Posted: Mar 01, 2016
The Harp Ensemble is the latest addition to the San Jose Youth Symphony. This ensemble provides an opportunity for musicians to play with other harpists and learn ensemble techniques. This ensemble is lead by Kristal Schwartz Barlaan, who is a professional harpist with over a decade of teaching and performing experience.
The Harp Ensemble performs two concerts per year in conjunction with the Concert Winds and Percussion Ensembles at Valley Christian High School’s Conservatory of the Arts. Concert admission is $5 for adults; $2.50 for students and seniors; and free for kids under 5.
Rehearsals are held every other Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Valley Christian High School’s Conservatory of the Arts.
Learning with other harpists is a fun and constructive way to grow as a musician, and provides an environment to apply each student’s personal study.
AUDITIONS ARE ONGOING:
Students must audition for the Harp Ensemble.
Music will be level 2-3+.
Students must be in private lessons.Performances:
Two primary performances during the season – January and May.Community Outreach Performance – TBASpecial Performances – TBAAdditional Add on – Summer Camps
Season begins September and ends in May
No rehearsals on these dates:
Location of Rehearsals:
Valley Christian School Conservatory
100 Skyway Dr. San Jose 95111
Harp Ensemble runs for full season – September through May.
We will meet bi-monthly for two hours.
What to expect:
– Orchestra Cadenzas – we will study standard harp orchestra cadenzas
– Harp Ensemble music
– Rhythm, conducting and teamwork
– Standard harp technique
– Basic applied music theory
– Audition performance practice
Tuition: TBD ($300-$400 range)
Harps are limited, students may need to take turns bringing their harps.
Students must abide by the Youth Symphony student requirements
– Two memorized contrasting pieces of level 2-3+
(Link to ASTA CAP Levels for solo options and level information)
– One Scale – two hands 3 octaves in eight notes (Metronome quarter note 55+)
– One Arpeggio – V7 chord: four octaves in eighth notes, divides between the hands using four fingers of each hand, root position only.
– Intervals and chord inversions
– Key signatures: CM, GM, DM, AM, FM, BbM and EbM
– Sight reading: meters 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8
Quarter notes, Eighth notes, Dotted notes, Sixteenth notes
– Must demonstrate strong note reading and ability to play steady rhythm. Must be proficient with a metronome.