North Carolina Harp Ensemble presents Music from Around the World

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The North Carolina Harp Ensemble presented their concert 'Music from Around the World' in Crawford Concert Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on Saturday, March 10, 2018! Our performers presented a diverse musical program, exploring the diversity of music from various countries and time periods. The concert program included America's Variations on When the Saints Go Marching In, Mexico's Celita Lindo, Japan's Sakura (Cherry Blossom), England's Fantasy on Chopsticks 'from the Chop Waltz', Handel's Passacaglia, Mchedelov's Variations on a Theme of Paganini, and Zaerr's River Right Rhumba. We truly appreciate our performers, parents, family, friends, and community supporters of the harp! It is a great pleasure to create and share our music with you!

Holiday Concert 2017

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"Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity" from The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Julie Gaisford Keyes.

The North Carolina Harp Ensemble presented their Holiday Concert at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Gray Auditorium located in the Visitor's Center! Our performers presented a beautiful concert of festive favorites, including "Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity" from The Planets, Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer! It was a pleasure to present our Holiday Concert at Old Salem again this year and we are very thankful to be able to perform in such an amazing venue! Wishing everyone a jolly and joyful holiday season!

Collaborative Spring Concert brings together harpists from across the Carolinas!

The North Carolina Harp Ensemble presented their Spring Concert in collaboration with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Harp Society on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte! The North Carolina Harp Ensemble was thrilled to collaborate with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Harp Society for this special concert, bringing together over 30 harpists of all ages and skill levels from across the Carolinas.

Our performers presented a fantastic program of music, including Klaus Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean Medley, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz’s Cumbia Verde, Deborah Henson Conant’s Baroque Flamenco, and Carlos Salzedo’s Seguidilla. Our audience also was treated to a solo harp performance of Gabriel Faure’s Impromptu performed by Jared Parsons and a harp quartet performance of Carlos Salzedo’s Three Famous Compositions (Chanson dans la nuit, Tango & Rumba) performed by Jacquelyn Bartlett, Kristen Bruce, Grace Wepner Ludtke, and Jared Parsons.

We would like to thank Myers Park Presbyterian Church for providing us the use of their beautiful sanctuary for our performance. We truly appreciate our performers, parents, family, friends and community supporters of the harp! It is a great pleasure to create and share our music with you! Please enjoy these videos of our performance, including Processional by Linda Wood, arranged by Jack Jarrett and Seguidilla from Suite of Eight Dances by Carlos Salzedo.

We Promise This. You'll Do What You Love This Summer!

SummerHarp Intensive

one-week session - July 2-8, 2017

two-week session - July 2-15, 2017

The SummerHarp Intensive at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is an exciting 1 to 2-week immersion into “all things harp”. Harp students of all ages and skill levels will benefit from private harp lessons, masterclasses, ensembles, public concerts, and seminars in practice techniques, performance practices, memorization and preparation for future musical endeavors. For harpists wishing for the 2-week experience, the second week will include a more advanced, in depth study of orchestral excerpts, conducting and solo repertoire. Led by UNCSA artist faculty, Jacquelyn Bartlett.


FACULTY FOCUS - JACQUELYN BARTLETT

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What do you want parents and students to know about your teaching methods?

I teach the student to play "in" to their instrument and to use it as their voice. My lessons focus on developing proper technique and exceptional listening skills, so students can project a warm and inviting tone on their instrument. I encourage each student to find his/her own voice as a harpist and to think deeply about how they play and project musical ideas to listeners. 

What makes the SummerHarp program unique to other summer harp programs?

UNCSA Summer Intensives offers programs in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and visual arts - all occurring simultaneously. As a harpist, you will have the chance to mingle with students in all arts mediums on a conservatory campus with an extensive musical library and wonderful concert halls. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other instrumentalist, including violinists, cellists and flutists to expand upon your chamber music repertoire.

What do you hope students gain from being a SummerHarp participant?

I hope that students will become recharged with a fresh new energy and passion about their music and the harp. Students will have a much better understanding of their potential and possibilities as a student and eventually a professional harpist.

What do you love most about playing the harp and being a teacher?

As a musician, I enjoy the sound and the feel of the vibrating strings on the harp. I also love the wide range of colors and sounds that can be produced on our instrument. As a professional, I truly appreciate being able to learn new music and work with composers to bring this new music to audiences. As a teacher, I love working with students to help them discover ways to improve technique, musicality, and memorization skills, all while introducing them to different styles of music. It is exciting and fulfilling to see a student master a piece of music and then perform it with joy and confidence!


We Promise This. You'll Do What You Love This Summer! Application request.

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Residency options include both day and overnight students. Must be 12 years or older to stay overnight. Each student must have his/her own instrument to play during the SummerHarp Intensive. Rental harps will be available on a limited basis to students unable to provide their own for the duration of their stay. Students on lever or pedal harps may apply to the 1-week session (July 2-8, 2017) while only harp students on pedal harps may apply for the 2-week session (July 2-15, 2017). Priority Audition Deadline is April 17, 2017.

