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Welcome from the Board


Dear SVC AHS Members and other friends of the harp,

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a dynamic chapter, consisting of over 80 harp enthusiasts including professionals, teachers, students, amateurs, and fans. We were honored to receive the Chapter of the Year Award from the American Harp Society in both 2010 and 2014.

Every season we sponsor many wonderful concerts, details of which can be found on our Upcoming Chapter Events and Recent Chapter Events pages. As a harpist or parent of a harpist, you are invited to everything we do, and your participation is what makes it all worthwhile for us. If you are a harp enthusiast, please check back frequently to see the high quality performances we sponsor.

Congratulations to our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble for their continued success and outreach. We are excited for their acceptance to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017, and at the American Harp Society National Conference in June, 2018. Nothing makes me happier than to see our young people take part in Harp Society activities; both as performers and as listeners. These young people are the future of the harp world and deserve all the nurturing, encouragement and support we can give them.

We wish you all a very happy Spring and Summer.

Sincerely,

Linda Wood Rollo,
President


Panel Discussion: Putting Your Harp Passion To Work For You: College and Beyond - May 6, 2018

*THIS PRESENTATION WAS RECORDED AND THE COMPLETE VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED ON OUR SVCAHS Youtube CHANNEL*

If you have questions about applying for college as a music major, want to know options for using your harp talent while in college in a different major, or want to know how to parlay your (hidden) talent on the harp into public performance, this is the event for you. Our distinguished panel includes:
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Douglas Rioth, San Francisco Symphony Principal Harp. Considered to be one of the great symphonic harpists of our time, Mr. Rioth studied with Elisa Smith Dickon at Interlochen Arts Academy and with Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied at the Berkshire Music Center as a fellowship student. He was Principal Harp for the Indianapolis Symphony from 1975-1981 and has been Principal Harp for the San Francisco Symphony since 1981. Mr. Rioth has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Valley Orchestra, and in chamber music with the Caseli Ensemble and Chamber Music Sundaes. He has been a regular participant in the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony. Mr. Rioth has been on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty since 2007 and has been a SF Symphony Youth Orchestra harp coach since 1981, in addition to holding a private studio. He can be heard on numerous San Francisco Symphony as well as other classical recordings and regularly tours with the SF Symphony. (biography)
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Ann Yeung, Professor of Harp, University of Illinois. She received her B.M. (highest distinction with honors), M.M., Performer's Certificate, Artist Diploma, and D. Mus. from Indiana University School of Music. Known for her bold artistry and diverse repertoire, Ann Yeung is recognized as one of the leading teachers and harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has performed in festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, judged international harp competitions in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and enjoys a multi-faceted career. She has won top international prizes (France, Japan) and numerous national harp solo competitions. "A dynamic performer with considerable flair" - Harp Column, her performances have been described as "splendid and cast a powerful spell" - New York Concert Review. She is Immediate Past President of the American Harp Society. (biography)
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Linda Wood Rollo (B.M. University of Redlands, M.M University of Southern California (Adolf Koldofsky Performance Grant). Ms. Rollo has taught on the harp faculties of Indiana University, the Louisville Ursuline School of Music and Drama, San Francisco State University, Dominican College and the San Domenico School for Girls. She toured under the auspices of Columbia Artists both with orchestra and as a soloist for many years and served as "Artist in Residence" at the University of Surrey, England. She made 5 tours of Alaska sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a former Vice-President of the World Harp Congress and Vice-President of the USA International Harp Competition, and is a long-time instructor of private students who have excelled as professional harpists. (biography)
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Jennifer R. Ellis, (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) embraces firsts; she was the first harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a fellowship through Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department, the first harpist to attend Band on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals, and the first musician to be named a University of Michigan Engaged Pedagogy Fellow. She has performed eighty premieres, is a 2017-2018 Artist-In-Residence at UC Davis, and serves on the Pre-College and College and Adult Extension faculties at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (biography)
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Denise Olson, (B.A. Communications, Wheaton College). Currently the English Department Chair at Modesto Christian High School, Denise Olson has 35 years of experience in education, which includes all grades K-12 and adults. Her experience encompasses many subject areas, and includes a variety of teaching situations. She has developed original courses and curricula at every school assignment in her career, and has led teacher training workshops, parenting skills classes and held various mentoring roles. While encouraging her daughter Madeline's development as a harpist, Denise learned much about harp life; practice strategies, stage presentation, education opportunities, competitions, harp care and performance contracts included. (biography)
(Madeline Olson completed her undergraduate studies in harp at Juilliard, and is working on her master's. She was the 2017 first prize winner of the Nippon Harp Competition in Japan.)
Admission to this event is free and open to the general public, as well as SVCAHS and BACAHS members. All harp students and parents are encouraged to attend. Come armed with all of your questions! The event will be held at the

Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room
1305 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto,
from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 6.

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble Performs at World Harp Congress

Our own Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble was selected to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in July, 2017. They performed a short program, including music from Totoro, Mission: Impossible, and Super Mario Brothers, arranged for harp ensemble by their director, Sonya Yu. Ensemble members who performed in Hong Kong included Li-Ting Lorraine Chiang, Tiffany Jia, Chih-Chi Kiki Kong, Elaine Liu, Judy Liu, Danielle Nam, Sophia Shan, Naomi Sun, Emily Twu and Tiffany Wong. Additional members who did not make the trip are Katherine Healzer and Kartika Santoso.

The ensemble will be presenting a forty-five minute concert at the American Harp Society National Conference June 27-30 at University of Redlands in southern California. Please see the Calendar of Events page for more details on all of the members of our chapter who will be performing at the national conference.
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Silicon Valley Youth Harpists Selected to Perform at World Harp Congress
- Both Also Win Awards at AHS National Competition

Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam were two of only five US harpists selected for elite Focus on Youth concerts in Hong Kong

Two Silicon Valley Chapter harpists were selected to perform in the Focus on Youth concerts at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this July. Danielle Nam, 15 and Tiffany Wong, 16 were two of only five harpists from the United States chosen for these elite concerts.
Danielle (below, left) performed Absidioles by B. Andres, Fantasie on a Theme of Haydn by M. Grandjany, Sonata in A Major K208 by D. Scarlatti, and Whirlwind by C. Salzedo. Tiffany (below, right) performed Fantasie in C minor by L. Spohr, The Children's Hour by M. Grandjany and Féerie by M. Tournier.

In addition to their performances in Hong Kong, both harpists were chosen as finalists in the American Harp Society's 22nd National Competition in Northfield, Minnesota. They each played exceptionally well and were prize winners in their respective divisions. Danielle Nam was the Second Place Winner in the 15 and under division, and Tiffany Wong was the Second Place Winner in the 18 and under division. We are extremely proud of both of these young musicians. They are both members in our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble.
Below, left: Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam after winning their prizes at the AHS National Competition. Below, right: Tiffany Wong after her performance at the World Harp Congress.
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Calendar of Events

Our 2017 Fall Kickoff Event took place on September 10, at the Palo Alto home of Tamara Mead.


We have an ongoing calendar of exciting harp-related events, which can be viewed on our Calendar of Chapter Events page. Members can publicize their upcoming performances on our Member Events Page.

Past years' events can be viewed using the Past Chapter Events tab.

