Cozy up with your harp and some good friends
- from the comfort of your own home!
With your hosts harp happiness expert Anne Sullivan and Harp Mastery® Certified Coaches Mary Jane D’Arville, Candace Lark-Masucci, and Caitlin Mehrtens
Each day begins with a gentle stretch to prepare your body and mind for the day’s activity.
Then I will lead an at-the-harp warmup with a twist. What’s the twist? It’s an additional focus besides limbering up your fingers. It may be a special technique or a musicianship skill. It’s my daily surprise for you!
After a break (or maybe you want to eat your lunch with us!) we meet again. I will present the day’s workshop. Then you can immediately put those concepts into action as we break into separate “rooms” where you and a few other participants will work with me or one of our Certified Coaches. These breakout coaching sessions are a blend of masterclass, workshop and coaching designed to give you hands-on instruction in a small group setting. You will work with a different coach every day of the retreat. Afterward, we meet all together again to wrap up the session.
A key component of every Harp Mastery® Retreat is individual instruction from our teachers, and we have incorporated that into the Virtual Retreat too. Each participant will have the opportunity for two 30 minute one-on-one sessions with me or one of our coaches. Whatever music you’re learning, we will help you take it to the next level. Whatever your stumbling blocks or questions are, let’s dive in and tackle it together. All you have to do is sign up and show up!
Finally, we meet together for some fun and relaxation. Friday is “Faculty Faves” night where the faculty will play some of their favorite pieces for you. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite to learn! Saturday is game night - be prepared for some virtual fun! And on Sunday we will wrap up the retreat with some ensemble playing. It’s not quite the same online, but of course we have something special planned for you :-)
The retreat is your time to focus on your harp playing. That’s what we would want for ourselves, and that’s what we are committed to providing for you.
Personal attention is a hallmark of our Retreats and this requires us to limit our enrollment. The Virtual Retreat is no different in this respect; for us to deliver the experience we want for you, we need to keep the group small, with an absolute maximum of 18 students. Obviously the spots will fill up fast. I’d like to offer you some additional incentive, just because I have seen the difference our retreats make for our participants.
Bring on the harp happiness!
(All times in Eastern Daylight Time)
|Friday, Sept. 25||Saturday, Sept. 26||Sunday, Sept 27|
|10:00 - 10:30||Daily Stretch||Daily Stretch||Daily Stretch|
|10:30 - 11:30||Warm-up with a Twist||Warm-up with a Twist||Warm-up with a Twist|
|12:45 - 1:30||Workshop of the Day||Workshop of the Day||Workshop of the Day|
|1:30 - 2:45||Break Out Coaching||Break Out Coaching||Break Out Coaching|
|2:45 - 3:00||Daily Wrap-up||Daily Wrap-up||Daily Wrap-up|
|BREAK - One-on-One Sessions||BREAK - One-on-One Sessions||BREAK - One-on-One Sessions|
|7:30 - 9:00||Faculty Faves||Game Night||Ensemble and Recap|
All sessions will be recorded. The morning sessions don’t require in-person attendance, if they start too early for you, although it is helpful for you to be there.
"Anne began her concert career at age twelve when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is known nationally as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing regularly with SPARX flute and harp duo, Duo Parisienne violin and harp duo, and the Easterly Chamber Players. Anne was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982-2002, where she taught harmony, counterpoint, ear training and keyboard harmony."
"Mary Jane's experience includes several years of college teaching as a former faculty member of University of Virginia, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University as well as presenting master classes throughout the country including seminars at University of Michigan, Arizona State University, and Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division. She has a background in both traditional and Suzuki methods of teaching, and approaches each student as the unique individual they are to nurture their personal learning style."
"Caitlin is a prolific concerto soloist, performing most recently with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany at the Gewandhaus, and also with the National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Oberlin Mozart Players, and Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Caitlin is equally at home as an orchestral musician, performing with many professional ensembles. She holds degrees from both Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying under Yolanda Kondonassis and Paula Page, respectively. "
"Candace began her harp studies with Mary Anne Coppa at Settlement Music School Philadelphia, later continuing her studies with Anne Sullivan. She attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree at Arcadia University (Glenside, PA) in Music Performance and Special Education. Candace’s interest in education led her to found her own music studio, Lark Music, where she has been teaching harp and piano for the past 20 years. "
The total cost for the retreat is $495. That’s less than $30 an hour! You’d normally pay over $100 just for the individual coaching. And you’re getting so much more - the masterclasses, warm-ups, workshops ...and the connection to other harpists too, something that is more important than ever right now.