Lyre Notes

Summer Lyre Conference in East Troy, WI


with Martin Tobiassen

Michael Fields Agricultural
July 16-20, 2017

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Dear Friends of the Lyre, 

It is with great excitement that we send out this Lyre Notes as we are making final preparations to welcome master lyrist and teacher Martin Tobiassen to our 2017 Lyre Conference in East Troy, Wisconsin. The Board of the Lyre Association, in conjunction with our Conference Steering Group and our dedicated local host Gail Sauter, have been working very hard over these last several months to prepare a conference that we hope will inform, instruct, and inspire all who attend!

We will spend our mornings working with the elements of listening, improvising, playing by ear, lyre technique, and good ensemble playing. In the afternoons, we will separate into experience-based groups to practice some of the things we have done in the mornings, to learn our designated parts for the conference music, as well as to enjoy new repertoire designed for each group. In addition, we will have separate afternoon sessions devoted to experiencing the conference music with the full group, Spacial Dynamics, and singing together! In the evenings, we will hear from Martin and share some individually prepared lyre music; we will have a special Lyre Jam Session; and we will have a public evening of sharing some of the fruits of our conference work.

All of these stimulating musical activities will take place at the beautiful Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, which will provide a harmonious and supportive context for our experience together. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Martin, to meet new music and new lyre friends, and to renew acquaintances and play again with others as we joyfully make music together from Sunday evening, July 16th to Thursday noon, July 20th. ALL are welcome to join us for this memorable week ahead!

Support for Lyre 2017

As a part of our mission statement, The Lyre Association of North America has a commitment to make our annual conferences available to as many members and friends as possible. One of the ways we seek to achieve this goal is by arranging to host our conferences in a variety of geographic locations. In this way, we are able to attract local members and new friends who have an interest in learning to play the lyre. This commitment does come at a cost, however, since our country spans over 2,000 miles from East to West, and in years like this one when we are holding our conference in an entirely new location in the middle of the country, members and friends from both coasts are having to bear the significant transportation cost. In a year when we are also bringing a master teacher from Europe, the Lyre Association likewise has to bear higher than normal costs and, therefore, has less money available to offer toward financial aid scholarships to those who are finding themselves challenged because of transportation costs. Because of our commitment to offer as much support as possible, we are appealing especially to you, our members and friends who are not attending this year's conference, to consider making a modest donation to LANA in order to offset the costs of our support to those who have appealed to us for financial aid scholarships. Any amount, small or large, makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for your continuing support of our efforts to bring the joy of the lyre to as many people as possible!

Notes from the U.S.

Camphill Lifetime Achievement Award for Christof-Andreas Lindenberg

March 18, 2017 - Camphill Special School, Beaver Run, PA
By Christof-Andreas Lindenberg and Elizabeth Howe

CAL 2Elizabeth Howe:  It was the initiative of Onat Sanchez-Schwartz (himself an experienced lyre player, and the secretary of the Camphill Association of North America) to honor Christof-Andreas Lindenberg with Camphill's Lifetime Achievement Award. Few have ever been awarded, and it was felt that as Christof-Andreas has contributed to the life and work of Camphill on an International level, Camphill colleagues, friends and family should be invited from the Camphill Movement to this special ceremony. In addition, the time set for the ceremony was at the end of the Association meetings so that many were able to attend from across the North American region as well as from abroad. It speaks for how highly Christopf-Andreas is regarded that 90 people of all ages were in attendance, many driving great distances just to be at this special evening for a beloved and highly respected mentor and co-worker.

I was an outside guest from England, and I stood in awe of the amazing organization that went on behind the scenes. There were beautiful, grand flower vases round the room; roses, delicate thistles and green shamrock-like arrangements to represent Christof-Andreas' connections with England, Scotland, and Ireland (he helped pioneer Camphill in Ireland). An exhibition of photos, Christof-Andreas' music publications, and Camphill-related articles covering a large table was displayed. Included was the impressive Book of Those Who Have Died, which is Christof-Andreas' exhaustive research of the dates and places of all those whose destiny linked them to Camphill who had died between 1939 and 2005, from Dr. Ita Wegman and Count von Kaiserlingen, to the smallest child. The housemothers had arranged for refreshments and the setting of the room, and the musicians had spent the morning madly rehearsing a full program of Christof-Andreas' memorable and challenging music for lyre, bells, and voices. Onat himself had organized an impressive framed award, and others had made cards and written letters to express their appreciation.

