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Harp Blessings - Simplicity, Beauty and Elegance

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Franciscan Life Process Center

11650 Downes Street Northeast

Lowell, MI 49331

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Each year we bring to West Michigan a clinician who will lead all who come into new dimensions of harp playing. In the past we have had workshops from some of the most well known and loved harp teachers in the country, including Dennis Rybicki, Rhett Barnwell, Frank Voltz, Serena O’Meara, Sunita Staneslow, and Kim Robertson. The opportunity to study exclusively with one master harpist for a day and a half is a rich experience. Come and spend time with Angi Bemiss from Atlanta, Georgia as she shares her knowledge and love of the harp in HARPfest 2017: Harp Blessings – Simplicity, Beauty and Elegance.


“Making it complicated is easy. Keeping it simple is an art.” This describes the underlying philosophy of Angi Bemiss. A Certified Music Practioner since 1998, Angi has provided live therapeutic harp music to hundreds of people. She is nationally known as an arranger, composer, and clinician. Her workshops will include working with chords to create lovely arrangements from lead sheets, exploring the therapeutic aspects of harp playing and learning how to make good use of modern technology. She will give a concert on Friday evening.


Kelly Yousoufian, Michigan Harp Center, www.michiganharpcenter.com, will be on hand for your harp needs. Contact her ahead of time if you have a specific request. You may rent a harp for the workshop from Kelly. michiganharpcenter@gmail.com 248-288-4277


Angi will give a public concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There is no charge for workshop participants.


Friday, August 18, 2017

8:00 Continental breakfast available

9:00-10:30 Workshop I. The Art of Chords - Understanding Chords & Arpeggios

10:30-11 Visit Michigan Harp Center/Walk outside

11-12:30 Workshop II. Lead Sheets - What Are They and How Do I Use Them?

12:30 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Workshop III. Tech Tools for Harpists

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Ensemble Experience

5:30 Dinner

7:30 Concert

Saturday, August 19, 2017

8:00 Continental breakfast available

9:00-10:30 Workshop IV. Creating a Lovely Harp Arrangement From Other Music

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Workshop V. Therapeutic Music - The Double Blessing

12:00 Lunch

Registration Information (does not include lodging)

Your registration fee includes five workshops, an ensemble experience, five meals, a concert, shopping at the Michigan Harp Center and walking the wooded trails around the Center. HARPfest begins Friday morning, August 18, 2017 and goes through lunch on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

$200.00: Early Bird fee, online, or postmarked by June 2, 2017

$250.00: if postmarked by August 1, 2017

$300.00 for on-site registration

LODGING at the Center - the price on the "ticket" is per person for Thursday (8/17/2017) and Friday (8/18/2017). If you would like to stay over until Sunday, please place your order first, then contact us to make arrangements for the extra night's stay.

Harp Ensemble Experience: You may choose to join Angi as she leads this experiential class. Music will be sent to you in early June. The fee will cover ensemble pieces and postage. $15.00.

Non-Harping Companion: The fee covers admission to workshops, 5 meals, the concert, and use of the wooded trails. $100.00

A processing charge of $25 per harpist registration and $10 per non-harping companion registration will be charged if cancelled before July 1, 2017. Registration fees are non-refundable after July 1, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will individual concert tickets be available to non-registrants?

A: Yes, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Q: How many can attend HARPfest?

A: Space is limited, so register now.

Q: Should I bring my harp?

A: Yes, by all means. If this is impossible, contact Kelly Yousoufian, michiganharpcenter@gmail.com, 248-288-4277, to rent one at a nominal fee.

Q: What if I have special dietary needs?

A: Please indicate this when you register. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Q: What can my non-harping companion do if he/she chooses to not attend any workshops?

A: Shopping, nature, art, golf, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Local off-site lodging:

Main Street Inn, 5 miles from Center in downtown Lowell


Witt’s Inn, 2 miles from Center


River Edge Bed and Breakfast, 3 miles from Center


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