Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference
Harp In Worship Conference

 

 

 


With God’s Grace and For His Glory - by Greg Buchanan
(Friday 3:15-4:45)

Gregʼs 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.

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Greg Buchanan Master Class (Saturday 3:00-4:30)

Greg is a world-class harpist whose enthusiastic jazz-style of playing of both traditional and contemporary music sets him in a category all by himself, and his heart felt sensitivity when playing the hymns leaves one in absolute awe.

Here is a chance to talk with Greg, share a song, and be inspired to use your God given talents to God’s glory.

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From Hymnal to Harp - by Frank Voltz

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! We will take several hymns and create jazzy arrangements. In this hands-on workshop, we 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.

INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED LEVELS

The workshop is HANDS-ON. Not lecture. Totally interactive. "Observers" welcome.

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Cool Chords (You Can Use) - by Frank Voltz


Yes, you! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced harpist, you can learn to play chords that will ring in your listeners’ ears and that you will enjoy hearing yourself. Triads are baby steps; let’s mambo! Without any knowledge of theory, we will explore how to create chords that will give our music more life, more flair, more sophistication, and more excitement.

First, we will learn how to build the chords, and then we will learn how to use them and apply them to a piece of music. This workshop is very interactive, completely hands-on, and totally fun. As time permits, attendees will pick their favorite songs and together, we will apply these cool chords and experience the new sounds we’ve created from small nuances to amazing musical colors. Let’s take the music you play, the music you create, and kick it up a notch!

ALL LEVELS

The workshop is HANDS-ON. Not lecture. Totally interactive. "Observers" welcome.

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Musical Tastings - by Frank Voltz

Frank’s publishing company is Chiera Music. There are 100 titles for lever and pedal harps of hymns, original compositions, and Classical music. His arrangements utilize rich, beautiful harmonies as well as lots of fun jazz techniques including slap bass, walking bass, touch damp, wild glisses, and more. Most of Frank's arrangements are accessible for both pedal and lever harpists and Frank will explain the "tricks" to each piece that will make them easier to master, and more enjoyable in performance.

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From Start to Finish (Introductions, Interludes, and Endings) - by Frank Voltz

Whether you are playing a song, playing a hymn in church, accompanying a singer (or yourself), improvising for the fun of it, or composing an original composition, you need an introduction and an ending. If a vocalist is involved, you will probably need an interlude so she (or you) can catch her breath. There are so many ways to create these parts within a piece of music. Every piece of music is different, so we need to decide on the style and length, and whether to incorporate the melody of the piece itself. This workshop is interactive and fun, and attendees will have ample opportunity to experiment and express their creativity by creating their own introductions, interludes, and endings for pieces that they choose.

ALL LEVELS

The workshop is HANDS-ON. Not lecture. Totally interactive. "Observers" welcome.

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KISS Weddings – Keeping It Simple & Serene - by Angi Bemiss

Does the thought of playing your harp for a wedding frighten you? Or, have you ever arrived at a wedding gig in a tizzy because you didn’t “have your ducks in a row?” This workshop could be entitled “The Scout’s Guide for a Wedding Harpist.” (The scout motto is “Be Prepared.”)

Angi is a management consultant who has used her organizational skills to develop a basic, well thought-out system for wedding harpists. We will discuss the entire process, from the initial conversation with the bride-to-be to your “Wedding Notebook.” We’ll talk about essential repertoire and supplemental pieces, plus what to carry in your “Gig Bag.”

The combination of a logical system and a reliable repertoire will serve you well. You’ll look forward to weddings, and you’ll show up well-prepared and serene!

No harps needed

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Small Harps - by Angi Bemiss


We All Need One ‐ Even intermediate and advanced harpers can benefit from having a small, portable harp, because you can enjoy playing your harp & sharing a great repertoire in places you never imagined possible! (There’s the added benefit of being able to spontaneously take the harp outside and connect with nature – an incredibly fulfilling experience.)

A small harp inspires you to “keep it simple” while still being able to play hundreds of songs beautifully. With a basic knowledge of harmony, chords, and inversions, you can create lovely arrangements without feeling “limited” by the smaller range of strings.

Additionally, this knowledge can help free you from being dependent on a printed arrangement. In this workshop we will take a “regular arrangement” and creatively adapt it for a small harp. This is a great workshop for people who want to play at the bedside, but it will open up your world beyond that ‐some people find a small harp so enjoyable that they go through periods when it is all they play. When they go back to their larger harp, it is with a fresh perspective.

