- Friday, May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Chattanooga 37412
- Saturday, May 6 2017 @ 7:00 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Our 2017 concerts focused on the music from Broadway and Hollywood. The audience was tapping their toes and singing along! Other instruments were heard as well as a story about a great composer. Our concerts, as always, were free and all were welcomed to attend and bring their family and friends. At the conclusion of the one hour concert, we encouraged people to come up and talk to the harpists and the harps. Dress was casual.
"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. The player can choose between two to five sections according to his/her capacity of reading and playing the harp.
What kind of music does the harp ensemble play? We play a wide variety of music including Celtic, Classical, Folk, Seasonal, Sacred, Patriotic, Broadway, and Movie Themes. The ensemble also plays with a variety of musical instruments to enhance the performance experience.
Performances and Rehearsals:
Our 2017 performances will be:
May 5, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chattanooga 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
May 6, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Performances are free and open to the public. The May 2017 performance features Broadway and Hollywood Musicals. In addition to the ensemble, we will have a duet, a piano medley, and a story/solo about one of the great composers.
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.
Schedule for 2017: Since our concerts are in May, we take the summer off and will resume in September 2017 - November 2017, and then resuming in January - May in 2018.
- The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble has been under the direction of Jeanne Eller. Jeanne has a Music Education degree from Georgia State University and brings her passion for music to the harp ensemble. Jeanne is a trained vocalist and brings the concept of "making music on the breath" to playing the harp. She started playing the harp after a time of trial in her life and loves encouraging others to play the harp as a way to heal through music. Jeanne also plays the piano and mandolin and is the Director of Music & Worship Arts at St. Marks Church in Chattanooga, TN.
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.