care basics, and if there's time, Dave can also address simple repairs that most people can do at home. No harp needed, but bring yours if you want to know about specific repairs. No harp needed.  All levels. Companions invited.


Dave will be available to regulate harps throughout the weekend. Come to the Thormahlen Harps booth to set this up with him!  You can also call or email Dave to let him know that you want a regulation. That way he can find out what levers you have and if Dave needs a tool for some unusual lever, he'll bring it.  Email

Fun for Beginners

You’re excited – you just got a harp.  And you’re at your first harp conference.  Yikes!  You want to make beautiful sounds, but you’re wondering how to get started.   The good news is you can have fun AND create pleasing music with your harp NOW - no need to wait until you’ve learned correct technique, theory and sight reading.  

Sharon will take you on a tour of your harp – and talk about what to do with your fingers.  You’ll learn a couple of simple patterns, and then discover how to make them musical.  Next we’ll pick out the melody line to a familiar tune or two.  And Sharon  will talk about how to enjoy the weekend and stay out of overwhelm.  A super start for the weekend if you are a true beginner!  Bring Harp. Level:  Newbies.


The Magic Knot

If you’ve ever broken a string and didn’t know what to do, come to this cool workshop by Sharon Thormahlen. You will learn how to tie a very easy string knot you will never forget, and you'll practice it in class.  And then there’s that silly business of securing the string onto the tuning pin.  Sharon will demystify that so you can be the master of your own harp! 

When we get through, you might love to see some ways that will make tuning your harp much faster, more accurate and more fun. Come with questions about strings and tuning. Harp optional. All levels.  Companions welcome.

Scottish Music, Old to New

In this workshop, Wendy will demonstrate examples of Scottish music from early times (even 12th Century) , through the rich history of the traditional, to the exciting new blend of influences in Scottish harping today.  It will be a musical overview of a small country with a wide tapestry of musical heritage.

This workshop is 2/3 talk and demo, with 1/3 hands-on, interspersed.  You’ll learn background and technique all the way from the early wire-strung repertoire to the modern nylon-and gut-strung harps, and the playing styles that reflect other Scottish instruments such as fiddle and bagpipe. There will be singing too!

You will come away with a rich understanding you didn't have before. Enlarge your harp-world with an expert!  Harp optional. All levels.  Companions welcome.



Creative Ideas

This is truly a workshop for all levels; it is about freeing yourself at the harp. Wendy says "Some of my best pieces have come out of just noodling around on the harp, partly I think because I had two years of messing around musically before starting lessons.” 

In this workshop, you will explore the joy of creating something out of nothing. Using visual art, words, found objects and more, Wendy will show that harp composition is about making your own sounds, no matter what your level. 

If you are advanced, Wendy will help you think outside the box. If you are a complete beginner, you don’t have as large array of technical skills, but you have the advantage of having no preconceptions, so this is a great place to get creative ideas and get going!

You’ll learn ideas and have creativity exercises.  The intermediate and advanced harpers will also work on cross rhythms and shaping a composition.  Recording devices are welcome.  Come be inspired and empowered!  Bring Harp.  All Levels.


Scottish Dance Tunes

In this fun hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the differences in rhythm, accompaniment, and ornamentation in marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, 9/8s, waltzes and schottisches. You’ll get an idea of what dance goes with which type of tune and why getting the right tempo and lift is so important in playing dance music on the harp.

Though we’ll be going at a moderate to fast pace, if you can’t go that fast, you can always dip in with the repeated phrases that will crop up throughout each tune!  Bring harp. Early Intermediate to  Advanced




Slow Airs of Scotland

The slow airs found in Scotland have a different feel from Irish or North American Airs. In these gorgeous tunes, it’s the space between the notes that is often most important; the ringing of the strings; the harmonic sounds of the harp itself. 

Perhaps the Scottish landscape has shaped the sound.  Influenced by the stark beauty of the Highlands; the craggy peaks to deep glens, the music soars and dives like that landscape.  There are dotted rhythms, creating a more “pointed” and then spacious sound, in contrast to Irish Airs which some say are influenced by rolling Irish countryside. 

