Northern Colo Harp Festival 2016

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Sunday-Saturday July 24-30, 2016

Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival

“On Wind and Wings of Song”

Age 8-adult $280 (no upper age limit for adults) Artistic Director:Alaina Bongers

Prerequisite:One year or more of harp lessons, bring your own lever or pedal harp (any size.)

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Join us for the 4th Annual Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival.

This is an exciting experience where harpists of all ages and skill levels come together to grow as musicians and share their love of playing the harp. During the festival week, harpists participte in daily three-hour separate ensemble classes for youth, teens, and adults. Additionally there are two special guest presentations on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons that are included in the registration cost. Finally, to finish off the week, all ensembles come together at Colorado State University’s Griffin Concert Hall to perform a harp extravaganza concert that is open to the public.

This is one experience that you and your harp will not want to miss!


Our theme this year is

“On Wind and Wings of Song”

Photo: Fluffy a feathery friend of harp festival participant Joy Hopley

Schedule: updated July 23

Sunday evening

Harp Move In, Opening Reception, and Harp Demonstration 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

New this year! On Sunday July 24th we will have a harp move in time from 6:00 – 6:20 p.m. This is a great time to get your harp set up at Magnolia Music Studio for the coming week and to meet some of your fellow harpists. Then at 6:30 the program will begin with harp trio music fitting our theme of On Wind and Wings of Song performed by Frances Cobb, Rachel Starr Ellins, and Alaina Bongers. Our featured presenter for the evening is cross strung harpist Cheyenne Dane. She will give a presentation about this unique kind of harp as well as play some of her own compositions and arrangements.

Monday-Fridaydaily three-hour intensive harp classes held at Magnolia Music Studio

Youth(age 8-12) 9:00am-noon

Teen(age 13-18) 2:00pm-5:00pm Mon/Wed/Fri 1:00-4:00pm Tues/Thurs due to the workshop and masterclass

Adult(age 18-adult) 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon/Tues/Wed/Friday. 6:45-p:30pm Thursday due to the masterclass

Guest presentations*:

Tuesday 4:15 p.m. – 6: 30 pm:Masterclass with guest harpist Rachel Starr Ellins.

Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 pm:Music Theory… not just a bunch of Yucky Words Workshop - A practical approach to incorporating music theory concepts into your playing taught by festival director Alaina Bongers.

*There is no additional charge for Harp Festival participants to attend or play for the guest artists. Outside participants: $20 to audit, $40 to play (if space is available.) Register in advance by phone with Cynthia Vaughn 970.481.8661

Saturday Rehearsal and Free Public Concert at CSU

2:30-5:30pm Combined Harp Festival Rehearsal Colorado State University Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins

6:00-7:00pm Combined Harp Festival CONCERT at Colorado State University Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins.Doors open at 5:30pm. Free public concert.


2016 HarpFestival July25-30
Bring your own harp:
student name/age/email/phone
parent name (youth/teen)

Note: Registration fee is non-refundable after July 1. Cancellations through July 1 may be refunded 50% of the registration fee.

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