Blog: The Creative Harp Collective International is coming to Tobermory July 16th–20th

Blog: The Creative Harp Collective International is coming to Tobermory July 16th–20th

June 2013

The Creative Harp Collective International 2013 (CHCI) comes to Tobermory, Ontario, Canada July 16th–20th. Last year, it started. This year it begins its evolution.

After an amazing inaugural year in 2012, my co-founder Anita Leshied and myself are so excited to be planning another fantastic Collective. We’ve got one under our belts and so are expanding classes and events that explore, even more deeply, our relationships to our music making, our harps—the medium of creativity, our abilities to heal each other and our selves. We are deepening our commitment to bring a truly musically unique experience to all ages and levels.

Special Guest Performers

Our special guest performers this year will kick off the grand opening of the Creative Harp Collective InternationalThe Orchid Trail Quartet, Michael Grace, bass; Meryl Gillmore, flute; Kerstin Allvin, harp; and Steve Wood, drums are a fantastic musical combination of varying styles. We begin the CHCI with a aural journey of jazz, classical, blues, improvisation … you name it! The concert is Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Tobermory United Church, our venue for all events.

Creative Harp Collective International Activities

We’ve added another day to the activities of the Creative Harp Collective International so there is now more time for practice, private lessons and group explorations. It’s here that we talk and learn about technique and how the body can relax and express itself. Two yoga class offerings a day allow for a choice of energetic practice and/or restorative practice. Group classes offer chances to experiment with improvisation and composition and to really tap in to our instrument as a healing medium.

For those on the path of harp performance, private lesson opportunities, repertoire coaching, both orchestral and solo, harp ensemble and chamber music all culminate in a final casual public concert performance in which all can participate.

We have invited back our dear friends who make up the drum circle called the Drumtellers. We will have two sessions experimenting with rhythm and movement in pieces that we create and prepare. We will showcase them in our final concert/jam session.

There will be more rooms available for places to practice and for lessons/classes. There is also a community meeting place for after hours to talk and hang.

How can we express ourselves more fully, engage others more directly, come up with new creative musical ideas daily and keep our own focus and concentration flowing? At the same time, how can we continue to service others and stay fresh and inspirational? Many times we can get bogged down and trapped in our own self talk, losing heart, becoming bored or worse yet, dis-heartened so completely that we quit, forgetting our original purpose for playing. This happens to beginners and seasoned performers. So this year, the Collective will focus on the following topics and begin to draw us into ways of exploring and creating in total freedom with no distractions in gorgeous, natural, inspirational surroundings.

Here are some of our class offerings. Keep checking the website event page for a more detailed schedule.

  • A Simple Path to Mindful Creativity - Kerstin
  • Harp Therapy – Connecting to Self – Connecting to Patients – Anita
  • Basic Musicianship – Necessities to Performance - James Hartway – Guest Lecturer
  • Improvisation – Following the Light and Falling into Black Holes - Michael Grace – Guest Lecturer
  • Compose Yourself - James Hartway/Kerstin Allvin
  • Easy Does It – Performing in the Moment - Anita
  • Harp Hands – Harp Bodies – Kerstin/Anita

And finally, after exploring the creative juices and realizing our music, we’ll take a boat excursion exploring the Bruce Peninsula and Flower Pot Island, enjoying the great natural surroundings and becoming inspired to stay connected to our rich abundance of life giving energy all around us. Come explore Tobermory, the Bruce Peninsula, your beautiful musical harp and yourself. Learn, Grow and Be.

Our Mission: Facilitate all harpists in realizing their fullest potential to make music. Stimulate creativity. Provide tools to enhance performance skills. Explore the healing potential of harp music, using the harp to balance the health and well-being of the patient, the harpist and the listener. Engage you in your life’s true journey.

c. 2013, Kerstin Allvin & Anita Leschied

We want our Creative Harp Collective International to continue to evolve and morph. Our ideas and discussions are accessible to those that may want to follow us, join and share in our new Facebook Group. Like my page, Kerstin Allvin, on Facebook to stay up to date on events, blog postings and creative thoughts.

Creative Harp Collective International 2013

Join just for the 2nd Annual Creative Harp Collective International 2013 Harp Workshop on July 16 – 20, 2013 in Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. Event Details >

July 16-20, 2013 | Summer Harp Workshop | Creative Harp Collective International 2013 | Tobermory, Canada

July 16-20, 2013 | Summer Harp Workshop | Creative Harp Collective International 2013 | Tobermory, Canada

Creative Harp Collective International 2013 Summer Harp Workshop

July 16-20, 2013

Reboot your music, body and spirit. The premier summer program for every harpist.

Applications Closed.


In the pristine lake resort town of Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Harp Solo Performance Coaching
Body Awareness at the Harp
Use of Harp in Therapeutic ways
Vibro-Acoustic Harp Therapy
Music Theory related to the Harp
Studies in Rhythm
NIA Dance
Meditation Techniques
Basics of learning to play

The Collective brings together harpists and harp lovers of all ages and skill levels in a common goal of using the harp as a creative medium. There are various classes, lectures, performance opportunities, therapies and physical modalities to expand knowledge, skill, confidence and creativity in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Whether a concert harpist or very beginner the Collective will change how you think of yourself and your approach to what you do at your instrument. It will challenge how you think.

The four day Collective will help enable you to expand your abilities at the harp, connect you with your creative self, train mind and body to work as one, expand awareness of the healing aspects of the harp, and put you back in touch with your original musical voice.

Included in the package is an afternoon boat excursion to the famous Fathom Five National Marine Park’s, Flower Pot Island, and an all-participant final harp solo and ensemble concert on Saturday night.