This workshop is approximately 30% verbal explanation and 70% teaching with hands-on.

Bring a small harp, or your big harp is ok.

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Tech Tools for Musicians - by Angi Bemiss

In this fascinating workshop, Angi will give an in-depth demonstration using a digital music reader (app for iPads/tablets). Then, she’ll cover the steps for getting started and the equipment you’ll need. She is well known for “keeping it simple” while also providing excellent handouts that give step-by-step guidance. You’ll see it demonstrated in the workshop, but you’ll also have it written out when you get home so you can get started with a reduced learning curve (a.k.a. avoiding the school of hard knocks)!

In addition, she will give an introduction (possibly a demonstration) on the use of a music software notation program. You’ll see how you can notate your own arrangements, create handy lead sheets, and/or transpose a published piece of music using your computer keyboard and mouse. You’ll also learn how a MIDI keyboard can be used to easily notate music.

This workshop may be a game-changer for you, because these tools can make your life easier!

No harps needed.

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A Music Tasting With Angi Bemiss

Here is an exciting opportunity to ask Angi Bemiss to play any of the arrangements she has published from her 12 books and over 100 pieces of sheet music. (In all, there are over 500 songs. What a repertoire‐builder!) Her publications include popular songs, classical themes, lead sheet basics, contemplative instrumentals, church music, wedding music, and Broadway/movie themes. Angi’s arrangements are well-known in the lever harp world for their beautiful harmonies, playability, and accessibility for intermediates. Angi will take requests from her complete list of publications. It’s a lot of fun!

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Glissando 101 - by Laura Logan Brandenburg

Learn how to quickly and easily figure out pedal changes to be able to play beautiful glissandi in any key. Find out what all those symbols in orchestra parts and solo pieces really mean. The workshop will also include demonstration and performance practice on a variety of glissando techniques. Primarily geared toward pedal harpists, or composers/arrangers.

ALL LEVELS

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Building Blocks of Harp Technique - by Laura Logan Brandenburg

Presented as a primer on various harp techniques from basic to advanced, this workshop is helpful for the beginner to intermediate harpist, or as a “checklist” review for the more advanced player or teacher.

Includes tips for effective practice of harp technique as well as recommendations of resources for further study.

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Playing “Prayerful” Music - by Vicki Garcia

A Church Harpist has many opportunities to play “prayerful” music during church services (weddings and funerals too). No instrument is better suited for these most anointed times in a service. Sure, we can just play “softer” but that isn’t even close to all that there is to it.

We will talk about how to play less notes…..since we have less notes…..which are most important? We will talk about re-harmonizing chords, modulations so you can flow from song to song, enhancing the words spoken, as well as other strategies. We will discuss song choices to use during “prayer” time, invitations, communion, baby dedications, preludes, altar services.

Harps welcome

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“Do You Hear What I Hear?” - by Vicki Garcia

A duck sounds like this, a chicken sound like this….what does every decision we make when improvising do to the sound of the music” Even if we are reading notes, understanding the decisions the composer made helps us to play more musically. The notes we add, cadences, bass lines, full chords, sparse chords, and voicing move the listener in different ways.

This seminar will get you LISTENING more, help you to interpret music better and teach you many of my “tricks”. A knowledge of chords is necessary for this workshop. Intermediate - Advanced

Bring Harps

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“Colorful Chords” to arrange Music for Harp and/or Voice - by Bonnie Mohr

Go beyond the melody and chords. Use "Colorful Chords" to create music from your soul. Discover chord patterns that work as exercises, introductions, and improvisations. Incorporate excerpts of your favorite harp music and integrate the beauty into sacred music. Create your own Psalms of Praise.

Knowledge of basic chords and theory will make the “Colorful Chords” easier to understand.

INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED

Bring harps!

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A Harp in a Worship Team - by Bonnie Mohr, Becky Nissen and Rebecca Moritzky

The harp can be used as a ‘heavenly’ addition to a contemporary worship team. Get ideas on adapting guitar charts, lead sheets or piano music for the harp and how to work as a team. We’ll work through some songs and learn different chords patterns and rhythms to compliment the group.

Bring your harps! Other instruments are welcome too.

ALL LEVELS - pedal or lever

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Hymn Bling! by Becky Nissen

Easy techniques on how to add harp flourishes to congregational hymns. Come and learn some of Becky’s wonderful additions to make your arrangements sparkle.

