6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

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6th Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Time: April 9, 2015 to April 12, 2015
Location: Tamarack
City/Town: Beckley, WV
Website or Map: http://www.tamarackwv.com/
Event Type: performance
Organized By: Tish Westman
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2015

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The 6th Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony will be held at Tamarck in Beckley WV on April 9-12th. 

I'll be posting a few pieces of music shortly with more to come. 

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Comment by Donna Malus on March 4, 2015 at 9:24pm

OMG Tish, I'm sorry to hear that, you are getting NAILED this year....hugs to keep you warm and safe!!!!  Better yet, just stay inside  

Comment by Tish Westman on March 4, 2015 at 8:56pm

West Virginia just declared a State of Emergency.  Flooding and more ice and snow on the way.... 

Comment by Donna Malus on March 4, 2015 at 5:31pm

NO MORE SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Tish Westman on March 4, 2015 at 5:16pm

Not to worry, there will be songs up tonight and tomorrow.  None are so hard that you can't learn them but there are some challenging options if you need more of a challenge.  Here in WV, as in many of the places you all come from, winter weather has just been the pits....  We are expecting ice and more snow tonight so if we lose power I will get music posted as soon as it comes back on....Thank you all for your patience and support...Tish

Comment by Donna Malus on March 2, 2015 at 5:37pm

You're not alone, there are a lot of nervous folks. The music is late and we all have differing needs for time to work on it. I'll see if I can get more info from TIsh and share it here. 

Comment by Becky Reeder on March 2, 2015 at 5:20pm

Hi Donna, it's Becky Reeder from southern Illinois.  We are getting somewhat nervous that we don't have but 3 pieces of music. Two of which came from your site.  We are already into March.  Do you know how many pieces we will be doing?  Looking forward to coming again this year and meeting up with ya'all. 

Comment by Tish Westman on February 27, 2015 at 3:43pm

 Hello to all BP players..

I am sad to see those names on the list that will not be able to attend this year but will look for you next year....

Thank you all so much for your patience. 

Especially want to Thank Donna Malus for her continued support and help in making this event possible.

See ya'll soon!    

Comment by Donna Malus on February 27, 2015 at 9:09am

This recently in from Tish Westman!!!!

Hello, hello, hello BP Players,
Quick note...
Registration is open on our website to participate in this years symphony....  still a FREE event...yeah!
Make your hotel reservations quickly... 
Comfort Inn, Beckley, WV  1 304 255 5291
Rooms reserved until March 1st.  Discounted rate of $59.99 + tax per night.  You can wait but you might not get a room but you will get the discount.  Please, like before, you need to email me that you made your reservations so I can get you the confirmation letter to get the discount.
Music will start to be posted yet today or tomorrow so keep checking.  Let me know if you have any problems getting it or find any booboo's in the music.  Both will be appreciated....
Thank-you so much for your patience......
Tish Westman, Tamarack Resident Artist

Comment by Laura on February 26, 2015 at 9:22pm

Hi all, A friend of mine found a 20 string psaltery on Amazon.  It is from a company called  Zither Heaven Children's 20 String Maple Bowed Psaltery,  She was going to purchase this for her grandchildren.  Does anyone know of them & of their quality?  Any advise is appreciated.  Thanks, Laura

Comment by MAGGIE HOVER on February 16, 2015 at 11:41am

There should be a place for "Will not attend but wish I could." Maggie in LA

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