All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.
The Scottish Harp classes will focus on:
• Basic harp technique for beginners and intermediates.
• Repertoire at all levels, including tunes for competition sets.
• Scottish style, including ornaments, lilt, and dance types.
The nylon/gut harp classes will study Scottish dance music, airs, and songs, focusing on ornamentation, Scottish style, accompaniment, and learning by ear. Afternoons will include lectures, practice time, and playing in sessions. Classes will be available for beginners who have played for a few months, intermediates, and advanced players.
About our 2018 Harp Instructors
Gillian Fleetwood cut her teeth playing Scottish traditional music in her hometown of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Gillian has since released numerous recordings, including two albums with Scottish harp and song duo The Duplets, who have performed across Europe, USA, Mexico, Australia and Brazil, and a further two albums to great critical acclaim with Glasgow based pop band State Broadcasters. Her newest venture is a more experimental collaboration with songwriter Martin John Henry (De Rosa); Henry and Fleetwood. They made their first release in spring 2015, which gained impressive media support such as the Scottish Herald’s selection of the duo as Artists of the Week. Gillian’s compositions are also a large part of her work and she has written a number of works for strings quintet as well as her harp and vocal music. These can be heard on her website at gillianfleetwood.com
Seumas Gagne has been playing the music of the Highland and Irish Gaels on the harp for over thirty years. A fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic, he competed in the Royal National Mòd in 1997 and won the Elspeth Hyllestad Trophy for solo clàrsach performance. Seumas helped found Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington’s Gaelic language and cultural society in 1997 and served on its Board through 2015. In 2001, he returned to the Mòd in Stornoway with four friends and the group won the first-ever waulking song competition. His first solo CD, Baile Àrd, was released in February 2012.
Perpetually surprised by what comes out of her mouth, Jen Narkevicius prefers to let her harp do the talking – sometimes. From the Washington DC area, where talk is cheap, she leverages wit to bridge the gaps between the two. Jen enjoys teaching and performing. She also is taken with traveling through Scotland with others, pairing the music with the places, people and events that inspired it. She is Co-Director of Harp Camp in SE Pennsylvania and is beyond delighted to be invited to OSAS. Currently Competition Committee Chair of the Scottish Harp Society of America, Jen is a credentialed SHSA judge. She has been privileged to play for “important people” and to be part of the Harpa tours, but she will be even more fortunate to share some tunes with you! She blogs weekly on topics that range from touring Scotland with a harp to staying healthy and fit as a musician, on to fulfilling your promise as a harper on http://www.jeniuscreations.com/blog/ and she especially enjoys writing about herself in the third person.
Sue Richards is a traditional musician and collector of tunes. She has played the harp since childhood, first classical harp at Oberlin College, then Scottish and Irish harps exclusively. She won the Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) championship four times, studied and taught in Scotland, and is now a SHSA Distinguished Judge. Sue has performed at Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in Scotland, and toured Norway and Sweden with the “Harpa” ensemble. She has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Queen Elizabeth of England, and sat in with the Chieftains Irish band. Sue’s main gig is touring with Ensemble Galilei, performing Celtic, early, and original music. As a member of EG she has written music and performed in three multi-media shows, “A Universe of Dreams” (with images from the Hubble telescope), and “First Person: Letters from the Edge of the World” (sponsored by the National Geographic Society), and more recently, “Seeing America”, using images from the collection of American photographers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has three solo recordings and many with EG, and she has published 6 books of arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes, a book of exercises specific to Irish and Scottish technique, and more recently a book of her own compositions, “Morning to Midnight.” www.suerichards.net. Ensemble Galilei: www.egmusic.com.