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Lyre Notes
Winter 2016
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News from LANA


2016 Summer Lyre Conference

Hartsbrook

Save the Date!

The Board of the Lyre Association of North America is pleased to announce that our 2016 Summer Lyre Conference will be held from July 5-9 at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. Hartsbrook is a Waldorf school located in the fertile Connecticut River Valley in the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts known as the Pioneer Valley. The town of Hadley, situated in Hampshire County, was founded in 1661 and is one of the oldest settlements in Massachusetts with countless relics of the past, including colonial homes and museums in a setting of lush farmland, rolling hills, and old cemeteries. We are very happy to have the opportunity this summer to bring our collective sounding of the modern lyre into such a rich area of our American history! 

Summer conferences of the Lyre Association of North America are offered in a three-year rhythm. As we did in Portland, Oregon in 2014, we offer a lyre intensive that focuses on the nuts and bolts of strengthening our lyre playing and features a guest master teacher. In the following year, all members and friends of the lyre are invited to participate in an international lyre conference, which last year, was hosted by LANA in Detroit, Michigan. For previous international conferences, we have traveled to Germany, Northern Ireland, and Sweden to spend a week playing lyre with our friends and colleagues from around the world. Following the year of an international lyre conference, we offer a special kind of conference inspired out of the Movement for Musical Renewal that is designed to unite our lyre work with another one of the artistic impulses inspired by the indications of Rudolf Steiner. This coming summer of 2016, we are very pleased to be turning to the relationship between the lyre and eurythmy. In addition to lyrists, it is our hope for this conference to reach out to all those who are drawn to or working with a deepened experience of TONE, including other instrumentalists, singers, eurythmists, artistic therapists, Waldorf music teachers, parents, and anyone else who may be interested in the larger areas of artistic endeavor connected with the modern lyre in our time. 

More details about our lyre conference will be forthcoming in subsequent weeks, but please take note of our dates, and plan now to join us in Hadley, Massachusetts for LANA's 2016 Summer Lyre Conference!


LANA Music Sales:  Spotlight on Colin Tanser

By Samantha Embrey 

Since I returned from Lyre 2015 in Detroit, I’ve heard of people in The Netherlands, Japan, Spain, the British Isles, and the U.S. organizing special activities featuring the music of Colin Tanser, including concerts, tours, and making his music more available. In addition to an appreciation of his music, this increased interest is a response to Colin suffering from Parkinson’s disease as well as serious complications from medications. His wife assures us that hearing of people playing his music always lifts Colin’s spirits.

For 19 years Colin was a music therapist at Camphill School Aberdeen for children with special needs. While there, he wrote many songs that were performed in the Camphill homes and assemblies, and he also taught music and lyre to Camphill co-workers and mentored interning music therapists. Some of his expertise is documented in the chapter on “Music Therapy” published in Discovering Camphill: New Perspectives, Research and Developments (Floris Books, 2006). In 2009, he retired and returned to his native England. 

Lyrists know him as the composer of a large number of songs and compositions for lyre. Especially notable is Everyman for lyre ensemble and children’s voices, which was commissioned for Lyre 2006, the international lyre conference in Northern Ireland and has been performed around the globe. 

The Lyre Association Music Sales Service offers seven publications of music by Colin: 
  • A Circle of Songs: 40 songs to accompany the changing year, some a cappella, but most accompanied by lyre and/or other instruments. Includes a round for each month. 40 pages. $18.00 
  • Everyman: Composed for Lyre 2006 in Belfast. Large-scale work (3 movements) for lyre ensemble and children’s voices. Full score. 14 pages. $8.00 
  • Songs of the Seven Planets: "All the songs are based on the various tones of the day and the arising planetary scales." Lyre accompaniment can be played on one soprano lyre (advanced) or divided between sopranos or soprano & alto. 7 pages. Laminated cover with comb binding. $11.00 
  • Songs of the Trees: Seven simple songs with lyre accompaniment, one for each tree associated with a day of the week and with music based on the associated planetary scale. The songs are preceded by a Prelude for two lyres & followed by a 2-part canon. 7 pages of pictures, 9 of music. Laminated cover with comb binding. $14.00 
  • Star Wished Night: 29 songs, including rounds, songs with lyre accompaniment, and choral works. 39 pages. Spiral binding. $20.00 
  • The Heart’s Reply: 27 instrumental works, mostly for solo lyre, but also alto or soprano alone, soprano and soprano/solo/alto, and one for two sopranos, alto, & bells. 31 pages. $14.00 
  • Thornbury Days: "A song for each day of the week based on melodies arising from the Tone of the Day." Can be sung alone, or with simple vocal or instrumental accompaniment. 9 pages. $9.00 
                                 Unless noted otherwise all books are stapled with card stock covers. 
These publications may be ordered from LANA by sending a list of the items you want and a check payable to "LANA" to S. Embrey, PO Box 96, Piney River, VA 22964 for the total amount, plus shipping (USA: $4.00 for 1st item, $1.00 for each additional one). Or you can email your order to Samantha (samantha@sembrey.net) and pay via PayPal (lyrists@gmail.com). Current members of LANA receive a discount of 5% on the cost of the music (not shipping) for a purchase of up to $50.00 and a discount of 10% for purchases over $50.00.



