Rebecca Hilary Smith will be performing with her harp ensemble, Harp3, plus local and regional performers in a benefit concert for Sisters Habitat for Humanity on Thursday June 9th at 7pm at the Episcopal Church of the Transformation in Sisters, Oregon.
The concert is a collaboration with Renaissance Sisters Recorders, vocalists Marilyn Anthony & Julie Cash and guest harpist Laura Zaerr of Corvallis.
A similar event was held last year and was such a hit, a repeat performance was in high demand from all involved!
- Thursday June 9, 7pm
- The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 68825 Brooks Camp Rd. Sisters, Oregon
- Admission is free. Donations warmly received to benefit Sisters Habitat for Humanity.
For more information, email Rebecca, [email protected], or call Sisters Habitat for Humanity, 541-549-1193,
“I have been a student of Becky Smith with the harp and now the piano for the last three years. I enjoy that Miss Becky is very understanding and makes my mistakes or forgetfulness seem minor and lighthearted. She encourages me to work harder and stronger out of my love and devotion to her as a person and not out of legality or fear.
Miss Becky also does a great job of taking a piece of music which seems difficult and overwhelming and breaks it down into bite-size pieces. She will have me begin with a scale in the same key signature as the song I’m about to play. Then she’ll have me play a few measures in the right hand. Then a few measures in the left-hand. And finally the same measures with hands together. It seems like I am able to accomplish so much in a little time.
As a person and friend, Miss Becky is very enjoyable. She is thoughtful and looks to see how she can be a help to her students. She figures out what motivates them and uses those motivating factors to encourage and persuade them to higher levels of musicality. Stickers and occasional small portions of chocolate are a big reward for having accomplished a large task!
I recommend Miss Becky to all my friends that need a music teacher. In fact my other sister wants to learn the cello. I wonder if Miss Becky can teach her the cello?”
-Aubrielle (age 11)
“I first started taking harp lessons from Becky in September 2000. I switched to other teachers 7 years later when she moved from Hawaii to Oregon but became her student again four of years ago — via Skype!
I like taking lessons from Becky because . . .
— She encourages me to play music I like rather than just plow through one piece after another in a book of music.
— She teaches me about music and how it works, rather than my just playing the notes on the page.
— When I play a song she’ll often encourage me to compose my own variation, which gives me a sense of ownership of the piece.
— Many times she’s provide me with an interesting introduction and sometimes she suggests changes in the notation that makes the piece more interesting. And she’s composed a unique variation — just for me. (Ask her about The Foist Noel!)
— She introduced me to playing in public and with an ensemble. I currently play as a volunteer once a week at my local hospital.
What more can I say — Becky’s the best.”
The pedal harp is the tall, stately harp you would see, for example, in the orchestra. It is the “Grand Piano” of harps. The lever harp is smaller (though still classy looking) and built to be moved more easily. There is a difference in the sound, as well as appearance; the pedal harp can project sound better since it is larger. To hear the difference you can listen to the wedding demo.
Because the pedal harp is harder to move and more expensive to maintain, there is a slight increase in the fee I charge for bringing it to an event. Many people feel the grand sound and formal appearance make it worth the extra expense, but listen to the demo
and decide for yourself!
It’s been a while since I’ve been at this venue, but I’m happy to have a date lined up at my favorite coffee house, Strictly Organic Coffee on Bond Street. I’ll be playing from 1:00 to 3:00 on Tuesday, March 17. What kind of music? Irish, of course! Come on down!
Join me in Corvallis at the Corvallis Folklore Society event, Best Cellar, on October 24th at 7:30. Laura Zaerr and I will be playing Hawaiian music from my new album, Kolea, as well as other pieces from our extensive repetoire.