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2024 OHS Events
FEBRUARY & MARCH 2024:
A&E Auditions & Evaluations OHS Event:
Sunday February 11th: 1:00pm-4:00pm (online coaching)
Sunday March 3rd: 1:00pm-2:00pm (online outreach recital)
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024
The Ontario Harp Society is excited to present its third Auditions and Evaluations (A&E) program event. The program comprises of an Auditions session and a second performance event. For the Auditions session, students will perform two solo works of their choice for a guest adjudicator and submit a Performer Worksheet. The pieces presented by the performers do not need to be at a polished performance level for the first event, they may be at a “work in progress” level. The second event enables students to perform their audition pieces again after several weeks of focused practice. Our guest adjudicator will be Olga Gross, an accomplished pianist and harpist. (See full biography below).
The Auditions and Evaluations event offers a fun, educational opportunity for harp students to work intensively on their solo repertoire and receive valuable insight from a professional musician. All A&E participants will receive a certificate of participation from the American Harp Society, Inc.
This event is facilitated online through Zoom. Although A&E is geared towards beginner/intermediate harp students, we encourage students of all ages and levels to consider participating.
Audition Session: Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 1:00 PM EST
2nd Performance Session: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 1:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom information will be emailed to the chapter
· Two contrasting solo pieces (maximum 10 minutes)
APPLICATION FORM HERE
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024
Participation Fee: OHS Membership. If not already a member, please fill out the New Member form on OHS MEMBERSHIP.. A $20 student membership is available and grants you access to this event as well as future events, workshops and information.
Required Application Materials: PDF of solo pieces (Note: original scores must be present at the audition)
Who can watch?
The Audition Session will be open to all chapter members, and the Performance session will be open to the public and shared with several Retirement and Long Term Care homes in Ontario.
What is the Performer Worksheet?
The Performer Worksheet allows students to provide information about their chosen pieces' musical style, historical context, and composers. The worksheet encourages deeper comprehension and appreciation of the many aspects of a musical piece.
Please submit your completed worksheet before the Performance Session on March 3, 2024.
Olga Gross is the pianist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1993. She appeared regularly as soloist with the Orchestra and Kent Nagano, notably at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival, and has participated in many tours with the OSM, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Japan, South America, and Europe. In 2018, she was invited to perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London on their USA tour. She also performs regularly as orchestral keyboard with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and participated in their Atlantic Tour in 2017.
As a recitalist, Olga Gross has appeared with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, violinist Chantal Juillet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center International Chamber Music Festival in New York, and violinist Lorand Fenyves at the Bard Music Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on Germany’s Sudwestfunk Radio, Japan’s NHK Radio, CBC Radio and Radio-Canada. An accomplished harpist, she has received acclaim for her recordings Après le jour, and Jardin de givre with mezzo-soprano Claudine Ledoux.
The Brilliance of Lizotte
an OHS Feature Concert
April 12 at 8pm
Heliconian Hall, Toronto
Concert celebrating harpist/composer Caroline Lizotte including world premiere of a new work for harp and violin.
Lori Gemmell, harp
Caroline Lizotte, harp
Sheila Jaffé, violin
Etienne Ratthé, cello
Come and hear the premiere performance of a brand new mystical creation for violin and harp by internationally celebrated Quebecois composer and harpist, Caroline Lizotte. Partita Op.52 was commissioned by Lori Gemmell through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Caroline Lizotte and harpist Lori Gemmell have been friends and colleagues for more than 3 decades. Through the joys and sorrows of life, motherhood and music they have shared a close connection. This performance will be the first time that Caroline has created something specifically for her dear friend. Caroline and Lori will play 2 harp duos, the well known Raga, and Stellae Saltantem Op.49, for electric harp and accoustic harp. Etienne Ratthé will join Caroline in playing Close for Couloir, for cello and harp. Joining Lori on violin will be the spectacular and deeply versatile violinist Sheila Jaffé, a kindred spirit in music and life, who brings a deep sensibility and powerful artistry to what will surely be a thrilling evening of music.
- November 12th - OHS AGM
- November 19th - OHS Online Workshop Trouble-shooting Harp Issues! with harp technician Karen Rokos
- February/March 2024 - AHS-OHS Auditions & Evaluations: The Auditions and Evaluations (A&E) program, created by the American Harp Society, is a fun and educational performance opportunity for harp students to work intensively on their solo repertoire and receive valuable insight from a professional musician. (see above)
- April 12th - Concert celebrating harpist/composer Caroline Lizotte including world premiere of a new work for harp and violin. (see above!)
