Shar’s Summer Harp Rambling 2014-2015


Icebergs, whales, highland pipes and harp players…
Summer greetings from Coast to Coast,
I began my summer in St. John’s, Newfoundland playing in an opera production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream while witnessing daily iceberg sightings and the random flipping of a whale tail.
During July I had a wonderful week teaching a fantastic harp class at CAMMAC in the Quebec Laurentian’s followed by playing & workshopping at the kilt flinging Glengarry Highland Games.
A few days home and I was on my way to the lovely and quaint town of Rosebud, Alberta to give a workshop and concert before a week in Wells, British Columbia where I taught the Beginner Harp Class and co-taught the Singing & Harping Ensemble Class.
From the cliffs of St. John’s to the mountains of Quebec and British Columbia, I am deeply fortunate to have these opportunities to play and teach the harp across such a diverse and spectacular landscape.
And yes, standing on the cliff at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the furthest most eastern tip of North America, I stood in awe watching a whale frolic with icebergs flanking my vision.
Adventurous Greetings, Sharlene

Beauty of the Bergs…

St. John’s, Newfoundland






I took this photo from Signal Hill in St. John’s. The icebergs were breathtaking and profound, with and without the full moon smiling upon them! more photos from my travels

ALBERTA Workshop & Concert Saturday August 9th in Rosebud, Alberta!
I was delighted give a workshop just outside Calgary in Rosebud, Alberta. Following the workshop I gave a concert with a special guest, Calgary based singer-songwriter SORA. I have had the honour of playing on a few of Sora’s recording projects and performed with her in Toronto, so I was thrilled to perform with her in her home province! The concert programme included original harp compositions, Celtic tunes and myth-inspired songs written by Sora.
As we drove into Rosebud, a rainbow doubled itself arching over this beauty town.

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Rosebud, Alberta






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Wells, BC

Fall and Beyond Sightings of Shar…
The following is some of my upcoming schedule, as I know it, including a very special concert with George Koller on bass and Joe Macerollo on accordion with the Guelph Chamber Choir! This will be a very unique and surprising winter-themed concert which will include excerpts from The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.







September 28th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
October 4th – orchestra: Stratford Symphony (Stratford, ON)
October 25th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
October 28th & 29th – chamber concert: Talisker Players, 8pm at Trinity St Paul’s ( Toronto, ON)
November 1st, 2nd – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
November 14th – SOLO CONCERT:  (Kingston, ON) Music West is pleased to present Harpist Sharlene Wallace in a toe-tapping and lyrical performance of Celtic, South American, Classical and original works. / Friday November 14 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s By-the-Lake United Church, 1 Redden St, Kingston / tickets and information:   613-389-8082 (9am -noon weekdays after Labour Day) / $15 regular admission, $12 senior/student, $7.50 under 13 / Music West season’s tickets (4 concerts) also available
November 22nd – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
November 24th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony private (Oakville, ON)
November 30th – CHOIR CONCERT 3pm – with Guelph Chamber Choir, George Koller (bass) & Joe Macerollo (accordion) (St George’s Church, Guelph, ON)
December 4th – SOLO Celtic & Seasonal CONCERT: (Mississauga, ON)
December 7th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 14th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
December 16th, 17th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 21st – CONCERT: The Diva Series! produced by George Koller – Trinity – St Paul’s Church (Toronto, ON)
January 1st – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
February 14th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
March 1st – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
March 29th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
April ?? – WORKSHOP & CONCERT weekend at The Perth Manor (Perth, ON)
May 2nd – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
May 3rd – DUO CONCERT 2pm Sharlene & George Koller (bass) at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Toronto, ON)
May 9th, 10th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)

photos by Sharlene Wallace
Copyright © Sharlene Wallace 2014. All rights reserved.

2015 Spring back…

Spring photo by Sharlene

Spring arrived gently… but summer harp concerts have since been flying!! Here are a few photos from those that have happened, and an updated list of those to come! It has been wonderful and meaningful to see some of you at these events. Sending beauty greetings to you all, and I love hearing from you! Sharlene

set up for CBC’s Youtube video
“A Musical History of Death”
photo by Sharlene

Summer Shar Sightings:
June 19-21 – Opera on the Avalon (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), St. John’s, Newfoundland
July 20-27 – CAMMAC, Lac MacDonald, Quebec
August 1-2 – Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario
August 9th – Rosebud, Alberta – CONCERT & WORKSHOP
August 11-15 – Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC

St. John's, Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland – photo by Sharlene

