STUDENT EVALUATIONS PROGRAM 2019
April 13th, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
& May 11th, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Neighborhood Music Stapleton
2501 Dallas St. Aurora, CO 80010
These evaluations are held to help students improve their playing and musicianship. It is our hope that students will gain experience playing for and listening to others while receiving feedback from a guest advisor.
FROM THE AHS WEBSITE
Auditions and Evaluations is an educational program for harp students sponsored by the American Harp Society, Inc.
Participants come specifically to be heard and to hear one another. Because this is a unique two-part program, there is
special focus on the improvement that can be made by participating on both days.
The word “audition” comes from the Latin [audio] which means “to hear.” We must not confuse our Harp Society “Auditions” with the more common usage of the word audition; for this is not a competition. On the first day, participants play pieces of their own choosing for an advisor and for one another. The advisor gives each student feedback on their performance. A performer’s worksheet or traditional theory test is given. On the second day of the program, about a month later, participants show their improvement by playing the same pieces again. Because this is not a competition, no prizes are given, however everyone who participates both days receives a Certificate of Participation from the Music Education Committee of the American Harp Society.
WHAT IF MY SONG IS NOT VERY LONG? (EXAMPLE UNDER 2 MINUTES)
Students are welcome to play more than one song for the evaluation. Just be mindful that the total performance time cannot exceed 5 minutes.
DO MY MUSIC SELECTIONS NEED TO BE” PERFORMANCE” READY?
No. As long as the music is out of the learning notes stage and can be played at a steady tempo it is expectable to play it as a piece in progress.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY HARP?
A lever harp, a pedal harp, and a petite pedal harp will be available to perform on for the evaluations. However, if you feel more comfortable on your personal harp you are welcome to bring it to play on. We ask that you arrive at a minimum of 30 minutes before your assigned performance time if you are bringing your harp and be tuned and ready to play at your assigned time
DO I NEED TO BE AN AHS MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE?
You need to be a current member of our local Mile High Chapter to participate in the student evaluation program. Member ship dues are $15 and the registration cost is $15
IS THIS A COMPETITION AND WILL MY PERFORMANCE BE COMPARED TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS?
No. This is an opportunity to grow as a performer, gain more mastery of the music, learn from others, and support your fellow harpists.
Meet Our GUEST HARP ADVISORS
Jenna began taking harp lessons when she was 9 years old. While she enjoyed playing harp in her local youth symphony and honor orchestras throughout high school, Ms. Hunt also studied concert and marching percussion, as well as piano.
She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015 with her Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies, and was immediately hired as the harp instructor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she taught for two years while completing her Graduate Performance Certificate in harp performance at the University of Denver in 2016. There, she received the Outstanding Graduate Performance award for
her final recital.
Her music has taken her all around the world- to the stages of the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Shanghai Performing Arts Center, and Lincoln Center. In 2013, Jenna Hunt performed for Colorado Public Radio as part of Patrick Lee’s album, Limberlost, and has since recorded and completed music videos of her own original compositions.
Today, Jenna performs as a freelance musician in local orchestras and large ensembles, including the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Boulder Symphony. In December 2017, Ms. Hunt shared the stage with the rock group, Evanescence, and recently performed with the famous vocalist, Sarah Brightman.
She has a full studio of private students in areas along the Front Range, as well as a studio at the Neighborhood Music Stapleton where she teaches harp and piano. In her spare time, Jenna Hunt enjoys competing in ultimate frisbee, spending time with her rescue dog, Charlie, and trying new foods.
Barbara Weiger Lepke-Sims fell in love with the harp when she was 5 years old. Her mother took her to a harp program presented by Alice Chalifoux and her students in Cleveland, Ohio, where Barbara was born. However, it was not until she was 12 years old and was living in NJ before she started playing the harp. The American Harp Society has been part of Barbara’s life ever since that time. She remembers going to Student Evaluations at Sam and Rosalie Pratt’s house in NJ where Kathleen Bride and Jane Weidensaul were adjudicators.
In college, Barbara received a BME with Honors, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduation, upon hearing and being inspired by Susann McDonald in a recital, Barbara knew she wanted to study with her and applied to Juilliard, where Barbara earned her MM. While in NYC, Barbara performed in “The Fantasticks” in the Sullivan St Theatre, was a soloist for Lincoln Center Student Programs and performed at Carnegie Hall with Young Americans in Concert, among other amazing opportunities.
Upon graduation in 1978, the allure of the Colorado mountains drew Barbara back to Colorado where as a very successful professional free-lance harpist her career has spanned the range of orchestral, solo and chamber music. A few career highlights would include playing second harp with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Broadway musicals, playing for many dignitaries including five United States Presidents and for touring Japan with the Phamaly Theatre production of “The Fantasticks”. Barbara is also a well-known educator in Colorado and teaches at two universities.
In 2009, Barbara expanded her areas of interest and expertise and became a Certified Music Practitioner, playing for patients in several hospitals. She recently became the Healing Arts Program Coordinator for part of the largest healthcare system in Colorado.