Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society

A dynamic group of professional and amateur harpists

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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. They were selected 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.

Sincerely,

Linda Wood Rollo,
President

Join us for our 2019 Harp Extravaganza - November 23, Los Altos, CA

Harp Extravaganza Concerts - November 16 and 23, 2019

Please join us for an enchanting and entertaining afternoon as we ring in the holidays with a Harp Extravaganza Concert. More than 20 harps in concert, including the Silicon Valley Adult and Youth Harp Ensembles, and soloists Paul Hurst and Dan Levitan. Music from Tchaikovsky to Bizet, with guest ballerina, Catherine Welsh and an opportunity for guests to try out the harp. All ages welcome! The public recital will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Rd, Los Altos, on Saturday, November 23. A private concert will be held the previous week at The Villages in San Jose. For more information and tickets to the November 23 concert, please visit Eventbrite.

Most Recent Event - Fall Kickoff 2019

Our 2019 Fall Kickoff event was held Sunday, September 29 at the Los Altos home of Carol Pugh. The kickoff featured background harp music by Debbi Ricks and Tamara Mead, and a panel discussion about playing harp for weddings.
Out of a record number of proposals submitted, our student member, Katherine Healzer, has been invited to present at the World Harp Congress 2020 in Wales. Her lecture will be entitled, "Can Music Harmonize a Discordant World?" and will explore the intersection of music, empathy and neuroscience. Katherine delivered a performance lecture on behalf of our chapter in downtown San Jose in August (see flier below).

Congratulations, Katherine!
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Student Education Sessions
Seventeen harpists participated in the 2019 Student Education Sessions, culminating in a beautiful public recital on Saturday, May 11. The recital and reception took place at the stunning Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos. SES is an annually recurring event, sponsored by the American Harp Society. Participants prepare two harp pieces and perform them for an adjudicator in Session I. The adjudicator gives verbal and written feedback to the student to help them improve. Session II takes place a month or so later, in the form of a public recital with all of the participants.

Our SES sessions have been very well attended, with typically 16-20 performers of various ages and levels. Our adjudicators have been renowned and highly qualified performers and instructors. In 2019, we had the honor of having Dr. Beverly Wesner-Hoehn as our adjudicator. Her biography is available here.

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The Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble

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/Harp Extravaganza concerts, numerous local venues and for nonprofit organizations, as well as being invited to play for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, and at the 2018 American Harp Society National Conference. The first piece the ensemble recorded is Christmas Combo, arranged by its director, Sonya Yu. A sample of the Christmas recording may be heard at this link: Jingle bells

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. You can find more information about joining the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, and about its future performances at www.harpyes.org

Scheduled upcoming performances include the opening of the Green Mountain Retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains, a recurring December Holiday Concert Performance at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, and a potential visit and performance at Lyon and Healy headquarters.
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