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.

           For the past 12 years she has served as the Education Director at Carnegie Hall in
    Lewisburg WV.   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!
Friday
Description
Friday
Session 1
1:00 to 2:00
EST

    Gregorian Chants for Christmas  (How to read those little square notes)
     
    Learn how to play Gregorian chant tunes on your bowed psaltery, as you learn the basics of reading square notation.
    Veni, Veni, Emmanuel  (O Come, O Come Emmanuel), Corde Natus ex Parentis
    (Of the Father's Love Begotten), and Resonet in Laudibus will be some of the tunes we will study in
    both the original square notation on a four-line staff and in modern day notation. All of these chants are found in the
    modern day publication,  The Parish Book of Chants.
Friday
Session 2
2:15 to 3:15
EST

    How to count complicated Rhythms
        
    If  you have trouble figuring out how to play certain rhythms on your psaltery, then this class is for you. First we will
    explore how the meter of a tune can help you divide the measure into smaller parts. Then you will learn how to count the
    beats and how to subdivide the different parts or sections of the beat. At the end of the class, you will get some tips of
    how to play these rhythms on your psaltery.
Friday
Session 3
3:30 to 4:30
EST

    How to arrange a Christmas Carol Duet (with a little help from music theory)
        
    We will work on duet arrangements by applying some easy music theory concepts, and learn which chords are most
    commonly used in a carol. You will learn how to write a harmony part, and a easier drone part that match the melody
    for See Amid the Winter Snow and Sussex Carol.
Saturday
Session 1
10:00 to 11:00
EST

       Irish Christmas Carols
         
    Irish carols have such beautiful melodies which sound lovely on the bowed psaltery.  Join us as we learn some of the
    following Christmas melodies from the Emerald Isle: Wexford Carol, Love Came Down at Christmas,
    and the Star Carol.

Saturday
Session 2
11:15 to 12:15
EST

    Appalachian Christmas Carols
       
    Some of the best Christmas Carols were written right here in Appalachia. We will learn how to play some of these carols,
    including Winter Night,  Jesus Jesus Rest your Head, and As Joseph was A-walkin.

Saturday
Session 3
1:30 to 2:30
EST

    Get a Handel on Your Psaltery! (Double Bow)
        
    Handel's Messiah is one of the best known Christmas oratorios. Learn how to play some of excerpts from the
     Messiah, including  Comfort Ye, Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive,  or the Pastoral Symphony.
     Baroque ornamentation and playing your psaltery with two bows will be introduced in this class.

Saturday
Session 4
2:45 to 3:45
EST

    The Nutcracker Ballet
         
    Tchaikovsky's music for the ballet, The Nutcracker, is filled with memorable melodies which remind us of Clara and her
    dreams. Put on your dancing shoes and play some of the tunes, including  the March,  Dance of the
    Reed Flutes, and the Arabian Dance.

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00
EST

    Marian Music for Christmas
        
    Join this class to play music written in honor Mary, mother of Jesus. We will learn some chant tunes, such as
    Salve Regina Caelitum (Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above), and some Appalachian tunes,
    such as The Seven Joys of Mary, and The Cherry Tree Carol.
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