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Greater Houston Chapter
September 2019

A Message From Our President

Hello Harpists! Hopefully everyone’s school year is off to a great start. September is also the beginning of our chapter’s membership year, and a perfect time to renew your membership to take advantage of all of our events and resources.  We were proud sponsors of a fantastic event with Deborah Henson-Conant this month; huge thanks to Elizabeth Webb for organizing the workshop and concert.  Upcoming events this season will include a visiting harpist recital and masterclass, a student recital featuring local harp students, and the New Year chapter party.  Stay tuned for dates and details to be announced soon.  In the meantime, renew your membership online, look through the classified ads for harps for sale and rent, and post YOUR upcoming harp events on the website, newsletter, and facebook page so the harp community can support all the fantastic harp playing happening throughout the area.

Hope Cowan
GHC President
September Events

Dances & Degas

September 15 at 6:00 pm
Archway Gallery
$10 suggested donation
This program presented by Susanna Campbell  is inspired by the art of Edgar Degas – particularly his paintings of dancers. Enjoy the music of Carlos Salzedo, Ottorino Respighi, Deborah Henson-Conant and Gary Schocker surrounded by art in the beautiful Archway Gallery.

Reception immediately following. Please hang around to grab a bite to eat and meet the artist!
A Recap of the DHC Event
Houston harpists enjoyed the opportunity to attend Deborah Henson-Conant’s workshop and benefit concert on Friday, August 2nd. Elizabeth Webb from Harpli and Joshua Webb hosted the day-long event at their coworking and event space acceler8 Office Northwest Campus on Highway 290.  

Twelve harpists from Houston, Galveston, and San Antonio attended the workshop. Deborah demonstrated improv and “vamping” techniques on her electric carbon fiber Camac harp, which was connected to a looper pedal. Deborah explained how a simple melody can be extended by playing an introduction, then the melody, then using a harmonic progression, repeating the melody, then finally ending by fading or “ending with a ‘bang.'” She invited and encouraged the attendees to try her techniques and to add their own interpretations. She also presented the harp as an instrument that can play bass notes on the bottom strings, accompaniment on the middle strings, and melody on the highest strings on a harp of any size. Deborah demonstrated percussion techniques on the harp, glissando tricks for pedal harps, and a framework for infinite creativity at any level.  

Elizabeth Webb presented a workshop, “Dream Big, Work SMART,” which invited harpists to accomplish their personal and business goals for harp. She explained her own passions for making the harp accessible to more people and to help other harpists grow professionally. Elizabeth provided a template in which harpists could define goals, take measurable steps, plan for overcoming obstacles, and describe outcomes.  

The workshops were live-streamed and are now available as self-paced courses on Elizabeth’s website www.Harpli.com. The Greater Houston chapter of the American Harp Society, Gulf Coast Harpers, and Mary Radspinner and John Gill of Melody’s Music were 3 of the 7 event sponsors. Proceeds from the concert benefited www.TheLanding.org to fight human trafficking in Houston.
Two Chapter Reminders
This is a reminder that membership for the GHC runs from September 1–August 31 and all memberships expire on September 1, 2019. All paid chapter members are able to post their harps and accessories for sale or rent on our website www.houstonharpists.com and in our monthly newsletter. You can also post a harp teacher listing, pictures, and upcoming harp events on our site. If you have active listings, please ensure you renew your membership by 9/7/19 to avoid the listings being removed. Thank you for supporting our chapter!
Are you looking to get more involved in the Houston chapter of the American Harp Society? The GHC board is looking for someone interested in heading up the 2021 Milligan Competition. Ideally, this person would be able to help plan the spring 2020 student chapter recital. The Milligan chairperson would receive the support of the board, the former Milligan chair, and a committee of his or her choosing. 
Contact hope.k.cowan@gmail.com if you want to learn more or would like to get involved.
Lyon & Healy Petite 85 for sale. Built in 2008, 36 strings. Serial #53074, Mahogany finish. This is a discontinued model which most closely resembles the L&H Chicago Petite 40 mahogany harp.  

Played very little; in excellent, like-new condition. Sale includes harp, dust cover, padded bench and tuning key. Asking price $10, 299.

Contact: Belinda Mooney,
The Woodlands, TX

Bonnie Goodrich has a Lyon & Healy concert grand 100 in excellent condition with beautiful tone for sale, priced at $16,500 (negotiable). If interested, contact her at 832.496.7302 or bgoodrich43@comcast.net. 
Our 2019-2020 GHC Board
Hope Cowan, President
Kate Gabriele, Vice President
Alaina Graiser, Treasurer
Stephanie Gustafson, Secretary
Elizabeth Webb, Webmaster
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