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Announcing the Mid Atlantic Region Harp Festival!
May 31, 2014

February 28, 2014 (Updated 4/13/2014)

It's time to make plans to attend the Mid Atlantic Region Harp Festival. The date is Saturday, May 31 in McLean, Virginia and will feature auditions and evaluations, a scholarship competition, workshops, concerts, shopping and a sense of community. Please spread the word and feel free to distribute our flyer and forms below to others who may want to attend.

Early bird registration has been extended! You now have until 4/30/2014 to receive the early bird discount:

Postmark on or before 4/30/2014: $50 (save $15)
After 4/30/2014: $65

  • The first round of the Auditions and Evaluations needs to be conducted under the direction of the local teachers/chapters and should be completed no later than 5/3/2014. Students should bring their comments from the first round to the festival. The second round will be done at the harp fest along with the Theory tests required by the AHS.
  • Calvin Stokes will be our guest artist this year. He will present a workshop and the evening concert.
  • Adriana Horne will present an afternoon concert. It will be a great opportunity to meet our new National Symphony Orchestra harpist.
  • Competition Pieces for 2014 will be:
    Young Artist Division: Berceuse by Nicolas Flagello (available in “Solos for the Harp Player” by Lucille Lawrence or “Les Plaisirs de la Harpe, Volume 3” by Huguette Geliot)
    Emerging Talent Division: Sarabande by Bernard Andres (available in his “Automates” book)
  • Ensemble Music for the Festival will be:
    Dyades #1, #5, #7 by Bernard Andres and
    Danny Boy, Lilliburleto from Six Folk Songs of the British Isles arranged by Joyce Weaver.

    Students participating in the competition and/or harp ensemble concert on May 31st will receive a 10% discount on the music if ordered from the Virginia Harp Center. Please mention the harp festival when ordering. Only originals are allowed. Students using copied music will not be allowed to participate.

    Printable Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival Flyer and Form (PDF)

David Crookston

The DC Chapter of the American Harp Society Presents

SPARXThe SPARX flute and harp duo in concert!
Joan Sparks, flute and Anne Sullivan, harp


Practice the Music, Not the Notes!
A workshop taught by Anne Sullivan

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Concert: 1:30 PM
Workshop: 3:00 PM

St. John's UMC
5312 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA

Cost: Concert ($10 suggested donation to benefit the D.C. chapter of the A.H.S.)
Workshop - $15 per person, no instruments needed, all musicians are invited to attend.

Workshop Overview (PDF)

Anne Sullivan, harp - Anne began her career as a concert harpist at age 12 when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphonic soloist. Her orchestral appearances have included engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony where she was principal harpist, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Ms. Sullivan was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982-2002. She is the author and arranger of more than two dozen works for harp and has published a series of ear training books specifically for the harp student. Currently, she is the harp instructor at the University of Delaware and at Swarthmore (PA) College.

Joan Sparks, flute - Joan was educated at the University of Delaware and holds a Masters in Music Performance from Temple University, where she was a student of Murray Panitz. She has been a regular substitute in the Philadelphia Orchestra, a member of the Delaware Symphony, the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra, soloist with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Performing Arts Society. Ms. Sparks and harpist Anne Sullivan make up the flute/harp duo, SPARX. Winners of many national awards, including the prestigious Chamber Music America Ensemble Residency Award, the American Composer Forum’s Performance Incentive Grant, SPARX was twice named winners of the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. SPARX has released three CDs, toured nationally, and performed live for web, TV, and radio broadcasts. Currently in residence at the Tatnall School, the duo presents its own concert series in Wilmington, Delaware as well as an annual summer chamber music festival.

Please contact David Crookston if more info is needed:  davidtheharp@aol.com, 703-269-8929


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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