Notes from the U.S.


Barbara Patterson, Ghent, New York

Every morning at 8 am, I sit in the hall of our independent living home in Ghent, NY with my lyre and play the tone of the day and the mirrored scale. This also includes the fifth of the tone played up and down the octaves of my lyre. Usually some residents of our house gather at 8 o’ clock to hear the sounding of the lyre. The "activities in the life of the soul,” from Guidance in Esoteric Training, as well as the words of the Eightfold Path, are also brought for all of us to be aware of during the unfolding of our day. Thus another day begins in Magnolia House at Camphill Ghent. [READ MORE]


Diane Barnes, Connecticut and NY

The lyre continues to be active at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown, Connecticut, with the lower grades learning the kinderharp and upper grades students playing the bordun lyres. The children use the Bleffert iron rods and gongs as well. We were very grateful to have John Billing come and play for the students and parents last September, and I play the lyre for the Madonna Series presented each year to the students during Advent. I also make an extra trip down to play for the school's Advent Garden. The lyre truly helps all who hear it to listen in a new way. [READ MORE]


Veronika Roemer, Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Music with Young Children – Last autumn I was part of a homeschooling initiative, a group of six families with a total of 12 children aged 18 months to 12 years old. The group met one day a week for eight weeks. There was strong interest in Waldorf education and related topics among the mothers. They met at the end of each school day for a session with the main teacher to discuss child rearing questions. I had the great fortune to make music with them all. This was a unique and new learning experience for me. 

I had never before taught music to preschool children or to mixed age groups. The school-aged children were a familiar age group from teaching instrumental lessons. We did a lot of singing and instrumental playing, like the youth group at the lyre conference last summer in Detroit. [READ MORE]


Channa Seidenberg, Philmont, New York

In late February, the Camphill Village Ensemble will pay tribute to Colin Tanser, honoring one of our most beloved composers of music for the lyre by presenting Colin’s "Everyman." This piece was originally written for the International Lyre Conference in Belfast in 2006. [READ MORE] 


Notes from Around the World


Andrea Lyman, Ecuador

ChinaAfter many months of planning, I had the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen, China in January of 2016 to bring the first session of a full Waldorf music teacher training. This 3-year program will meet twice a year, and the sessions will run for ten consecutive days in January and October, totaling 360 hours of class time. This comprehensive program will include an in-depth study of anthroposophy, child development, self-transformation of the individual, eurythmy, arts, movement, the full music curriculum and pedagogy, and more! As director of this program, I taught the entire first session, but as it continues in the future, the program will include other faculty.    [READ MORE] 


Karla Polanczyk, Brazil

BrazilLate last year, Cântaro presented a very beautiful Christmas concert in a theater in Belo Horizonte, where the lyre group performed "Jesus Bleibet meine Freunde" (Bach), and the choir presented "Auto de Natal" (Marcelo Petraglia). It was a very special end of the year at the theater, days after we brought the same program to a nursing home, a hospital, and a public school. 


A group of 6 to 7 year old children playing kantele:
children playing kantele


Pan Kai, China

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This is an update on some lyre activities in China. [SEE SLIDE SHOW]

In November 2015, Susanne Heinz and I gave six lyre concerts throughout China, from northern to southern parts of the country. My friend Dina played cello with us in South China. After the concert I started teaching children and adults again in Beijing. We had much happiness and love during the course. 