This will be a relaxed class where we can really get inside the music.  Wendy will teach melodies that can stay with you forever.  Because listening to a slow air is so vital (you cannot get the timing  from sheet music), do bring a recording device.  You will get sheet music after the class (or in PDF form after the conference) to refer to at home.  Bring Harp.  All Levels.



Hard-Core Scottish Decorations You’ll Love

If you want a real challenge and something new to captivate you, here's a workshop for upper intermediate and advanced students. Others are welcome to watch and record, but the hands-on aspects of this class are not for the less experienced harpers, and Wendy will not be able to slow the class down.

Wendy will discuss and demo Birls, Cuts, and Turns and show what suits which kind of tune. Next, it’s time for hands-on. Some bagpipe decorations and embellishments such as Taorluath, Crunluath, Grip and Strike can amazingly be adapted to harp!

The group will take the bones of a tune –analogous to the theme of a pibroch – and add decorations to make a unique but undoubtedly Scottish sound.  She will give exercises to help you make your decoration light, and make it just before the beat so you keep the vital rhythm of the tune.

These captivating ornaments can be used in other kinds of tunes besides just Scottish, to add magic to your playing.

It will take you much longer than this workshop to master these, so bring a recording device!  If you are less experienced, you may come audit and record, but we ask that auditors please not ask questions or take up any class time, because this class is taught specifically for Experienced Intermediate and Advanced.  Bring Harp.

angi bemiss

“Where Passion Meets Performance: Baroque Flamenco"

Do wish you had a piece that showed the world just how powerful, dramatic and cool the harp can be? Deborah Henson-Conant's powerhouse harp showpiece "Baroque Flamenco" landed her a Grammy Nomination and countless standing ovations - and now YOU can learn the fundamentals of the piece to play at your own level right now -- and then enjoy years developing and embellishing it.

You'll learn to strum the introduction like an Flamenco guitar, to add a soundboard-slapping cadenza, and a dramatic bring-'em-to-their-feet ending. You also learn the gracious Baroque melody and foot-stomping Flamenco rhythm of the variations -- and when you put it all together you have your very own rendition of this powerpiece.

But wait .... there's more! This piece didn't start out as a showstopper!  It was originally an almost meditative composition that Deborah used to help learn to improvise -- and she’ll show you the secret of playing it in it's original form, which is perfect for background, hospice, weddings and just to enjoy for yourself.  Bring harp.  Early Intermediate to Advanced


“Arrange Yourself”

Wish you could just sit down with a melody, and chords, and create a whole arrangements? Using simple holiday tunes (that you can use this December!) you’ll learn the five top secrets of one of Deborah’s 7-week online courses.

You’ll learn a basic 5-part arrangement form you can use over and over again, you’ll learn the three musical roles you have to play (and how to play them with two hands), you’ll learn Deborah’s favorite left hand bass pattern and her favorite trick for enhancing melodies.  You’ll be playing your own arrangement by the end of the class  Bring Harp.  Early Intermediate to Advanced


“Señor Pachelbel”

Did you know you can add a Latin beat to the Pachelbel Canon and improvise your way to one of the most fun (and potentially lucrative) pieces there is?  In this workshop you’ll learn to create a Latin bassline, and use the principle of ‘alternation’ and the building blocks of improvisation make it easier to start improvising over it – even if you’ve never improvised before.  Bring Harp.  Early Intermediate to Advanced

Pickin' an' Grinnin' With Ease – Dexterity Exercises for the Slow

Sue Richards is passionate about how to express a tune, and this takes strength and independence in each finger.  When you control the “weight” of each note, you’ll express music with more ease.

She is also passionate about fingering for speed, fingering to play a slow note among fast notes, and even “placing” a group of fingers “across the bar line.”  And the direction of attack determines the sound of a note or an ornament.  (Two people can play the same tune with contrasting fingering and they will sound completely different!)  

These exercises especially make it possible to play faster Celtic pieces – as well as slow ones. AND developing your finger independence will benefit other genres too! 

