Summer Masterclass series

Learn the nuances of harp writing from expert collaborators!

Featuring Dr. Rosanna Moore, Joseph Rebman, and Amy Nam

June 16, July 29, and August 11 2021

Recordings available

Delve into the finer details of harp writing in this three-part masterclass lecture series.

Topics range from score formatting, to extended techniques and timbral pairings. 

Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

Session 1: Joseph Rebman

How to Correctly Format a Harp Score
June 16, 2021, 1:30pm EDT

The harp is capable of a wide variety of sounds, but conveying exactly what you want to the performer can be difficult. Join Joseph Rebman as he discusses clear and comprehensive harp notation using examples from his own compositions, works written for him, and pieces from the standard harp repertoire.

Joseph Rebman is a harpist, composer, and educator, focusing on the presentation and promotion of contemporary music for the harp. As a soloist he has commissioned 20+ new works for harp, and his harp and trombone duo JOLO Duo recently released their first album featuring the premiere recording of seven works by living composers. Rebman also performs his own music, most notably his concerto Hyperion:  Concerto for Harp and Orchestra which was premiered at the Mostly Modern Festival in 2019, where he is also the harp faculty. Rebman is represented by Polyphony Artist Management and is available for recitals, presentations, masterclass, and as a featured soloist with orchestra.


Session 2: Amy Nam

Pairing other Instruments with the Harp
July 28, 2021, 1:30pm EDT

What instruments pair well with the harp? How can composers best approach navigating the different timbrel possibilities presented by the harp in chamber contexts?

Informed by both her experiences performing on the harp in small ensembles as well as her own compositional successes and learning moments, Amy Nam explores these questions with examples from Debussy, Crumb, Saariaho, and beyond.

Twin Cities-based composer and harpist Amy Nam writes and performs music characterized by her sense of optimism and interest in unconventional timbres and structures. In 2018 her work Somewhere to Elsewhere, for harp and ensemble, was selected out of nearly 700 entries to win a BMI Student Composer Award. Recently, Nam received funding through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning program to write and perform a work for herself and the Rochester, NY-based ensemble fivebyfive. Nam holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, McGill University, and the Eastman School of Music.

Session 3: Dr. Rosanna Moore

Extended Techniques -
When is it too much of a good thing?

August 11, 2021, 1:30pm EDT

In the following masterclass, we will be exploring the use of extended techniques on the harp and how they can both expand and limit a composer's writing. By looking at works where techniques have been used to enhance and bring depth to a work, to where they become cumbersome and unplayable to where they have the potential to tow the line of ‘gimmick’, we will discuss types of techniques, the ‘technique’ of the techniques, notation, practicality and more.

Rosanna Moore has an extensive career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral harpist and has won numerous international awards, including the World Harp Festival and Tierra47 competitions. She is also on the faculty of the University of Oregon and completed her doctorate at Eastman School of Music with a minor in theater. Her newest upcoming harp commission is a Concerto for the electric Salvi Delta harp by D.J. Sparr.

Register for individual sessions for $25/ticket, or register for access to all three sessions for $60!

Have questions?


Check out these Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Can I ask questions?

    Yes! Each session will allow time for Q&A, so bring your questions!


2. Can I bring scores for review?

    No, these masterclass lectures are topic based and an opportunity to learn from the expertise of each of these harpists!

3. What if I can't join live?

    Each session will be recorded and you can access the recordings with your ticket through September 2, 2021.

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