Sylvia Woods Harp Center
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personalA personal note from Sylvia Woods


 In this month's newsletter we're spotlighting our website's wonderful videos! 

Harp composer Kathryn Cater's creative videos feature pieces from each of her books.  They are a wonderful way to get to know the fine repertoire she offers. You can view all of her videos on her book pages of our site. In this newsletter, we're offering 15% off six of her most popular titles.

And I have great news: I've just added another new video of my own to our site!  It features a live performance of my new arrangement of the "Spiritual Medley for Harp and Choir".  Check out the article below  for more information.
Watch Our Videos
Have you watched all the great videos in the Watch Our Videos section of our website recently?  You'll find informative videos on how to tune your harp and change strings, excerpts from my Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp DVD, and videos of all of the Dusty Strings harp models.  For fun, we also present classic clips from Harpo Marx and Mildred Dilling, as well as a variety of other entertaining videos.  Be sure to check them out.

Have fun watching our fun and informative videos!

Sylvia Woods
newNew Arrangement from Sylvia Woods:
Spiritual Medley for Harp and Choir


Spiritual Medley for Harp and Choir Out of all of the music I have arranged over the past 35 years, one of my two all-time favorites* is the "Spiritual Medley," which combines two lovely spirituals, "Motherless Child" and "Wayfaring Stranger.'  After creating the harp solo in 1998, I created a version in 2002 for harp and handbells, which I performed several times with my church bell choir. Now, it is time to unveil the latest incarnation of this medley for harp and choir

When I was in high school, before I took up the harp, I was a piano accompanist for some of the school choirs directed by Shirley Nute. Miss Nute retired in 1998 after 38 years of bringing the love of choral singing to generations of students.  She now leads the Alumni Chorale made up of former pupils who sang with her at Crescenta Valley High School.  I've been a proud member of the Chorale for the past 10 years.  I sing in the choir, and often accompany 1 or 2 of the songs on the harp when we perform. 

For our spring concert season, I created an arrangement of the "Spiritual Spitual Medley performance Medley" for harp and SATB mixed voice choir. (I've also now done a version for SSAA women's choir.)  Miss Nute and the chorale members all helped me refine the arrangements and gave me great feedback.  I've posted a video of us performing the piece at one of our June concerts.  You can watch it on our website, and also on YouTube.  

Since one of my main purposes in life is to make life easier for harp players,  I've made the harp accompaniment for both choir versions note-for-note the same as the harp solo version.  So if you already know this piece as a solo, you are fully prepared to play it with a choir!

Both the SATB and the SSAA versions of the "Spiritual Medley for Harp and Choir" are available as PDF downloads.

I'd love to hear from you if you perform this piece with a choir.  Send me a video!

P.S.  Check out the new Music for Harp and Choir section of our website for two new Christmas music arrangements by Margot Krimmel for harp and choir:  Icy December (which also includes a video!) and Gloucestershire Wassail.

* In case you're wondering, my other "all-time favorite" is my medley of "Arabian Dance" from "The Nutcracker Suite" and "We Three Kings" from the Two Christmas Medleys sheet music.
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Kathryn CaterThis month we are featuring harp books by Kathryn Cater
Paul Baker, who was our amazing teacher at the Harp Center for many years, LOVES these books.  He uses them with students of all ages.  You can read his reviews of several of Kathryn's books in the Review-It section below (since he's this month's winner!) and on our website.

An added plus is that Kathryn has made beautiful videos of a few pieces from each of her books.  You'll find those on her book product pages on our website as well.  The videos are lovely to watch, and you get to hear her playing her own compositions!

The following books by Kathryn Cater are on sale at  through July 31, 2012.  To get the 15% discount enter the code word cater in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code". For more information, see the "Save 15%" section at the bottom of this newsletter.
 Harping Cats and Dogs book by Kathryn Cater

Harping Cats and Dogs book
These 8 easy pieces teach the young student to play syncopation, walking bass, running 8th notes, and glissandos.


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 Singing Wings
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Singing Wings harp book
Eight more easy pieces that teach harmonics, accents, swing rhythm, left hand damping, glisses, and musical interpretation..


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 Forever in Love with Horses book by Kathryn Cater

In Love with Horses harp book
These 8 horse-themed pieces teach scales, triads, inversions, arpeggios, rolled chords, dotted rhythms, and, of course, glisses!.


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Soaring Strings
Soaring Strings harp book  
These pieces feature glisses, arpeggios, cross-unders, and crossing hands. The variety makes them perfect for beginning harp players.


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 My Gallery book by Kathryn Cater  

My Gallery Book by Kathryn Cater
These pieces were inspired by paintings in an art gallery. This is the most advanced of Kathryn's books of original music, but is still suitable for advanced beginners.
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 Adagios book by Kathryn Cater

Kathryn Cater Adagios book
Thses lovely baroque and classical period pieces are appropriate for wedding preludes and processionals, as well as providing gentle background music for any occasion.


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This month's REVIEW-IT winner is Paul Baker from Los Angeles, California for his reviews of three of Kathryn Cater's books.  Paul was our teacher at the Harp Center for many years, and so we're proud to feature him as this month's winner!

 Here are Paul's reviews:

Harping Cats and Dogs: This is a great book for teaching. Each song is built around a pattern or technique that repeats several times within the song and therefore is not that hard to learn. Dynamics and tempo variations are added musical elements and the songs sound like they were written for the harp! I have used Cater's "Singing Wings" and "Forever in Love With Horses" as well with many students. What great additions to our teaching and recital repertoire.

Singing Wings: This is a wonderful book for teaching beginning harp players! The pieces have basic shapes and patterns that will be of great value to the student in many other pieces as well. They are well written, interesting short pieces that are not all that hard to conquer and learn. "Monarch Wings" is a favorite with its root position arpeggiated triads and a right thumb melody. Kids love these pieces. Adult students love them, too!

Forever in Love with Horses.  Kathryn Cater has another hit teaching book with this one. Different techniques, dynamics, tempo changes and pieces with very logical patterns that repeat and are easy to learn. These pieces give students a real sense of accomplishment and they sound great. Check out all her books, you'll like them.

Here's what Paul told us about himself.Paul Baker

I grew up in Seattle, Washington and played piano from the age of 7 and then added pipe organ lessons when I was 13.  I wasn't around a harp until college when I heard it played in a concert that I attended. The sound was very beautiful and compelling and I started lessons with a wonderful teacher, Lynne Palmer, in the Seattle area.  My first harp was a Lyon & Healy Style 15 pedal harp that I bought used.  After moving to Los Angeles, I also discovered the Celtic harp and have been playing and teaching on both Celtic and pedal harp, now for years.  I love the sound and feel of both instruments and have a wonderful Dusty Strings FH36 made out of walnut and several Lyon & Healy and Wurlitzer pedal harps that I happily use in playing for orchestras, special occasions and teaching.
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codeOur newsletter promo codes are only redeemable on-line, and can only be used for the products featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone, fax, e-mail, or in-store orders. This month's code word is cater and it is good for 15% off
the 6 Kathryn Cater books featured above.


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#1. Put the items you want to purchase in your cart. 
#2. On the page where you view the items in your cart, type this month's code word cater in the "Promo Code" box, and click on "Enter Code."
The actual price of the featured sale products on this page will then automatically change to reflect the discount. You'll also see a note below the Promo Code box saying the name of the promo code you entered, and the percentage amount of the discount. 


REMEMBER:  you must enter the this month's code word cater in the Promo Code box and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by July 31, 2012 to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order,
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