There is something for everyone during the AHS National Conference! The following schedule will be expanded and updated as confirmations are received. Check back often for the latest information.
|Wednesday, June 27
|10:00 AM – 12:15 PM||Youth Ensemble Rehearsal||Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Julia Kay Jamieson, Charles Lynch, Vincent Pierce, Jacque Venter|
|11:30 AM – 6:00 PM||Exhibit Hall Open|
|1:00 PM – 3:15 PM||Adult Ensemble Rehearsal||Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Elaine Litster|
|1:30 PM – 2:30 PM||Anne Adams Award Winners Recital||TBD|
|2:45 PM – 3:45 PM||AHS Concert Artist Recital
Solo Recital by the 2017-2019 AHS Concert Artist Abigail Kent, featuring works by Scarlatti, Godefroid, Farkas, Patterson, Faure’, Taillefaire, Liszt and Salzedo
|4:00 PM – 5:00 PM||AHS Annual General Membership Meeting
Everyone welcome. Meet the Board of Directors, and learn about the activities of the AHS.
|AHS Members & Board|
|7:30 PM – 9:00 PM||Opening Concert
Opening recital by Principal Harpist for the Metropolitan Opera, NY and winner of the Gold Medal in the USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington, IN 2004); First Prize and 6 special prizes at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions (2006), and First Prize at the ARD (Munich) Competition (2009). This performance is Mr. Ceysson’s first AHS National Conference appearance.
|9:00 PM – 10:00 PM||Post-concert Reception
Los Angeles based classical harpists Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi make up Duo Gliss. Hear their individualized approach to the harp duo repertoire at this reception.
|Music by Duo Gliss, Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi|
|Thursday, June 28|
|8:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Contributions of Alfred Kastner and Katjean Attl
The stories of two Austro-Hungarian harpists who settled in California in the 20th century, bringing the winds of change along with their old world sensibilities to the Classical culture of California.
|8:30 AM – 10:45 AM||Youth Ensemble Rehearsal||(See above)|
|8:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Contributions of Anne Adams
An overview of how Anne Adams, as a collaborator with composers and other musicians, contributed to California musical life and output.
|8:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Harp in Hollywood Studios||Gayle Levant|
|9:45 AM – 10:45 AM||Opera Workshop||Emmanuel Ceysson|
|9:45 AM – 10:45 AM||Jazz Workshop
Original compositions and improvisation in various styles featuring unique techniques and sophisticated musical ideas.
|9:45 AM – 10:45 AM||Legacy & History of Felix Godefroid
A lecture/recital celebrating the bicentennial of Félix Godefroid’s Birth year–1818. A history of his life and a performance of his works spanning different playing levels and time periods.
|Celia Chan Valerio, Elsie Chan|
|10:00 AM – 6:00 PM||Exhibits Open|
|11:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Music of Conrad Susa
The legacy of California composer Conrad Susa is brought to life in this concert featuring three of his most iconic works including harp, chorus, and instrumentalists.
Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest (choir, harp, guitar, vibes)
|Allison Allport, Gracie Sprout, Jacqueline Marshall, Jillian Risigari-Gai Lopez, Inland Master Chorale, instrumentalists|
|12:00 PM – 1:30 PM||Executives’ & Officers’ Luncheon
An informal luncheon for chapter officers and AHS leadership at the Alumni House. Seating is limited; reserve in advance, $25.
|Chapter Officers, AHS Board|
|12:30 PM – 2:45 PM||Adult Ensemble Rehearsal||(See above)|
|1:00 PM – 4:00 PM||Masterclass
Mr. Ceysson will work with five students on varied French and USAIHC competition repertoire.
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Music of Conrad Susa Q&A
Bring your scores and questions to this workshop delving into the unpublished markings, emendations, and anecdotal performance history of the works of Conrad Susa.
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Arranging for Harp Quartet
A Democratic Synergy – towards the perfect arrangement. Taking a systematic approach: From first analysis and shortlist to finalizing choices.
|Willi (Huber) Maerz|
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Bringing Harp forward with Modern Media and Technology
Electroacoustic Harpist Lara Somogyi presents a workshop that explores bringing harp forward using modern media and technology from YouTube to Looper and Effects Pedals.