Onat presented the award on behalf of the Camphill Association of North America, and Christof-Andreas accepted it with a few gentle words. Five people then came forward to speak about their experiences living and working with Christof-Andreas from different aspects. Soliera Wennekes, his eldest daughter, spoke about growing up in Camphill and the magic of the special family times, often early in the morning, and about “fairy toast” (a cornflake, with butter and jam!!!). John Clark (himself now an internationally renowned lyrist, composer, and lyre teacher) spoke about Christof-Andreas as his mentor of 40+ years, and the humble wisdom with which Christof-Andreas shared thoughts and research and listened to his students. I then gave an overview of Christof-Andreas' many skills and attributes, placing them in a zodiacal and planetary format (he is a true Renaissance man), linking with John’s characterization by speaking of the sun-like quality of “Eternal Childlike Forces” that radiate through all Christof-Andreas’ endeavors. Next, Sonja Adams spoke for the Beaver Run housemother's group where Christof-Andreas participated and advised in an honorary position for many years. Lastly Norma, his wife, spoke, bringing to light the many hidden ways that Christof-Andreas has served in Camphill for 66+ years. One outstanding fact is that Karl Konig commissioned CAL to make the foundation stone for the first Camphill Hall in Aberdeen. He designed and fashioned a double dodecahedron from copper, such that its proportions would nest exactly with the one Rudolf Steiner laid for the first Goetheanum. It took many rigorous geometric calculations, was a labor of love, and ensures the spiritual kinship of the two buildings in perpetuity.

The evening was interwoven with Christof-Andreas' music from all eras: Trio Piece (1967); From Morning to Midnight (1969); Lily’s Song for Voice and Lyre (2006) and The Bridge Song for Voice and Bells (2006-17), both composed for a production of Goethe’s Fairy-tale; three of Christof-Andreas’ now classic lyre exercise pieces, Explore the Lyre (1965-70); a seasonal verse of Rudolf Steiner’s set to music: The Light of Sun is Spreading (1962); and a final piece for lyre and bells, For Lent

Naturally, we ended with wonderful refreshments and a chance for some to speak personally with Christof-Andreas, recalling many special occasions where his music has crowned the events, while others explored the exhibition of publications and photos down the years. Yet, the outstanding memory is of Christof-Andreas’ “few gentle words”. Not only did it feel as if we in attendance were the recipients of the award, but also the bearers of a legacy inspired, since 1950, by the work and ideals of Camphill that CAL passed on to us, endowing us with courage to carry it into the future. Truly the purest quietest tones resound the loudest in eternity!!!

Elizabeth Howe was a Camphill co-worker from 1971 to 2013 in England, Scotland, and California. She is now a self-employed therapeutic musician in the UK, playing the lyre in hospitals for the sick and dying.

Christof-Andreas Lindenberg:  Let me tell you a little about that evening on March 18, when guests had come from afar, like John Clark from Scotland, and three ladies from England – Susanne Steffen, Elizabeth Howe, and my eldest daughter Soleira Wennekes. Together, with Nicole Krutzke, Veronika Roemer, and Norma (Lindenberg), we practiced all day, mainly on lyres, and also other instruments to play pieces of music I had written in past years (the Trio Piece, Explore the Lyre), and some accompanied songs. We also went over the choral piece From Morn to Midnight. What joy to play again with dear musicians, when my playing was so long inactive due to health. The evening went like a dream: music, speeches; speeches, music. After the Lifetime Achievement Award was so warmly given by Onat Sanchez, who spoke on behalf of the Camphill Association, I was allowed some words, which went roughly like this: 

“I was lucky to come to Camphill early, 66 and 1/2 years ago (I started in 1950 at the original Camphill Glencraig, Aberdeen, which opened in 1954), to still experience and work with the founders and with Karl König. But what matters is with whom I am building further now, and you all who are sitting here today with me are part of the achievement. This is an ever more difficult time to achieve anything, seeing the anti-forces try their dark tricks to destroy what is built with good will, with our heart forces, and even with music. I thank you all as coworkers in this achievement. We can yet change much in the world!” 

The speeches that followed were moving to hear; presents were shared; and to end we all sang The Light of Sun is Spreading, with Nicole on the violin and Soleira on the piano, a full and rewarding sound. 

