Mile High Chapter
Affogato Harp Recital
Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
At Steam Expresso Bar (1801 S Pearl St., Denver)
Coffee and Ice Cream with a Splash of Music!
Come kick off the fall season by joining the Mile High Chapter on Saturday, August 28th for coffee, free ice cream, and live music at Steam Espresso Bar in Denver. It has been a while since we have had a chance to be together to socialize and share live music with each other. Steam Espresso Bar provides the perfect venue to host this recital as we will be set up outside on the back patio and will have enough room to social distance while enjoying the atmosphere. (We ask that you follow the current social distancing and mask mandates)
This open mic style recital is a wonderful opportunity to run through an audition piece, play a piece you've been working on all summer, or pull out an old favorite to share. There will be a pedal and a lever harp available to play, so there is no need to cart a harp around! We will have a sign-up sheet by the ice cream table and we plan to begin the music around 10:30 am.
Even if you don't want to play, come support your fellow harpists while enjoying some ice cream or a cup of coffee (or tea or fresh juice) from Steam Espresso. Come and go as your schedule allows and we look forward to seeing everyone there!
Did you know? Affogato means "drowned" in Italian.
An affogato al caffé is a scoop of vanilla ice cream "drowned" in a
shot of espresso.
STUDENT EVALUATIONS PROGRAM Spring 2021
The Program Will Continue with a Virtual Experience
Save the Date!
April 10th, 2021 – 1 to 5 pm Online Format
& May 8th, 2021 – 1 to 5 pm Online Format
The Mile High Chapter board hopes that all of our Colorado harpists are staying well and observing the social distancing guidelines. We look forward to when we will be able to meet together again in person, but in the meantime the evaluations program will follow our very successful online format again this year. Please see the main student evaluations page for more details about the 2021 program.
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.
Compilation Project 2.0
A Harp Ensemble Experience to Elevate One Another
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play with a click track? Or do you even wonder what a click track is? The Mile High Harp Society has the answers to these questions and more. Learn how to play with a click track and enjoy making harp ensemble music with your fellow chapter members!
This compilation project will focus on playing harp ensemble music, but in a virtual format using a click track. The click track has its roots in the film industry as a way to keep music recordings and many musical parts consistent. When a musician is recording with a click track, it is like playing with a "sophisticated metronome" which then allows a sound editor to later synchronize all of the different parts together digitally.
If you are interested in joining in the fun please select which ensemble group you would like to participate in. Harpists may participate in more than one group or "mix and match" if a song in one of the other groups looks interesting. All music is playable on lever or pedal harp with the exception of the Challenger Group C Song. Register below (free) in order to get the link to the click track folder. Harpists may choose which part for each song they would like to play and music can be purchased locally through Kolacny Music.
Detailed instructions and some Tips & Tricks on how to complete your recordings can be found in the same click track file folder online. There will be several opportunities for office hours with our vice president Jenna Hunt, on how to play/record with click tracks and to answer any questions you may have. The dates/times for the office hours and the Zoom link can be found in the click track folder as well. Final Recordings need to be submitted by March 7th at 11:59 p.m. and the compilation video will be released by the end of March.
Music Repertoire 2.0*
Ensemble A - Beginner
Flower Fairies & Fairy Ring from Enchanted Melodies for Two Harps by Kathryn Cater
Creole Lullaby from For Little Troubadours by Dewy Owens (Harpist Favorite from Harp Fantasia 2019)
Ensemble B - Intermediate
Dyades: 1 & 3 by Bernard Andres
Bubble Waltz by Stephanie Curcio
Ensemble C - Challenger Song
La Joyeuse by Jean Philippe Rameau, Transcribed for Two Harps by Carlos Salzedo
*Some of these music selections will be used again for the harp circle at the Fall Harp Symposium!
Musical Trivia Challenge
Join your fellow harpists for some friendly competition (with prizes) and test your musical knowledge in our first online game night!
This virtual event will take place on February 21st, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
The Mile High Chapter is excited to present this fun online event and harpists of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate!