Yoga for Harpists Workshop!

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Yoga for Harpists Workshop

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1:30pm-2:45pm

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem


This yoga workshop is designed to address the needs of professional and student harpists!

Practice yoga poses and stretching routines designed to offset prolonged muscle use and repetitive motion of harp practice.

Learn how to counteract the extended and often asymmetrical use of your arms, shoulders, neck, and even hips!

Discuss how to avoid unwanted tension in harp practice to prevent injury and promote healthy playing!

No harps required! Wear comfortable clothing and enjoy a workshop with certified yoga instructor, Gillian Harper.

Registration $20 - Deadline February 26, 2017

For NC Harp Ensemble or Charlotte Chapter of AHS members participating in the rehearsal on March 4th, a catered boxed lunch can be purchased for an additional cost of $10.

How to register? Click here!

For additional information, please contact Grace Ludtke at ncharpensemble@yahoo.com

Holiday Concert 2016

 NC Harp Ensemble's Holiday Concert 2016 at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium located in the Visitor's Center.

NC Harp Ensemble's Holiday Concert 2016 at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium located in the Visitor's Center.

The North Carolina Harp Ensemble enjoyed presenting a magical Holiday Concert at Old Salem Museums and Gardens on Sunday, November 20, 2016 in the James A. Gary, Jr. Auditorium located in the Visitor's Center! Our performers presented a fantastic concert of festive music, including Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and selections from The Nutcracker Suite! We also incorporated several percussion instruments into our musical program. Many of our selections were enhanced by the sound of the vibraphone, tambourine, sleigh bells, slap stick, and snare drum! Thank you Old Salem Museums and Gardens for providing us with such a fantastic performance venue! We are also incredibly grateful for the support of our community, as we filled the entire 275 seat auditorium to capacity!!! Happy Holidays everyone! Look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!

 Standing ovation given by the 275+ audience members! Congratulations NC Harp Ensemble members on an outstanding performance!

Standing ovation given by the 275+ audience members! Congratulations NC Harp Ensemble members on an outstanding performance!

NC Harp Ensemble to perform at Old Salem Museums and Gardens!

The North Carolina Harp Ensemble is excited to announce that our Holiday Concert will be held at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium located in the Visitor's Center on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:00pm. We will perform a free Holiday Concert featuring seasonal favorites, such as Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Leontovich's Carol of the Bells, Marks' Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite! Celebrate the season with us in this historic venue as a concert-goer or performer! Accepting membership applications for harpists of all ages and skill levels until August 20, 2016! For more information about this performance, please visit Old Salem.

Now accepting applications for membership through August 20, 2016!

Click here to register for membership!

The North Carolina Harp Ensemble is excited to invite harpists of all ages and skill levels to participate in our 7th season of rehearsals, performances and camaraderie! Founded in 2010, the NC Harp Ensemble provides professional ensemble instruction to beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional harpists. Conducted by Jacquelyn Bartlett, Professor of Harp and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), the ensemble rehearses from September through April at UNCSA in Winston-Salem, NC.

All harpists may register and submit their membership fee online by clicking here.  All applications are due by August 20, 2016. Please contact Ensemble Manager, Grace Ludtke, with any questions. We are looking forward to another fantastic season of rehearsals, performances, and camaraderie! And performing this piece again on our Holiday Concert - sleigh bells and slap stick included!

Spring Concert 2016

The NC Harp Ensemble enjoyed performing their Spring Concert on Saturday, April 9 in Shirley Recital Hall on the campus of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina! Our performers presented a fantastic concert of music, including Rogers/Hammerstein's Sound of Music Medley, J.S. Bach's Sixth French Suite, and Carlos Salzedo's Song in the Night and Tango! Special thanks to Salem College for providing us with such a wonderful performance venue! Congratulations to all involved on a wonderful year of beautiful harp music!

 North Carolina Harp Ensemble's Spring Concert in Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College.

North Carolina Harp Ensemble's Spring Concert in Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College.

 NC Harp Ensemble Director, Jacquelyn Bartlett, and Ensemble Manager, Grace Wepner Ludtke.

NC Harp Ensemble Director, Jacquelyn Bartlett, and Ensemble Manager, Grace Wepner Ludtke.

Summer Harp Intensive! Immerce yourself in all things "harp" for one week!

Immerse yourself in all things "harp" for one week!

Jacquelyn Bartlett, Professor of Harp and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will be leading a Summer Harp Intensive as part of UNCSA’s Summer Arts Intensives! This Summer Harp Intensive will be held June 19-25, 2016 for harpists of all ages and skill levels!

“This new workshop is geared towards immersing players in all things "harp" for one week, with the goal of meeting and hearing other harpists. Included in this rich musical experience are private lessons, master classes, harp ensemble, performance practices and practice techniques. Taught by UNCSA faculty Jacquelyn Bartlett. Open to all levels of players, from the young to the young at heart!”

For tuition and registration information, please visit:
http://www.uncsa.edu/summer/music-summer-intensives/