Scottish Highland Festival Competition
On October 8th, 2017, Scotland, Connecticut will host a fourth annual harp competition at the Scotland Highland Festival on the grounds of the historic Waldo Homestead. The competition is sanctioned and is open to lever harpers of all levels of experience who are members of the SHSA. All tunes must be of Scottish origin and in the Scottish style, played from memory. Beginners will play one tune, Novices will play two Scottish tunes, with or without sheet music, from two different tune categories, Apprentices will play 2 Scottish pieces: one an air and one of contrasting style, Journeyman harpers will play a 7-10 minute program of three selections in any order: an air, a strathspey, and a third contrasting piece (any medley should be identified and introduced as such). And finally, Master harpers will play a 10-15 minute varied program of Scottish music, which might range from an air to a march/strathspey/reel set (MSR) to a Theme and Variation (T&V) (any medley, likewise, should be identified and introduced as such). Details are on the Scotland Highland Festival website at scotlandgames.org.
This year’s competitors and participating harpers will also be able to attend a workshop with our judge, Jen Narkevicius, who is the Scottish Harp Society of America’s competition committee chair, as well as an enthusiastic teacher and talented performer. Audience members may attend all events. In the afternoon, attendees will also hear a concert from Haley Hewitt’s own Connecticut Harp Circle, home-based in New Haven at the Neighborhood Music School, playing Corinna Hewat’s “Song of the Oak and the Ivy.”
Our event is sponsored by the very generous Clan Currie. Keep an eye on the Scotlandgames.org website for updates. The Harp Events Chairperson, Beth Dickerson, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.