We will play the trivia game as one big group. That way we can interact with each other just like we are sitting around the kitchen table together. However, entrants will be divided into 3 different experience level groups, so that we can have a winner in each group.
Group 1 - Allegro Novices
Harpists aged 13 or younger
Or harpists who have been playing the harp less than 2 years
Group 2 - Presto Apprentices
Harpists who are ages 14 - 19 years of age
Harpists who started playing as adults and are not studying music in college
Harpists who have been playing for 2 to 6 years
Group 3 - Vivace Veterans
Harpists who have been playing the harp for 7 years or more
College aged students who are studying music
Professional or semi professional harpists
There is no registration fee, simply sign up Below in one of the three groups that best fits your experience level. Once a participant registers they will receive a Zoom link and more detailed instruction on setting up game play. After the trivia challenge concludes we will have an opportunity to continue to socialize with each other in several break out rooms. You can chat more about the harp or if you would like to share a song/ section of a song that you have been working on with your fellow harpists in a Harp Circle setting.
If you are curious about how this online game will work, here is a brief setup/game play summary:
The Musical Trivia Challenge will consist of three rounds of questions covering a variety of topics including Harp History, Famous Harpists, Music Theory, Technique, and much more!
Game play will take place using two online platforms. To join the Kahoot! game, you will need two devices: One device (typically a computer) is for the meeting on Zoom, and where the game questions will be posted, and one device (typically a smart phone or tablet) will be your answer-entry-pad. Each entrant will need his/her own entry-device. You do NOT need to download an app to play on Kahoot! You play it directly from the website. The Kahoot! platform is simple to use and it is a super fun way to play games together while distancing.
Once everyone is logged in we will play a quick "test-game" before we start the real fun, just to familiarize everyone with how the game works and to test your devices. Each question will be displayed on the screen for several seconds. After that, the question AND the multiple-choice answers will be displayed, along with a countdown clock, starting from 20 seconds. You will use your smart phone/ tablet (connected to Kahoot!) to enter your answer using the colored square that correlates with the correct answer on the meeting screen.
Each question has only one correct answer. You receive no points for an incorrect answer or if you don't answer within the 20 seconds. Your points for a correct answer depend upon how quickly you answered the question. So Speed is part of the game! BUT NOTE, several questions have "all of the above" as a possible answer, so don't select an answer too quickly!
A prize will be awarded for the top player in each of the experience level groups. We will go over the answers after we complete the game and we hope that you will learn something new that you never knew about our amazing instrument!
We are excited to announce a virtual solo recital and masterclass with special guest harpist
Solo Recital November 14th
4:00 pm (MT)
Tickets: $10 for Mile High Chapter Members
$15 for Non Mile High Chapter Members
Join us November 14th at 4:00 pm for a virtual performance with Grace Browning, soloist,
ensemble player, and harp faculty at Denver University. An equal devotee of solo and operatic
literature, Grace will share an interactive program featuring works by Grandjany, Parish Alvars,
Tchaikovsky, Loiellet, and Lizotte, and tales from her life as an opera harpist.
Performance Psychology Workshop & Masterclass November 15th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm (MT)
Tickets: $10 to audit (unlimited)
$40 to play on the masterclass (limited to 5 Spaces)
This interactive Workshop/Masterclass will be divided into two parts.
First, come learn some performance tips and tricks in the Performance Psychology 101 lecture. Then in the second half of the class, hear Grace Browning work with harp students in a masterclass setting.
Choose between auditing this combo class or choose to play for Grace on the masterclass (Workshop included). There is only 1 performance spot left and it is filled on a first come first serve basis, but there are unlimited audit tickets available.
Grace Browning would like to encourage all workshop participants to have their harp available during the interactive class to try some of the performance techniques together. Participants can be muted, but can still interact in our virtual environment.
Both of these events will be held virtually in hopes that we can have a great turn out, but still respect current social distancing rules. The links for the recital and workshop will be sent out an hour before the event, so keep an eye on you email inbox.
