Sharlene Wallace from Toronto, Canada
Canadian harpist and composer, Sharlene Wallace, is a diverse musician performing, recording and teaching on both Celtic and pedal harps. Winner of the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (USA) and the Dinan Concours d'Improvisation de Rencontres International de Harp Celtique (Brittany), she has given concerts and workshops across Canada, the United States, France and Italy. Sharlene’s seven CDs express journeys of rhythm, spaciousness, the Canadian landscape, Celtic, Classical, South American and original music. Her most recent CD, In Night’s Deep Silence, is a spacious, tranquil album for harp and bass (George Koller). Sharlene tours as a solo harp player as well as with bass player George Koller, the Winter’s Eve Trio (George Koller, bass and Joseph Macerollo, accordion), The Soaring Harp Trio (harpists Lori Gemmell and Julia Seager-Scott), the Christmas quartet Harp & Holly (Sandra Swannell, vocals, fiddle and viola / Terry Young, vocals and finger-style guitar / Rob Ritchie, piano, vocals) and with Grammy nominated Ron Korb (flutes). She is also a member of Iona Passage with Anne Lindsay (fiddle) and Eric Robertson (piano). Sharlene has composed, published and been commissioned to write numerous pieces for harp and harp ensemble as well as commissioning numerous works for harp by Canadian composers such as Evelyne Datl, Loretto Reid, William Beauvais, Kirk Elliott, Rodney Sharman, Bruce Mather, John Beckwith etc.. Sharlene’s mentor, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, wrote Niagara Moon for her to perform at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC. Sharlene continues to give harp workshops across North America and annually for CAMMAC (Quebec) and Island Mountain Arts (BC). She also teaches both Celtic and Classical harps at Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, York University and University of Guelph. Her own harp performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman.Sharlene has also been guest soloist on both Celtic and Classical harps with orchestras in Kingston, Quinte, Timmins, Sarnia/Port Huron, London, Stratford, Oakville and Guelph. These performances have included orchestrations of her compositions. Sharlene is principal harpist with Guelph Symphony (Judith Yan), Kingston Symphony (Evan Mitchell) and Oakville Symphony (Roberto de Clara) and... plays for the Sunday Brunch at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto!
Workshop Leader: Alison Vardy
Owner and musician West Coast Harps, Nanaimo, BC
Workshop Leader: Sharon Johnston
Leader of the Huron Harp School - Goderich, Ontario
Location: Manuels River Interpretation Centre