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Harp Happiness in High School
A student’s guide to managing priorities, juggling lessons, rehearsals, sports, homework and everything else without sacrificing sleep, sanity or quality practice time.
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Jazz Workshop (repeat)||Motoshi Kosako|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Harp in Hollywood Studios (repeat)||Gayle Levant|
|3:00 PM – 4:00 PM||The Atomic Harpist: a tribute to Dewayne Fulton
In memory of De Wayne Fulton, famed pop and classical harpist (1933 ‐ 1997), including his favorite works, a short oral history and anecdotes of his personality and career.
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||Latin Summit Concert||Juarez Baltazar, Emmanuel Padilla, Juan Pablo Contreras|
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||Harp History of LA Panel Discussion
Beyond the movie and TV industry Los Angeles harpists contribute to a rich and varied musical landscape! Kathleen Moon and Ellie Choate offer their unique perspectives on the harp in the musical life of Los Angeles.
|Kathleen Moon, Ellie Choate|
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||Contributions of Kastner & Attl (repeat)||Dominique Piana|
|6:45 PM – 7:30 PM||Pre-concert Music
San Jose Youth Orchestra Harp Ensemble, directed by Kristen Barlan. Kajetan Attl immigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled at San Francisco from 1914 to 1976, was the principal harpist with the SF Opera and inspired local harpists. Four of Attl’s arrangements are presented to celebrate his influence in California’s harp history.
|Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble|
|7:30 PM – 9:30 PM||Jazz Concert
Brilliant musicianship, singular perspectives, and iconic California jazz artists will offer a varied program of the best jazz artistry happening on the West Coast!
|Carol Robbins, Lori Andrews, Motoshi Kosako|
|9:30 PM – 10:30 PM||Post-concert Reception
Harpists Jessica Brizuela & Sonja Westberg are joined by dancer/choreographer, Yogen Bhagat, for an unique and enjoyable evening of Bollywood music and dance.
|Reception: Bollywood Music & Dance, Jessica Brizuela, Sonja Westburg, Yogen Bhagat|
|Friday, June 29|
|8:30 AM – 9:30 AM||Harp Music of Lou Harrison
This workshop will explores Lou Harrison’s varied approaches to harp composition and their origins in world music, tuning experiments, and classical Greece.
|8:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Grants & Commissions Roundtable||Joseph Rebman, Paul Ideker|
|8:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Latin American Fun Rhythms for All
Learn contrasting accompaniment patterns for several FUN Latin rhythms, unique and exciting special effects and even learn some DANCE STEPS! Cha-cha-cha, conga, merengue, and more!
|Alfredo Rolando Ortiz|
|8:30 AM – 9:30 AM||Hooray for Harpywood
A lighthearted yet informative look at how the
harp is used in motion picture and television scoring. There are examples of on-screen harp performance (which is relatively rare) and many examples of creative use of harp scoring from many sources. And yes–it’s okay to laugh!
|8:30 AM – 11:00 AM||Youth Ensemble Rehearsal||(See above)|
|9:30 AM – 10:30 AM||Alves’ Concerto for Harp and Gamelan
This lecture performance with Jaclyn Wappel presents a contextual musical discussion and live demonstration of selected excerpts from the Concerto for Harp and American Gamelan by Bill Alves.
|9:45 AM – 10:45 AM||Preparing Students for Today’s Global Opportunities
Learn what you can do to give your students the skills to succeed beyond competition repertoire and excerpts and give them access to the world.
|10:00 AM – 6:00 PM||Exhibits Open|
|11:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Chamber Music Concert
Chamber works from legendary California composers performed by fantastic ensembles committed to promoting and sustaining performances of historically important and contemporary works for the harp.
|Marcia Dickstein, David Walther, Angela Wiegand, Alison Bjorkedahl,Debussy Trio|
|12:00 PM – 1:30 PM||Regional Luncheons
Grab a tray and find your regional table in the dining hall for casual conversation with your Regional Director and other members from your area.
