Harpists Performing Together.
Founded in 2010, the NC Harp Ensemble provides professional ensemble instruction for harpists of all ages and skill levels – beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional. Conducted by Jacquelyn Bartlett, Professor of Harp and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the ensemble rehearses from September through April at UNCSA in Winston-Salem, NC. There are many benefits for participating in our ensemble, including:
- Reinforcing technique, rhythm, and musical concepts learned in private lessons.
- Valuable ear training as each member tries to listen to all of the parts simultaneously.
- Skills learned through ensemble playing lead to improved solo performances.
- Performing in the ensemble helps take the pressure off the individual, which is a great way to ease students into public performance.
- Learning to and gaining experience following a conductor’s direction.
- Solo performance opportunities.
- Social interaction while making friends and meeting other harpists.
Three different levels of ensembles combine to make the full ensemble as described below:
NEW ARTIST ENSEMBLE
For harpists of all ages with little or no previous ensemble experience. Basic note reading is required. Members will be assigned simple ensemble pieces which are to be prepared with their harp teacher. These students will attend a limited number of rehearsals and all performances.
For all ages and skill levels, beginning to intermediate on lever or pedal harp. Repertoire will be assigned according to skill level and past experience. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances.
For advanced and professional harpists of all ages focusing on intermediate and advanced repertoire. Those that demonstrate an advanced ability and commitment will be invited to perform in this group. This ensemble has the highest expectations in order to perform at a professional level. Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals and performances.
All of the ensembles listed above combine to make the Full Ensemble. This gives all harpists an opportunity to perform together, to learn from more experienced harpists and to enjoy the magnificent sound of many harps being played at the same time.