main character in my work-in-progress is a high school girl who hopes to attend
college as a harp major. Yesterday, I went to Harp Day at Michigan State University. It's a recruiting event to attract prospective harp majors to
the MSU College of Music and also a chance for local harpists to get together. Attendees
can sign up to get a lesson with Dr. Chen Yu Huang, take a master class and
participate in Harp Jam. I went as an observer.
I had a chance to hear
two of MSU's freshman harp students perform. It was like my character came to
life and played for me. I chatted with a high school student from Grand Rapids
who hopes to attend MSU as a harp major. "You're writing a book about
me?" (direct quote) I asked several young players why they chose harp as
an instrument, and their answers were close to what I’d written for my main
The Master Class
provided ample material for the harp lesson in my novel. The revised version
will likely come to next month's critique group. I enjoyed the variety of music
students brought to the master class. I was impressed by the students’ talent
I also got to hear the
fabulous Modern Harp Quartet. If you click through the website, you can hear
excerpts from several of their pieces.
I came home inspired,
perhaps more as a writer than a harpist. But that’s what I am, a writer.