Harp Instructors/Performers at The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
at the Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold Ohio!

Instructors/Performers

Patrice Fisher:

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Patrice Fisher Instruction and Performing at the Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!Latin jazz harpist & composer, PATRICE FISHER, has been performing and recording her own compositions since 1980. She has recorded 14 albums of original music, including her latest CD, "Sunset" She has performed at such international festivals as the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Jambalaya Jazz Festival in Ilhabela, Brazil, the Trova Jazz Festival in Guatemala and the Festi Jazz in La Paz, Bolivia. She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. “An unexpected delight!” raves David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper says of Arpa "There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a staid classical gig in the morning and a smoky music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa. www.ecoslatinos.org

 

Christa Grix:

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Christa Grix Instruction and Performing at the Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!Christa fell under the spell of the harp during her first lesson at 16. Two years earlier, she was transfixed by live jazz during a performance at her high school. The two influences have shaped, but not limited her explorations and accomplishments on the instrument.

Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, she is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music generates has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at major harp festivals and conferences.

“Christa has a great sound. I work with orchestras all over the world and so it’s rare that I’ll notice and single out the harpist for their technique and talent. Christa is a total pro with amazing technique and sound.” ~ Jack Wall, Composer, Conductor and Executive Producer of Video Games Live.

Christa Grix has released 4 recordings on the Freefall Music label, Freefall (1996), Cheek to Chic (2002), Moonlight on Snow (2012) and Christa’s Presents (2014). She was a nominee for the 2013 and 2014 Detroit Music Awards as “Most Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist”, a Gigmasters.com awardee “Best of Gigmasters” in 2013 and 2014, and a finalist in the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. Her publications of musical arrangements for harp are played by harpists worldwide.

“Christa is one of only a handful of harpists that I insist on having in the orchestra whenever we’re close. She is a consummate professional, sensitive musician and a delight to know personally.” ~ Scott Lavender, Composer/Arranger and Music Director for Johnny Mathis.

Christa Grix currently sits on the board of the Detroit Musicians Fund, and is a past board member and executive committee member of the American Harp Society. National and international appearances include performances in Tobermory Ontario, Tacoma Washington, Maubege France, Prague Czech Republic, Monterey Mexico, and the 2011 meeting of the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Besides her active career as a harpist, Christa Grix is also the proud mother of a teenage son and a Havanese dog.

“Be it classical or jazz, it takes little time to realize what a precious musician Christa Grix is.” ~Michael G. Nastos, Music Critic.

www.christagrix.com

 

Kim Robertson:

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Kim Robertson Instructing and Performing at the Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!As one of the pioneers of the American folk harp, Kim Robertson’s approach to the instrument is uniquely personal and original. Trained classically on piano and orchestral harp, she brings an energetic and expressive touch to both her original compositions and her contemporary arrangements of Celtic music. Her skill as a performer has brought her a loyal following and she is an experienced and sensitive teacher as well. Her work encompasses numerous recordings, published harp arrangements, and an international itinerary of workshops and retreats. Her most recent releases are “Christmas Lullaby, Vol 2” (+ companion songbook) and “Fig for a Kiss,” with tin whistle player Brett Lipshutz.

www.kimrobertson.net


 

TAPESTRY (Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon):

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Harp and Acoustic Guitar Duo Tapestry Instructing and Performing at The Harp Gathering - Folk Harp Festival, Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold, Ohio.TAPESTRY features Denise Grupp-Verbon on Folk Harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Performing together for 16 years, TAPESTRY has released three CDs, "Variations," "The Journey" and "The Red Leaf." TAPESTRY has performed for the Somerset Folk Harp Festival (New Jersey and California), the Florida Harpers and Friends Festival, It's Friday at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Chapel Concert Series (Monroe, MI), the Epworth United Methodist Concert Series (Toledo, OH), the Fayette (Ohio) Historical Opera House Artist Series, and Sights and Sounds (Chelsea, MI). They appear regularly for "Vineyard Adventures" at the Toledo Zoo; "Lunch in the Park" in Bowling Green, Ohio and for "Friday Night Live" at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio.

