Session
Class Description
Friday
Session 1
1:00 to 2:00 PM
EST

    Beginner, single bow – “Irish Hymn Tunes”.  

    The Irish have a lovely way of creating beautiful melodies.  In this class you will learn to
    play some of their gorgeous hymn tunes, including St. Columba (The King of Love) and
    Slane (Be Thou My Vision).
Friday
Session 2
2:30 to 3:30 PM
EST

    Intermediate, single bow – “Irish Hymn Tunes”.  

    Join this class and learn to play some lovely Irish hymn tunes, including Wicklow
    (Our Blest Redeemer), Fingal  (My Spirit Longs for Thee), and Irish (O come and
    Sing unto the Lord).  A short discussion of music theory will help you make a duet
    part to accompany the hymn melodies.
Friday
Session 3
4:00 to 5:00 PM
EST

    Advanced, single bow – “Songs about the Fair”.  

    Many of us missed going to the Fair last year, whether it was your local county fair or
    the big state fair.  So lets learn some songs about the fair, including Scarborough Fair,
    Strawberry Fair, I Went to the Animal Fair, and Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens.  
    I know that the last one is not about a FAIR, but I love the tune, so I included it in
    this class.
 
Saturday
Session 1
9:30 to 10:30 AM
EST

    Beginner, single bow – “Gregorian Chants”.                                                                         

    Learn how to read original square chant notation and then learn how to play some
    chants on your psaltery.  Modern notation will be provided in addition to the four-line
    square notation.  Chants will include Adoro Te Devote (Devoutly I Adore Thee) and
    O Filii er Fillae (O Sons and Daughters), which is a chant for the Easter season.

Saturday
Session 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
EST

    Advanced, single bow – “Gregorian Chants for the Spring Season”.

    Learn how to read original square chant notation and then learn how to play some
    chants on your psaltery.  Modern notation will be provided in addition to the four-line
    square  notation.   Chants will include  Victimae  Psachali  Laudes  (To the Psachal
    Victim – a  sequence for Easter)  and  Veni  Creator  Spiritus
    (Come Creator Spirit – a chant for Pentecost).
Lunch

Saturday
Session 3
1:00 to 2:00 PM
EST

    Advanced, single bow – “Handel’s Messiah”.  

    Handel wrote the Messiah to follow the church liturgical year.  In this class we will
    learn two selections from the Part III of his oratorio: I know that my Redeemer
    Liveth, and Since by Man came Death, which focus on the resurrection and
    redemption from Adam’s fall.

Saturday
Session 4
2:30 to 3:30 PM
EST

    Beginner, single bow – “O’Carolan for Beginners”.  

    Turlough O’Carolan was an Irish composer, who lived from 1670-1738.  He wrote
    over 200 tunes, many of them dedicated to his patrons.  Join this class to learn
    Isabella Burke and Carolan’s Dream, which features gapped scales.  A short
    discussion of music theory will make these tunes easier to play.

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00 PM
EST

    Advanced, single bow – “O’Carolan for the Advanced Player”.  

    Turlough O’Carolan wrote pieces for the harp. But some of his music translates quite
    well to the psaltery.  We will learn several of his tunes including Planxty Irwin,
    Bridget Cruise, Kean O’Hara and Fanny Power.  A short discussion of music theory
    will make these tunes easier to play.  At the end of class, you will get to play one tune
    with harp accompaniment.
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Leah Trent

    Leah Trent grew up in Cleveland Ohio, and learned to
    play the harp, piano, organ, clarinet, and recorder. She
    earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in
    Music from the University of Colorado. Since moving to
    West Virginia in 2006 she has been active as a church
    musician, freelance harpist, and music teacher.

    Leah saw her first Bowed Psaltery at the Westman’s
    studio in Tamarack in 2016 and she’s been enjoying
    playing and arranging music for it ever since. She
    loves playing music with other people, and she has
    found great joy playing in the Bowed Psaltery
    Symphony.

    Leah and her husband live in the woods of Greenbrier
    County with their cat, two dogs, 26 chickens, and more
    musical instruments than they can count!
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