Acacia Street performance with orchestra. 2015

GSO March 2014

Sunday March 30th, 2015 at 3pm

Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Judith Yan, conductor
at the River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
SHARLENE WALLACE – Acacia Street (featuring Sharlene Wallace , harp)
JOHN BURGE – Flanders Fields Reflections: Loved and Were Loved
PAUL DUKAS – Villanelle (featuring GSO horn player Tony Snyder)
GUSTAV MAHLER – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – Symphony No 40 in G minor

programme notes

listen to a version of Acacia Street from Sharlene’s CD Beyond the Waves

Almost-Spring Ramblings 2015

SNOW still carpets our gardens and the air is desperately holding onto its chill. Nevertheless, I heard the promise of Spring in a robin’s song last week. (not pictured here… the sparrow in the photo has been muttering sweet nothings all winter!!)


With Spring comes many harp happenings, including an orchestral performance of my composition Acacia Street

Below is my Spring collection of concerts and Summer workshops.

Warm thoughts watching gentle snowflakes float onto Spring,

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Sunday March 30th, 2015 at 3pm – GUELPH, Ontario
Harp & Orchestra
River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street
I will be performing my composition Acacia Street (orchestrated by Jim McGrath) with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Also on the programme will be pieces by Mozart, Burge, Dukas (GSO horn soloist Tony Snyder) and Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (one of the harp repertoire’s most beautiful orchestral excerpts).


April 3rd, 2015 Thursday at 7:30pm – KINGSTON, Ontario
‘Flute Choir’ & Harp Concert
at Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive, Kingston
Adults $15, students/seniors $10
An evening of music for flute choir, Flutissimo… and harp!
Flutissimo is directed by a friend and Kingston Symphony colleague, Anne Palmer.

April 6th, 2015 Sunday at 2pm – PERTH, Ontario
Music at the Manor Concert Series: In a Manor of Harp Part 2!
at Perth Manor
23 Drummond Street West, Perth
My Kingston Symphony clarinet colleagues and friends Gordon and Linda own Perth Manor… a beautiful boutique inn, and host a concert series at the Manor which I opened for last year. I return again this year for more fun and harp playing in a lovely intimate setting.
And… if you need a place to stay… Perth Manor is perfect!
Tickets $35 + HST Includes a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres at the post-concert reception!
Seating is limited.

(Perth Manor 2013 ready for the harp concert)

April 13th, 2015 Sunday at 3pm – UXBRIDGE, Ontario
Uxbridge Chamber Choir
Beverley Johnston, percussion
Sharlene, harp
Christopher Dawes, organ
Palms & Psalms Concert for Palm Sunday
at Trinity United Church
20 First Avenue, Uxbridge, Ontario
One of my favourite choral pieces to play in is Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for choir, harp, organ and percussion. SO fun!
Adults $20 Students/Seniors $15

April 18th, 2015 Friday at 7pm – Belleville, Ontario
An Ecumenical Choir Performance
at Bridge Street United Church
60 Bridge Street East, Belleville, Ontario
And… another beauty choral piece I am honoured to have an opportunity to play in is John Rutter’s Requiem.
free will offering

April 26th, 2015 Saturday at 7:30pm – Guelph, Ontario
Guelph Symphony Orchestra‘s final concert of the season!

(CAMMAC 2013)


July 20-27 – CAMMAC, Lac MacDonald, Quebec
August 1-2 – Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario
August 9th – Calgary, Alberta – CONCERT & WORKSHOP
August 11-15 – Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC

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(the meadow in Wells, BC)

Shar’s Rambling Concerts November into January

November 2nd Saturday 8pm: SORA & SHAR CONCERT
with Sora (singer songwriter from Calgary)
at Musideum
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

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(Sharlene & Sora)

November 3rd Sunday: HOUSE CONCERT & WORKSHOP
evening house concert
(SOLD OUT! waiting list only)
Harp workshops in the morning/afternoon.

November 9th Sunday 6:30pm: GALA CONCERT
Ottawa Choral Society Gala Concert with Tom Allen and the Bohemians in Brooklyn
The Commons Theatre, Algonquin College Campus

November 10th Sunday: HOUSE CONCERT
house concert – and evening with Sharlene and  Acacia Lyra Harp Duo

November 23rd Saturday 9:30, 10:30, 11:30: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony KinderConcert – Jack and the Beanstalk
Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre

November 30th Saturday 8pm: ORCHESTRA & CHOIR
Masterworks of Oakville – performing Rutter, Magnificat

December 1st 3pm: HARP & CHOIR
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for harp and choir
with the Monday Morning Singers!

