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2017 Summer Lyre Conference in East Troy, Wisconsin
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
East Troy, WI
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The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this summer of 2017 to host our lyre conference in beautiful southeastern Wisconsin, at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy from Sunday afternoon, July 16, through Thursday morning, July 20.

Every third year, LANA offers a dedicated lyre intensive with a master lyre teacher in preparation for an international conference the following summer. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming internationally-recognized master teacher Martin Tobiassen from the town of Witten-Annen, near Dortmund, Germany.

Martin's musical career includes intensive performances in recitals and concerts, composing, teaching, coaching youth lyre groups, giving workshops, and organizing conferences.  In his earlier years, Martin served as the music teacher at the Michaelshof boarding school for children in need of special care.  At that time, Julius Knierim and his wife Maja as well as lyrist Gerhard Beilharz were working and living at Michaelshof, and Martin was also serving as Julius's assistant in the Stuttgart Teacher Training. In addition, Martin has served for a number of years as the music teacher for the Hildesheim Waldorf School as well as the teacher trainer in music and pedagogy at the "Institut für Waldorfpädagogik Witten/Annen" and the Kassel Teacher Training.

In addition to our members, LANA warmly welcomes all friends from North America and abroad who may have an interest in the lyre  with or without previous experience. A special feature of this summers conference will be a track for early childhood teachers who wish to learn to play the 7-string children's harp (kinder lyre) as well as to deepen their understanding of the related mood of the fifth.  If sufficient interest is expressed, early childhood participants will share a few sessions with the rest of the conference as well as having their own dedicated sessions.  Overall, our goal for this summers conference will be to strengthen our lyre playing skills through exercises and repertoire that will be targeted to specific ability levels.  We will work together as a large group as well as in separate groups according to individual background. Above all, we are assured of having a fun and satisfying musical experience and look forward to meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances as we share the joy of making music together!

The Lyre Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the modern lyre and supports the lyre community. LANA seeks to vary its annual conference locations in an effort to reach as many lyrists as possible across North America, including those who are new to the instrument and would like to it take up for the first time. We hope in particular with this summer's conference to attract participation from residents of nearby Milwaukee as well as the greater Chicago area. Please plan to join us in July for our 2017 Lyre Intensive in the Midwest!

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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (View)
W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120
United States


Music > World

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Lyre Association of N.America
On BPT Since: Mar 29, 2014
Margo Ketchum, Registrar

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