Bring harps

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Starting a Church Harp Ensemble - by Vicki Smith and Linda Barton Paul

If you are interesting in cultivating a harp program at your church, this workshop is just what you need to experience. There are many harpists who really enjoy their craft but prefer to play in ensemble rather than strictly solo settings. Come hear how Vicki L. Smith and Linda Barton Paul joined forces to form a harp ensemble at Fellowship Lutheran Church. They have provided experiences that motivated people with training in other instruments to rise to the challenge of playing the harp.


Harp Ensembles in worship take time! This workshop goes through the nuts and bolts of setting the program in motion!
     *getting the first class set of harps and training trainers
     *adding to a Summer Arts program at a church
     *running post camp classes
     *planning use of new harpers into worship services
     *finding music or arranging music for the grade levels
     *helping others start a program in their church


It is our core belief that schools will no longer be the venues for music education they once were, and if we wish to continue music in Worship at a high level, we need to find ways to bring all ages into learning new instruments, and new ensemble experiences. Vicki built upon her own learning of establishing a Handbell Choir, while Linda brought in her learning of running ensembles for beginners.

The Fellowship Lutheran Church Summer Arts Camps, established by Vicki Smith, had a structure for learning other instruments and using them in Worship. By offering music education specific to harps for use in Worship, Vicki and Linda are launching a bold campaign to expand harps through the community from the base of the church itself.


A harp ensemble of 8-10 harpists can be built within 3 years! Come learn how it works.

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Improvisation on Hymn Tunes - by Mary Stevens

Almost any tune can be played in any style from soothing to energetic. This workshop will take a tune and demonstrate how to change its feel by playing in different styles. Harps recommended but not required for attendees.

     •Give a hymn a whole new sound by changing: Time signature, Rhythm, Mode, Tempo, Complexity, Ethnic flavors.
     •Possible tunes used to demonstrate: Joyful, Joyful, Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision, A Mighty Fortress

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Learn to Play by Scale Degrees Rather Than Notes - by Mary Stevens

Learning to play by scale degrees rather than by notes simplifies improvisation and makes transposition simple. This workshop will demonstrate how. Harps recommended for attendees.

     • Using folk tunes
     • Using hymn tunes
     • Adapt songs into different modes

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Collaboration: Working With Other Musicians in a Worship Setting - by Anna Vorhes

This workshop will explore the process of working with other musicians of varying skills singing or playing various instruments. We will examine some literature possibilities, and discuss editing music for good effect. A few tricks of simple improvisation will also be discussed.

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Professionalism – What Does it mean to be a Pro even if you aren’t getting paid? - by Anna Vorhes

What are the 9 things you need to count as you get ready for a performance and have time for every time you play? What questions do you ask when you are invited to play? How do you deal with people who believe plans are meant to be changed? What do you do when you suddenly can’t keep a commitment?

This should be a lively discussion of taking your harp to play in the world of people who have unrealistic expectations of harpists and their instruments!

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Worshipful, Evangelical, Spiritual, Liturgical: What’s the difference? - by Anna Vorhes

Harpists are often asked to join traditions other than their own churches or synagogues. We will look at some of the basic differences between traditions, and consider how we can best enhance the worship experience of those we serve.

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Pray and Play – Spiritually Dynamic Prayer with the Harp - by Michael-David 
(Sunday 3:00-4:30) 

Harp is the instrument of choice around the Throne of God and every prayer that is prayed is ushered into the Lord’s presence with the sound of the harp (see Revelation 5:8 where the 24 elders play harp and our prayers appear as incense in golden bowls). Come learn how to use your harp to play and pray in a dynamic spontaneous form using the Bible as your lyric sheet. This form is called “Harp and Bowl” and is used around the world in over 20,000 Houses of Prayer. Michael-David teaches this form of worship and prayer internationally where his students have had life transformational experiences when encountering God.

Attention will be given to using the language of music to provide a “soundtrack” to sing a spiritual song. Musical instruction involves contemporary chord structure theory and rhythm interpretation in a hands-on environment. Participants will learn to listen for God’s “still small voice” to release the “Song of the Lord”. Discover how this method of playing the harp, off the page, was common place during the days of the Bible and how you can do it too.
You will also learn the secret of King David’s (the most famous harpist in history) harp music recorded in notation, actually marked in the scriptures, and play these ancient melodies.
Be sure and bring your harp!

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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