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.
We were pleased to collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to bring Susann McDonald to our area for Master Classes in both San Jose and San Francisco in February.
Congratulations to our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble for their continued success and outreach, and now a very special "congratulations" for their acceptance to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in July! 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.
Watch for the date of our Fall Kickoff in September, which will be announced soon. We wish you all a very happy Spring and Summer.
Linda Wood Rollo,
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble Selected to Perform in Hong Kong
Silicon Valley Youth Harpists Selected to Perform at World Harp Congress in July
Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam are two of only five US harpists selected for elite Focus on Youth concerts
Danielle (below, left) will be performing 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) will be performing Fantasie in C minor by L. Spohr, The Children's Hour by M. Grandjany and Féerie by M. Tournier.
SVCAHS Adult Harp Ensemble
The next meeting will be held April 23, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm, at the home of Lynne Robin. 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. If you have questions or would like to join the group, please contact Sue Dinwiddie, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Student Education Sessions
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: email@example.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.
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES)
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
Have you renewed your 2016-2017 Membership yet?
Go to our Membership Page
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silicon Valley named Chapter of the Year 2009-2010 and 2013-2014!
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.