Harp Fantasia 2019
The Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society presents
September 28th, 2019
held at the Lakewood Cultrual Arts Center
470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
Harp Fantasia is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow Colorado harpists and play in an ensemble concert setting. This is a favorite event in the Mile High Chapter as it brings the Colorado harp community together to have fun and experience being in the middle of rich vibrations of over 40 harps! Both student and professional harpists look forward to participating in this biennial event!
Ensemble Participation Requirements
Harp Fantasia is open to harpists of all ability levels with the recommendation of their harp teacher. (Students who are age 7 or younger must be chaperoned by a parent for all rehearsals) Also, you need be a member of the Mile High Chapter to participate in the ensembles.
Please choose the Ensemble Group that best fits your ability level and harp type. If you have questions about the different groups please contact the group conductor.
Group A – Lever Harp Only (Beginner/Late Beginner) Conducted by Rebecca Moritzky
Example of music level for this group: Dona Nobis Pacem from For Little Troubadours arr. by Dewey Owens
Group B – Lever and Pedal Harp (Intermediate) Conducted by Alaina Bongers
Example of music level for this group: Happy from Despicable Me by Pharrell Williams, arr. by Sylvia Woods
Group C – Pedal Harp Only (Advanced) Conducted by Rachel Starr Ellins
Example of music level for this group: Themes from Finding Nemo and Toy Story arr. by Rachel Starr Ellins
Large Ensemble – Groups A, B, and C combined Conducted by Alaina Bongers
(parts chosen by student appropriate to their ability level)
Several sectional rehearsals for each group will be scheduled leading up to the event and more details regarding the rehearsal dates/times will be posted this summer. We ask that you attend at least two of these sectional rehearsals and they will be led by the appropriate group conductor. The extra rehearsals are intended to help you become more confident with the music and be more prepared for the final rehearsal on September 28th
Please Note: Once you complete the registration form an email with details on where/how to purchase your music will be sent out promptly.
Cost and Registration
The registration fee is $35.00 dollars for Mile High Chapter members and $50 for non members. Just follow the registration and payment links below to sign up for Harp Fantasia. However, if you would prefer to register and pay in person (by check or cash only) you may visit Kolacny Music (1900 S Broadway, Denver) to complete your registration. Chapter membership is included in the non member price and will give you the benefit of being able to participate in other chapter sponsored events throughout the coming year! Additionally, our New Mile High Chapter T-shirt is included in the registration fee for all Fantasia participants. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a logo design preview!
Please complete the registration form and submit your registration payment no later than August 31st, 2019 as registration will close the beginning of September.
Small Ensemble Group Request Deadline
Extended Through August 31st
Concert Small Ensemble Groups
We are excited to include the addition of small ensemble groups to the fantasia concert program on September 28th. We are looking to plan a diverse program with many different styles of music and give harpists the opportunity to collaborate with each other and other musicians.
If you are interested in assembling a small group to perform please complete the bottom section of the registration form and fill in all information fields. If you do not fill out the small ensemble performance section on the registration form initially, but then later decide that you and your harp friends would like to perform please send an email to email@example.com with your group leader contact information, song selection, composer, song length, and names/instruments of the other people in you group.
Your performance request will be reviewed by the Mile High Chapter board and you will be notified of the board’s decision. You may be asked to audition (if there are many small group requests) or as the concert date approaches a preliminary performance evaluation may be required. PLEASE submit all small ensemble performance requests no later than AUGUST 31st, 2019.
If you are unable to play in the Fantasia ensemble groups, but would still like to have the opportunity to perform in a small group setting for the September concert you may send an email to with your request. Preference will be given to registered Fantasia participants and a flat performance fee of $20 will be due upon approval of your performance request. Additionally, at least one member of your small group must be a Mile High Chapter member.
Pictures from Previous Fantasia Years
Sectional Rehearsal Schedule 2019
We ask that you attend at least two of the three sectional rehearsals scheduled. However, you are welcome to attend all three rehearsal times if your schedule will allow. Please bring to each rehearsal: Your Harp, Music, Pencil & Highlighter, Music Stand, Harp Bench, and Tuner & Tuning Key. (Please label everything you bring with your name) Set up for each rehearsal will begin half an hour prior to the start times listed below. Please take advantage of this extra set up time, so that we can begin each rehearsal promptly.
During each sectional rehearsal we will work on the individual group songs, as well as the combined ensemble songs.
Group A - Lever Harp Only (Beginner/Late Beginner) conducted by Rebecca Moritsky
September 1st: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 7th: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 22nd: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
All Rehearsals for Group A will be held at Faith Bible Chapel South - 4250 S Federal Blvd, Sheridan CO 80110
Group B - Lever and Pedal Harp (Intermediate) conducted by Alaina Bongers
August 30th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Church Music Room)
September 14th: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Church Fellowship Hall)
September 22nd 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Church Music Room) - *Updated extra rehearsal time!
All Rehearsals for Group B will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton -
Group C - Pedal Harp Only (Advanced) conducted by Rachel Starr Ellins
September 6th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Church Music Room)
rehearsal for Group C held at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton - 510 S 27th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601
September 14th: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Location Change to Black Box Theater)
September 22nd: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Black Box Theater)
The Rehearsals for Group C on September 14th and 22nd will be held at Colorado ACTS Theater in Wheat Ridge - 11455 W Interstate 70 Frontage Rd N, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Schedule for September 28th, 2019 Concert Day
10:30 am – 11:30 am Check in/Load-in
All Harps Must be tuned by the start of the Group Rehearsals and please eat lunch either before you arrive or be sure to bring plenty of snacks to eat during the breaks. (The breaks will not be long enough to leave for lunch, so please plan accordingly)
11:30 am – 2:30 pm Groups rehearse in their separate areas of the LCC (with breaks)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Groups move to auditorium
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Dress Rehearsal and rehearse large ensemble pieces together
4:30 pm – 4:50 pm Annual Fall Meeting
4:55 pm - 5:15 pm Small Ensemble Sound Check
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Break for Dinner (Harp Tuning)
6:30 pm Call (Please be on time!)