Update on LANA Founding Member Channa Seidenberg

IMG_1986By Sheila Johns, Cuenca, Ecuador,

As all of our members and friends have been aware, LANA Board member Channa Seidenberg, who was also one of the original founders of our Association, has been convalescing over the last several months from a broken leg, which she sustained while teaching lyre and singing near Beijing, China in early February. Many of you have made generous contributions to fund-raising efforts in her behalf, which continue to sustain and support the therapies she needs for full recovery.

We are happy to share that Channa is learning how to walk again and becoming more and more independent! For the time being, she has been graciously welcomed to reside at Camphill Village in Copake, New York. Although she is not earning any income, she is extremely active in the life of the Village, where she has been playing and singing for special events and festivals, as well as teaching privately, offering music therapy, directing a choir, and teaching in the Camphill Academy, an accredited training for Camphill co-workers! We are also very pleased to share that Channa is willing and eager to continue serving on the Board of the Lyre Association of North America.

Channa and her family have deeply appreciated all of the good wishes and monetary support for her care that have been gratefully received since the time of her accident. She will have a continuing need for ongoing treatments and therapies, many of which are not covered by insurance. Anyone who feels inclined to continue offering support through the YouCaring site, set up in her honor by the Lyre Association, would be welcomed with gratitude to continue doing so!

Resonare Group Gathers at Camphill Copake

by Julia Elliott, Boxford, MA,
IMG_2956On the weekend of May 4-7, 2017 the Resonare Foundation Studies in Music out of Anthroposophy class of 2016-2017 gathered at Camphill Village in beautiful Copake, New York. 

The Camphill community welcomed the group of seven students and four teachers (one of whom came from Ecuador for the gathering) for their fourth meeting of the year. Classes were held in the warm and cozy Kaspar House living room. It was a joyful reunion for a group that had not been together for many months.

image1The group was very grateful for the generosity of Camphill Copake. As Resonare instructor, Channa Seidenberg, has been recovering there since she returned from her trip to China, it was a gift for the class to be able to gather around her. The weekend was filled with tone and interval exploration on the lyre, studies in music out of anthroposophy and music theory, improvisation with metal instruments, eurythmy, and lots of song! Since the sharing of food is always an important part of any Resonare weekend, the group was blessed by the amazing cooking of eurythmy teacher Karen Derreumaux and that of students (and Camphill co-workers) Seeya Zheng and Emily Gerhard (and her family).

IMG_2943In this bucolic setting, with the sun shining favorably (mostly!) on the weekend, the Resonare participants were fully immersed in the experience of sound and also of silence. The new friendships which had begun earlier in the year blossomed in this environment, and we all felt the delight of spending time with kindred spirits. The highlight of the weekend, then, was a festive gathering on Saturday night. Past and present students of Resonare gathered in the Kaspar House living room for an evening of singing and sharing. The room was packed with friends of Resonare, an assortment of instruments, songs and good humor. We were all moved by our experience of making music together, and the joy in the room was a testimony to the important service of the four talented and dedicated faculty members: Channa Seidenberg, Sheila Johns, Cate Decker, and Karen Derreumaux. Their collective gifts are reflected in these words by Rumi, which were offered in parting to the group: 

“Let the beauty we love be what we do
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

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Lyre Concert in Detroit

Everyone best 3by Nancy Carpenter, Detroit, Michigan

On April 30, 2017, twenty-two children from the kinderharp and lyre classes at the Detroit Waldorf School (DWS) joined the Greater Detroit Lyre Ensemble in a concert for parents and friends at the Christian Community. The concert began with a piece Michael Brewer wrote for his mother entitled For Natalie, A Ragtime Waltz, performed by Michael Brewer, Mary Lynn Channer and Nancy Carpenter. Sixteen of the first-grade children then played and sang a few of their favorite kinderharp songs by Mary Lynn Channer and Channa Seidenberg.

2nd gr beginning 2The second graders displayed their further developments on the kinderharp and then, joined by a third grader, sang with the DWS Lyre Choir in performing Everyman by Colin Tanser. Mary Lynn and Michael played as a support to my three seventh and eighth grade Lyre Choir students. The Lyre Choir girls all started with me in first grade making it a fitting way for the parents of the younger children to see what is possible in their children's musical futures. It was a lovely day, with lilacs and enthusiastic parents and friends filling the church; a happy way to welcome Spring.

