STUDENT EVALUATIONS PROGRAM Spring 2022

April 2nd, 2022: 1-5 pm (MT) Online Zoom Format

& May 7th, 2022: 1-5 pm (MT) Hybrid in Person/Online 

We hope to offer student evaluations with an online/in-person hybrid format. If Covid gathering guidelines allow we hope to hold the second evaluation with an in person option. 

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.

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AN OVERVIEW

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."

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UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE
2022 MILE HIGH CHAPTER

STUDENT EVALUATIONS

There will be two evaluations – The first will be held on April 2nd from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

and the second is scheduled for May 7th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. 

The first evaluation will be held in a completely virtual setting (as previous years)

and we will use the format found below. It is our hope that we can hold the second evaluation in person or with an online/limited in-person capacity depending on the current covid safety guidelines and protocols. 

 The Mile High Chapter member's health and safety has high priority and we want to respect everyone's comfort level with being in person. 

 

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 milehighahs@gmail.com. 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 March 30th by 11:59 p.m.

Additionally, please attach a pdf file of each song that the student is performing and be sure to put (Name) 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 2nd 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 a few days prior to the event. 

3.  Students will receive written feedback from their assigned guest harp advisor based on the video performance.  

 

4.  The second evaluation is scheduled for May 7th and will follow the same format as listed above if* it will be held in an all virtual setting. Students will submit the second video recording of their songs by 11:59 p.m. on May 4th. 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 from our guest evaluators.

*4a.  It the our hope that we can offer the option of an in-person experience for the second evaluation in May and have participants play live instead of submitting another recording. We are working on booking a venue for this event and more details about it will be forthcoming. If the participant feels more comfortable not gathering in person due to Covid concerns, they will be allowed to still submit a video recording instead. 

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!

All students who complete both evaluations will receive a

Certificate of Participation from the American Harp Society, Inc.

 

Please register and pay online by clicking the event button below.

 

We are pleased to announce that our 2022 guest advisors will be

Kathryn Harms and second advisor will be announced soon! 

See more information about our guest advisors below.

Student Evaluations 2022
69 DAYS TO THE EVENT
First Evaluation will be held on ZOOM
 

Evaluation Schedule 

 
FAQ

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 for the first evaluation as it will be held in an all virtual setting.  If we are able to hold the second evaluation in person there will be a lever and pedal harp available for participants to play.  You are welcome to bring your own harp instead for the second evaluation if you are more comfortable playing on it instead.  We ask that if you are bringing a harp please arrive early to get your harp unloaded and possibly tuned, so we can stay on schedule

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

Kathryn Harms

Kathryn Harms

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To Be Announced Soon

Kathryn Harms is a versatile performer and innovative teacher based in Boulder, CO. For the 2018/2019 season, she performed as acting principal harpist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and she regularly appears as principal harpist with Opera Southwest and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. In addition to her ensemble and solo performance endeavors, she maintains a private teaching studio and is passionate about imparting her love of music to students of all ages and backgrounds.

 

An avid promoter of new music, Harms regularly collaborates with composers to encourage quality and inventive composition for the harp. In 2015, she was a recipient of an American Harp Society, Inc. grant to commission a chamber piece for harp and string quartet: I ran out of black paint and sunshine by Kurt M. Mehlenbacher. She was a soloist at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2018 National Convention, and she was also a featured performer in a concert titled “Collaboration, The Heart of Innovation” at the 2019 AHS National Institute.

 

Harms received her Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado Boulder as a student of Janet Harriman, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University as a student of Elizabeth Richter. Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Harms was given the opportunity to begin harp instruction through a rare public school program led by Cynthia Campbell.

Bio Coming Soon

IS There an age limit for students to participate?

Students of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.