|12:30 PM – 2:45 PM||Adult Ensemble Rehearsal||(See above)|
|1:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Q & A Session with Bruce Broughton
Bruce Broughton, best known for his many film and television scores, like Silverado, Tombstone, the themes to JAG and most recently The Orville, has also composed several pieces for harp, notably Tyvek Wood and There Is Always Something to Do (for Morelle), commissioned by the Debussy Trio, as well as the Toccata for Two Harps and Mallet Percussion and Bi, for harp, violin and cello.
|1:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Contributions of Anne Adams (repeat)||Laura Porter|
|1:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Harp Music of Lou Harrison (repeat)||Bill Alves|
|1:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Grants & Commissions Q&A||Kela Walton|
|2:15 PM – 3:15 PM||Alves’ Concerto for Harp and Gamelan (repeat)||Jaclyn Wappel|
|3:00 PM – 4:00 PM||The Northern California Harpists Association Legacy Concert
Join us in celebrating the legacy of the Northern California Harpists Association as we showcase their pioneering commitment to commissioning new works for harp from major American and International composers.
Legend of the Redwoods – Samantha Garvey
|Annette Lee, Cristina Montes Mateo, Elizabeth Huston, Samantha Garvey|
|4:15 PM – 5:45 PM||Harp Happiness in High School (repeat)||Anne Sullivan|
|4:15 PM – 5:15 PM||Legacy & History of Felix Godefroid (repeat)||Celia Chan Valerio, Elsie Chan|
|4:15 PM – 5:15 PM||Preparing Students for Today’s Global Opportunities (repeat)||Lynn Taffin|
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||Latin Summit Roundtable||Juarez Baltazar, Emmanuel Padilla, Juan Pablo Contreras|
|6:45 PM – 7:30 PM||Pre-concert Music||San Jose Youth Harp Ensemble|
|7:30 PM – 9:30 PM||Concerto Concert
Join the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and California’s outstanding classical harpist performers in an evening of stellar musicianship featuring a virtuosic symphonic overture and three richly varied harp concerti.
Cristina Mateo Montez, Rodrigo Concerto de Aranjuez
|Cristina Montes-Mateo, Ellie Choate, Julie Smith Phillips, Paul Baker|
|9:30 PM – 10:30 PM||Post-concert Reception||Lara Somogyi|
|Saturday, June 30|
|8:30 AM – 9:30 AM||Arranging for Harp Quartet (repeat)||Willi (Huber) Maerz|
|9:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Exhibit Hall Open|
|9:00 AM – 10:45 AM||Adult & Youth Ensembles Dress Rehearsal||(See above0|
|9:30 AM – 10:45 AM||Hooray for Harpywood (repeat)||David Ice|
|9:30 AM – 10:45 AM||Bringing Harp forward with Modern Media and Technology (repeat)||Laura Somogyi|
|9:30 AM – 10:30 AM||Grants & Commissions Q&A||Joseph Rebman, Paul Ideker|
|9:30 AM – 10:45 AM||Latin Summit: Folk Music of Mexico||Juarez Baltazar, Emmanuel Padilla, Juan Pablo Contreras|
|11:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Harp Quartets Concert
A harp feast for the eyes and ears – TWO quartets providing selections that range from popular to classical and contemporary, including a world premiere. The spectacular finale is Un Bal from “Symphonie Fantastique” for eight harps!
|LA Harp Ensemble (Elaine Litster, Alison Bjorkedal, Hee Jin Yoon, Ko Ni Choi), and & LA Harptette (Mary Dropkin, Paul Baker, Laura Griffin-Casey, Jillian Risigari-Gai), soprano Sarah Lonsert|
|12:30 PM – 1:15 PM||Youth & Adult Ensemble Concert
An entertaining and inspiring concert of youth and adult harp ensemble works, many of which reflect the Conference themes of the Latin influence, Hollywood and modern works for harp.
|Youth & Adult Ensembles|
|1:30 PM – 2:30 PM||Complimentary Closing Luncheon
Enjoy the Youth & Adult Ensemble Concert and then a festive and delicious closing luncheon immediately afterwards, both in the Orton Center (Conference badge or guest ticket required for luncheon).