Read about the "DHC Challenge" Project (click here)

The "DHC Challenge" is the pilot project for a collaboration with harpist, soloist and educator, Robbin Gordon-Cartier. The project uses my harp concertos to support both community and learning by teaching them to harp ensembles and then performing them with community orchestras.

In this pilot project, Robbin's 41 harp students at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts are studying my music and then performing 3 of my pieces for harp & orchestra in concert with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra Nov. 19, 2018. Learn more about the project in this post

Note confirmation for student's participation in this blog series: "I confirm that all the children at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts in these posts have signed photo/video releases from their parents. These releases cover having their stories, videos and photos shared as part of this project, including posts on Deborah Henson-Conant’s blog and website." - Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Professor of Harp, Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange, N.J. (10/11/18)

Day 4: Cartier’s Harp Unit Starts the Celebration

This is the day the students will get their “Golden Ticket” journaling  notebooks (you can see them in the photo with the flowers just to the right of the flowers) —  and they’re starting to write their commitments into the books.

During the celebration, they each make a video declaring their commitment, and as the “Golden Ticket’ is also a notebook — they’ll be journaling each day about this process. The journaling will be included in decision for winners. They also received a CD of my performance of two of the pieces they’ll be learning, so they can listen to the pieces.

In the next few days Robbin will also ask them to start learning to play the roles of videographers and directors for each other as they make these videos to share the process of this ‘DHC Challenge’ but for now she’s asking the questions and capturing their answers on her iPhone.

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