Denise’s harp journey began at age 11, studying privately for several years with Peoria Symphony Principal Harpist, Marjorie Winters, and continuing with Chicago Symphony Principal Harpist, Edward Druzinsky. After earning a Masters Degree in Harp Performance from Northwestern University, she began working as a free-lance musician in the Northwest Ohio area. Denise performs on both lever and pedal harp and is a highly sought after clinician with a thriving private teaching studio. Students travel as far as 2 hours away to study with her and she also uses technology to teach students over the internet. Her publications include arrangements for both harp solo and harp ensemble, and she has developed several instructional books and a DVD for both lever and pedal harp. Denise is an Adjunct Music Instructor at Owens State Community College, where she teaches Music Theory I and II, Piano I and II, Piano for Majors, Music Business I and II, along with other assorted music courses. In 2005-2006 Denise was awarded Adjunct Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Michael began his music career as a teen, playing drums and percussion in a weekend variety show in Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Army, serving part of his enlistment as a percussionist in the U.S. Army Band. While in service he started a degree program focusing on computer science, and after his discharge from the military, he successfully completed several degrees and certifications in computer technology. All along, he has continued to stay active in the music industry, either as a performer or as a sound and lighting technician. Always having played guitar, Michael returned to school, taking college level music courses, as well as attending workshops with such prominent fingerstyle guitarists as Don Ross, John Gorka, and most notably, Grammy Award Winning "DADGAD" fingerstyle guitarist, Al Petteway. Michael continues to travel to Al’s home studio regularly, to study privately with him. He actively composes and arranges much of the material recorded and performed by TAPESTRY.

Denise and Michael are the proud founders and directors of The Harp Gathering; celebrating our 10th year!

www.tapestryduo.com / www.harpgathering.com

 

Frank Voltz:

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Jazz Gospel Harpist, Frank Voltz Instructing and Performing at The Harp Gathering - Folk Harp Convention, Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold, Ohio.Frank Voltz is a multi-talented musician; a concert artist on piano, harp, and organ; an accomplished composer and arranger; and a highly respected clinician and teacher.

Frank began playing the piano at age 7 and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor or Arts in Piano Performance. He has been accompanist for The Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), and The Joffrey Ballet (NYC). While working with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he was Assistant Ballet Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn. In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country.

Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has performed on the original "Hour of Power" at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. He was organist for the National Christian Choir (NCC) in Washington, DC for four years and recorded four CDs with the NCC. In 2014, Frank presented a solo concert, “Christmas at the Coleman,” on harp, piano, and “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ (1928) at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK.

As a Director of Music and versatile church musician, Frank possesses experience in traditional as well as Contemporary Christian music. He has conducted vocal choirs, handbell choirs, and orchestras; directed and produced musical productions; arranged choral and orchestral music; and produced a nationally-syndicated Christian television program. As a former church musician in the Washington metropolitan area, Frank was invited by Shirley Dobson to perform for the National Day of Prayer on several occasions.

Frank began playing the harp as an adult. After playing the harp for only 5 years, he competed and won Second Prize in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harp Competition, Lever Harp Division. For the past 15 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC in 2009, he has performed on several occasions with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony. In 2010, Frank was commissioned to write an arrangement for the American Youth Harp Ensemble. In 2014, he was commissioned to write an original composition for harp and handbells for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2016, he performed at the American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Frank has recorded five harp CDs and two piano CDs. As a Gospel Jazz harpist, he is in demand performing in churches all over the country. As a jazz harpist, he has performed on various Rock, Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Folk, Christmas, and Sacred recording projects for various artists (including a Grammy Award winning instrumentalist). He has published more than 85 hymn arrangements, ensemble arrangements, and original compositions for pedal and lever harp through his music publishing company, Chiera Music (www.frankvoltz.com). His music has been recorded by other harpists around the world.

Frank is currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the AHS. www.frankvoltz.com


Janet Witman:

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Janet Witman Instructing and Performing at the Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!Janet Witman has been a dedicated teacher and performer of both classical and lever harps for over four decades. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and West Chester University in harp performance and music education. Her Scots-Irish roots piqued her interest in the celtic harp and in 2000 she won the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship and Scottish Open at Loon Mountain, NH. Her love of harp ensemble led her to organize and arrange music for the Brandywine Harp Orchestra and in 2009, she led the ensemble to perform at the Edinburgh Harp Festival in Scotland. Janet’s arrangements for solo harp and ensembles are played worldwide. She has been a featured performer and teacher at Somerset Harp Festival, Southeastern Harp Conference, WAFH Getaway in Gettysburg, Ohio Scottish Arts School, Pacific Harp Institute, Massanetta Music Festival, Harmony of Harps, Midwest Harp Conference in Tulsa and the Omaha Harpening 2017. She recently became a certified music practitioner from the Music for Healing and Transition Program. www.harpexcellence.com


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Beth Sockdell:

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Beth Stockdell instructiong at the Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!Beth Stockdell, is a full-time professional harpist located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Beth was born and raised in Oregon and began living in Northwest Arkansas in 1999. In early 2003, at age 35, Beth started playing the harp and has loved every minute in the journey. She has roamed coast to coast for a variety of harptastic learning and teaching events and worked in hospice for many years. In January 2015, Beth became the Editor-in-Chief of the Folk Harp Journal magazine for the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC – Folk Harp Society). Beth is thrilled to be returning for her second time to teach at the Harp Gathering! www.bethstockdell.com

 

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