Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival

10th Anniversary

Music From
Around The World

Presents

July 17- 23, 2022

Held at Immanuel Lutheran Church
in Loveland, CO

After following Covid-19 guidelines and successful 2020 and 2021 Harp Festivals, the NoCo Summer Harp Festival WILL Go On again in 2022! We take the safety of all of our participants seriously and will follow the COVID-19 safety and distancing guidelines

Update: Unfortunately Frank Voltz will be unable to join us this year at the festival due to circumstances beyond our control. He sends his regrets and hopefully he will be able to join us another year. See more information below about the updated workshop schedule and concert guest concert artist.

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Original Artwork by Lia Rudeen

At the 10th Annual

Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival

Experience Wonderful Music, Friendship, and a Common Bond of Love for all things Harp! 

We are super excited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the NoCo Summer Harp Festival. It is time to party! 

 

To help us celebrate, special guest harpist Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa will be teaching several interactive workshops during the week and performing a solo concert on

Friday, July 22nd at 6:00pm. 

See more information below about the amazing workshops she will be teaching and the Friday night concert details.

 

Our festival theme this year is "Music from Around the World".  Harp ensemble participants (youth, teen, adult) will have the opportunity to play a diverse program of music with selections chosen from many different countries featuring exciting harmonies and rhythms!

Harpists of all ability/skill levels are encouraged to join in the fun. In each of the three ensembles, the music is assigned to the harpist based on their current ability and comfort level. The goal for the week is to work on stretching musical creativity and will help to build performance confidence while playing in a relaxed ensemble setting.   

 

After a full week of harp intensive classes and rehearsals, all ensembles come together on Saturday to present an exciting Harp Extravaganza Concert open to the public.

Artistic Director and Conductor: Alaina Bongers

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Come Join in the Music

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Prerequisites

Ages: 8 through Adult (No upper age limit for adults) 

 

One year or more of harp lessons (no audition is required)

 

Bring your own lever or pedal harp to play

(Harps will be locked up securely overnight, so no need to haul a harp every day)

Other Information to "Note"

All Workshops with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa are included in the Ensemble Registration

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Outside participants are welcome to attend the workshops and a separate registration can be found below

Music for each of the three different harp ensembles is sent out shortly after the registration is received and will be collected again at the end of the festival. You are welcome to write notes on the copy if needed. 

 Festival Ensemble Music needs to be prepared and ready to rehearse with the other ensemble members by the first rehearsal

Harp Teachers! If you have a student who registers for a Harp Festival Ensemble, you can participate in the Adult Ensemble at no cost.

Since this is a "day camp", we encourage harpists to carpool if you are coming from further away. We do not organize the carpool, but we would be happy to possibly put you in touch with another harpist from your area who has registered for the festival. If you are interested in finding out more please contact us by clicking HERE

Schedule

 All Festival Events are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church

4650 Sunview Dr, Loveland, CO 80538

 

Sunday - Friday, July 17 - 22

Daily three hour intensive harp ensemble rehearsals

 

Youth Ensemble (age 8-12)         

   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

 

Teen Ensemble (age 13 – 18)     

   1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Monday 

   1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday* 

Adult Ensemble (age 18 – adult) 

   6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Tuesday 

   6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday

   6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday  

   7:45 – 8:45 p.m. Friday* Harp Move & Sound Check After the Concert

*(time changes due to the workshops and Concert)

 

Tuesday - Thursday, July 19 - 21: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Interactive Workshops with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa (See more info below) 

Friday, July 22nd: 6pm Solo Concert with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa

Saturday, July 23rd: Combined Ensemble Dress Rehearsal & Concert Performance

All Ensembles Dress Rehearsal                  2:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Harp Extravaganza Ensemble Concert       6:00 – 7:15 p.m. 

(This is a free concert and open to the public, so invite your family and friends.) 

 

Cost

Early Registration $315, Early Registration Price extended

until JUNE 5th, 2022

 $335 after June 6th, 2022

What a deal for over 20 Hours of Instruction time!

Registration for this event is refundable up to June 5, 2022.

After June 5, 2022 only half of the registration cost will be refunded.* 

*In light of COVID 19, the participants health and safety is of upmost importance. If there are any major changes to the gathering guidelines due to COVID 19 these will be taken under advisement. If this event has to be postponed or cancelled due to changes in the guidelines, 85% of the registration fee will be refunded as the remaining 15% covers operating expenses. 

Sign up Soon to Reserve Your Spot!

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Register for the Youth, Teen,
or Adult Ensemble

 
Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival 2022
0 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Come Join in the Music and Play "Music from Around the World"
Jul 17, 6:00 PM MDT – Jul 23, 8:00 PM MDT

(All three workshops with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa are included in the Ensemble Registration) 

What Harpists are Saying about the
Noco Summer Harp Festival 

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Joy H. Says...

“I have participated in Harp Festival (adult ensemble) for three years in a row.  It has definitely helped me become a more proficient musician. I have really improved in the area of playing with other harpists, understanding rhythm more succinctly and learning new pieces more quickly. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in improving their musicianship and making new harp friends!”

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Malia R. Says...

“Harp festival is amazing because it allows harpists from all over the area to collaborate and meet one another. I love the music that we get to play in ensembles, and the learning that comes along with it.”  

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Emily J. Says...

“I have participated in harp festival for four years, both in the youth and teen ensembles. I love meeting fellow harpists and playing new songs with them. The pieces we learn are interesting and fun while also improving skills like rhythms and counting. Alaina is a wonderful teacher to work with and she makes sure that everyone has fun while we learn.” 

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Lily P. Says...

“The music is so accessible for the diverse group of harpists that participate to feel comfortable about what they are playing. I love how much thought Alaina puts into selecting music for the ensembles to play and her arrangements are always fun to play as well!

