LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 - with Martin Tobiassen
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, July 16 - 20

The Lyre Association of North America had 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, 2017.  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 had 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.  

The Setting:  The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) is a non-profit organization with the mission to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development.  To learn more about MFAI, click here. East Troy is also home to Uriel Pharmacy. For more about East Troy, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bFe2RIH2cE.

LANA also warmly welcomed early childhood teachers wishing 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.  Overall, our goal for this summers conference was to strengthen our lyre playing skills through exercises and repertoire that will be targeted to specific ability levels, working together as a large group as well as in separate groups according to individual background. Above all, we had a fun and satisfying musical experience meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances as we shared 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.