Consort - A chamber ensemble of similar instruments.
Since January, 2009, Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory in Tarrytown New York has offered a harp ensemble class for Celtic and pedal harp students. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We work on ensemble and performance techniques and develop a repertoire to be presented in a recital at the end of the semester and other events such as a Twelfth Night Celebration and a St. Patrick's Day Concert. We focus on learning new music, sight-reading, improvising, playing together, overcoming performance anxiety, and having fun! The class meets at the school on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:15 until 7:45. Participation is included in the tuition of private students at the Conservatory. Tuition for non-students is $295.00 for the semester. For more information please visit www.mozartina.org or contact the Mozartina at (914) 631-5190, firstname.lastname@example.org
History of the Hudson Harp Consort
Once upon a time.....
A long time ago (in the 1990s) Hudson Valley Harp teacher, Margaret Sanzo created a harp ensemble consisting of her students and friends. They were a group of up to a dozen harps of all sizes from a 21 string lap harp to a 48 string concert grand. They were sometimes joined by a flute, a fiddle, and a hammered dulcimer. They performed many concerts at the Methodist Church in Tarrytown including an annual Irish music concert in honor of St. Patrick's Day and Twelth Night Celebrations in January. They also performed at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills and at the Westchester County Center for the Cancer Society. Their music was truly magical.
Then Margaret went away to sea (she got a job of a cruise ship!) and the group disbanded. However, Margaret never forgot them and still had hopes of reviving the ensemble.
A few years ago, Margaret met her Prince Charming, got married, and settled back on land in New York City. She started teaching at Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory in Tarrytown, NY. (www.mozartina.org) and her dream of restarting the group became a reality.
In 2016, Margaret retired from teaching at Mozartina and passed the baton to her colleague, Mia Theodoratus. Mia is a fantastic harpist and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the harp program at Mozartina. She has also taken over as director of the Hudson Harp Consort.
If you already play the harp and would be interested in joining the ensemble, or if you would be interested in taking up the harp or having harp lessons, please contact Mozartina Conservatory at (914) 631-5190.