2017-2018 Chapter Events


SVCAHS Adult Harp Ensemble

The Silicon Valley Chapter has a new, informal Adult Harp Ensemble, formed in 2016. The group rehearses regularly and welcomes new members.
The next meeting will be held April 14, 2018, from 3:00-5:00pm, at the home of Lynne Rovin. All harpists are invited to participate. Both pedal and lever harpists are welcome, and there often maybe an extra harp or two for those who cannot bring one. The ensemble is currently working on three pieces to perform at the Harp Extravaganza concert November 18: Canon in D, A Scott Joplin Montage, and Nachtmusik Serenade, as well as working on music from previous sessions. If you have questions or would like to join the group, please contact Sue Dinwiddie, or svcahs@gmail.com. All SVCAHS members are welcome.
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2017 Student Education Sessions

On March 5 and April 2, 2017, SVCAHS held our annual Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Nineteen students participated, performing for adjudicator Karen Gottlieb. After their first performances on March 5, they received substantial oral and written feedback from Ms. Gottlieb, who was extremely generous with her time. Seventeen students performed their pieces a second time in public recital at the beautiful Los Gatos Shan residence on April 2. .

This is an annually recurring event usually held in February and March. Online registration for the 2018 sessions will be available in January on the SES website at http://studenteducationsessions.weebly.com. Email for more information: harpedusvcahs@gmail.com.

Our 2017 SES adjudicator, Karen Gottlieb, has performed with the San Francisco Symphony as second harpist for more than 25 years. She toured extensively with them on their USA, European and Asian tours as well as performed on their many Grammy Award-winning recordings and DVD's. For 20 years she served as principal harpist with the California Symphony and also as a member of the SF Symphony 'AIM' ensembles, including 4 Sounds, Strings & Things, THAT! Group, and Silver and Gold Plus.

In 2015, Ms. Gottlieb released an acclaimed CD called Music for Harp written by Bay Area composers Lou Harrison, Wayne Peterson, John Cage and Dan Reiter, with harp, cello, flute and percussion.

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Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES)

The SILICON VALLEY YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society, has gained recognition and become sought after for community performances since its inception in January, 2014. The ensemble has performed in the chapter's String Fever concerts, the 311 Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert, the annual Christmas Celebration of the San Jose Museum of Art, Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, Chinese New Year Celebration, and many retirement communities. Having received high praise and excellent feedback from recent performances, it was decided to record a CD to more widely share the performances of this group of outstanding young harpists in our chapter. The first piece the ensemble has recorded is Christmas Combo, arranged by its director, Sonya Yu. A sample of the Christmas recording may be heard at this link: Jingle bells

Recent performances have included a 40 minute concert at the Annual Conference of the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and as part of a 2 hour-long concert for the Annual Convention of the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.

The young ensemble members (aged 8-16) not only play the harp well, but also learn the qualities of leadership, management, technology skills, and the discipline to work with professional recording specialists. There is a huge amount of teamwork involved in the project, which seeks to promote the harp and its music. The funds raised will also be saved and used for the chapter's events or scholarship programs to benefit those in the community. You can find more information about joining the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, and about its future performances at www.harpyes.org
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Student Scholarship Program


The Silicon Valley Harp Society is devoted to helping harp students with special financial needs. If you are a harp student with a special financial need and would like to apply for scholarship funding, please provide the following information: 1) Name, 2) Address, 3) Telephone, 4) Email Address, 5) A description of your financial need, your family support, and for what purpose the funds would be used. Please tell us why you would like scholarship assistance and what your goals are as a harpist.

Send this information to Lynne Rovin, Scholarship Committee Chair, rovinhse@sbcglobal.net.


Silicon Valley named Chapter of the Year 2009-2010 and 2013-2014!

Harp Live!

Next Harp Live TBA


What is Harp Live!?

Harp Live!, formerly called “Performance Practice”, is a quarterly gathering where chapter members are invited to bring their favorite pieces to share or play for the group. Sessions include solos, harp duets, and/or chamber ensemble pieces. All are welcome to bring music they are working on, or just come to listen and enjoy the company of other harpists. Remember, you do not have to perform; you can participate by coming to hear others play. You will always hear or learn something new. Most participants give a history of the piece or the composer, how they found the piece, or why they enjoy playing it. And, if you do play, it does not have to be a polished performance! Wonderful refreshments are served and harps are provided. It is a great time to rekindle your harp spirit.

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SVCAHS is proud to be a member of the
Silicon Valley Arts Coalition.
www.svarts.org