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The album Launch by the Admiral Launch Duo (Jennifer R. Ellis, harp, and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone) was released December 1, 2018 on Albany Records, featuring music by Marcel Tournier, Ida Gotkovsky, Angelica Negron, Stephen J. Rush, and others. More information.
Kristal Barlaan is the new harp faculty for West Valley College and is looking to build and collaborate to provide more opportunities for the harp community. Whether you are a college student, high school student or adult, you can sign up for any West Valley Ensemble (1 unit) and Applied Music 39 (.5 units) each semester. This gives a student the opportunity to receive an hour of weekly instruction for college credit. For more information, see westvalley.edu or contact Kristal.Barlaan@wvm.edu.
Internationally renowned harpist, Cheryl Ann Fulton, has produced a beautiful new documentary film, The Harps in the Trees. In the film, Cheryl Ann leads her ensemble of medieval harp students, Angelorum (including chapter member Jennifer Hurley), on a journey to the highlands of Scotland, where they serenade the very trees that provided the wood from which their harps were made. With filmmaker Ezio Taranto, they bring an inspired message of hope and harmony to the world by telling the story of their pilgrimage and illuminating a special relationship between harps, trees, music, nature and the human spirit.

14 minute documentary film

Short Music Video

Soundtrack plus bonus tracks

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The nonprofit Multicultural Music Fellowship, directed by Diana Stork, has launched its second Youtube video of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble's (BAYHE) Save the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California Tour. This video features BAYHE playing Sylvia Woods' beautiful composition, "Dialogue With a Brook" (from her "The Harp of Brandiswhere" suite) playing on a rainbow of Harpsicles. To view the beautiful video and help them spread their message go to this link. They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities. Short documentary about the project.
Chapter member Diana Stork has published a gift book entitled, Holiday Harps. A charming gift for all your friends and family who deserve more than a card. This beautiful new little full color 50 page book features over 40 photographs of precious miniature ornaments of harps and other musical instruments, with Words of Warmth, Wisdom and Peace for the season and throughout the year. For more information, see this link.
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Dominique Piana has a new collection of harp arrangements of Baroque music, including old tunes that are now hard to find, as well as some surprising finds that are perfect for harp arrangement. They are presented in scholarly and ready-to-perform style, with fingerings, pedaling, explanation of ornamentation and historical background. The collection includes Solfeggietto and La Caroline by CPE Bach, Toccata by Paradies, Allegro and Sonatina by Handel, Aria and Gavotta by Martini, La Gemissante and La Cavalcade by Dandrieu, La Joyeuse by Rameau, Prelude and Almond in A minor by Purcell, Intrada by Graupner, Rondeau by Fischer, Le Rossignol en Amour by Couperin, Aria by Scarlatti, and Toccata in C by Seixas. The price will be $25 for 36 pages. Available in mid-December 2017 by contacting dominiquepiana@comcast.net, www.harpiana.com.