Sue demos these up to speed, then teaches us slowly.  Last, the group will learn an easy Celtic tune so that we can put it all together. 

Experienced beginners can come but may not be able to keep up with everything, which is ok.  You can bring a recording device. 

Early Intermediate to Advanced.  


Demystifying Arranging: 

Sue’s philosophy is that most arrangements have WAY too many notes.  But there is a fine line between “simple” and “boring.”  Making beautiful, uncluttered arrangements is an art. 

Arranging does not have to be difficult.  Sue will share her methods and help you experiment.  If you would like to bring your own arrangement for discussion, you might learn even more! 

Learn how to find beautiful chords and keep the melody from sounding naked.  Go home refreshed, inspired, and and empowered!   Bring harp. 

Early Intermediate & up.


Scandinavian Delights 

Scandinavian music is special.  The scales are similar to Baltic and Middle Eastern.  It has its own lilt.  One tune can express a combination of emotions:  sweet, happy, sad, and pensive.  The tunes are gorgeous and fit your hands nicely, which makes them joyful to play. 

Sue will teach you two or three great tunes from Sweden and Norway.  She teaches these by ear, a measure or two at a time.  Don’t worry, she explains patterns to help you see what is going on. With her tips on remembering what pattern is coming next, you might even apply this to other learning. Sheet music is passed out at the end.

Enlarge your repertoire with some of the best music that no one knows about!  Bring harp.  Early Intermediate & up.  


Ensembles for Fun

Playing with others will change the way you feel about harp!  Sue is AVID about ensemble and says it is the epitome of having fun.  “Two or more harp parts fitting together transcends all else.”

You will play some of Sue’s arrangements for ensembles, including Appalachian, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.  This class will be energizing.  Take home some music, and extra arrangements will be for sale in the vendor hall.  Bring harp.  Parts on low intermediate and slightly advanced levels.  Must be able to read music.  Companions welcome.

sue richards

wendy stewart

kim robertson

frank voltz

nadia birkenstock

Geography of the Harp

Have you ever thought about the geography of the harp? If you understand the geography of the harp (string spacing = finger spacing), you can learn your repertoire faster and literally play faster on the harp because your fingers "know" what to do before they touch the strings.

This hands-on workshop will help you think of the harp in a new way with ideas and exercises that will improve your playing. Bring your harp!  All levels.



The Musical Equation

Are you ready to move to the next level as a harpist?  Do you know what your next level is? This workshop helps you become a better harpist and explains the concepts and values of becoming a better musician. Of course, everyone wants to play with excellence, but the color, nuance, and subtlety of a dynamic performance requires an artistic approach.

This hands-on workshop provides techniques and exercises that will help enhance your playing. You will discover the secret to a great sound on the harp, as well as increase our speed and agility. This is a hands-on workshop. Frank’s classes are always fun!  Bring Harp.  All levels.


From Hymnal to Harp

If you think jazz harp in church is beyond the boundaries of religion - think again!   We're going to wake everyone up in the pews! In this workshop you will take several hymns and create uplifting, jazzy arrangements.

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore many musical possibilities with jazz styles and techniques. Most hymns are simple 16-bar tunes that make them easy to arrange. You can take everything you experience in this class and apply it to pop tunes as well.  Bring harp. Early Intermediate to Advanced.


You’ve Got Rhythm

This hands-on workshop will start with the basic building blocks of rhythm (time signatures, notes, rests, beats, etc.) and move into different rhythmic patterns. We’ll learn the value of rhythmic patterns in the left hand for playing lead sheets, and once you get the hang of that, we’ll explore rhythms of other musical traditions.

Some will be easy and some will be challenging. You will discover the fun of syncopation, complex rhythms, and conducting patterns. There will be lots of clapping and tapping, and you’ll be able to immediately translate these rhythmic concepts to the harp, so bring along your instrument.

By the end of class, you’ll be excited about rhythms, both old and new, and you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your playing.  Bring Harp.  Experienced Beginners to Advanced.