To find out more about Grace Browning, check out her website at www.gracebrowningharpist.com/about
The Mile High Chapter of the AHS Presents our First Annual
Online Regional Recital
While music continues to move to an online sharing platform, the Mile High Chapter is doing our part in maintaining safe social distancing practices while still elevating the local harp community!
After having huge success with the Online Student Evaluations, the board has decided to host our Regional Recital Online (using Zoom) on
Saturday August 1st, from 2pm- 5pm
We want to give our community of musicians an opportunity to share their music with each other, which we hope will inspire growth and curiosity in its participants!
Here are the Details...
Who can participate in the Recital?
Harpists of all ages and ability levels are welcome to participate! Performers (Harpists) in the recital MUST be members of the Mile High Chapter, and are required to register below in advance. We ask that you provide the title of the piece, the composer, and the length of the piece you would like to perform on your registration form.
How Long can my performance be?
In order to keep the recital available to as many musicians as possible, repertoire will be limited in length to 3 minutes for beginner pieces, 5 minutes for intermediate pieces, and 7 minutes for advanced pieces.
How do I share my performance?
Each participant will have the option to either pre-record their video and share it with the Zoom audience from their own device during the recital, or they may choose to perform their piece live via Zoom.
Is there a cost to perform on the recital?
No, it is FREE for current active members to participate. If you are not a Mile High Chapter Member you will need to pay your membership dues for the current membership year.
I am not a current member, how do I join or renew my dues?
Click HERE to go to our Membership Page to join or renew your dues.
I would just like to watch the recital. What do I need to do?
Audience members will also need to register below in advance for the recital in order to receive the private Zoom link. The "tickets" for the recital are FREE!
What are the Registration Cut off Dates?
Performers need to register by 11:59 p.m. on July 30th to participate
Audience Members need to register by 11:59 p.m. on July 31st to receive the Zoom link in an email. (Sent out in the Morning on August 1st)
We are calling upon our Mile High Chapter members for video submissions of one of your favorite pieces to play!
These videos will be compiled into a longer video that we would like to send out as a resource for nursing homes and schools. We want to use our music to spread joy during this uncertain time and let our community know that we are thinking of them.
Each video can be 2-5 minutes long in a .mov and .mp4 format and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the subject line says “Compilation video” and include the title of your piece, the composer, and your full name in the body of the email.
Please submit videos by 11:59 pm on April 13th.
Mile High Chapter of the AHS: Harp Compilation Project
Music to Elevate Your Day!
Harp Fantasia 2019
Come Make Music with your fellow Harpists!
September 28th, 2019
Registration is Now LIve!
Concert and Masterclass with special guest AHS Concert Artist Abigail Kent
October 20, 2018
Masterclass: 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m
(3101 S Kipling St, Lakewood, CO 80227)
We will hold a short annual meeting immediately following the masterclass. Please plan to stay and participate! We will be voting on the 2019 slate of officers. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering!
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
(1000 Englewood Pkwy • 2nd Floor , Englewood, CO 80110)
Abigail Kent is the 2017–19 touring “Concert Artist” of the American Harp Society after winning the prestigious Pan-American solo competition. Currently, she is presenting solo recitals and teaching masterclasses throughout the US and Canada, while also having been a featured harp soloist for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, a Laureate Finalist at the 2017 Classics Alive management search in Los Angeles, and named the February 2018 “New Artist of the Month” for Musical America International Magazine.
Would you like to play for Abigail Kent on the Masterclass?
Participation Fee: $30 to participate - Pre-registration required
Please email Barbara Lepke-Sims at email@example.com. Include your name, years you have studied the harp, and the song selection you would like to play. There are only 6 spots available. Sign Up Soon!
Audit Fee: $10 - Payable by cash the day-of the masterclass or online by clicking the blue box below!
Want to attend the concert?
COST: $10 for members / $15 for non-members - Payable by cash the day-of the concert or online by clicking the blue box below!