TCU Harp Workshop
June 6-8, 2018
Three days of solo masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals as well as interactive and informative sessions about the harp. Festival Recital Performance at the conclusion of the workshop. The theme for this year’s workshop will be “Elevate Your Performance.” Guest Artist Grace Browning, Principal Harpist of The Dallas Opera and Santa Fe Opera, will lead students in unlocking their own creative potential and reaching new heights for their own best performance. Topics covered will include: developing your own musical ideas, honing your ability to focus in any circumstance, managing your energy level, establishing a pre-performance routine, and cultivating healthy self-talk and a positive inner voice. Grace will also share the story of her career path as a professional harpist, and tales of life in the opera pit. Dr. Laura Brandenburg will direct the Harp Ensemble and present “Glissando 2.0,” a masterclass on glissandi performance practice.
The workshop is open to young pedal harpists 8th grade and above, intermediate to advanced level. Students are asked to bring their own instruments, as availability of rental harps is quite limited.
Overnight accommodations and recreation activities available.
- Commuter Fee $165 *Daily lunch included.
- Resident Fee $280 *Includes camp tuition, dorm residency and all meals for the camp.
- Teacher Auditor Fee $50 *Daily lunch included.
In a dynamic masterclass setting, each student will have the opportunity to receive individually tailored instruction from our Guest Artist on a prepared solo of their own choosing. Students may select masterclass repertoire from standard harp solo literature, All-State etudes, orchestral excerpts, harp concerto or chamber music repertoire.
Participants will provide their own ensemble music and may prepare any part of their own choosing. Music should be securely learned and up to tempo prior to the first workshop rehearsal. Three days of intensive rehearsals will culminate with a performance of the ensemble selections on the Festival Recital.
- Polka in C – Jacques Press
- Polka Italienne – Tchaikovsky/Arr. Susan Koskelin
- River Right Rhumba – Laura Zaerr
- Triptic Dance – Pierre Beauchant
*For information on ordering any of the ensemble arrangements, contact Dr. Laura Brandenburg at email@example.com.
Harp Workshop Faculty
Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She is founder, director and member of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for the past 20 years. A highly regarded free lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010 as well as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995 – 1997. Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura was founder and director of the popular HarpFire summer camp from 2001 – 2010. She has conducted ensembles and presented workshops for the American Harp Society in Dallas, the AHS Summer Institutes of 2011 and 2015, the Harp in Worship Conferences, Harp Journeys, and Harp Journeys Youth Festival. Laura is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Harp Society. She currently serves on the national board of AHS, Inc., as Southwestern Regional Director.
Praised for her “superb technical acumen and sensitive musicality” (South Florida Classical Review), Grace Browning has established herself as a prominent orchestral harpist, avid soloist, engaging chamber musician, and passionate harp instructor. After spending three years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Grace won the principal harp position with the Dallas Opera Orchestra in 2014, bringing her to the great city of Dallas. One year later, Grace became a full-time opera harpist after being appointed principal harpist of the Santa Fe Opera where she now performs every summer. In addition to opera, Grace’s 2017-2018 season also includes performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and a two-week European tour with the Houston Symphony as guest principal harpist. As a chamber musician, she loves performing with the Dallas Harp Quartet (featuring Emily Levin, Cheryl Feder, and Karen Thomas) and enjoys arranging new works for the unique ensemble. Grace studied at The Juilliard School (M.M. 2011) with renowned harp pedagogue Nancy Allen after receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan School of Music in 2009.
Harp at TCU
TCU harp students enjoy many performance opportunities within a small studio environment. In addition to private lessons, students may also participate in the TCU Harp Ensemble, TCU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Opera productions, chamber music collaborations, vocal accompaniments, as well as solo recitals, studio recitals and campus, intercollegiate and community performances. TCU harpists receive balanced instruction in repertoire and technique, representative of major harp literature and with an emphasis on supple playing, tone production and clear articulation. The harp program at the undergraduate as well as graduate level includes studies in Harp Pedagogy, Orchestral Excerpts, Improvisation Techniques and masterclass opportunities with visiting guest artists.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Laura Brandenburg