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.

Playing harp

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."

UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE
2020 MILE HIGH CHAPTER

STUDENT EVALUATIONS

There will still be two evaluations – The first will be held on April 18th from 2:00  p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the second is scheduled for May 16th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Both evaluations will be held in a virtual setting and will use the following format. 

 

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 April 15th 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 18th 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 16th and will follow the same format as listed above. Students will submit the second video recording of their songs by 11:59 p.m. on May 14th. 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 of an additional $15 dollars ($30 total) 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 link 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 2020 guest advisors will be

Rebecca Moritzky and Alisa Hickox.

See more information about our guest advisors below.

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Student Evaluations 2020
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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 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

Alisa Hickox

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.

Colorado, USA

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