Harpfest 2017

The UW-Parkside HarpFest 2017 is an inclusive one-day harp workshop and concert. Designed to serve both current lever and pedal harp students, and those who wish to get started exploring the harp, the event is open to all ages and levels of harp proficiency. A special session will be geared towards harp enthusiasts who have not yet purchased a harp or begun lessons. For the current harp student there will be a presentation on using harp as a tool for meditation and solace (both for the former and the listener), an open session for existing students offering help with any facet of harp life (technical playing issues, tuning, harp maintenance, changing strings, etc.), a harp ensemble "jam" session and a concert by our clinician.

This workshop is open to non-harpists and harpists of all ages and skill levels -adults, high school students, elementary and middle school students from 3rd to 8th grade, amateurs, professionals, and harp enthusiasts. 

Our clinician for HarpFest 2017 is Anne Morse Hambrock harp professor at UW Parkside and Carthage College and principal harpist with The Kenosha Symphony. Ms. Morse Hambrock is also well known as a solo performer specializing in Jazz Harp and improvisation as well as Celtic and Classical repertoire.

The workshops are at UW-Parkside "The Rita" in the music wing. Sessions are held in Bedford Concert Hall. Concert will take place in Bedford Concert Hall. For directions click in the following link/map. Parking is available in Lot B.  

HarpFest 2017 is on Saturday, August 5.  For the Kids Camp on August 6 please contact Professor Anne Hambrock at morseham@uwp.edu.

Registration starts at 9:00 am and the concert begins at 4:15 pm. See our day schedule below.  For full descriptions of each session scroll to the end of the page.

Day Schedule
9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome and first session “Dive Into The World Of The Harp”
10:45 “Harp For Meditation”
12:00 Bag Lunch
1:00 "The Harp Doctor Is In"
2:45 Ensemble “Jam”
4:15 Concert
(Note: schedule will be subject to the number of registrants) 

Please download the registration form by following this link click Here. Early Registration costs are $75 for the day or $20 per session and early registration deadline is August 1.  Harpfest day registration costs (August 5) are $100 for the day or $20 per session. Please note that there will be no refunds. Minors will need to bring a parent consent form, available here.

Lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring all you need for lunch for the day.

Harps will be provided but students may bring their own instruments if they prefer. 

All family members accompanying student participants may stay in the workshop for no additional fee.

Detailed Session Description

Dive Into The World Of The Harp! 9:30-10:30 am

  • For anyone who has ever wanted to play harp but not had the opportunity

  • No previous musical training required

  • Different types of harps will be explained then we will all sit down and dive into playing!

Harp For Meditation 10:45-11:45 am

  • Presentation by Anne Morse Hambrock

  • Music has been used for centuries as a calming meditative force – we will explore the qualities of the harp that make it a perfect instrument for music therapy, both for the performer and the listener

Lunch Break

The Harp Doctor Is In 1:00-2:30 pm

Designed for existing players who need help with:

  • Technical playing issues

  • Tuning

  • Changing strings

  • Shopping for a different harp

  • Practicing Strategies

  • Harp Maintenance

Harp Ensemble Jam 2:45-4:00 pm

  • We jump onto the harps and play all together on some simple tunes

  • All age and playing levels – including folks whose only experience is the Saturday morning workshop

No need to be able to read music – easy parts that can be learned by rote or ear will be provided for non readers

Concert 4:15 pm

Clinician Anne Morse Hambrock will perform an assortment of jazz, Celtic and classical music


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