STUDENT EVALUATIONS PROGRAM Spring 2021
April 10th, 2021: 1-5 pm (MT) Online Zoom Format
& May 8th, 2021: 1-5 pm (MT) Location TBA
Online and Possible Hybrid Format for 2021
See Updated Information Below.
These evaluations are held to help our Mile High Chapter Members improve their playing and musicianship. It is our hope that students (of all ages) will gain experience playing for and listening to others while receiving feedback from a guest advisor.
From The American Harp Society 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."
UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE
2021 MILE HIGH CHAPTER
There will still be two evaluations – The first will be held on April 10th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm
and the second is scheduled for May 8th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
The first evaluation will be held in a virtual setting and will use the format found below.
The second evaluation location will be determined depending on if we can meet in person. If in person is not an option, we will use the same online format. The Mile High Chapter member's health and safety has high priority and we are monitoring the Covid guidelines, so a decision about the location of the second evaluation will be determined closer to the event.
1. For the evaluation, we are asking participants to submit a video recording of
one or two songs totaling no more than 5 minutes. Please send your unedited recording as either an .mov or .mp4 file to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would also like the student to announce the title of their song(s) before playing each piece in the video recording. The submission date for the video recording is April 7th by 11:59 p.m.
Additionally, please attach a pdf file of each song that the student is performing and be sure to put Student Evaluation Recording 1 in the subject line of the email. (If you do not own a scanner there are several apps that convert a picture taken with your cell phone to a pdf file.)
A few tips to help make your recording session go smoothly:
Don't worry if your performance isn't perfect. We want to hear the real you! To help take some of the pressure off, try recording the song several times and then use the best take of three.
Be sure to record your "practice" takes as well. Sometimes it is the recording that you are the happiest with as you are more relaxed.
Enlist a family member to help press record/stop. Also that family member can help to keep background noise to a minimum.
Dress for success! Sometimes wearing clothes that you would normally perform in can help get you in the zone.
Don't forget to give your harp a good tune up before recording!
Have fun and remember to breath.
2. On April 10th participants will be assigned a time (about 15 to 20 minutes) to receive live feedback and work with the guest harp advisor in real time through Zoom. We encourage you to sign on to the Zoom meeting early or stay on after your assigned time to listen to at least one other student work with with the advisor. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to hear other harpists perform, learn something about their songs, and support one another. (Participants or their teachers are welcome to stay signed in for the entire Zoom session if they so desire.)
The Zoom meeting link and the assigned feedback time will be emailed out to the participants using the email provided when registering.
3. Students will receive written feedback from their assigned guest harp advisor based on the video performance. In addition, they will also receive bonus written feedback from one of the Mile High Chapter board members as well!
4. The second evaluation is scheduled for May 8th and will follow the same format as listed above if we follow the virtual format again. Students will submit the second video recording of their songs by 11:59 p.m. on May 5th. The second recording will be of the same music in order to demonstrate improvement in their performance and show mastery of the music. If possible we would like the songs performed from memory at the second evaluation. The student will also receive additional feedback and comments the second day.
5. The registration fee is $15 dollars and students need to be current members of the local Mile High Chapter of the American Harp Society in order to participate. If you are not a member of the Mile High Chapter you can pay membership dues online and participate in this event and other events in the future. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!
Please register and pay online by clicking the links below.
All students who complete both evaluations will receive a
Certificate of Participation from the American Harp Society, Inc.
We are pleased to announce that our 2021 guest advisors will be
Rachel Starr Ellins and Jenna Hunt.
See more information about our guest advisors below.
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?
Not this year! All evaluations will be held in a virtual format using a prerecorded submission of your songs and an online Zoom feedback session. As an extra benefit to this format, you will get to play on your own harp.
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. Student Member ship dues are $15, regular membership dues are $20, 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
Rachel Starr Ellins Iozzia
Rachel Starr Ellins Iozzia is a professional harpist,
teacher and arranger. She is the first call substitute/second harpist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and principal harpist with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Rachel was the instructor of harp at Colorado State University from1996 until 2016.
She enjoys teaching the harp to students of all ages from her home in Longmont. She has published several harp ensemble arrangements and loves to conduct harp ensemble. Ms. Ellins resides in Longmont with her husband Joe and daughter Amanda.
Colorado-based harpist, Jenna Hunt, is a musician of many talents. Finding herself on stage as a soloist, in an orchestra, as a member of a chamber group, or alongside a drummer or bass player, Jenna performs regularly as a jazz and classical harpist. As a professional harpist, she has played for over 100 weddings and special events, while also maintaining a very active and successful private studio. On the side, Ms. Hunt arranges and publishes harp solos, and has produced several recordings as a singer-songwriter and improvisational harpist.