Beth Kollé & Susan Mclain

September 28-29, 2018

Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Missoula, MT

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Beth Kollé has immersed herself in the harp music and traditions of the far north of Europe. She has taught music and folk-dance for years, and recently led her third harp concert tours to Scandinavia (the HARPA Tours). Beth also sings, and performs on double-strung harp, piano and flute.

Beth makes her home in Seattle, Washington. Besides performing solo, she is part of two groups: The Seattle Harp Duo (with Harper Tasche) and Greensleeves (with Susan McLain). Beth has written ten popular books of arrangements for lever harp, including The Northern Folk Harp, The Scandinavian Folk Harp and The Double-Strung Harp. Her CD’s reflect her special interests, offering a selection of harp music from the Northern Lands.

Susan "Tudy" Mclain

I have been in the wedding industry for 27 years and have played at least 2500 weddings. This gives me a fascinating perspective, much of it poignant, memorable and hilarious.

2018 Retreat Schedule 

(as of 8/17/2018)

Friday, September 28

*Private lessons with Beth Kolle on Friday ONLY--contact her directly to arrange your lesson time and learn about fees.

3:00 - 5:00 pm Arrive, Check In, Tune up your harp

5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner on your own

6:30 - 7:00 pm Welcome & Announcements

7:00 - 7:15 pm Introducing: Beth Kolle & Susan "Tudy" Mclain

7:15 - 7:45 pm Q&A -- Ask Away!

8:00 - 9:00 pm Harp Circle #1

Saturday, September 29

9:00 am         Welcome & Announcements

9:30 - 10:45 am Workshop #1: Beth Kolle,                                                                      “Playing From the Heart”

11:30am - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 2:45 pm Workshop #2: Beth Kolle,                                                                     “Scandinavian Music for Lever Harp”

3:00 - 4:15 pm Workshop #3: Tudy Mclain,                                                                  “Classical Technique for Folk Harp”

4:30 - 5:30 pm Harp Circle #2

5:30 - 7:00 pm  Free Time/ Dinner on your own

7:00 - 9:00 pm Beth Kolle Harp Concert

We've even made the schedule into a handy-dandy PDF that you can download and print below.

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Retreat Registration

2018 Registration Info.  

Registration for the full weekend includes workshops, harp circles, Saturday lunch, and snacks. 

There will be an extra meal cost of $15  for any family members or guests eating the Saturday lunch.  

 $135  ($150 after September 15, 2018)

Download this form and mail it to the Big Sky Harp Society with your registration check. We look forward to having you join us!

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Registration fees do not include Friday or Saturday dinners – these will be on your own (with harp friends, of course).                                  Remember to label your tuners and tuning keys with your name!  Many look the same and it’s hard to know who they belong to by the end. 

Harp Circle Sheet Music

We will be learning and playing together several songs during our retreat harp circles.  Be sure to print out the lead sheets below and bring them with you so you can join in the fun!

Amanda Olson will facilitate the harp circles at our retreat. Her goal is to include players of all levels, explore some musical ideas and revel in the sound of so many harps playing together! Here are her suggestions for preparing for the sessions:

  • Alphabetize your music in your binder, that way you can find the piece quickly.
  • Bring a pencil to make notes.
  • Prepare according to your abilities:
    • Think of some variations or embellishments to make it interesting, if that is too much…
    • Be able to play the melody with some chords in the left hand, if that’s too much…
    • Be able to play just the melody, if that is too much…                                
    • Familiarize yourself with the chords, if that’s too much…
    • Try playing the first chord of every line.

 Relax!! This will be fun and easy! :)


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