Why I Teach

First and foremost, teaching among the most rewarding experiences. I love helping my students overcome challenges of the instrument and practice.

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"Ceremony of Carols" Op. 28 by B. Britten

British born composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was born 100 years ago this year. It seems fitting that on the centennial anniversary of his birth, I am playing his “Ceremony of Carols” in its completion for the first time this year, tomorrow actually! With plenty of practicing and one rehearsal under my belt, I’m awaiting tomorrow’s performance with great anticipation!

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Mirage, by Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)

For his pupils, Salzedo published his own method books, exercises and beautiful etudes. Mirage is also known as “No. II, On Arpeggios” from the Modern Study of the Harp. An arpeggio is a chord whose notes are played sequentially, rather than simultaneously.

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Broken Strings

Yesterday, while playing at a retirement community the rebel string popped for, I couldn’t believe it, a third time while setting up the harp. I switched it out with my last 2nd octave C-string and continued tuning.

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When Your Harp Breaks

Attempting to move a pedal from the flat position to the natural position, I heard a metallic click, and the pedal refused to move into the natural position. My harp was inoperable and I was due to perform in Wilkesboro, NC for Palm Sunday just a few days away. What to do?

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