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Welcome from the Board

Dear SVC AHS Members and other friends of the harp,

Thank you for visiting our website. Our chapter had a great 2015-16 year beginning with a fun kick-off party at the home of Linda and David Rollo. In January, we presented seminars and masterclasses by esteemed jazz harpist and teacher, Carrol McLaughlin. In February and March we held our annual Student Education Sessions, culminating in a lovely public recital, and our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble performed at some exciting events throughout the year. In June, we were thrilled to present Yuying Chen in concert. The season is ending with August competitions for local harpists, and then in September we will be off with a very exciting slate of programming for 2016-17. We encourage you to join us and participate in our events, and we welcome your suggestions and ideas for new programming.

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. This past season we sponsored many wonderful concerts, details of which can be found on our Recent Chapter Events page. We hope to see you at many of our upcoming events – most especially at our annual String Fever concert held in the spring.  Stay tuned for more dates!

The Board of the Silicon Valley Chapter, American Harp Society

Upcoming Chapter Events

We have an ongoing calendar of exciting harp-related events, which can be viewed on our Upcoming Chapter Events page.

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

2015-2016 Chapter Events

2016 Student Education Sessions

On April 3 and May 1, 2016, SVCAHS once again held our Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Eighteen students participated this year, performing for adjudicator Laura Porter. After their first performances on April 3, they received substantial oral and written feedback from Ms. Porter, 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 May 1. A potluck reception was held following the recital.

This is an annually recurring event usually held in February and March.
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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.

The recording session took place on October 4, 2015 at Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos, which has generously loaned their beautiful chapel to the ensemble. The recording engineer was Heidi Trefethen. The ensemble would like to "Kick-Start" a fundraising drive by releasing the Christmas Combo in iTunes and in crowd-funding medias, to seek public support and donations to raise enough funds to record additional pieces of music for a full-length CD. A sample of the Christmas recording may be heard at this link: Jingle bells
If you would like to make a donation toward the recording project, you may donate at:

The On April 16, 2016, YES presented a 40 minute concert at the Annual Conference of the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. On April 23, they shared the stage with several professional musicians 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
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2016 Fall Kickoff Event

Our annual Fall Kickoff Event was held the afternoon of September 11, 2016
at the Los Gatos home of Jennifer Hurley. The event featured a very entertaining and informative program on A Harpist's Tips For Success, given by Karen Gottlieb and Laura Simpson.
Barbecue and other refreshments were provided by the SVCAHS board, and swimming was available for children.
Thanks to everyone who came and made this another enjoyable and successful gathering of our harp community. Special Thanks to Karen and Laura for their outstanding program and performance.

Harpist Yuying Chen

June 14, 2016 - Foster City, CA

First Prize Winner of the 2015 Israel International Harp Contest

The Bay Area and Silicon Valley Chapters of the American Harp Society in partnership with Peninsula Jewish Community Center presented in concert:

Yuying Chen, the 2015 First Prize Winner of the most prestigious harp competition in the world, the 19th Israel International Harp Contest. Yuying performed works by Renie, Grandjany, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Bach.

This was a special one-night-only concert, followed by a "meet the artist" dessert reception. The concert was sold out and was standing-room-only.

Yuying Chen also gave a very well attended Master Class on Wednesday, June 15, at a private home in Hillsborough.
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The Silicon Valley Chapter of the AHS is a proud sponsor of the US International Music Competition to be held at Stanford University August 13-14, 2016. Application deadline is June 15, 2016. See for more details.

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SVCAHS Adult Harp Ensemble

The Silicon Valley Chapter has a new, informal Adult Harp Ensemble, formed in 2016. The first meeting was held April 22, and the group selected three pieces to play, with more pieces to be added at future sessions.
The next meeting will be held June 26 2:00-4:00pm, with location to be determined. All harpists are invited to participate. Both pedal and lever harps are welcome, and there often maybe an extra harp or two for those who cannot bring one. If you have questions or would like to join the group, please contact Sue Dinwiddie, or
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Harp Live!

Next Harp Live

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.

Have you renewed your 2015-2016 Membership yet?

Silicon Valley Chapter AHS Membership Form

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 Chapter President Mary Pless,, or Lynne Rovin, Scholarship Committee Chair,

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

Silicon Valley Chapter named AHS Chapter of the Year!

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The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society designated the 2013-2014 year as "Year of the Youth", a year in which we provided special opportunities for our young harpists, who are the future of our chapter and the American Harp Society. While concentrating on the young, we also continued to provide opportunities for our adult members to socialize with each other, learn together and play music with each other. It was a busy year, but also a year of variety and excitement, and a year of building the local harp community.
For all of our diverse events and offerings to harpists, our chapter was honored once again by the American Harp Society as Chapter of the Year. (We shared Chapter of the Year honors with the Seattle Chapter in 2010.)
You may read about all of our 2013-2014 Chapter Events using this link, and can also see previous years by using the Events tab.
And you can click to find out about all of our Upcoming Chapter Events!

Our April 2014 SVCAHS Newsletter can be viewed here:

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