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2020 Mile High

Harp Symposium 

Saturday, February 22nd

9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

The Bridge Church at

Bear Creek in Lakewood 


Find out about the symposium and participate in our survey!


The Mile High Chapter Board has planned an interesting line up of classes for the day!


Follow the links below to register & pay online (NEW) for this event 


Get answers to all of your questions here

Mile High Harp Symposium 2020

"Elevating the Harp Community"

 On February 22nd, 2020 the Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society

is hosting its first annual Harp Symposium at The Bridge at Bear Creek Church!

(3101 S Kipling St, Lakewood, CO 80227)

"Our goal with this event is to bring together all levels of harpists living in Colorado

through collaboration, networking, and creating new friendships."


The day's schedule (9:00 am-5:00 pm) will feature masterclasses, workshops, and performances led by some of Colorado's professional harpists. These classes will feature topics such as basic music theory at the harp, jazz improvisation, harp maintenance, therapeutic music, practice tricks, and much much more! During the symposium we hope that you will have the opportunity to explore different facets of harp playing, gain new skills to apply to your harp journey, and get to know other harpists in the area. 

Cost & Registration Information

Registration is required to attend this event.

A light brunch and catered lunch is included in the Full Day registration cost

Current Mile High Chapter Member Full Day Registration: $20.00 

Non Chapter Member Full Day Registration: $30.00

Full Day Registration & Chapter Dues Renewal: $35.00

Auditor (Non Harpist) Registration: $10.00

Half Day (AM or PM Session Only) Current Member Registration: $12.00 

Half Day (AM or PM Session Only) Non Chapter Member Registration: $18.00

Please follow the links below in the Registration Section to sign up to attend this event.


Music Swap

In addition to all of the workshops, performances, and networking opportunities we will have a

music swap room. (Meeting Rm 1) We had a generous donation of some sheet music given to our

chapter and we would like to share it with you. If you have any music that you no longer play and it's in a gently used condition, you may also bring it with you to donate and add to the swap pile

There will be a harp in the room for you to preview the music and we ask that you initially only

take 2 pieces of music, so there will be an opportunity for everyone to participate. 

Survey of Colorado Harpists 

The Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society aims to bring the Colorado harp community together, socially and professionally. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Survey of Colorado Harpists by clicking the yellow box below to help us achieve our goal of working towards

stronger network of harpists!


The survey data will be shared during the symposium and then results will be posted online as well. 

Please also feel free to forward this survey to other Colorado harpists that you know, so that we can

survey as many harpists as possible - thank you !

The Mile High Chapter Board hopes to see a variety of harpists from all backgrounds at this event!


Symposium Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 am

Rm: Upper Room

(Fellowship Hall)

9:30 - 10:00 am

Rm: Upper Room

Fellowship Hall

Sign In & Light Brunch 

Please bring your "ticket" to sign in.  This is also a great time to check out our music swap room, purchase a Mile High Chapter Shirt, and sign up for a chance to win the door prize. 

Welcome & Opening Performance 

The opening performance will feature harp ensemble music performed by Mile High Chapter Board Members


Therapeutic Music 

10:10 - 11:00 am

Rm: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall) 

"Everything you want to know about live therapeutic music,,,What is it? Why does it help in the healing process? What are the local opportunities for practicing it?" Come to this class lead by Barbra Lepke-Sims and learn more about this interesting aspect of harp playing!


Presenter: Barbara Lepke-Sims, MM, MBA, CMP

Healing Arts Program Coordinator, Centura Health

Colorado Area Coordinator, The Music for Healing and Transition Program (www.mhtp.org)

Jazz Improv 

11:10 am -12:00 pm

Rm: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall)

"There are many harp books that provide a beginner’s and more intermediate approach to learning the theory behind improvising. However, there doesn’t seem to be many resources to help new jazz harpists understand the process of adapting the jazz language from jazz solos into their own playing. In this class, we will look at a Miles Davis solo and explore the many ways of adapting his jazz language into your music."


