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

Instructors/Performers

Nicolas Carter:

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Martha Gallagher:

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Diana Rowan:

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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


Harper Tasche:

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Harper Tasche at The Harp Gathering 2017 in Archbold OhioHarper Tasche holds a unique and prominent place in the folk harp world, as an award-winning performer and composer, recording artist, teacher, and author. Best known for his innovative work with the small harp, the cross-strung harp, and the Renaissance bray harp, he delights and inspires concert and festival audiences, harp players, and harp builders throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Based in Seattle, Harper creates a distinctive and exceptionally expressive sound which blends traditional Nordic and Celtic music with classical, historical, and contemporary styles. He is a regular headliner at major international folk harp events, and his work has been heard and seen throughout North America and Europe on widespread radio and television broadcasts and in feature film. www.harpcrossing.com

 

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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 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 10 years, he has been guest clinician and performing artist at various harp festivals and conferences throughout North America including Beginning in the Middle (VA), Harp Gathering (OH), Harpfest (MI), Harp Feste (FL), Harp Happenings (IL), Harp Journeys (TX), Neosho River Harp Festival (OK), Northern Lights Harp Festival (Ottawa, Canada), Somerset Folk Harp Festival (NJ), and Southeastern Harp Weekend (NC).

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 hand bells for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.

He has recorded four 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. He has published more than 70 hymn arrangements, ensembles, 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's currently on the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Chapter of the American Harp Society. www.frankvoltz.com