In 2016, we will study the kinder lyre and then study Chromatic lyre to use after 4th grade. In August of 2016, Channa Seidenberg from the U.S. and Reinhild Brass from Germany will join us to support this work in Shenyang. 


Patsy Cooper, New Zealand

One of our New Zealand music therapists, Robert Simpson, is retiring from his job sometime this year and has asked me if there are any Dorion graduates interested in his position. He works at Hohepa in Taradale, which is in the north Island near Napier. It's a full residential Waldorf school for children with special needs, so it is a full-time job. He also does a bit musically at the adult farm school in Clive (between Napier & Hastings). 

If you know of anyone who might be interested, could you let Robert know: roro.s@slingshot.co.nz 


Akiyo Lambert-Kai, France

At the 2015 International Conference, I met many people from around the world, and through those encounters I recognized again how joyful and wonderful it is to interact with different people. 


Kayoko Matsubara, Japan (Member of LANA)

I continue to play lyre at home and occasionally (1–2 x/ month) in live house, music salon, small concert hall around Tokyo. The most recent one was in "Medieval Music Festival 2016" in Tokyo on the 7th Feb, and Viola Concert in Kawasaki on the 9th February. 

At this moment, I have old parents who need care, which impedes me to travel overseas as I used to do... (I attended Lyre 2006 in Belfast, 2009 in Jarna and 2012 in Uberlingen.) I wish I can visit USA one day. 


John Billing, Ireland

Lyre Workshops in China – Vicky Deng, lyre player of half a year, had the idea to offer a series of three lyre workshops: Step One, Step Two, and Step Three in China. After completing the four-day Step One workshops in Guanzhou, Tianjin, and Zhuhai, I wrote up an outline of this work,* describing the process we went through, which was approximately the same in each city. Of course there were variations in each place depending on the students themselves and their numbers (32, 18, and 22.) Importantly there were many moments of interaction sparked by what we were doing and problems or simple questions which the students had. These were mostly very helpful. In each group there were one or two students who had difficulty to do the most basic things – but they persevered! 

I have done quite a bit of teaching lyre in workshops in Asia so am familiar with the enthusiasm and dedication to the task at hand which Asian people can have. Most lyre teachers I know would consider what we did in these four day workshops rather too much for beginners – and indeed I told the students as much! But they understood (I hope!) that everything we did is practice material for the next two months and cannot be learned in a day. What they did achieve over the four days was a remarkable confidence in their own ability to pursue and develop, at their own pace, a musical path using the modern chromatic lyre. I have never been so proud and happy to be doing what I am doing! Many thanks to Vicky Deng and all the students! 

*Contact john13billing@gmail.com for more information. 


Jan Braunstein, Czech Republic

Seikilos Epitaph – As a follow up to my Musical Forms workshop at the international conference in Detroit, here is some information on the Seikilos epitaph and the music itself. 
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While you live, shine 
Have no grief at all 
Life exists only for a short while 
And time demands an end. 

The Song of Seikilos, or Seikilos Epitaph, I believe is the oldest known music “literature” that we have.


Announcements


Resonare: Foundation Studies in Music Out of Anthroposophy 

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A new cycle is beginning in September 2016. This course is open to all who have an interest in exploring the elements of music. The primary focus is on developing one’s capacities for listening and investigating the qualities of tone. For this exploration, we turn to the lyre with its unique ability to release musical tone from the physicality of the instrument. In addition to our work with the lyre, course content includes singing, music theory, and the study of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on the nature of music. Participants explore the relationship to intervals and are given the opportunity to apply this understanding to improvisation. Movement sessions, including Spacial Dynamics and eurythmy, form an important aspect of each weekend. Working in a small group, the structure is designed to provide ample time for experiential learning in a supportive environment. 

The schedule for the Resonare Music Foundation course consists of five long weekends from September 2016 through May 2017. We begin with a supper each Thursday evening and end by mid-day Sunday. We meet at the Harmonia Center for Instrumental and Vocal Music Therapy, based in Philmont, New York. Applications are now being accepted for September. For more information, please contact Channa Seidenberg at (518) 672-4389. E-mail: channaseidenberg@gmail.com.


AWME invites you to 
The 17th Annual Waldorf Summer Music Conference!

AWMEIn its 17th year, the 2016 Waldorf Summer Music Conference will offer a journey through the grades, looking more closely at what stands behind the music curriculum. Bringing ‘the right thing at the right time’ is the hallmark of Waldorf education, and the music curriculum reflects this profound pedagogy. 

