The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) and Crescent City musician Jerry Randal Bauer present a special evening separate from DNACA’s regular season 7 p.m. on Friday at Crescent City United Methodist Church, 664 H St., with award-winning singer and harpist Verlene Schermer.
Schermer presents a diverse, upbeat style of music leaning toward contemporary jazz and blues. She accompanies her dynamic and versatile voice with harp and other instruments.
This concert features many of the songs from Schermer’s latest release, “Life Stages,” including content addressing her own most recent life stage: caring for aging parents. With tenderness, compassion, wit, and humor, she tackles content not often addressed in songs.
Inspiring international audiences with her poignant observations and strengthening the capacity of each person to creatively envision a better reality, Schermer’s original songs and solo recordings are often described as “transformative” and “empowering.” In 2014, three of Schermer’s songs were in the top 10 in the MasterPeace international song competition. These songs are all on her CD, “Peace.” A 1997 prizewinner in the Lyon & Healy Pop & Jazz Harpfest, Schermer is a sought-after harp player and singer who performs as a solo artist and in several groups, from duos and trios to her six-piece band. For this concert, she is joined by vocalist and flutist Linnette Bommarito.
She has been performing as a hospital musician for 17 years, first with El Camino Hospital in 2002, then at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2003. She performs on her double-strung harp in waiting areas, on the units near the nurses’ stations, and patients’ rooms. She may be heard in the Stanford Hospital Atrium Concerts three or four times a year with one of her ensembles.
Along with her busy performance schedule, Schermer teaches voice, folk harp, guitar, violin, ukulele, and piano. Many of her past students can be heard in clubs, coffee houses, and recording studios. In addition to her private teaching schedule, Schermer offers five-week classes in harmony singing, songwriting, sight singing, performance and stagemanship, and several harp-related topics. She has been a member of the teaching staff at the California Coast Music Camp, a week-long camp for adult musicians, since its first year.
Schermer wrote articles for the international newsletter “Vocals,” starting with the first issue in 1988, and was its technical editor from its third through final issues. She has also published vocal articles in “Vocalease” and stories and poems in “The Folk Harp Journal” and “The Fling.” She writes music including her own original compositions and arrangements for solo harp, harp and flute, and guitar and flute. She has published several books on subjects such as jazzy arrangements of traditional tunes, how to arrange tunes and accompaniments for lever harp, singing well, and playing therapeutic music on guitar. Her instructional material for harp students comprises nine books; three each for beginner, intermediate, and advanced, plus many online video demonstrations and examples.
As a singer-songwriter, Schermer has performed for many years at coffeehouses, bookstores, and other concert venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. She tours the western United States as well as Europe performing and teaching workshops, and appears several times a year on KKUP-91.5 FM live radio.
For more information on the artist, visit Schermer’s website is www.Schermer.com.
Tickets for the concert are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply, 240 I St., and at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 19. General tickets are $15, senior (65 and older) and student tickets are $10.
DNACA would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For the 2018-19 season, they are: Anonymous, Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency (learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.) DNACA is also supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For more information, contact DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email@example.com .