Northern Colorado Summer Harp Festival
Around The World
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.
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 Frank Voltz will be teaching several interactive workshops during the week and performing a solo concert on Friday, July 22nd at 6:00pm.
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
Come Join in the Music
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 Frank Voltz are included in the Ensemble Registration
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.
All Festival Events are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church
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 Frank Voltz (See more info below)
Friday, July 22nd: 6pm Solo Concert with Frank Voltz
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.)
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.
Photos from Past NoCo Harp Festivals
Register for the Youth, Teen,
or Adult Ensemble
(All three workshops with Frank Voltz are included in the Ensemble Registration)
What Harpists are Saying about the
Noco Summer Harp Festival
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!”
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.”
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.”
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 Frank Voltz
Frank Voltz is a multi-talented musician; a concert artist on piano, harp, and organ; an accomplished composer and arranger; and a highly respected clinician and teacher.
Frank began playing the harp as an adult. After playing for only 5 years, he competed and won Second Prize in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition, Lever Harp Division. For the past 20 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout North America. Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2009, he has performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the AHS.
Frank has recorded five harp CDs. As a Gospel Jazz harpist, he is in demand performing in churches all over the country. As a jazz harpist, he has performed on various Rock, Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Folk, Christmas, and Sacred recording projects for various artists (including a Grammy Award winning instrumentalist). He has published more than 100 hymn arrangements and original compositions, as well as 11 ensemble arrangements for pedal and lever harp through his music publishing company, Chiera Music (www.frankvoltz.com).
Three Interactive Workshops
Geography of the Harp
Tuesday July 19th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Have you ever thought about the geography of the harp? If you understand the geography of the harp (string spacing = finger spacing), you can learn your repertoire faster and literally play faster on the harp because your fingers "know" what to do before they touch the strings. This hands-on workshop will help you think of the harp in a new way with ideas and exercises that will improve your playing. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your harp.
ALL LEVELS (Both Pedal and Lever Harp)
You've Got Rhythm
Wednesday July 20th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will start with the basic building blocks of rhythm (time signatures, notes, rests, beats, etc.) and move into different rhythmic patterns. We’ll learn the value of rhythmic patterns in the left hand for playing lead sheets, and once you get the hang of that, we’ll explore rhythms of other musical traditions including Latin music. Some will be easy and some will be challenging. We will discover the fun of syncopation, complex rhythms, and conducting patterns. There will be lots of clapping and tapping, and you’ll be able to immediately translate these rhythmic concepts to the harp, so bring along your instrument. By the end of class, you’ll be excited about rhythms—both old and new—and you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your playing.
ALL LEVELS (Both Pedal or Lever Harp)
Inspired Composing for the Harp
Thursday July 21st, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Composing for the harp is a two-step process. First you need to compose your creation. We will discuss various methods of composing as well as discover Frank’s unique approach to writing a composition. Secondly, you need to transcribe your music correctly so that it is easy to read and easy to play. Oftentimes, the difference between a good composition and a great composition is how well the composer understands and applies proper transcription techniques. We will conclude the workshop with a “composition by committee,” that is, the attendees will collaborate on musical ideas and together we will create an original composition using the concepts presented in the workshop.
ALL LEVELS (Bring Pedal or Lever Harp)
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 Frank Voltz?
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 Frank 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 email@example.com
Frank Voltz Solo Concert
Friday July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO
Join us on Friday July 22nd for a Solo Harp Concert featuring our special guest, the mutli-talented Frank Voltz. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.