WHEN: July 10, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – July 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Cedarwood Waldorf School, 3030 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201 USA
COST: $455 for AWME members; $495 for non-members
CONTACT: Diana Bright – 503-863-9112 
  dbright@cedarwoodschool.org 


Announcing the start of the second 
East Coast Foundational Singing Training with Christiaan Boele

This part- time training meets twice a year beginning Summer 2016 in Spring Valley, NY at The Threefold Educational Foundation. Contact Shannon Boyce at shannonaliciaboyce@gmail.com for more details and to register.


Invitation from our German Friends

Gerhard Beilharz, Germany:
Dear friends of the lyre and future lyrists – What follows is a whole series of concerts, conferences, and events coming up in the next weeks and months. Details (if already known) to all events are available on www.leier-forum.com. This is a preview. If you would like your own event listed, then please let us know! [READ MORE]

Hartmut Reuter, Germany
Workshop
A lyre workshop will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Adam Schneider Hall, Father Bergweg 5, 95336 Mainleus-Veitlahm, Germany, from 9 am-6 pm. This day we will be commemorating 400 years of Shakespeare and 400 years of Miguel de Cervantes. We will be introduced to music spanning four centuries. All lyre playing levels are welcome! If you don't own an instrument, you will be able to borrow one. For more information, please contact Silvia & Hartmut Reuter at info@klangbus.de. [READ the FLYER]


A Summer Lyre Conference in the Czech Republic!
Jan Braunstein, Czech Republic:
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We welcome lyrists from throughout the world to consider joining us for a lyre conference this summer in the spectacular town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic from July 3rd through the 10th! Our conference will take place in a former monastery that dates from the 14th century. The monastery has just been renovated and is located in the historical heart of Český Krumlov, right next to the famed castle.


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LANA's MISSION

  • 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.


RESOURCES

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 lyrists@gmail.com.  To fill out a form online, click this link: LANA Membership Form


Save the Date!

The Board of the Lyre Association of North America is pleased to announce that our 2016 Summer Lyre Conference will be held from July 5–9 at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. Hartsbrook is a Waldorf school located in the fertile Connecticut River Valley in the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts known as the Pioneer Valley. The town of Hadley, situated in Hampshire County, was founded in 1661 and is one of the oldest settlements in Massachusetts with countless relics of the past, including colonial homes and museums in a setting of lush farmland, rolling hills, and old cemeteries. We are very happy to have the opportunity this summer to bring our collective sounding of the modern lyre into such a rich area of our American history!

Summer conferences of the Lyre Association of North America are offered in a three-year rhythm. As we did in Portland, Oregon in 2014, we offer a lyre intensive that focuses on the nuts and bolts of strengthening our lyre playing and features a guest master teacher. In the following year, all members and friends of the lyre are invited to participate in an international lyre conference, which last year, was hosted by LANA in Detroit, Michigan. For previous international conferences, we have traveled to Germany, Northern Ireland, and Sweden to spend a week playing lyre with our friends and colleagues from around the world. Following the year of an international lyre conference, we offer a special kind of conference inspired out of the Movement for Musical Renewal that is designed to unite our lyre work with another one of the artistic impulses inspired by the indications of Rudolf Steiner. This coming summer of 2016, we are very pleased to be turning to the relationship between the lyre and eurythmy. In addition to lyrists, it is our hope for this conference to reach out to all those who are drawn to or working with a deepened experience of TONE, including other instrumentalists, singers, eurythmists, artistic therapists, Waldorf music teachers, parents, and anyone else who may be interested in the larger areas of artistic endeavor connected with the modern lyre in our time. 

More details about our lyre conference will be forthcoming in subsequent weeks, but please take note of our dates, and plan now to join us in Hadley, Massachusetts for our LANA 2016 Summer Lyre Conference!


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Instruments and Accessories

Lyre Rentals
The Lyre Association has Choroi and Gärtner lyres of various sizes that are available for rent. Monthly rent is $30$40, depending upon size and quality.
  • Choroi Soprano, 35 strings -and-
    Gärtner small Soprano, 27 strings 
    Contact Channa Seidenberg: 
    518-672-4389, 
    channaseidenberg@gmail.com
  • Gärtner Soprano, 35-strings in very good condition. $35/month rental.
    Owned by Peter Alexanian. 
    Contact
    Margo Ketchum: 610-608-9281,
    margo.ketchum@gmail.com
For more information on lyre rentals, contact Rosamond Hughes: 604-985-3019 / rmsh@shaw.ca.


