Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
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Greg Buchanan

Greg is a world-class harpist whose aggressive style of playing redefines the listener’s concept of harp performance. His ministry has been a mainstay in American churches for twenty-five years. Greg’s innovative style draws the listener into the very presence of our Lord, from tender worship to foot tapping, hand clapping, jazz-styled praise. His love for the Lord and his appreciation of his deliverance from many years of addiction to drugs, alcohol, and the occult give him a genuine love for others that is expressed
powerfully through his ministry. Greg presents a heartfelt testimony to which today’s hurting people can truly relate. He has multiple recordings to his credit and has appeared at many major conferences, conventions, churches, and Christian colleges.
He has been married to his wife Becky, for twenty-five years, and they have three children, Matthew, Erik and Bree.

http://gregbuchananministries.org/

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Angi Bemiss

Angi has been a musician for most of her life.  She studied the piano beginning at the age of 6 and was a church musician for many years.  During her school years she played a number of other instruments, including the flute, oboe, and guitar.  In 1989, her husband surprised her with a harp, and lessons, for their 10th wedding anniversary.  It was at this point that her life as a musician took a meaningful turn.  With the harp, Angi realized that she would have the opportunity to quietly serve others with the peaceful and unique sound that comes from its strings.  Almost from the beginning, it was her desire to play the harp in hospitals.

Angi has recorded four CDs entitled "Simply the Harp": I – Peaceful Songs, II – Lullabies & Tranquil Songs, III – Contemplative Songs of Faith, and IV – Quiet Songs of Christmas.  She has also published over 80 sheet music arrangements and 5 books for harp.

Angi Bemiss is a Certified Music Practitioner, having graduated from the Music for Healing & Transition Program in January, 1998. One of Angi’s favorite quotes is “Life without music would be a mistake,” and she has found the experience of playing the harp in medical facilities to be rewarding in ways that are beyond description.  Truly, her life has been blessed by the experience of providing music for the patients, their families and visitors, and the hospital staff.

For more about Angi Bemiss visit:
http://www.simplytheharp.com/

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Laura Logan Brandenburg

Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble, and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She has led the Octavia Harp Ensemble for the past 20-plus years. A highly regarded free-lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 - 2010 as well as Principal Harp with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995 - 1997. Laura’s most recent adventures on harp include collaborating with Jeff Walters as The Logan/Walters Harp Duo, performing all original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps.

Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura has presented workshops locally and nationally for the past 25 years. She has served as a long-time board member of the American Harp Society in Dallas and is currently the AHS Southwestern Region Director.

Laura is married to Allen Brandenburg, a 25 year R.N. with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. She considers her most significant lifetime achievement to be her two sons, Ethan and Luke, who have fallen asleep to the sound of harp music their entire lives and never once complained.

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Michael-David

Michael-David, is a Psalmist who leads worship and holds harp schools internationally. He has a calling to help restore the harp as a prominent instrument for worship and prayer.

Michael-David is the founder of the School of the Prophetic Harp and has given instruction in Davidic Psalmistry in Israel, North America and around the world.

Michael-David will be having an all day intensive class on Tuesday, August 1 in Golden Colorado (only 30 min. from the Harp in Worship Conference).  More information can be found at: https://www.michael-david.org/harp-of-david.html

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Bonnie Mohr

Bonnie earned a Masters in Music: Harp Performance from Azusa Pacific University and is currently Professor of Harp. She has worked as a professional harpist in the Los Angeles Area for 30 + years. Bonnie has performed internationally in Japan and Germany. She received her Certification as a Therapeutic Harpist through Compassionate Harps and works at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Bonnie is the chairperson of The Harp in Worship Conference.  Her publications, Colorful Adventures on the Harp, Mohr Adventures Book II and Colorful Christmas Carols, are a popular teaching series. Harp recordings include: Song in the Night, Around the Christmas Tree and Pearl. 

For more about Bonnie Mohr visit:
http://bonnieharpsong.com/
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Becky Nissen
began studying harp as a child and went on to earn a degree in harp performance from the University of South Florida.  Being raised in a musical family and Christian home, she began playing in church early on, and has continued to use her music to honor and serve God.  She is a church music director as well as a free lance performer in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Becky was the 1999 winner of the Lyon Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition.
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Barbara Lepke-Sims

Barbara Lepke-Sims is a successful freelance harpist in Denver, CO since 1978 when she earned her Master of Music from The Juilliard School under Susann McDonald. Barbara has had three phases to her career: full time professional harpist, full time educator and now as a full time therapeutic musician. In 2009 when Barbara became a Certified Music Practitioner through MHTP, there was only one working CMP. As Colorado Area Coordinator for MHTP, Barbara has overseen the training process for the past 7 years, where over 50 musicians have gone through the program and about 20 CMPs are currently employed by various hospitals and healthcare centers.

Barbara contributes this growth to God and to the “praying tortoise” concept which she will share. Besides teaching at Colorado Christian University, Regis University and continuing to be a freelance musician, Barbara is an active Certified Music Practitioner playing at Porter Hospital, Colorado Children’s Hospital, as well as the Healing Arts Music Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation. Barbara’s intent is for you to come away from the day with principles which you can apply to starting, building and sustaining a therapeutic music program in your area, get a chance to hear from and ask questions from people active in the field and get a “hands on” experience with repertoire sharing and other opportunities. Looking forward to having you join us in Denver, CO and experience our western hospitality and pioneering spirit!

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Anna Vorhes

Anna Vorhes teaches harp, at Augustana college. She is the principal harpist with the Sioux City Symphony and is a member of the South Dakota Symphony. She has performed with numerous community, college and secondary school choirs throughout the region.

Ms. Vorhes spent more than a decade as a South Dakota Arts Council touring artist. She organizes a harp ensemble concert every other year, with 25 to 40 harpists participating. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., with majors in music and psychology and a master of music degree in harp performance from Dr. Carrol McLaughlin at the University of Arizona.

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Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz began playing the piano at age 7 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Kent State University, OH. He has been accompanist for The Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), and The Joffrey Ballet (NYC). While working with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he was Assistant Ballet Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn. In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country.

Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has performed on the original “The Hour of Power” at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. He was organist for the National Christian Choir (NCC) in Washington, DC for 4 years and recorded four CDs with the NCC. In 2014, Frank presented a solo concert, “Christmas at the Coleman,” on harp, piano, and “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ (1928) at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK.

Frank began playing the harp as an adult. After playing the harp for only 5 years, he competed and won Second Prize in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition, Lever Harp Division. For the past 15 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2009, he has performed on several occasions with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony. In 2010, Frank was commissioned to write an arrangement for the American Youth Harp Ensemble. In 2014, he was commissioned to write an original composition for harp and handbells for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2016, he performed at the American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Frank has recorded four harp CDs and two piano CDs. As a Gospel Jazz harpist, he is in demand performing in churches all over the country. As a jazz harpist, he has performed on various Rock, Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Folk, Christmas, and Sacred recording projects for various artists (including a Grammy Award winning instrumentalist). He has published more than 80 hymn arrangements, ensemble arrangements, and original compositions for pedal and lever harp through his music publishing company, Chiera Music (www.frankvoltz.com). His music has been recorded by other harpists around the world.

Frank is currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the AHS.

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