December 3rd Tuesday 8pm: ORCHESTRA & CHOIR
Masterworks of Oakville – performing Rutter, Magnificat

December 8th Sunday 3pm: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony Holiday Classics

December 15th Sunday 1:30, 4:30: ORCHESTRA
Oakville Symphony Family Christmas

OSO December 2012
(OSO December 2012)

December 17th, 18th Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm: ORCHESTRA
Kingston Symphony Candlelight Christmas

December 24th Tuesday 11pm: MIDNIGHT MASS SERVICE
Midnight Mass service at Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
Sharlene, harp
Máté Szigeti, flute

JANUARY 1st Wednesday 3pm: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony – Vienna, City of My Dreams

January 24th Friday: CELTIC HARP CONCERT
Sharlene, Celtic harp concert

New CD Announcement! and Other Ramblings


Sharlene Wallace & Kim Robertson, acclaimed Canadian and American harpists, have just launched an exciting new CD of high-spirited and soulful duets including contemporary and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, France, South America and Canada.

Sharlene & Kim first met at a harp retreat (Island Mountain Arts) in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. Throughout the ensuing years they have crossed paths and borders to perform together at festivals and concerts in the U.S., Canada and France.

Q&A is their first CD together and celebrates their friendship and mutual enthusiasm for the Celtic harp.

Q&A is a recording of beautiful airs, frolicky jigs and reels, a spicy piece by their friend and colleague Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and a dreamy habanera written by Sharlene.


Hello my rambling followers! Finally!!!!!!! I have a new CD to share with you. I am so excited by this collaboration with my friend Kim Robertson. What’s better than one harp?! (besides accordion, of course!) Yes… two harps!!! The title, Q&A, is named for the conversations we have talking and playing together. Kim and I have already had the privilege of performing from our CD at The Harp Gathering in Ohio and at the Celtic Roots College and Festival in Goderich this past summer. And… it is now available to you through:

CDBaby – the real thing, an actual CD!, or digital downloads

itunes – digital downloads – the real thing, an actual CD!!, available directly through me

I am thrilled to have this beauty new CD to share as I step into September and another full season of teaching and orchestral playing and… a few other special concerts:

October 3rd Thursday: CONCERT in GUELPH, ON: Sharlene & Shannon
214 Woolwich St.
(519) 821-3359
Sharlene (harp) and Shannon Kingsbury (vocalist and harp player)
at Artisanale dinner and harp concert! Check back here for updated details!

November 2nd Saturday: CONCERT in TORONTO, ON – with Sora (singer songwriter from Calgary)
at Musideum
401 Richmond Street West

November 3rd Sunday: evening house concert in Goderich, ON (SOLD OUT! waiting list only) & harp workshop in the morning/afternoon.

December 1st: Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for harp and choir in Uxbridge, ON with the Monday Morning Singers!

Wishing you all
a gentle Fall,

Rambling Summer Reflections…

In concluding an incredibly busy winter and spring,  I was privileged this summer to teach and play in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. I was also thrilled and honoured to be part of a concert at the Ottawa Chamber Festival celebrating my Classical harp teacher Judy Loman. I was joined in concert by my friends and harp colleagues Lori Gemmell, Jennifer Swartz and Julia Seager-Scott as well as being commissioned to write a piece for the five of us to play. What a fun… and diverse concert! Judy, Lori and Jennifer performed on pedal harps, I was on Celtic harp and Julia played her beautiful Baroque (triple strung!!) harp.

Ottawa, ON:
Ottawa Chamber Festival (July 28)

photo by Sharlene

Goderich, ON:
What a fun and busy week playing and teaching at the Celtic Roots College and Festival with Kim Robertson! (August 5-11) Thank you Eleanor and Warren for inviting our harp duo again to be part of the week!

Goderich 2013 photo by Philip Main
Sharlene and Kim Robertson
photo by Phil Main

Celtic Festival 2013
photo by Sharlene

Wells, BC:
A week teaching and performing with harpists Sunita Staneslow and Alys Howe in the Cariboo Mountains for the Island Mountain Arts International Harp School. Our faculty concert included Keith Bennett on harmonica and Diamond Tooth Molly on ukulele. Now that was carzy fun! A harp quartet and uke!

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Harp (and Uke) Concert at the Sunset Theatre, Wells
photo by IMA

Sunset Theatre
Sunset Theatre, Wells
photo by Sharlene

Harp concerts in Wells
at The Bear’s Paw, Wells
photo by Sharlene

Willow River, Wells
Willow River, Wells
photo by Sharlene