STUDENT EVALUATIONS PROGRAM Spring 2020
April 18th, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
& May 16th, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New Online Format for 2020!
See Updated Information Below.
These evaluations are held to help students 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."
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. 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
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
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 four concerts.
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.
Alisa Hickox holds graduate degrees in both harp performance and music theory from Michigan State University and has been an active performer in Michigan and Colorado for the past several years.
Currently, she teaches music theory and harp at the University of Northern Colorado and Laramie County Community College, respectively, and maintains a small private studio. She is passionate about helping her students connect music theory to performance, both in the classroom and during private lessons.