Kinderlyre Course in Minnesota Goes to China

IMG_20170706_141000By Marianne Dietzel, St. Paul, Minnesota

Yushi Zhang and Marianne Dietzel of Minnesota are working on a project together - "Twenty-five Lessons, Step by Step, Knowing your Kinderlyre." Thanks to modern technology, they do not need to travel to China, for they are reaching many people through videos.

Since the Waldorf movement has bloomed in China, the Kinderlyre is becoming a part of many Waldorf families and new Kindergartens, but there are not a lot of resources to learn and practice. The videos start from getting to know the lyre and how to stroke the strings, and move to more practical aspects such as tuning the lyre, changing a string, and basic music reading skills, as well as understanding and playing mood-of-the fifth and pentatonic music. They are trying to give the audience a jump-start on discovering music with the Kinderlyre. They have been getting feedback – it is a very thorough course, and the teacher is very thoughtful and understanding of where students are coming from, and the clear translations are appreciated!

The students are mainly from China, but some are Chinese speakers living in other continents who benefit from having this course available online in their native language. Yushi and Marianne are hoping to help more people understand their lyres through this course. For more information, contact Yushi at

News from North Carolina

by Joanna Carey, Durham, North Carolina,

Playing my lyre is a solo affair here in North Carolina, but I continue to work with it in a number of settings. Since moving to North Carolina, I have been facilitating a Reading For the Dead study group in my home. I always play the lyre at the beginning and at the end. I also play for all festivals within the life of the Branch here. And I accompany poets and others when they give readings and such. I'm hoping to offer more playing through Hospice and, hopefully, through the hospitals very soon. I continue my research on the planetary scales and also play and orchestrate the Madonna Sequence each winter.  I'm grateful to have these opportunities to play.


AWME Summer Conference, with Christiaan Boele

The Association for Waldorf Music Education will offer our annual summer conference from July 9th through the 14th - one week before the LANA Conference in the very same venue - the Michael Fields Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee.  Our guest presenter is Christiaan Boele, master teacher of the Werbeck approach to singing. Christiaan conducts master classes, courses, and trainings around the world out of the work of The School for Uncovering the Voice. In addition, students from many countries travel to Christiaan for private voice study.  He also leads a touring ensemble of twelve singers and continues to perform as a soloist.

Waldorf teachers, care givers, parents, and all students of music benefit personally from working with the Werbeck exercises in addition to learning how to bring a healthy model of singing to our children and to others. Both personal and pedagogical aspects of Werbeck singing are being covered, and the conference also includes content from the Waldorf music pedagogy and curriculum, including hands on experience with flute, lyre, Spacial Dynamics, and more.

We are pleased to have TWO renowned master teachers in the same venue during back to back weeks at the beautiful Michael Fields Institute!

Contact Andrea Lyman at for more information.

Coming Next Spring! The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond

A national conference on death and dying sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society will take place in Sacramento, CA, on April 6-8, 2018. This conference will honor Nancy Poer especially and all the threshold work she has contributed over the years. It will hopefully be the first of three conferences, one in each region. It will be of interest to anyone contemplating their own transition or caring for loved ones approaching the threshold. Early in the planning stages, the committee clearly wished for artistic activities to be a big part of the conference, and are very enthusiastic about the involvement of the lyre. We are forming a group of lyrists, mostly on the West coast for this first conference, who want to be a part of a performing group or contribute to a workshop on Music at the Threshold. If we have missed you and you would like to be involved, either in the first or future conferences, please contact Marianne Dietzel at We hope the collaboration between eurythmists, lyrists, and spoken word artists will bring to life in a beautiful way the journey of the soul between death and a new birth.



  • To foster the experience and recognition of the freed tone
  • To foster the rediscovery and the deepening of the capacity to listen
  • To initiate, inspire, and support the sounding of the lyre for artistic, pedagogical, and therapeutic activity
  • To support the development of a movement for musical renewal in all its manifestations.


Membership in LANA

We invite you to join the Lyre Association of North America!   LANA members receive a subscription to Soundings: A Lyre Review (containing substantive articles and a music supplement) and a discount on fees for all conferences and workshops sponsored by LANA, as well as on music bought through our service. Membership runs for one year from the time dues are received or one year from the expiration of current membership, whichever is a later expiration date.