Finding Lever Land

Many harpists are afraid to move levers while they are playing a piece. Flipping a lever is as easy as plucking a string. By applying a few simple rules and practicing a few simple exercises, harpists at all levels can feel confident to move levers with their left hand while plucking strings with their right hand.

Training materials are provided so that even if you don’t “get it” in the workshop, you can go home and practice everything you’ve learned so that you can master moving levers. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your harp. All levels.


Inspired Composing for the Harp

Composing for the harp is a two-step process. First you need to compose your creation. We will discuss various methods as well as discover Frank’s unique approach to writing a composition. Secondly, you need to transcribe your music correctly so that it is easy to read and easy to play. Oftentimes, the difference between a good composition and a great composition is how well the composer understands and applies proper transcription techniques.

The class will conclude the workshop with a delightful “composition by committee,” that is, the attendees will collaborate on musical ideas and together you will create an original composition using the concepts presented in the workshop.  No harp needed.  All levels except Newbies.

Magic of Lead Sheets 

Have you ever wished you had hundreds of pieces you could just whip out and play?   If you know how to use a lead sheet, you can do it!   Lead sheets are the melody line of a tune with chord symbols.  Fake Books are compilations of lead sheets.  You can find a lead sheet for almost any song, in a Fake Book or on the internet.

In her down-to-earth style, Angi will share tricks for using lead sheets, with a treasure trove of simple left hand patterns, and you’ll try them out in class.  Angi also shares her recipe for making a “Cheat Sheet” you can use to play tons of songs without carrying a big Fake Book.   

The only requirement for this class is to know how to read at least the melody line of a tune, and to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of chords.  Bring harp, any size.  For all levels that fit the above description.


Music Notation Software

– An Amazing Tool 

With apps that can put your entire repertoire into a slim tablet, there are even more reasons to know how to use notation software – leave those 3-ring binders at home!  You can notate your own arrangements or create handy lead sheets.  You can easily transpose purchased piano music from its published key to a harp-friendly key.  

Angi will demonstrate how notation programs work, including input, transposing, & printing.  This demo will include using a MIDI keyboard for input (a miracle of modern times) as well as other methods.  This workshop might be a game-changer for you!  No harp needed.  Companions welcome.  All levels.



A Music Tasting With Angi 

Angi Bemiss arrangements are beloved in the harp world for gorgeous harmonies and ease of playability. Here is an opportunity to ask Angi to play any of the arrangements she has published from her 11 books and 100 pieces of sheet music, totaling 500 tunes.  

It’s a chance to hear fabulous, very playable arrangements and decide which ones you may want to buy.  (Or just come have fun listening.)  You'll have a choice of popular songs, classical themes, contemplative instrumentals, church music, wedding music, and movie soundtracks.  Most are for intermediate level, with some for experienced beginners.  Angi will take requests from the audience.  This is a popular workshop and a fun break in between the “heavy learning” workshops! 

Feel free to "come and go" during this time slot.  No harp needed.  All levels.  Companions welcome. 

deborah henson conant

rhett barnwell

Checking Your Baggage

Have you ever thought you had learned a piece well, only to perform it in front of people and have disaster strike --- shaking fingers, memory slips, mistakes, or general amnesia of how to play the harp.  But you can conquer.  This workshop keeps you laughing as you learn.

Rhett says that when he read the book The Inner Game of Music, it changed his life.  After he did some of the hugely transformative exercises, the next time he performed, a friend said “What happened to you? You sounded totally different!”   Rhett shares some of these methods in this workshop.  They are often simple, but as Rhett  says, “I have two degrees in music performance and they never told me these things.” 

This workshop will wake you up to the fact that the mental habit of analysis you utilize when practicing is great for learning but disastrous for performing.   Rhett will show you how to approach these functions in totally opposite manners which will free you up to be your best. 

You will learn how to break up a piece of music and mix it up to create muscle memory anchor points.  Rhett will show some physical ways you can get ready for a relaxed and dynamic performance.  Come ready for humor, practical ideas, and an infusion of confidence!  Harp optional.  Verbal presentation.  Fun.  All levels. 


