Historical Harp Retreat
Morro Bay, CA
Monday, June 15 – Thursday, June 18, 2020

Monday – Alpha and Omega

Morning – Warmups for harp as described through the ages
9:00 – 9:30 – Irish – “Try to see if it’s in tune”
9:45 – 10:15 – Spanish 16th C
10:30 – 11:00 – Italian 17th C
11:15 – 11:45 – 18th C pedal

Afternoon – Cadential formulas typical of each era
1:00 – 1:30 – Medieval
1:45 – 2:15 – Spanish 16th C
2:30 – 3:00 – Italian 17th C
3:15 – 3:45 – 18th C pedal

4:00 – 5:00 Board Meeting

7:00 pm Evening Concert

Tuesday

Morning – Middle-chord progressions all use; how differ melodically in each era
9:00 – 9:30 – Medieval
9:45 – 10:15 – Spanish 16th C
10:30 – 11:00 – Italian 17th C
11:15 – 11:45 – 18th C pedal

Afternoon – Chris O’Connell, Healing music through the ages
1:00 pm – Hospice, Healing and the Musical Imagination
For millennia, music and healing were intertwined in the imaginations and practices of ancient physicians. In this workshop we’ll explore the rich tradition of music as a healing art, particularly as it relates to ancient and modern inflections of hospice care. Our primary focus will be music’s capacity to, as the ancient Greeks wrote, “temper the soul”.

2:00 pm – Solo improvising 101
Learn the basics of improvising on the harp in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere

3:15 pm – Singing with the Harp 101
You’ve wanted to learn how to sing while accompanying yourself on the harp — this is the workshop for you.

5:00 – 6:30 pm – Member dinner / meeting

7:00 pm – Evening Jam Session led by Chris O’Connell

Wednesday
Mexican / Californian music reconstruction

Morning
9:30 – noon – Field trip: visit Triplett harps, visit San Luis Obispo mission

Afternoon 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dr Craig Russell – Reconstruction of California Mission Music
Finding the music, reconstructing the manuscript, creating modern parts.
Jennifer Sayre – Imagining Spanish style continuo part

7:00 pm – Evening Jam Session – editions by Sam Milligan

Thursday

Morning – Ornamentation
9:00 – 9:30 – Medieval
9:45 – 10:15 – Spanish 16th C
10:30 – 11:00 – Italian 17th C
11:15 – 11:45 – 18th C pedal

Afternoon – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Nancy Thym – Scandinavian tunes and dances for the harp
The krogharpe is a unique harp from Norway with two soundboxes and metal strings with very wide spacing. It was probably played across the lap. The tradition had died out completely by the end of the 18th century, but we know that it was used to accompany dances like the pols and the halling. The Norwegian langeleik is similar to the Appalachian dulcimer and is still played in Valdres. It is often mentioned together with the krogharpe, so it is possible that they shared a repertoire, as they are both basically diatonic instruments. In this course we will be learning dances and tunes from langeleik repertoire, as well as other Scandinavian tunes, arranged for the harp. The melodies have been arranged for both metal and gut/nylon strings, so both types of harp are welcome.

7:00 pm – Final Concert

Small harps will be available for use for the workshops and jam sessions.
They will be stored on the premises.

Retreat schedule above subject to change