Harmonia

Harmonia, the composition and piano studio of Julie Harris, is a magnet for creativity and talent. Young composers and pianists come to study, share, learn and grow. We enter and win national competitions, but we also give concerts for community outreach, have private piano parties, do special projects for hospitals and schools, and generally have fun while we create musical masterpieces. Come join us!

Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets”

Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets”

The “Haydn” Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are a set of six string quartets published in 1785 in Vienna, dedicated to the composer Joseph Haydn. Haydn was already a famous composer when Mozart was still a child.   “Papa Haydn” was known as the father of the string quartet, and was revered by the musical elite […]

Fei-Fei-Ross

Fei-Fei-Ross

Fei-fei Ross has been a vital part of the Harmonia composition studio for many years.  We’ve watched her grow and develop as a pianist, a composer, and a lovely young lady. Year after year, she wrote new music, with ever-increasing sophistication and musical prowess. Her titles also indicate a love of words and talent for […]

Listening with the Breath – Musical Breathing

Listening with the Breath – Musical Breathing

Listening with the Breath – Musical Breathing — Listening with the breath is a way to enhance “musical breathing”. Paying close attention to the way we breathe with music can enhance our performances, our compositions, and our ability to be an even more appreciative audience. Breathing in speech and in music: When we speak, we […]

Berg’s Violin Concerto: A Fusion of Serialism and Bach

Berg’s Violin Concerto: A Fusion of Serialism and Bach

One of my favorite pieces of 20th century music is Alban Berg’s hauntingly beautiful Violin Concerto.  The Violin Concerto is in 4 sections, with no break between them.  We’re only going to look at the last section, where an unusual Bach chorale speaks to us in a 20th century voice.  Berg combines serialism from modern […]

Modal Listening Practice

Modal Listening Practice

MODAL LISTENING PRACTICE: The picture above demonstrates an interesting grouping of the modes.  We can progress from one mode to another in the order shown above by lowering one note of the scale:  Lydian progresses to Ionian by lowering the fourth note.  Ionian progresses to Mixolydian by lowering the seventh note.  Mixolydian progresses to Dorian […]

Composition Competition Success Stories

Composition Competition Success Stories

Composition Competitions can be daunting, delightful, stressful, playful … it all depends on the competition!   What makes a successful composition competition, and what environments and incentives bring composers back again and again to enter another new piece? In this article, we will explore some of the positive aspects of composition competitions and hear some real-life […]

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

SAMANTHA STROWD –FIVE CATS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT: Everything about the competition sounded like fun! The year was 2011.  The sponsor was a performance group in Hanover, Germany, who was giving their third annual Composers Competition.  The Plathner Eleven chamber group certainly had a sense of humor and creativity.  The rules for the competition were similar […]

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