Nadya's Millennium Quest
|Bring a touch of Magic
to your event!
Nadya King, Millennium Harper to the
Young Elders of Western Oregon
In January of 2007, I received a new harp, Rowan Luchair, from Rick Kemper of Maryland, &
joined Yahoo's Harplist. While looking for information on another member's harp, I found a
link to the Harping for Harmony site, & decided to declare a Millennium quest, hoping to
complete 25 events within the next 13 moons.
I posted my quest on the Harping for Harmony website, as follows:
"January 1, 2007
I , Nadya King, hereby declare my intention to claim the title of Millennium Harper to the
Young Elders in Western Oregon. I will play my harp & encourage kids to 'Have a go' on it at
schools, pre-schools, church, dance classes, & other gatherings of our young elders. Within
the next few months I hope to have a small 'children's harp' to take along to these events.
I'll also visit assisted living facilities, nursing homes, & those recovering at home from
surgery, illness, etc.
I commit to at least one event per lunar cycle (13 per year) completing my quest on or
before Dec 2008.
To document my claim I will obtain drawings & signatures from participants at each event, &
compose a Millennium Harper scrapbook.
Soon I received 25 handcrafted ceramic harp pins to distribute when my harp & I were 'out
& about.' The quest had begun!
By the end of the year I had fulfilled my quest, having performed on 33 occasions in 2007,
at a wide variety of solemn and joyful events. They include: a child's birthday tea, 6 events
at two retirement homes (Hillside & Altera), 5 church services,our local Farmer's Market, 3
holiday bazaars, Valentine's & St Pat's dinners at 2 bistros, 3 Christmas parties, two open
house events, and a memorial service.
In the spring, my friend & former harp student Dennis Harris & I attended the Corvallis harp
circle facilitated by Sharon Thormahlen several times. The summer was busy with a church
wedding, & 3 in lovely outdoors settings; at a winery, on a river bank & in a grove of trees.
In September, I was present with my smaller harp, Tuille, on the transition day of my friend
In October, Linda Weigan interviewed me for her 'Arts Alive' show on our local TV network,
& was the recipient of one of my harp quest ceramic pins.
In late October, my 7-year-old grand-daughter Alyssa began formal harp study (she's
played occasionally all her life :) I had visited Alyssa's 1st grade class at Columbus El. The
year before, & in Dec of '07 she not only introduced me, she also played a bit for both her
2nd grade class, & for a 3rd grade class! I had done a coloring sheet for a Christmas
bazaar and had copies made for the kids. Many of the children said they had seen harps, &
in the 3rd grade class, about 3/4 said they play some instrument! Her little sister & cousins
also enjoy playing grammie's harps!
My two rules for playing my harp are: Ask permission, & please have clean hands! It is
always interesting to see which children are fascinated by the harp, & which ones hardly
notice it! Adults, too.
After finishing the quest, I received small harp from Harping for Harmony & John Lozier!
Delivery was on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, the day of the eclipse, this wonderful addition to my
'harmony of harps' is Bella Luna! Still to come is a personalized ceramic medallion! Our first
'outing' was to the nearby birthing center, where I played a bit before giving the new mom
in residence a massage. That summer she joined me at Wayward Winds Lavender farm,
where a young visitor enjoyed his first opportunity to see - & play - a harp.
I hope to continue the 'quest' all harpers have - to spread Peace through harp music!
* If you've 'always wanted to play the harp,' I invite you to make 2009 the year
you begin! You'll never regret it!
Birthday Tea - guests enjoy a turn on Rowan
|Wedding Harp in a grove
planted by the Groom
|anyone for some Jazz harp?
(Kayleen with Rowan)
|Santa came to pass out candy canes &
hear the harp at Hillside's memory
|Nadya with 'Tuille' at a Care Center
|Easter Brunch at Altera -
kids 'have a go'
|The Celtic harp reaches
through the mists of
time & space, breaching
the 'thin places' to
touch holy spirit & bring
us closer to the creator
of the Universe, all that
is & shall be.
Alyssa & 'Bella Luna' therapy harp!