News and Events


I am excited to announce that I have received a grant from the American Harp Society to write a setting of the Lenape Creation Myth! The piece will be performed in several locations in the fall of 2022, and then published in early 2023.

 
I am happy to announce the release of a new recording: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”!

This is a setting of the famous H.C. Andersen tale, featuring harp, trombone, and storyteller, with a sprinkling of colorful percussion. My friend and colleague Ric Becker played trombone and most of the percussion; yours truly supplied the harp tracks and storytelling. This month, you can listen here:

The score is available in the 7 Stars Publishing/Theater section of my website.

The recording will be available in the Audio Store.


 
Recent Events: 'The Snow Queen” Came to Pittsburgh! A Multi-Harp Extravaganza!

What an event! This past September 22nd, fifteen harpists of all ages, skill levels, and harp types participated and gathered to present a performance of the famous Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Snow Queen.”

The music incorporated excerpts from participant solos, specially arranged ensemble sections, and excerpts from the orchestral repertoire to illustrate the story. In addition, participants played underscoring and sound effects, accompanying the text. The tale itself is very diverse, allowing for a broad range of musical colors to highlight its wonderful dramatic atmospheres, so a grand time was had by all!

The setting was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Chapter of AHS, and is a new, custom-tailored version similar to the setting that was performed in North Carolina for the AHS Summer Institute in 2019.

This event was co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Yours truly was the storyteller, with husband Peter Reit conducting. Here’s the link—enjoy!

https://cmu.box.com/s/75bzmluxl7lusvqmvf4294y8icfuh8z3

 

Recently I completed a recording of Mitch Landy’s “American Folksong Suite"- one selection on a CD that Mitch is putting out later this year. The piece was near and dear to my heart, as many of the nine folk songs he arranged were those I heard growing up. Here’s a sample, the arrangement of “Shendoah.”

Stay tuned for the full album release.

 

And in case you missed it!

Two new videos were released in March: “Oisin in Tir na n’Og”—a classic Irish Myth—and “A Portrait of Milton Phibbs”-a tribute to the late, beloved horn player-composer. See the "Videos" section for more details.


 

Recent Publications:


  • a trio version (harp, flute, and viola) of the popular “Armenian Songs” set that was published some years ago;

  • “All in a Garden Green”—previously only available as part of a collection—is now available as a “single.” The setting is for mixed-level harp ensemble, playable on both lever and pedal harps;

  • An arrangement of a suite of pieces by G.F.Handel, in honor of his birthday (Feb. 23rd): the famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba—a wonderfully festive piece—followed by the Menuet and closing with the jubilant La Rejouissance, both from the Royal Fireworks Music. The three pieces work together beautifully, but all can be played as “stand-alone” presentations. The setting is for a mixed-level harp trio/ensemble, (beginner-intermediate) and all parts can be played on either pedal or lever harp. The lever parts are marked with all lever changes, as is the score.

  • A new arrangement of two traditional folk melodies from South America — La Vidalita and Las Tres Damas—is designed to be played in tandem. My original setting was for harp and flute, although it has also been performed extensively in a harp duo/ensemble version, including under the auspices of the Philadelphia Orchestra (with flutes). The new version is for harp, flute, and viola trio, featuring the viola both melodically and rhythmically.

  • La Vidalita is a song sung by the gaucho cattle herders of Uruguay and Argentina—very rubato and expressive. Las Tres Damas is a “joropo”-an extremely dynamic musical style, full of offbeat accents and syncopations. The pieces are real favorites of mine, and very successful with audiences of all kinds.