October 2018 Glissando


Greater Houston Chapter
November 2018






A Message From Our President



GHC members at the October 7 copyright presentation led by Kate Gabriele

One of my favorite and most requested harp ballads is “Autumn Leaves.”  It is an exquisite French song that migrated to the United States with the help of famed songwriter, Johnny Mercer. Mercer penned the English lyrics. Forty years later, Mercer wrote the lyrics to “When October Goes.”  Barry Manilow wrote a similar melody for Mercer’s poignant lyrics. I often perform these two pieces as a medley. They are so beautiful on the harp!

Many thanks to Kate Gabriele who hosted and presented a PowerPoint about copyrighting on October 7. It’s always a pleasure to trade harp stories and learn more about the intricate details of the music industry. What a fun afternoon!

Welcome to all of our new and renewing GHC members! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy playing in the “Autumn Leaves.”

Mary Jane Sinclair
GHC President




November 2018 Events




Da Camera at MFAH

Nov. 10 at 2:00 pm
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston TX 77005




Hope Cowan will perform works by Dowland and Bax with Da Camera Young Artists in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibit, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol.





3, 2, 1… It’s Showtime!

Dec. 1 at 1:30 pm
800 Aurora St.
Houston TX 77009




Join the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble for their fall semester program at 14 Pews, featuring the music of favorite movies and musicals. This is a great opportunity for students interested in participating in the spring semester to check out the program. Free admission; donations welcome.







Announcing the Spring Semester of HYHE



Calling all harp students! The Houston Youth Harp Ensemble is now open for spring 2019 registration. “Harping Around the World” will feature music from a wide range of countries and cultures, showcasing an exciting array of genres and styles.

Harp students who have been playing for at least one year are welcome to join the prelude ensemble, and students who have been taking lessons should sign up for intermezzo. Lever and pedal harpists are welcome in both groups. The deadline to register is January 1, but students are encouraged to sign up early to guarantee a spot.

In addition to the May concert at Friends Live Oak Meeting House, the spring harp ensemble has been invited to perform a very special concert in March as part of the Abendmusik Concert Series. Register today to get involved!



NEW Middle School Summer Harp Program




The American Festival of the Arts will hold an orchestra and chamber program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts from June 10–July 22, 2019 at which Emily Klein will be teaching as the Harp Faculty Artist this summer. Ms. Klein will be joined by Paula Page, former Houston Symphony Principal Harpist and Associate Professor of Harp at Rice University and Megan Conley, Houston Symphony Principal Harpist, for master class instruction. The Summer Festival is led by renowned music educators and world-class performers. Students will have the chance to participate in orchestra, large and small harp ensemble, master and studio classes, and enrichment classes such as yoga for musicians, music in film and music theory. The program is open to advanced 4th grade through 8th grade students.

AFA’s Summer Music Festival for High School students is open to 8th-graduated 12th grade students and will run June 24–July 13, 2019. 

Scholarships are available for need based and merit based assistance. This is an opportunity for students to continue their ensemble work over the summer with other like minded individuals from Houston. Questions? Contact Emily Klein at kleinemilys@gmail.com or visit the website.





Save the Date: March 3, 2019



The winners from the 2017 Mildred Milligan Competition following their May performance

Registration for the 2019 Mildred Milligan Competition is now open! The event will be held March 3rd, 2019 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church and is open to Houston area students from first grade through college. Students will perform for a panel of professional harpists and receive detailed feedback on their playing. Winners will receive cash prizes and a performance opportunity at a GHC meeting. Registration and required repertoire are available here. Questions? Email Hope Cowan at hope.k.cowan@gmail.com.





Apply for Kinder HSPVA




Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts—Kinder HSPVA—is now accepting applications for the 2019–2020 school year. Applications are due December 7, 2018. Wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz ensemble, harp ensemble, chamber music, and optional private lessons twice a week are all included with the core curriculum. The mission of this unique school is to educate and inspire artistically gifted and talented students in specific disciplines while maintaining an equal focus on academic, social, and personal growth in a diverse environment. Students do not need to be living in HISD to be eligible to attend high school at Kinder HSPVA. The new building with state of the art facilities will be opening downtown Houston in January 2019. For application and audition information, please click here. Contact HSPVA harp instructor Emily Klein at kleinemilys@gmail.com and 610.574.7886 for more information.








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Our 2018-2019 GHC Board



Mary Jane Sinclair, President
Kate Gabriele, Vice President
Alaina Graiser, Treasurer
Stephanie Gustafson, Secretary
Hope Cowan, Mildred Milligan Competition Chair
Elizabeth Webb, Webmaster



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