7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. Concert
Things to remember to Bring and Label Everything! (Including cases and harp carts)
Ensemble Music, tuner, tuning key, bench, sack lunch, snacks, covered water bottles (clear liquids only)
Frequently Asked Questions...
How do I register?
Complete the online Registration form and submit payment following the brown paper tickets link. Or if you would rather pay in person by check or cash you can fill out a copy of the registration from at Kolacny Music in Denver. Make checks payable to Mile High AHS.
What is the Concert Attire?
Black Pants (No legging please) or LONG black skirt and Mile High Harp Society Shirt (included in the registration) Please do not wear perfume or cologne.
Where do I purchase Concert Tickets?
Tickets will be available for purchase through the Lakewood Cultural Arts Center box office and on their website as well at http://www.lakewood.org/CulturalCenter/.
New Mile High Chapeter Logo Design
Check out our new logo appearing on the T-shirts exclusively designed for our chapter by Mile High Chapter member Tashianna Merryman.
2019 Fantasia Ensemble Conductors
Rebecca Moritzky, Heart Strings Harps, has played the harp for 20 years and actively performed for 15 of those years. She has played with several youth orchestras, including 10 years as a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and toured to Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Spain. She is a graduate of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in harp performance. In 2018, Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree
in Worship Arts from Colorado Christian University.
Additionally, she is the principal harpist with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with other local orchestras including the Colorado Symphony. In 2011, she performed with an ensemble at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada. She toured China with the Denver Philharmonic in the summer of 2016. She was chosen as Lakewood’s Sister City Music Scholar in 2013 and 2015 and soloed with the Lakewood Symphony before traveling to Chester, England and where she performed
In 2015, Rebecca premiered her first concert playing jazz harp at Dazzle where she has since continued to perform a variety of music including her own compositions, and in 2016, joined Josh Groban’s on-stage orchestra during his Denver concert. She is currently a part of Kay & Bex, an indie/pop-style band, and Nova Somnia, a progressive rock band. Rebecca has studied a type of Indian dance called kathak for six years and is actively incorporating her harp playing into the practice of kathak yoga.
Alaina Bongers is a native of Colorado and can be found most weekends driving up and down the Front Range to performances and harp functions. Her love for music began at an early age. She studied piano for several years before switching to the harp. Alaina received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from Colorado State University under Rachel Starr Ellins. She also holds a certificate in Liturgical Studies which she earned studying with Dr. Joel Bacon, organ professor at Colorado State University.
Alaina is the harpist for the Fort Collins Wind Symphony and has played with many other ensembles including Longmont Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Ladaumus Chorale, Loveland Chorale, Larimer Chorale, Alpine Chorale, and the Schola Cantorum. In addition to ensemble work, Alaina has a passion for musical theater and has worked on productions with the Fort Collins Children’s Theater, Up in Lights, Midtown Arts Center, Tabor Opera House, and Opera Steamboat.
In the summer of 2011, Alaina established the Magnolia Music Studio Harp Camp for children. Since the inaugural year with only two young harpists, the camp has steadily grown into the formation of the Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival. The festival now consists of three different levels of harp ensembles with up to twenty harpists participating. Alaina is the artistic director and she enjoys creating special harp ensemble arrangements for the festival.
When not performing, Alaina serves as president on the board of Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society. Alaina currently teaches aspiring harpists of all ages at Magnolia Music Studio in Ft. Collins and privately at her studio in Loveland. Additionally, she collaborates with local middle and high school music directors by adapting or creating parts for the student harpists to be included in their orchestras.
Rachel Starr Ellins has been an active performer and teacher in Northern Colorado since 1993. Ms. Ellins received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied with Kathy Bundock Moore. She received her masters degree from the University of North Texas where she studied with Ellen Ritcher. Rachel studied for two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Lucile Lawrence.
Rachel is the first call substitute/ second harpist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has had the opportunity to perform as principal harpist with the CSO and artists including Renee Flemming, Celtic Woman, Natalie Merchant,
and Warner Brothers Bugs Bunny at the Orchestra. Rachel can be heard playing 2nd Harp with the
Colorado Symphony on their 2002 recordingof Michael Daughertys Philadelphia Stories.
Ms. Ellins is also the principal
harpist with the Longmont
Symphony Orchestra and she continues to substitute with many regional orchestras. Rachel was principal harpist with the Boulder
Philharmonic from 1997 to 2004.
She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Timberline
Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel is also an arranger and has published four harp ensemble arrangements with publisher Harps Nouveau. Rachel and her husband Joe have designed their own harp cart known as The Harp Shoppe
Harp Trolley that is sold worldwide
on E-Bay. Owning The Harp Shoppe
has allowed Rachel to promote harp concerts in the Northern Colorado area and she is proud to have brought esteemed harpists Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Natalie Chatelaine, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and Cindy Horstman to perform concerts in Northern Colorado.Ms. Ellins resides in Longmont with her husband
Joe and daughter Amanda.