Lyre Association of North America

Lyre Activities in Connecticut and Hillsdale, NY

by Diane Ingraham Barnes, Hillsdale, NY

Dear Readers, I look forward to hearing about your lyre activities since our last Lyre Notes.  These are some of the activities I have been involved in. 

Firstly, we were lucky to have the lyre sound at the AAMTA (Association for Anthroposophic Medicine & Therapies in America) conference in Petaluma, CA, in early August.  ATSANA (Anthroposophic Therapeutic Singing Association of North America) was recognized at this conference, and I was able to give a presentation of therapeutic singing exercises related to the rhythmic system, which included using the lyre. Kerry Lee, Robin Elliott Dagg and myself used lyres to help the participants learn a 4-part Bach chorale which was sung at the musical evening, and Kerry played the Mercury Bath at her small group session.  Sandra Zeese was one of our supporting sopranos.  It was truly a wonderful conference.

In addition, I continue to play the lyre at least once a month at the Christian Community, sometimes with metal instruments; I did the Madonna Series for 3 classes at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School; and I played for 6 Advent Gardens during the Advent season.  For the future, I am going to start planning a local concert soon to be presented in the Spring, which will be with lyre and singing.  I would very much like to have lyre players in this upstate NY area come together to prepare a "Tribute to Colin Tanser “concert.  Please contact me if you are interested in such an endeavor!  You can find my address and phone number in the list of lyre teachers.  My new e-mail is dianeibarnes1@gmail.com.  May the sound of the lyre expand in our country and the world.