Full Body Warm-ups for Vocalists
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Indiana University-Bloomington, IN
ERZSÉBET GAÁL is a Hungarian harpist, a Kodály pedagogue, and a researcher in physical wellness for musicians. She has given concerts all across Europe and America. In her early professional career she traveled extensively as a soloist of the Jeunesses Musicales Internationales. Later, she was the first Hungarian harpist to represent her native country by a performance of Hungarian solo harp music program at the Fifth World Harp Congress, the foremost international harp forum, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Erzsébet Gaál has commissioned and premiered a number of harp compositions, some of which can be heard on her solo harp CD recording Harpa Hungarica. Dr. Gaál has received numerous invitations to share her expertise in the fields of physical wellness for musicians and the Kodály Concept for harp, including: the Fourth European Harp Symposium in Perugia, Italy, the Third American Harp Society Summer Institute in Los Angeles, California, the Fourth Latin-American Harp Conference in Mexico City, the Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, the First ASTA with NSOA National Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, the 2003 Harp Suzuki Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, the HarpCon 2003 in Bloomington, Indiana, the National Studio Teachers Forum in Dallas, Texas, and the Third International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. Some of the results of her teaching and research projects are presented on her DVD program Harp Playing for Life. Her articles appeared in the World Harp Congress Review, Harpa, Harpa-Piano, American Harp Journal, The Recorder Education Journal, American String Teacher, AHS Teachers Forum, Harp Today, and the Harpa Internet Magazine and are available on her web site www.harpahungarica.com. Erzsébet Gaál is an honor graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, holding a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.