Welcome harpists and harp enthusiasts to the Washington DC Chapter of the American Harp Society. We maintain this site for you, to provide you with updated information regarding DC-area harp events and a variety of harp resources.
Letter From the Interim President
October 12, 2013
Greetings Harpist and Friends. My name is David Crookston and I have been asked to serve as interim President of the DC Chapter of the AHS. First of all, I want to thank Mark Martin, Cheryl Roeske, Sue Richards and Brian Stevenson for their recent leadership of the chapter. There have been many wonderful workshops, concerts, master classes and harp festivals during their terms in office. I hope each of you will take time to send a note of thanks to them for their service.
I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to serving the wonderful community of harpists in the D.C. area. I would like to introduce myself so that you can get to know me a little better. I grew up in Utah and a work related move brought my family to Virginia in 1984. We currently live in the Woodbridge area and I have four children and three grand children. I first heard the harp as a solo instrument when a friend of mine played the harp in a church service. I had an immediate connection to the instrument and purchased a small Troubador harp soon after. I began my harp study at age 18 with Adine Bradley in S.L.C. (which sadly only lasted about 18 months). Many years passed before I was able to continue with additional lessons. Upon moving to Virginia, I was able to resume studies with Rebecca Anstine-Smith and Elizabeth Blakeslee as mentors. They are both amazing people. I have many fond memories of Baltimore Harp Fests, completing multiple years of the Music Education Auditions, and certifying at level 6 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABSRM) with distinction. I am also active in the Washington Area Folk Harp Society (WAFHS) and enjoy the music, camaraderie, and performance opportunities with the many fine people in that organization. The harp has opened many doors for me and allowed me to perform with many fine musicians. It is the love of this instrument and being able to share and educate others regarding the amazing attributes of the harp that has motivated me to accept the position as interim President.
There will be a period of transition and during the next few months and I would ask for your patience while all the details are being worked out. Anastasia Pike has agreed to be the interim Vice President. She and I had a very nice conversation regarding ideas and the future of the chapter. Anna is very committed to seeing the chapter succeed in it’s goals and I am very honored to be working with her. The other officer and board positions are still being filled with interim appointees. Official elections will be held later in 2013. If you have an interest in being an officer or board member please email me as soon as possible. The future of the chapter is in your hands. The chapter depends on every student, teacher, professional, and friend of the harp to participate in the planned events as often as possible. There are so many fine and talented harpists in the D.C. area that I know this chapter could be one of the best in the nation. I am asking for your help to make it happen.
If you haven’t done so already, please send in your annual dues for the 2013-2014 year. The funds received will help to provide great workshops, concerts and social events for the members, their families and friends. Dues are $20.00 for the year. Checks should be made to AHS/DC and be sent to: 12324 Oakwood Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Please include your name, address, phone number, email, website (if applicable), and let me know if you are Professional, Teacher, Student.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns, suggestions or questions regarding the chapter. I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon.
Sincerely, David Crookston
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