- ONLINE WORKSHOP:
Lever Harp & Care Workshop with Peter Wiley - November 6, 2022
Livestream of Parker Ramsay masterclass at UofT - March 11, 2023
- SCHOLARSHIP ADJUDICATION - April 22, 2023
- ONLINE WORKSHOP:
Positive Performance Practice Workshop with Grace Browning - April 26, 2023
- OHS AGM - October 30, 2023
- AHS Auditions & Evaluations - 2nd performance - March 6, 2022
- CONCERT by Caroline Lizotte INFO - March 11th, 2022
(photos by Alanna Ellison)
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Teresa Suen-Campbell - October 24, 2023 - Thunder Bay, ON
LUMINA CONCERT SERIES 2023-24
Solo Harp Recital at Lakehead University
by Teresa Suen-Campbell
Performing works by Albeniz, Granados, Flothuis
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2023 at 12:30pm
Jean McNulty Recital Hall
William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts
Department of Music,
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tickets: $15 and $10
Information: (807) 343-8010 ext. 8787
Mary Muckle - September 3, 2023 - Maberly, ON
THE MABINOGION - Shapeshifting and Wild Celtic Dreaming
Widely regarded as gems of medieval Celtic Literature, The Mabinogion stories, are rich in imagery, full of love and loss, magical creatures, kings and queens and all manner of ferocious power struggles.
TIME: 1:00- 5:00 PM
2501 OLD BROOKE RD,
MABERLY, ON KOH 2BO
Teresa Suen-Campbell - November 11th, Toronto, ON
Date: November 11th, 2022 at 8pm
Location: Trinity St-Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Tickets: Adult $44; Senior $37; Student $17; Virtual $17
Conductor, Nurhan Arman, conductor
Luisa Sello, flutist
Teresa Suen-Campbell, harpist
MOZART String Quartet No. 2 orchestra version
CHAN KA NIN Harp Concerto world premiere
STAMITZ Flute Concerto in G Major
Guest Artist Sponsorship: Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Mary Muckle - October 16th, Kanata, ON
Date: October 16th, 2022 at 2:30pm
Location: St. John's Anglican Church, 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata, K2K 1X7
Mary Muckle, harp, harpsichord
The Ottawa Harp Ensemble
About: In addition to Welsh music from homeland Wales and Welsh Patagonia, arranged for harp ensemble, violin with continuo and with songs in Welsh for solo voice and vocal ensemble, the concert includes readings from a medieval Welsh cookbook and the novels " How Green Was My Valley" and " Up Into the Singing Mountain" by novelist Richard Llewelyn.
Grace Scheele - June 4th, Kitchener
not yr angel bby harpist
Date: Saturday June 4th, 2022 at 8pm
Location: Catalyst137, 137 Glasgow St,, Kitchener, ON
About: Ever wonder why women and harps seem to go hand in hand? Does hearing a harp pluck take you to heaven? On June 4, an angelic avatar, angel bby, will square off against her human creator, electroacoustic harpist Grace Scheele . Together, they will unravel and re-spin the heavenly/pastoral/fem tropes that alternately plague and buoy 21st-century harpists and their instrument. This multimedia event is pure audiovisual indulgence, mixing memes, audio-interactive projections, electric harp, pastel gore imagery, sonic cacophony and ethereal soundscapes.
Presented by Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound during their 2022 Festival, running from June 2-5. 2022 in Kitchener, ON.
Erica Goodman - CD Release
"A Net of Gemsis the latest project of acclaimed Canadian musicians Suzanne Shulman and Erica Goodman. Following the success of their 2018 Naxos release “Serenades and Sonatas,” this album showcases the exquisite combination of flute and harp through a program that includes a dazzling new work for the ensemble, virtuosic showpieces, and the duo’s interpretation of traditional favourites.
Flutist Suzanne Shulman, with more than 40 recordings in her discography, has collaborated with some of the greatest names in the classical world, including pianist Glenn Gould. Juno award winning harpist Erica Goodman was already on stage as a teen and performed with Igor Stravinsky. The two musicians began their music journey together in the 1970s and say “it’s a privilege and career highlight” to work together.
A Net of Gemstakes its name from the title track, a piece dedicated to the two musicians by Toronto composer David Occhipinti. About this world premiere recording, Occhipinti says “Shulman and Goodman bounce light off of each other throughout the piece using the flute and harp to reflect the musical ideas I composed. I am honoured to have had these two amazing musicians record my work.”
For the rest of the program, the duo looked for works with “strong fantasy elements”, which the cover art, by Leonora Carrington, beautifully portrays. There is the nostalgic Saint-Saëns Fantaisie, which Goodman first learned with her father, former TSO concertmaster Hyman Goodman. Gnossienne No. 5 by Eric Satie was selected by Shulman who “can’t resist a quiet ending.” These sit alongside Doppler/Zamara’s romantic virtuosic showpiece Casilda Fantaisie, and Narthex by Bernard Andrès which features intriguing and surprising sounds from the two instruments.
As a founding member of the outstanding ensembles Camerata Canada, Trio Lyra and ChamberWORKS Suzanne Shulman has premiered commissioned works by many prominent Canadian composers including Srul Irving Glick, Milton Barnes, Marjan Mozetich, Glenn Buhr, Christos Hatzis and Jacques Hétu. She has performed and taught all over the world and is currently a flute instructor at McMaster University in Hamilton. Erica Goodman is a charter member of New Music Concerts, has encouraged many prominent Canadian composers to write for harp, and has been voted NOW Magazine’s Classical Musician of the Year. She is the harpist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.