TAIZÉ Music Experience

If you don't know what Taizé is, get ready for an uplifting, soul-stirring musical, celebratory, mantra-like experience. The Taizé Community in the Burgundy region of France has produced a repertoire of simple, meditative ecumenical worship music which defies any musical style.  It sounds both contemporary and classical at the same time.  The Taizé movement is sweeping the globe and many churches in the United States now have services, separate from their normal services, where there is no preaching, just meditation, simple prayer and the singing of the chants.

This lecture/demo (and a little optional hands-on) workshop will explore the origins of the Community, its mission and worship practices, its connection to Mother Teresa, and an in-depth look at the repertoire.  Taizé music is ideal for use with the harp and so half of the workshop will be hands-on. 

The class concludes in a beautiful simulated Taizé service with the group singing while Rhett (and anyone else who feels ready) accompanies on the harp.  Anyone with a violin, flute, recorder, or cello, is invited to come so that Rhett can show how that works too.  This is the first workshop we have ever had three years in a row.  People asked for it again, saying they missed it before and wished they hadn’t. So now you have your chance! Bring harp. All levels.  Companions welcome.


Go for Baroque!

The Baroque period was a glorious time of musical composition, and great composers wrote copious amounts of music for everything… except harp.  Fortunately it is now possible for you to play all the Baroque music you want, because of a wealth of transcriptions.  

Baroque music is largely based on dance rhythms of the period, and if played in the right style, these provide a great deal of enjoyment to the performer and listener. There is also Baroque music based on slow, somber forms, (instead of dance) and these tunes are hauntingly beautiful on harp.

Rhett will introduce you to interesting historical perspectives, plus performance practice, trills, and other fun forms that bring this music alive on lever harp. Turlough O’Carolan fell in love Baroque, and it became a part of him. Maybe it will become part of you too!  Lecture plus some hands on.  Harp optional.  All levels.


“Southeastern Harp Weekend was the first conference I’ve attended where I felt at home.  I LOVED every moment

Many harp conferences I have attended were for the concert harpists and for the perfectionists.  For too many years I was a pedal harpist trying to be perfect and hating to play the harp.  

This conference helped me find the joy in playing the harp.  Everyone was so accepting and it was safe to try new things.  I LOVED your conference and I’m adamant about returning this year!!”

Thanks so much, Virginia Baner


Smooth Irish Triplets

– A hands-on Skill Workshop

The Triplet (or Irish treble, as it is sometimes called) is that lovely tickle of “Ta-da-da!" on a string that adds authenticity and joy to your celtic jigs and reels.  And when mastered, Irish Triplets are just huge fun to play.  

In this hands-on skill workshop Nadia will “take your fingers to the gym” to gain the precision and ease that is needed to make your triplets sparkle. She’ll show you fingering BEFORE and AFTER the ornamentation, so your triplett has the best starting conditions.  And much more!

Nadia and the group will look at wrist angles, arm position, posture and muscle relaxation.  She will walk around the class to happily check on everybody where there’s help needed! 

It takes  a lot of time time to fully master tripletts, but you’ll go home armed to learn them more easily and correctly. This is one journey that is truly a blast!  Bring Harp.  Early intermediate to Advanced.


Two Harps, Two Voices

Have a tingly experience in this workshop!  It's for people who like to sing with harp or hear someone else sing to your harp; for folks who like to get together with others and multiply joy.  

Harp parts are easier when divided for two. And when vocals begin with a single melody in two voices, then split into harmony, then return to simultaneous melody, it is magical

Nadia will share well-known traditional songs and the group will learn harp and vocals to do them together.  Get ready for goosebumps!

You do not need to know how to read music for this class.  You can even come with no harp and just sing!  The harp arrangements are easy so you can focus on that “musical moment.”  Take home beautiful tunes and share the radiance.  Harp Optional but suggested.  All levels.  Companions Welcome.




