Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society

A dynamic group of professional and amateur harpists

Upcoming Events and Member News

2019 Student Education Sessions:

SVCAHS will hold our annual Student Education Sessions (SES), part of the AHS curriculum, on March 24 and May 11, 2019.
Registration will close March 10.
Fees: SVCAHS members - $30; No-members - $40 (includes student membership)
Session I: Saturday, March 24 in San Jose - students perform and receive feedback from the adjudicator
Session II: Saturday, May 11, 3:00 - 5:00 pm - public recital of all participants at Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos

The adjudicator for the 2019 SES is Beverly Wesner-Hoehn. Her bio can be viewed
here. SES is an annually recurring event usually held in February and March. For more information: harpedusvcahs@gmail.com
Opening for Principal Harp with Peninsula Symphony, Beginning June, 2019.
The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra is based I'm Los Altos, rehearses in Hillsborough, and performs in prominent venues on the San Francisco peninsula from San Jose to San Mateo, with major international soloists. It offers a regular season of four concerts, a holiday collaboration with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus at Bing Concert Hall and a free summer pops concert. Outreach events include an annual family concert and opportunity cities to visit area schools through the Bridges to Music program. The Peninsula Symphony performs a wide variety of symphonic great and new music and collaborates with a wide variety of artists, from soloists to tap dancers, to jazz players and staged musicals. With a majority of PSO musicians working in a different professional field, we are one of the most diverse community orchestras in the United States. As a harpist, you would perform on most concerts, with the opportunity to perform many great harp parts, as well as learn new parts. You would attend rehearsals as negotiated with the conductor, Mitchell Sardou Klein,. When there are second harp parts, at the discretion of the conductor, a second harpist may be engaged or you may need to combine harp parts. Cartage is your responsibility and modest compensation for rehearsals and performances is negotiated with the orchestra. If you are interested in getting further information about an audition for this position, please contact Maestro Klein: msardou@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, April 12, 6-8 pm. Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, Harp Music at the Grace Cathedral indoor labyrinth. Walk the labyrinth in candlelight and in silence to the beautiful sounds of their two interweaving harps. Donations welcome at the door, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (at Taylor St.), San Francisco, CA. 94108. www.gracecathedral.org. 510-548-3326

Sunday, April 14, 1-3 pm. Healing Harp Workshop with Portia Diwa. 2419-A Tenth St., Berkeley, CA. Cost $35. In this workshop there will be a presentation about the history of harp therapy and the Healing Harp program at California Pacifi Medical Center. You will also learn ways to arrange your music to encourage relaxation, try some easy improvisation patterns, and learn a simple tune with breathing space. Harpists, please bring your harp. A few harps may be available to those not able to bring their harps, or for those interested in trying. Auditors are also welcome. For more information and to register: 510-548-3326, multiculturalmusicfellowship@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, May 25, 6-8:30pm. An evening of Latin Harp Music with harpist, Diana Stork and vocalist Ingrid Rubis, along with strings and percussion. Brezo Restaurant, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond. Walk-ins welcome but reservations suggested. 510-680-5196. brezorestaurant.com. Brezo is a family friendly California style restaurant with a Latin flair, using farm fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, and fresh, local musicians!

Saturday, June 8, 2019. Harps Etc. Spring Recital, featuring students and ensembles. First recital is 4-6 pm, followed by a reception from 6-7 pm and the second recital from 7-9 pm. www.harpsetc.com.

June 9-16, 2019. Feather River Art Camp with Summer Harp Class taught by Diana Stork. A wonderful summer art camp with a wide variety of art and music classes. Mostly adults, but teens welcome. Younger students in harp class by consent of Feather River and Diana. Lap harps provided for those without harps. Limited number of students, For more information and to register, got too: www.featherriverartcamp.com

Saturday, June 22, 7:00 pm. Summer Solstice Harp Concert and Ritual at Isis Oasis. With Triskela Harp trio and members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble. Isis Oasis Sanctuary Redwood Theater, 20889 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA. 05441. $15 general, $10 children, students and seniors. Tickets available at the door at 6:30. Gourmet dinner before the concert at 6 pm, $20. Concert info and dinner reservations: 707-857-4747. A perfect event for the whole family in the heart of Sonoma County!

Member News

The album, Launch by the Admiral Launch Duo (Jennifer R. Ellis, harp, and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone) was released December 1, 2018 on Albany Records, featuring music by Marcel Tournier, Ida Gotkovsky, Angelica Negron, Stephen J. Rush, and others. More information.

Kristal Barlaan is the new harp faculty for West Valley College and is looking to build and collaborate to provide more opportunities for the harp community. Whether you are a college student, high school student or adult, you can sign up for any West Valley Ensemble (1 unit) and Applied Music 39 (.5 units) each semester. This gives a student the opportunity to receive an hour of weekly instruction for college credit. For more information, see westvalley.edu or contact Kristal.Barlaan@wvm.edu.

Internationally renowned harpist, Cheryl Ann Fulton, has produced a beautiful new documentary film, The Harps in the Trees. In the film, Cheryl Ann leads her ensemble of medieval harp students, Angelorum (including chapter member Jennifer Hurley), on a journey to the highlands of Scotland, where they serenade the very trees that provided the wood from which their harps were made. With filmmaker Ezio Taranto, they bring an inspired message of hope and harmony to the world by telling the story of their pilgrimage and illuminating a special relationship between harps, trees, music, nature and the human spirit.

14 minute documentary film / Short music video / Soundtrack plus bonus tracks

The nonprofit Multicultural Music Fellowship, directed by Diana Stork, has launched its second Youtube video of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble's (BAYHE) Save the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California Tour. This video features BAYHE playing Sylvia Woods' beautiful composition, "Dialogue With a Brook" (from her "The Harp of Brandiswhere" suite) playing on a rainbow of Harpsicles. To view the beautiful video and help them spread their message, go to this link. They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities. Short documentary about the project.

Chapter member, Diana Stork, has published a gift book entitled, Holiday Harps. A charming gift for all your friends and family who deserve more than a card. This beautiful new little full color 50-page book features over 40 photographs of precious miniature ornaments of harps and other musical instruments, with Words of Warmth, Wisdom, and Peace for the season and throughout the year. For more information, see this flyer.
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Dominique Piana has a new collection of harp arrangements of Baroque music, including old tunes that are now hard to find, as well as some surprising finds that are perfect for harp arrangement. They are presented in scholarly and ready-to-perform style, with fingerings, pedaling, explanation of ornamentation and historical background. The collection includes Solfeggietto and La Caroline by CPE Bach, Toccata by Paradies, Allegro and Sonatina by Handel, Aria and Gavotta by Martini, La Gemissante and La Cavalcade by Dandrieu, La Joyeuse by Rameau, Prelude and Almand in A minor by Purcell, Intrada by Graupner, Rondeau by Fischer, Le Rossignol en Amour by Couperin, Aria by Scarlatti, and Toccata in C by Seixas. The price is $25 for 36 pages of music. Contact dominiquepiana@comcast.net, www.harpiana.com