All events take place at the Tobermory United Church and the Princess Hotel, Tobermory. Swimming, boating, camping, scuba diving, hiking, biking, fishing, all within walking distance plus enjoy Canada’s premier Cypress Lake National Park and Bruce Peninsula’s Famous Bruce Trail.


Before June 15, 2013: $575 CD or USD Check or Cash
After June 15, 2013: $625 CD or USD

Fee includes all workshops, opening reception, excursion, opening guest artists concert (TBA), closing concert and final reception. Rental Harps are available (see application).


Is the responsibility of the participant. However, there are a limited number of rooms available at the Princess Hotel for a reduced fee of $135 CD/night for 2 people, plus continental breakfast. When making a reservation at the Princess Hotel, mention the “Harp Workshop.” Many Tobermory hotels are within walking distance to all events. 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

Princess Hotel
34 Bay Street South
Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0
Tel: (519)-596-8282
Toll free: 1-877-901-8282

General Schedule

Tuesday, July 16
7:00—9:30 p.m.: Opening Guest Artist Concert featuring the The Orchid Trail Quartet and Reception

Wednesday, July 17
7:30–8:30 a.m.: Yoga
8:30–9:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Classes12:00–1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30–4:00 p.m.: Ensembles
4:00–7:00 p.m.: Break for recreation and dinner
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Optional Restorative Yoga
7:00–8:30 p.m.: Class/practice

Thursday, July 18
7:30–8:30 a.m.: Yoga
8:30–9:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30–11:00 a.m. Class
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Drum Circle12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
Afternoon Excursion to the Islands
7:00–8:30 pm: Class/practice

Friday, July 19
7:30–8:30 a.m.: Yoga
8:30–9:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Classes
12:00–1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30–4:00 p.m.: Ensembles
4:00–7:00 p.m.: Break for recreation and dinner
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Optional Restorative Yoga7:00–8:30 p.m.: Class/practice

Saturday, July 21
7:30–8:30 a.m.: Yoga
8:30–9:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Class
12:00–1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30–4:00 p.m.: Class/Ensemble
4:00–6:00 p.m.: Break for dinner
7:00 p.m.: Participant Ensemble Concert and Farewell reception


Anita has been a professional harpist, harp teacher and harp therapist within theWindsor community for nearly thirty years. A graduate of Wayne State University in social work, she employs those skills with her gift of music

to lift the spirits of those in long term care facilities, hospitals, palliative care rooms and special needs classrooms. Celebrations, funeral services and bedside vigils are where Anita most enjoys using her musical talents.

Anita is also certified in the use of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy and offers sessions within her studio on her sound chair for those with chronic pain, children with Autism, and those who enjoy the experience of this musical massage. An opportunity to experience this modality will be available at this summer event.

Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions throughout her career as aconcert harpist and has performed across the U.S. from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie to the historic Carmel Mission in California.

She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Performance Certificate fromIndiana University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and has done post-graduate studies with Jaqueline Borot, Honorary Professor of the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music.

Kerstin Allvin has received her Registered Yoga Teacher certification from National Yoga Alliance and has given lectures in breathing techniques, body awareness and yoga to music majors in universities and high schools throughout Metro Detroit. She teaches harp at Oakland University and the Cranbrook Educational Community.

Guest Artists

Opening Night Concert proudly featuring:

The Orchid Trail Quartet
Meryl Gillmore, Flute
Michael Grace, Bass
Kerstin Allvin Harp
Steve Wood, Drums

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Tobermory United Church
5 Brock Street, Tobermory

This concert kicks off the five day Creative Harp International 2013 which comes to Tobermory for it’s second year of Harps in the Tub! Harpists of all ages and talent levels from Canada and the US, come together and play, talk, experiment, learn, share, study and teach the harp, learning about it’s great diversity not only in performance but it’s deep healing qualities as well.

This Opening Concert brings together four friends in a collaboration of great music making. The program features music of all eras; Jazz and Standards, Classical and Blues, combining the diverse talents of all four members.

Don’t miss the concert of the season!


United States of America Contact:
248-352-0166 US

Canada Contact:
519-975-0260 CA


Blog: Creative Harp Collective International 2012 Review

Blog: Creative Harp Collective International 2012 Review

October 2012

Just a few notes about the first annual Creative Harp Collective International 2012, in Tobermory, Canada, that I birthed and created this past July with my harp buddy, Anita Leschied.

The Collective brought a group of amazing women together for three days in July to explore the harp in all of its creative aspects. The mix of ages was a delight and an added learning bonus for all as we shared ideas from all levels of harp and life experiences. There were three days of workshops: everything from harp basics to harp therapy, improvisation, yoga, music theory, technique, a drumming and rhythm class, meditation and at the end, an awesome concert! All Collective members performed in ensembles, duo or solo to a packed Tobermory United Methodist Church. The Tobermory Drum Circle even performed with us. It was an amazing evening.

Christa Grix was our guest performer this year. She was incredible. The audience loved her and our church in the woods was packed. Plus, after spending time learning about improvisation and being creative at the harp, Christa was the top icing as she jazzed her way through one improv after another, keeping the rhythm popping and the beautiful melodies flowing.

I felt so thrilled that the Collective came together as I had dreamed. It even took on a beautiful life of its own. Anita was a true inspiration to us all as she shared her wisdom of harp in therapeutic uses.  She discussed the use of modes and the ancient practices of healing with musical vibration. How amazing to have my traditional trained eyes opened to this kind of healing therapy from an instrument that I have been playing all of my life. It clearly is time …

Creative Harp Collective International 2013
July 16 – 20, 2013, Tobermory, Ontario, Canada.

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