June 2, 2010

Ohio Scottish Arts School - OSAS at Oberlin

Are you planning to attend the 32nd Annual Ohio Scottish Arts School in Oberlin OH from 26th June - 2nd July, 2010????

I sure hope so!  This is a fantastic opportunity.  You might get to see more of the world famous Ohio Tartan:

But also, regardless of your level of experience - from beginner to master, OSAS has something to offer you!  Much of this information is directly from the OSAS website: http://www.ohioscottishartsschool.com/home_files/osas_harp.htm. Here is a little bit about what you can expect:
All Students are expected to bring their own instrument - it would be hard to study for a week without a harp!
The Scottish Harp classes will focus on:
• Basic harp technique for beginners and intermediates
• Repertoire at all levels, including tunes for competition sets
• Scottish style, including ornaments, lilt, and dance types

In addition, there are excellent students.  In addition to being great harpers of various levels of proficiency, they are very friendly and convivial.  You can look forward to not only the excitement of "pick up" evening jam sessions in which you have the chance to develop accompaniment patterns and learn more tunes but also the verve of spending that much time with other people who are as crazy about playing the harp as you are and who love the repertoire as much as you do!

You'll study Scottish dance music, airs, and songs, focusing on ornamentation, Scottish style, accompaniment, and learning by ear. In addition there are lectures, practice time, and playing in sessions. Classes really do cover everyone from beginners who have played for a few months, intermediates, and advanced players.

If you've been to OSAS before and you haven't signed up I hope you do so soon before the course fills up.  And if you've never been before - what are you waiting for? 
But hurry, registration closes 4th June - that's not too far away. 

Hope to see you there.  If you have questions that can't be answered by the website, post me a comment and I'll do my best to answer you or put you in touch with someone who can!

See you there!

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