How to Host a Harpy Hour

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Grace Browning, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic and Santa Fe Opera, has been harping for 25 years from coast to coast. In addition to performing, Grace enjoys writing, teaching, hosting concerts, Instagramming, and spoiling her sweet rescue pup, Annie.

A step-by-step guide to livestreaming concerts in the age of social distancing

—by Grace Browning

If you had told me three months ago that my living room would be completely taken over by lights, cameras, and streaming equipment galore, I would have had a good chuckle. As an orchestral musician, my living as I knew it was completely turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been forced to rethink how we connect with audiences and keep the music (and our bank accounts) alive. As I started developing a new virtual “Harpy Hour” concert series with a local radio station in upstate New York, I stumbled upon a post from my friend Olivia Jaguers (@15secondharp). All the way across the pond, she had serendipitously started a Harpy Hour series of her own! After two months of navigating these new virtual platforms on our own, we decided to put our heads together and share a user-friendly guide to help all harpists learn to stream live concerts. Whether you are a full-time professional musician or beginner, technophobe or streaming genius, your music is needed now more than ever, so let’s get online and share the music.

(Want to know how the experts livestream? Check out these Livestreaming Hacks for Harpists.)

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