Presenter: Jenna Hunt 

Practice Tips & Tricks for Permanency 

10:10 - 11:00 am

Rm: Meeting Room 2

"This part is IMPOSSIBLE!" We've all been there... Come to learn some tips and tricks to maximize your practice time and learn parts in a way that will make them stick under your fingers for good. Recommended for beginner to advanced harpists with note reading skills.


Presenter: Dani Bash, MM

Practical Theory for Practical Harpists 

11:10 am -12:00 pm

Rm: Meeting Room 2

“In this hands-on workshop, we will focus on identifying chord roots and inversions, as well as practical strategies for recognizing and feeling chord shapes. Come learn techniques that will enable you to play arpeggios confidently, sight-read easily, and improvise in a pinch!”

Presenter: Alisa Hickox, MM

12:10 - 1:10 pm

Rm: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall)

Lunch Break & Harp Mixer

Enjoy a tasty lunch (included in your registration) and have the opportunity to get to know other local harpists in the area. 

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Rm: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall)

Harpist Discussion Panel & Survey Summary 

"What are some of the best ways to avoid injury while playing the harp?" or "How do you deal with performance anxiety?" Come hear the opinions and answers to these questions and more at this panel discussion. You will also have the opportunity to be the first to hear the results of our Colorado Harpist Survey!

Guest Harpist Panel: Lisa Clark,  Barbra Lepke-Sims, Ann Marie Liss, & Rachel Starr Ellins 

Panel Moderator: Alaina Bongers, MM

Survey Summary Results Presentation: Dani Bash

Managing Performance Anxiety 

2:30 -

3:00 pm

Rm: Meeting Room 2

"Come learn some tips and tricks for portraying confidence  while you perform, even though you may be shaking inside! We must learn to manage our performance anxiety and you will learn some strategies in this class to tame it." 

Presenter: Rachel Starr Ellins, MM

Harp Maintenance 

2:30 -

3:00 pm

Rm: Upper Room (Fellowship Hall)

In this class learn more about harp care, what all happens to your harp during regulation, and get your tech questions answered in this workshop presented by our very own local harp technician David Kolacny. 

Presenter: David Kolacny, Harp Technician & Part-Owner of Kolacny Music (kolacnymusic.com)

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Rm: Sanctuary 

Closing Recital 

Harp Recital of jazz standards, original compositions, and Dorothy Ashby tunes featuring harpist Jenna Hunt and bass player Andrew Rose.  


Click on the Orange "Register Now" Button below to sign up and pay online via Paypal for this event! However, if you would prefer to pay by check please click the blue button below to complete an online registration form for each participant and then mail your check directly to our treasure.

(The mailing address is listed on the top of the online registration form) 

If you are mailing a check please make it out to Mile High AHS and

be sure to include the names of all symposium participants and if your payment includes membership dues.

Registration for the Symposium will close at 11:59 pm on February 19th, 2020

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April 10th and May 8th, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions...

Do I need to Bring My Harp to the Symposium?

For the 2020 Symposium you do not need to bring your harp for any of the classes or workshops. We do recommend bringing a notebook, pen/pencil, and mind ready to learn and explore new ideas!

What type of food will be served?

The light brunch will include fruit, breakfast pastries, coffee and other beverages. For lunch we will serve sandwiches, chips, dessert, and a beverage.

*Lunch is incuded only in the full day registration.

Also, The Front Porch coffee shop at the church will be open until 2:00pm and you are welcome to purchase additional caffeination there.

Do I need to be a member of the Mile High Chapter to participate in the symposium?

No. We hope that you consider joining our local chapter, but there is a member and non member registration price. Also if you are not a harpist, we welcome you as well and be sure to choose the auditor (non harpist only) option when you register.

Is there a Registration Deadline?

Yes, the Pre Registration cut off date will be at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2020. Walk in registrations are welcome, however in order to gaurantee lunch pre full day registration is highly recomended. (Lunch is not incuded in the half day registrations)

Is there a Half Day Registration?

Yes, we Welcome Half Day registrants. We understand that scheduling is complicated and we hope that you are able to join us for either the AM Morning Session (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or PM Afternoon Session (1:15 pm - 4:30 pm). Lunch is not incuded in the Half Day Registration