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2017 Calendar

last update March 5, 2017

Details of these events and gatherings (including address and phone numbers of gathering locations) are published in the Harpers Hall newsletter, The Reel Fling. Yearly subscription includes the newsletters and much more. Join us in the enchanting world of harps.

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  • 15th 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering at Val Wann's home in Concord; Workshop: "Explore Celtic Musical Ornamentation" workshop by Deb Knodel.
    Learn how to add some ornaments to your Celtic (and other) tunes. We will explore Irish and Scottish ornamentation for wire and nylon-strung harps. Most ornaments are easy to do, and can add a wonderful touch of spice to all of your arrangements!


  • 16th - 20th Venture Retreat -- contact Verlene Schermer at info 'at' verlene.com for more information
  • no monthy gathering (join us at the retreat instead!)


  • 19th 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering at Calli Morrow's home in Portola Valley; Workshop: "Perspectives on Composing." Val Wann, Margaret More, and Verlene Schermer will share their individual composing processes in a forum that will include discussion, demonstration, and Q&A. Bring your questions, and find hints, tricks, and inspiration to develop your own compositional skills!


  • 9th Note changed to the second Sunday (the third Sunday is Easter) 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering at Val Wann's home in Concord; "Leading an ensemble" led by Verlene Schermer. In this workshop, we'll work on developing skills to lead an ensemble, whether it be harps, or other groups of any size. We'll work on speaking with the audience, counting off the time, using your body and facial expressions to lead and set the tone! Plus at 5-6 pm, rehearsal for Woodland Games led by Verlene Schermer.
  • 29th - 30th Woodland Games Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Gathering, Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland, all day. Directions to fairgrounds


  • 21st 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering Location Dell Petersen's home in Fremont; Workshop from 2-3 pm: "The Harper's Guide to Copyright Law!" led by David Trapp. There are many copyright issues that a harpist should know, whether as a musician, performer, composer or as a teacher. David will present a workshop covering current issues of copyright law, such as how to register a copyright, what is does for you, other copyrights involved in the music business,what is "fair use," and practical suggestions for how you can protect yourself. Plus at 5-6 pm, rehearsal for Motherlode Games led by Verlene Schermer.


  • 10th - 11th Motherlode Highland Games at the Amador County Fairgrounds. We'll be playing ensemble and solo sets throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday.
  • 25th Note changed to the fourth Sunday (the third Sunday is Father's Day) 1:30 - 6 pm at Amy Krupski's home in Pacific Grove; Workshop TBA.


  • 16th 4:00 - 8 pm (note change in time) Summer Barbecue at Laurann Golden's home in Campbell. No workshop planned!


  • 20th 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering at Deborah Bennett's home in San Jose; Workshop from 2- 3 pm: TBA. Plus at 5-6 pm, Pleasanton Games rehearsal led by Verlene Schermer.



  • 15th 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering location TBA; Workshop: TBA.


  • 19th 1:30 - 6 pm Gathering at Laurann Golden's home in Campbell; Workshop: TBA. Plus rehearal for Chirstmas concerts.


  • 3rd 4 - 8 pm Yule Party at Claudia Slayman's home in San Jose. Bring holiday songs to share, and your yummiest dish for potluck dinner!
  • 23rd 7:30 - 8:30 pm Season of Hope concert at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Downtown San Jose