Sylvia Woods Harp Center
November Newsletter
A Personal Note from Sylvia
I am sad to report that well-loved Texas harpist, composer, arranger, and teacher Louise Trotter passed away last month at the age of 96.

I proudly hosted Louise's concerts and workshops at my store in Glendale, California, in 1994 and 2003. Her shows were fun and full of joy, just like Louise herself. And her country-inspired fringed outfits looked awesome on stage!

Louise played a varied repertoire, from classical to Broadway, swing, Latin, rag, jazz, and folk, and was one of the few harpists who specialized in country music. She loved sharing her love for the harp with everyone she met. I'm glad she was one of my many harp friends, and I will miss her smile and her positive spirit.
Louise Trotter
I featured Louise in the April 2015 issue of this newsletter. You can read the article that she wrote here.

In Louise's honor, all of her publications are part of this month's sale. Help celebrate the life of an amazing woman by spreading her music throughout the world.


What do you love?
Give Thanks
This time of year, we count our blessings and focus on who and what we are thankful for. It is also a time to acknowledge the things we love.

For many of us, #1 on our "what I love" list would be "Playing the Harp!"

So I'm announcing a new "what do you love?" contest!
Ten lucky harpists will each win a $10 Harp Center Gift Certificate.
YOU could be one of these lucky winners!

To enter, follow these simple steps.
#1. Think about all of the fantastic music and other products you've purchased from the Sylvia Woods Harp Center.
#2. Decide which ones are your favorites.
#3. Find each product on the website.
#4. Click on the "Write your own review" link. You'll find it near the top of the page, below the product number.
#5. Write a review saying why you love the product!
That's it. That's all you have to do!

You'll get one chance in the drawing for each review you submit during the month of November. So, the more reviews you write, the bigger your chance of winning!

I'll be drawing the names of ten lucky winners on December 1st from all the reviews submitted from now through November 30th.

P.S. Several years ago we received over 10,000 reviews in one hour when our site was targeted by a robot submitting bogus reviews. After that, my computer wizards added a "captcha" program to our reviews page, so you had to type in a series of characters to prove you were a "real person." Unfortunately, customers found this hard to use. Happily, we were able to change my site last month, so now all you have to do is check the "I'm not a robot" box. Easy-peasy!

New PDFs on
Here are the new PDFs that I've added to my site this past month. They'll be great additions to your repertoire.

Bonnie Mohr - Lascia Ch'io Pianga by Handel - PDF


Shari Pack - Christmas Joy ( Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, and Angels We Have Heard on High)- PDF


NOTE: These new items are NOT part of this month's 15%-off sale.
This month's sale
This month's sale features PDFs of compositions and arrangements by Louise Trotter. The code word is LOUISE.  

To get the 15% discount on the products below, enter the code word LOUISE in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code" by December 2, 2019. For more information, see the "How to get the 15% discount" section at the bottom of this newsletter.
Hula Turkey
This article is part of my ongoing series about Hawaii .

In ancient times, Hawaiians gave thanks in a celebration called makahiki. It began in late October or early November when the Pleiades constellation was first observed rising above the horizon at sunset. It continued for four full months through the season of heavy storms and rough seas. Thanks were given to Lono, the Hawaiian god of rain and fertility. Tributes and tithes were paid to local chiefs who redistributed the gifts of the land. War, fighting, farming, and deep-sea fishing were all prohibited ( kapu) during makahiki. It was a time for communal activities, competitive sporting games, hula, ceremonies, and blessings. And, of course, FOOD!

In 1849 King Kauikeaouli Kamehameha III shortened the makahiki holiday to one day: December 31st. This was 14 years before Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national US holiday.

Now, of course, since we're part of the United States, we celebrate on the last Thursday of November, along with the rest of the country. We eat the traditional Thanksgiving food, but often with a local flair. Popular side dishes might include Okinawan sweet potatoes, Portuguese sausage stuffing, poi, rice, laulau, poke, and macaroni salad.

If you've ever attended a luau in Hawaii, you might remember that the pig is steamed in an underground oven called an  imu. A turkey can also be cooked in an imu, and is called kālua turkey! 

“Hau'oli Lā Ho'omaika'i” (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Thanks to and Wikipedia for information about makahiki.
How to get the 15% discount
15% off select sale items when you use the code word LOUISE

Our newsletter promo codes are redeemable online and are only valid for the PDFs featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone or email orders. This month's code word is LOUISE , and it is valid for 15% off the Louise Trotter PDFs in the sale section above. Just because an item is mentioned somewhere in this newsletter doesn't mean that it is on sale. It must be in the sale section.  
Here's how to get your newsletter discount at :
#1. Put the items you want to purchase in your cart. 
#2. On the page where you view the items in your cart, type this month's code word LOUISE in the "Promo Code" box and click on "Enter Code."
The actual price of the featured sale products on this page will then automatically change to reflect the discount. You'll also see a note below the Promo Code box saying the name of the promo code you entered, and the percentage amount of the discount.  
REMEMBER: you must enter this month's code word LOUISE in the Promo Code box and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by December 2, 2019 to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order, email Sylvia immediately .  
Offer expires at the end of the day on December 2, 2019.

Sylvia Woods Harp Center
Princeville, Hawaii
(808) 212-9525