The Fourth Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

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The Fourth Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Time: April 18, 2013 to April 21, 2013
Location: Tamarack in Beckley, W.V.
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Event Type: workshops, and, performance
Organized By: Tish Westman
Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2013

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Event Description

In 2013 the Symphony will be celebrating traditional music by American composers.

This event is open to players of all levels, there are parts for beginners as well as more advanced players. The music will be posted on the Westman Instruments site as soon as it's ready and participants can begin practicing on their own. I hope to get a few pieces of music up early here on Psaltery Strings.

We will meet on the 18th at Tamarack to begin practice together and end our event with a performance in the auditorium at Tamarack on Sunday afternoon.

In the past we have been able to get discounted room rates at a local hotel and some fun workshops have been scheduled during our practice days to keep things light and fun.

More info to be posted as it's available!

If you know you are going to attend, head over to the sign up page at the link below.

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Comment by Donna Malus on February 28, 2013 at 6:53pm

Tish is right!  This years songs are very familiar tunes and pretty easy ones as well. This is a wonderful event, it's work, but it's also lots and lots of fun. Tamarack is a great place to spend time at, good food, good environment, gooooooood people!

There's lot's of reasons why people can't attend events but don't let the reason be fear that you won't fit in or won't contribute or will make mistakes, that is just not going to be the case!

I can't wait

Comment by Tish Westman on February 28, 2013 at 9:37am

Wow!  Time really does fly by faster when you have a deadline.....Whew!

Music is posted to   The sheet music is all in 3 parts.  Some really easy and some not so easy.  Hope you can come to the symphony but if not, go ahead and print the music.  It will only be available in book form after the symphony.  We have about 45 or so signed up now.  I am so excited to see old friends and make new friends this year.  Several new players coming.  You will be welcomed with open arms, hearts and bows.  If you haven't registered go do so, pack your bags and psaltery and come join the fun.  This years theme is "American Composers, 1800-1900".  Mostly familiar songs. 

Comment by Brongaar on January 16, 2013 at 12:41am

Not sure if my freight schedule puts me past there at that time.. but will request it though.

Comment by Donnalee D-M on November 11, 2012 at 4:49pm

I love the idea of it, and will have to see how my health impacts things.  I would love to learn the music in advance *anyhow*, whether I go or not.  It sounds like a lovely idea.  I just started playing a couple of days back, so I make no claims of anything other than a good attitude, but I love to learn new things.

Comment by Barbara Bayle on November 9, 2012 at 10:36am
In answer to Sandra.....Don't worry about being new, everyone is very friendly and helpful, and you find yourself getting better as you practice with the group. Folks played last year that had hardly ever played before and did well. You will have the music to practice for a long time before the event, so will feel more comfortable. Welcome!
Comment by Sandra Spadaro on November 8, 2012 at 9:09am

I am very interested in attending. I am a newbie to the bowed psaltery. I started playing during the summer. Do you think I could play with your group? I have learned a few pieces, but I have not played with others. I haven't been able to locate other players in my area. I do know how to read music. Is there a workshop schedule yet? I am eager to learn more technique. Thanks!

TravellingSong Soulstar Comment by TravellingSong Soulstar on November 7, 2012 at 6:24pm

I suspect "extremely unlikely to make it" is about equivalent of "will not attend".  Sounds like fun, but I don't think I can make it happen.

Comment by Peggy O'Meara on November 7, 2012 at 4:10pm

It took some fancy footwork to get the place he really wanted.  He had to physically be on the doorstep of the office when it opened every day, for each day that he wanted the space.

It's very popular and you can't take any chances in calling in your request or arriving later, I believe that is what he found out the hard way last time, and had to find another location for this year, and that caused the delay.  Cove Lake is a nicer location, and will work better for the purposes of the Gathering, so I know everyone will be excited about getting this location, and having the time set already.  Please do remind him to post early, the more participants, the better!    Sharon's right-the artwork is lovely-shirts and buttons should look great!!

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on November 7, 2012 at 3:08pm

I would love to come, but I checked the air faire and it is a little pricey for my budget, so I will shoot for the next one. I am sure you will have a lot of fun. what a treat to be with a group of Psaltery musicians.

Comment by Donna Malus on November 7, 2012 at 2:10pm

Wow Peggy!  That's did he get a for sure this early?  Regardless, that's a good thing.

I'll nudge him to post here  EARLY   : )

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