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 / tirannalyres@fastmail.net / www.tir-anna.com

Martin Nies 
  • Handcrafted lyres in a German workshop. 
  • Kinderlyre, solo soprano, alto, tenor.
  • Handspun metal strings. 
Contact Martin: post@leier-instrumentenbau.de Website www.leier-instrumentenbau.de


Wanted:

I'm looking for some second hand kinderharps in good condition. I noticed LANA no longer seems to sell 2nd hand lyres. If anyone knows of anyone who might be able to help with this, I would appreciate it.
Warm regards,
Patsy Cooper - patsy_m@xtra.co.nz


Music Sales

Check out LANA's website (http://lyreassociation.org/music-sales) 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 Samantha@sembrey.net.


LANA Board Members

Colleen Shetland, President –3307 Cool Spring Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20783; 703-998-5264 / mcshetland@earthlink.net

Channa Seidenberg, Vice President – PO Box 925, Philmont, NY 12565; 518- 672-4389 / channaseidenberg@gmail.com

Sheila Johns, Board Executive Group; Cuenca, Ecuador; 301-681-6546 / sjohns123@eathlink.net

Margo Ketchum, Treasurer – 2237 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460   610-608-9281;   margo.ketchum@gmail.com

• Suzanne Mays, Secretary – 5622 Brisbane Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919-929-1073 / suzannemays@gmail.com

Nancy Carpenter – 17155 Sioux, Detroit, MI 48224; 313-879-1212 / necarpenter@hotmail.com

Catherine Decker – PO Box 87, Philmont, NY 12565; 518-392-4692 / chdecker2@gmail.com

Debbie Barford – 934 W. Carmen #2W, Chicago, IL 60640; 773-561-7910 / dsbarford@yahoo.com

Rosamond Hughes –310-1641 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J5, Canada; 604-985-3019 / rmsh@shaw.ca

Christof-Andreas Lindenberg, Emeritus – 1784 Fairview Rd, Glenmoore, PA 19343 610-469-2583


Lyre Teachers

Quebec, CANADA – Audrey Paquin~819-327-5075, audreyatdorion@yahoo.ca

Sebastopol, CA – Robin Elliott ~ 707-829-2409, SongLyre@comcast.net

Fair Oaks/Sacramento, CA – Andrea Pronto ~ 530-637-5970, jpronto@hotmail.com

Detroit, MI – Nancy Carpenter ~ 313-879-1212,
necarpenter@hotmail.com


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

Chicago, IL  Debbie Barford ~ 773-339-8707, dsbarford@yahoo.com

Temple, NH  Juliane Weeks ~ 603-291-0447, juleweeks1@gmail.com

Copake, NY  Monika Talaya ~ 518-329-0249, monica.talaya@gmail.com

Hillsdale, NY Diane Barnes ~ 518-325-1113, dingraham1@netzero.com

Harlemville, NY  Channa Seidenberg ~ 518-672-4389, channaseidenberg@gmail.com

Kinderhook, NY  Christina Porkert ~ 518-758-2428, cep@fairpoint.net

Chestnut Ridge/ Spring Valley, NY
Christiane Landowne 914-425-8589 clandowne@optonline.net
Laura Langford-Schnur ~ 845-469-2227, jlls@optonline.net

Kimberton, PA  Kerry Lee ~ 610-948-5026, musiklee@verizon.net

Allentown, PA Veronika Roemer ~ 610-377-3086, vbrtnstn@gmail.com

Washington, DC  Colleen Shetland ~ 703-998-5264

Central Virginia – Samantha Embrey ~ 434-277-8180, samantha@sembrey.net

Chapel Hill, NC
 Joanna Carey ~ 919-885-7569, joannapcarey@gmail.com
 Suzanne Mays ~ 919-929-1073, suzannemays@gmail.com

• Skype from Ecuador
 Sheila Johns ~ 301-681-6546, sjohns123@earthlink.net


LYRE NOTES, c/o Catherine Decker: Email: chdecker2@gmail.com
Membership, c/o Margo Ketchum:
2237 Kimberton Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 / margo.ketchum@gmail.com
www.lyreassociation.org



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