2017-2018 Preparation for Public Performances
Are you a harpist in the Chattanooga area that wants to get together for fun and learning to play with other harpists? We practice the second Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and the second Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. each month (except December and July) at the Pennington Studio. You are welcome to come each month to either or both practice sessions. Directions are under our page about Harp Camp.
We are focusing on holiday and Celtic music to prepare for performances at healing places such as medical facilities, grand openings, special events, schools, etc. Our goals are to get people interested in the harp, encourage others to begin to play, and have fun doing it.
We are also encouraging other musicians to join us with a variety of instruments. As we progress through this year's preparation, we will list on this site places we will appear for the love of the harp.
This is a slight change from our previous years, when we would practice monthly for annual concerts. We want to be less formal, get musical pieces in 2 - part harmony down pat, and be ready when opportunity knock
What does the public say about our performances?
"I was so inspired by hearing and listening to the 13 harps. And the young woman who played the solo, I kept looking for her third arm because so much beautiful music was being created!" Audience Member from Duck Town, TN 2016
"The speaker said to come up and talk to the harpists. When I saw that little boy of about 2 so carefully touching the strings, it sure pulled on my heart strings!" Audience Member, Chattanooga, TN 2016
The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble was created in 2005 to bring together harpists in the Chattanooga geographical area to inspire and support one another. If you desire to begin a harp ensemble in your area we will be glad to share our experience with you.
Why join the harp ensemble? To share the passion of playing the harp in a relaxed group setting.
Who should join the harp ensemble? Beginner to Advanced Harpists can take part in the ensemble since the repertoire offers different degrees of difficulty.
How do I join? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the "Get Updates from us" button on this page.
What kind of music does the harp ensemble play? We will focus on Celtic, folk, and holiday music for 2017-2018. Performances are free and open to the public.
The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble rehearsals are the second Sunday of the month from 2 - 4 pm at the JPG Harp Connections Studio, 703 Courtney Lane, Chattanooga TN. Harpists of all levels are invited to participate in the harp ensemble.
Where do members get the ensemble music? We collect our music on our Drop Box which is available to all members.
Music For Healing
Some members of The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble are participating in a program called Music for Healing where they are sent to various hospitals, therapy centers, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. While not considered active "music therapy," our intention for this program is to help improve the lives of the patients and caregivers by providing soothing music to help raise the spirits and calm the nerves of those hearing the performances. For more information on Music for Healing contact Martha Summa-Chadwick on her website: www.marthasumma.com.