A Warm German Christmas  

Nadia’s Christmas memories are full of music:  snow-covered market squares with brass ensembles, children singingwhile icing their Gingerbread houses, and festive choirs at midnight mass.  Her family even sang beneath a candle-lit Christmas tree!

German Christmas music has a contemplative quality with ancient choir music, tender lullabies and beautiful shepherd’s songs. Nadia will teach you a few of her favorites, and how to make your harp sound like sweet bells, a small choir, or a dance of snowflakes.

Come add ancient beauty to your Christmas experience.  Bring Harp.  Taught at pace for Early Int. to Exp. Intermediate, but Advanced players welcome as well.





Smart Practicing 

Do you ever look at a new piece and go “Oh NO!  This is going to take me a year!”   A good plan from the onset of learning can change that!  

In this workshop Nadia will teach you that working with inner pictures from the beginning will organize your fine motor movements, and she’ll share how to get a new piece into your heart, body, and fingers until it becomes a reliable "friend.”


There are technical aspects of practicing, musical aspects and phsysical aspects like body relaxation, and Nadia will address them all. 

Make the most of your precious time and enjoy your harp even more!   Bring harp.  Early Beg. to Exp. Intermediate Level, but also for more technically adept players who find themselves learning too slowly.

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Group Private Lesson with Sunita, for Advanced:


Create magic by ‘whispering' with your right hand (Bisbigliando technique) while playing a melody with your left hand. You need to break all the rules and play very lightly without closing the fingers into the palm. The trick is to keep the sound even and continuous.  

In this small group 30-minute private lesson Friday, Sunita will guide your hands individually through the process of creating this shimmering effect.  It takes lots of practice at home too but it’s fun.  No longer shy away from this technique!  Pay Sunita directly (split the fee with other participants, so it will be $15).  Advanced players.  Maximum 5.

Creating Music for Sacred Places utilizing the Celtic Circle of Music

In this workshop Tina brings her spiritual, loving approach to your experience of the weekend.  She will show you how to incorporate the modulations of the Celtic Circle of Music in a simple way that can be used for labyrinth walks and therapeutic settings.

The techniques are based on the ancient strains:  Suantraighe (Calming), Goltraighe (going into the depths of the human soul), and Geantraighe (creating transformation and openness). 

You’ll learn helpful guidelines for playing in therapeutic settings; you’ll also learn how to create an indoor labyrinth walk, and weather permitting, we’ll walk the outdoor Lutheridge Labyrinth.  The labyrinth transforms the lives of those who take the time to walk its circuits.  This workshop teaches you to bring the experience even deeper with the harp.  Bring harps.  All levels.


Celtic Music Styles and Dance Forms

Presenters always say that to play celtic music authentically, you have to see the dances.  You need to feel the lilt!  Tina will introduce you to the Dance forms of Reels, Jigs, Strathspeys, Hornpipes, Schottisches, Waltzes, Marches and Slow Airs.  You will see examples of these dances within her presentation.  This is a with a foot-tapping workshop with some great musical examples that fall easily to the fingers on the harp.  Bring harp.   All levels.


Color My World With Harp


This informational session will introduce you to what the Color My World with Harp Program is all about.  It is a brilliant turn-key system that a player of any level can purchase for starting others on the harp path.  Imagine supplementing your income, with everything provided including lessons, contracts, and recital materials. Imagine having thematic music for support groups, rehabilitation units, moms-in-waiting, oncology, or palliative care.  There are career opportunities in schools and community gatherings waiting to be tapped!

Tina will show you how you can supplement your income and develop a clientele.  Part of this info-session is hands-on so you can get a sense of how the program works; harp players are welcome to come and play along with the music - there are parts for every level.   Bring harp (optional).  All levels.  Companions welcome (they might just end up playing some bells!)


FREE Color My World

Facilitator Training Monday morning:

For those interested in getting skills on implementing this program.  No purchase necessary to attend this seminar. By attending this workshop, if you do decide to become a Facilitator, you will have had the training and will be listed on Tina's website as a recommended trained facilitator.

9 a.m. to Noon.

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