Please make check for $40 (or $50 as Supporting Member) payable to "LANA" and send to: LANA, c/o M. Ketchum, 2237 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Or pay with PayPal by sending money to  To fill out a form online, click this link: LANA Membership Form


Instruments and Accessories

For Sale

• W. Lothar Gartner Descant Lyre, 1955 P1070473 5

37 strings, brown finish, immaculate, with original case and tuning key. Lyre, (No 1334) has just been fitted with a new set of Gartner strings, plus a brand new bridge. Plays beautifully, Reduced price: $1,850
Gartnerlabel 4For information
please email: 

Choroi Pentatonic children’s lyre

In good condition with case, plus 2 sets of new strings, $225.  Please email or text 413-329-3515.

Lyre Rentals
The Lyre Association has Choroi and Gärtner lyres of various sizes that are available for LANA members to rent. Monthly rent is typically $30$35, depending upon size and quality of the lyre. Contracts are usually for one year, and some lyres may be available through our rent-to-own program. LANA is happy to assist new lyre players in finding a teacher in their area.  Current lyres for rent are:For more information on lyre rentals, contact Julia Elliott: 978-352-5581 /

New Lyres for Sale
LEIER_INSTRUMENTECurrently, most new lyres must be purchased directly from the builders, although we are exploring the possibility of having an American representative for some of the builders in Europe, etc. Please see our website for a list of builders, along with the ads below.

Lyre Builders:
Alan Thewless
  • A full range of handcrafted Soprano & Solo lyres plus Kinderharps, designed and built by Alan Thewless. 
  • Derscheid lyres faithfully reproduced in the Tir-anna workshop as Derscheid Legacy Lyres. 
  • Lyre repairs and restringing 
  • A small selection of secondhand and restored instruments. 
  • Strings for most lyres, good quality, made by Pyramid Strings in Germany 
  • Located in Pennsylvania, in the US 
Contact Alan Thewless: 610-970-3047 / /

Martin Nies 
  • Handcrafted lyres in a German workshop. 
  • Kinderlyre, solo soprano, alto, tenor, new: bass A1-c, soprano H-e
  • Handspun metal strings. 
Contact Martin: Website

Music Sales

Check out LANA's website ( for a list of our available music to order as well as information about how to order. 

For inquiries, contact Samantha Embrey at
434-277-8180 or

LANA Board Members

• Sheila Johns, President – Cuenca, Ecuador; 301-681-6546 /

Channa Seidenberg, Vice President – 84 Camphill Rd, Copake, NY 12516; 518- 329-2982

• Colleen Shetland, Secretary –3307 Cool Spring Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20783; 703-998-5264

Margo Ketchum, Treasurer – 2237 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460   610-608-9281 /

• Debbie Barford – 934 W. Carmen #2W, Chicago, IL 60640; 773-561-7910 / 

Nancy Carpenter – 17155 Sioux, Detroit, MI 48224; 313-879-1212 /

Julia Elliott – 11 Anderson Dr, Boxford, MA 01921; 978-352-5581 /

• Wendy Polich – 6418 S. Acoma St, Littleton, CO 80120; 303-618-6879 /

Seeya Zheng – 84 Camphill Rd, Copake, NY 12516 518-329-7971 /

Lyre Teachers

Quebec, CANADA – Audrey Paquin~819-507-0079,

Sebastopol, CA – Robin Elliott ~ 707-829-2409,

Fair Oaks/Sacramento, CA – Andrea Pronto ~ 530-637-5970,

Detroit, MI – Nancy Carpenter ~ 313-879-1212,

Ann Arbor, MI  MaryLynn Channer~734-856-5380, 

Chicago, IL  Debbie Barford ~ 773-339-8707,

Temple, NH  Juliane Weeks ~ 603-291-0447,

Ghent, NY  Monika Talaya ~ 518-610-1420,

Hillsdale, NY Diane Barnes ~ 518-325-1113,

Harlemville, NY  Channa Seidenberg ~ 518-672-4389,

Kinderhook, NY  Christina Porkert ~ 518-758-2428,

Chestnut Ridge/ Spring Valley, NY
Christiane Landowne 914-425-8589
Laura Langford-Schnur ~ 845-469-2227,

Kimberton, PA  Kerry Lee ~ 610-948-5026,

Quakertown, PA Veronika Roemer ~ 267-999-1262,

Washington, DC  Colleen Shetland ~ 703-998-5264

Central Virginia – Samantha Embrey ~ 434-277-8180,

Chapel Hill, NC
 Joanna Carey ~ 919-885-7569,
 Suzanne Mays ~ 919-929-1073,

• Skype from Ecuador
 Sheila Johns ~ 301-681-6546,


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