Also, the guest artists that come in are wonderful as they offer a fresh perspective and teach us something new about the harp that we never knew before.”

Meet OUr Special Guest Harpist  Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa

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Kimberly’s exceptional versatility and beautiful expression offer a unique

musical journey to audiences everywhere.

 

Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa is a concert and recording artist, freelance performer, composer, dedicated instructor and founding director of Houston Summer Harp Festival and Harp Journeys. She has shared her music throughout the US, in Canada and in Australia; including as guest artist/ presenter with the Greater Houston Chapter, North Jersey Chapter and New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society, the AHS Summer Institute 2011, Gulf Coast Harpers Association and Beauty of the Harp.

 

As a leading free-lance musician for over 30+ years, Ms. DeRosa remains in high demand as a soloist, chamber, orchestral, church and special event performer. This includes previous occasions with: Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Theatre Under The Stars, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Opera in Concert and celebrity concerts with the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters and Frank Sinatra, Jr. She is a member of the Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble.

 

Ms. DeRosa nurtures the love for music and the harp while developing self-expression and building confidence and polish in students of all ages and levels. She is a lifetime member of the American Harp Society, has served as a Board Member and chairperson for the Chapter Committee and as an officer for three locals chapters. Kimberly is passionate about encouraging fellowship amongst harpists and elevating the performers’ and audiences’ experience.

 

CD recordings: Tidings of Joy (Christmas selections with guest musicians) and Zero Hour (Spanish and South American music for harp/guitar). Kimberly’s current recording project focuses on reflective music and includes her original compositions.

 

Ms. DeRosa completed her BM at Southern Methodist University under the instruction of Susan Dederich-Pejovich and graduate work at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the instruction of Judy Loman. 

 

Three Interactive Workshops

You CAN Beat This! Feel the Beat! Putting the Joy into Rhythm

Rhythm is a key component to music that can turn a descending scale into Joy To The World.

Want to feel more confident with your rhythmic skills? Learn how to simplify the counting process by reviewing the basics, demystifying complex rhythms and then internalizing the feel. Today's workshop applies techniques to rhythms including those in Latin American music that will have your harp and hands dancing.

ALL LEVELS (Bring Pedal or Lever Harp)

Hand Drums

Tuesday July 19th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Uniquely Yours

Wednesday July 20th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Are you ready to speak your own voice into your music but not sure how to begin? Our time will be spent working with a piece and finding ways to create something completely different by adding various changes such as rhythm, or working with a motif or chord progression to develop ideas. Harps encouraged! 

ALL LEVELS (Bring Pedal or Lever Harp)

"Wows!" without the Woes: Building Repertoire

Thursday July 21st, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

We will discuss ways of building and maintaining your repertoire. Suggestions of pieces that pack a lot of punch and extending the music you already know. 

ALL LEVELS (Both Pedal and Lever Harp)

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Workshop Only Registration

Not able to attend the whole week as an ensemble member, but still interested in attending one or more of the interactive workshops with Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa? 

Outside Participants are welcome and we encourage you to attend the workshops and concerts! You can register for one or two of the workshops à la carte ($25 each) or you can take advantage of the combo discount and attend all three workshops for $60. Simply click on the links below to register for the workshop(s) of your choice. 

While Kimberly encourages harpists to bring their harps to each of the interactive workshops, you may also attend without your harp and just experience the class. These classes are for both lever and pedal harpists of all ages and experience levels, so sign up today! 

Questions? Contact Alaina Bongers at harprevelations142@gmail.com 

  • Jul 21, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Loveland, 4650 Sunview Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA
    We will discuss ways of building and maintaining your repertoire. Suggestions of pieces that pack a lot of punch and extending the music you already know.  A la carte option: $25
  • Jul 20, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Loveland, 4650 Sunview Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA
    Are you ready to speak your own voice into your music but not sure how to begin? Our time will be spent working with a piece and finding ways to create something completely different by adding various changes such as rhythm, or working with a motif or chord progression. A la carte option: $25
  • Jul 19, 4:30 PM – Jul 21, 5:30 PM
    Loveland, 4650 Sunview Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA
    Outside participants can attend all three workshops (You Can Beat This, Uniquely Yours, and Wows without the Woes) at a discounted price of $60 Total.
  • Jul 19, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Loveland, 4650 Sunview Dr, Loveland, CO 80538, USA
    Rhythm is a key component to music that can turn a descending scale into Joy To The World. Want to feel more confident with your rhythmic skills? Learn how to simplify the counting process by reviewing the basics, demystifying complex rhythms and then internalizing the feel. A la carte option: $25

Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa
Solo Concert

 

Friday July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO

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Join us on Friday July 22nd for a Solo Harp Concert featuring our special guest, Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa. This concert is open to the public and you do not need to purchase tickets in advance.  We are simply asking for a free will offering at the door. 

Questions? Contact Alaina Bongers at harprevelations142@gmail.com 

 

COVID 19 Safety Precautions 

We take our participants safety and health very seriously! We will continue to monitor current guidelines and follow the current safety recommendations. 

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  • We will do our best to space harps and harpists out to maintain some social distancing. 

  • Masks or Facial Coverings are currently optional to be worn by participants, guest artists, and the ensemble conductor during rehearsals and workshops.

  • We ask all participants to wash their hands before entering the rehearsal space and hand sanitizer will also be available in the rehearsal spaces as well.

  • We ask all participants to please check your temperature each day before arriving to the rehearsal or workshop. If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or have any other COVID-19 symptoms (or within the past 72 hours) we ask that you do not attend the rehearsal or workshop. 

  • A signed Medical Release Waiver and COVID-19 Release Waiver Form will be required in order to participate in the Festival.