Chapter Events 2014-2015
Silicon Valley Chapter named AHS Chapter of the Year
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.)
American Harp Society Concert Artist, Alexandra Mullins, Gave a Stunning Concert on March 21, 2015 in San Jose
Participation in AHS competitions since 2005 has contributed greatly to her success as a musician, and she is thrilled to serve and perform in the capacity of Concert Artist for the next two years. The AHS Concert Artist Award is the highest level award granted by the American Harp Society. Alexandra's former and current teachers and coaches include Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Dan Yu, Sivan Magen, Dr. Maria Luisa Rayan-Forrero, Bette Roth, Christine VanArsdale and Jaqueline Bartlett.
Alexandra Katelyn Mullins in Solo Concert
Saturday March 21 - Immanuel Lutheran Church
St. Patrick's Day "Harp Live" Performance
Renowned Paraguayan harpist, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, visited Northern California in February for a series of concerts and workshops.
On February 7, he conducted master classes and gave a concert at Harps Etc. in Walnut Creek.
Alfredo also performed his own "South American Suite for Harp and Orchestra" with the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose on Saturday, February 14, at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose.
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble Performance at SJ Museum of Art
Summer Concert Series sponsored by SVCAHS in 2014
Noel is a 20-year-old SVCAHS chapter member who graduated in May 2014 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a Bronze Tablet and Edmund J. James Scholar with highest honors. Noel is now attending the Yale School of Music on full scholarship for her graduate studies in harp performance, studying with June Han.
In May 2014, Noel wowed the judges and was awarded the Grand Prize at the 38th Annual Carmel Music Society Competition. She was awarded $5000 and the opportunity to perform in 2015 as part of the Carmel Music Society's subscription series. The competition was open to instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 30 who were born, live or study in California, Oregon or Washington.
Cindy is a Taiwan-born harpist who attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and then studied harp with Susann McDonald at Indiana University. She performed at the World Harp Congress in Paris. Cindy pursued her masters and doctoral studies in music at USC before returning to Taiwan. She currently performs with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and chamber ensembles, and teaches at the National Taiwan University for the Arts.
Under the guidance of Ms. Sonya Yu, David has won many harp performance awards, including Gold Winner of the Yvonne La Mothe Schwager Harp Competition, May 2013, and Second Place Winner in the US Open Music Competition Instrumental Solo, Senior Event, February 2014. David, an autistic man, is able to compete with normal harp players! It is clear that harp has helped him live a fuller life with autism.
David feels that spreading word about the harp is very important. Thus, he would like the money he donates to the chapter to go towards supporting FCSN (Friends of Children with Special Needs) and the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble. The ensemble, lead by Ms. Sonya Yu, is active in the community, having performed at many public events and participated in community service. David hopes that his support can help the ensemble widen its audience, and to promote the fact that learning harp can be helpful for special needs children by holding workshops and fundraisers.
A Christmas Sampler of Harp and Organ Music
Members of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American harp Society performed "A Christmas Sampler", seasonal music for Harp and Organ on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Trinity Cathedral in San Jose. Performing were harpists, Dr. Lynn Bailey, Dr. Brian Swager, Linda Rollo, Gwen Halterman, Sue Dinwiddie, and Debbi Ricks, as well as organists, Dr Bailey, Dr. Swager and Michael Joyce. Mary Ann Fiene accompanied on the cello and Ken Dinwiddie accompanied on the flute.
Special thanks to Martha Bailey for coordinating the concert. Recordings of these performances, as well as selections from previous SVCAHS events can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/SVCAHS
September 7, 2014 Fall Kickoff Event with Motoshi Kosako
At the Home of Dr. David and Linda Rollo
"String Fever" Harp Ensemble Concert
5th Annual Event featured our new
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble
On Saturday May 17, 2014, the Silicon Valley Harp Ensemble performed at our chapter's fifth "String Fever" harp ensemble concert. This year's special guests were our newly formed Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (also called Y.E.S., for Youth Ensemble Success), under the direction of Sonya Yu and Linda Wood Rollo.
Tiffany Jia, Kiki Kang, Haley Park, Kartika Santoso, Sophia Shan, Naomi Sun and Emily Twu on harps were joined by talented flautist Aditi Mahajan and vocalists Nicole and Elise Adamson. The youth ensemble performed Triptic Dance, Little Waltz, Angry Birds Theme, Two Guitars and Dona Nobis Pacem. Several of the arrangements were done by Sonya Yu and Linda Wood Rollo, and the additions of the young vocalists on Dona Nobis Pacem, as well as flute on two of the selections was charming.
The adult ensemble consisted of Martha Bailey, Annamarie Bettisworth, Meredith Clark, Bob Fonda, Gwen Halterman, Liehwang Hwang, Dan Levitan, Anna Lorenz, Tamara Mead, Celeste Misfeldt, Alexandra Romanoff, Crystal Steinke, Brian Swager, Linda Wood-Rollo and Sonya Yu. Brian Swager also added organ accompaniment and Lynn Bailey conducted the ensemble.
The adult ensemble performed the first and fifth movements of Handel's Water Music Suite, a Scott Joplin Montage for harp, Salzedo's Chanson dans la nuit, Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5, a jazzy Cindy Horstman arrangement of Wade in the Water, Paul Simon's Cecilia, Flower Duet by Delibes, and a Puccini Medley. The finale was Salzedo's Tango and Rumba, with Dan Levitan and Meredith Clark featured on the Rumba. Video recordings of each piece can be viewed on our Youtube channel.
2014 Student Education Sessions
We are so grateful for Sonya Yu, who again headed up all of the administrative work of putting on the Sessions. Sonya would like to express appreciation to Mrs. Rollo, Debbi Ricks and Ken and Sue Dinwiddie for their help with the event. She would also like to thank Vivien Lin (Naomi Sun's mother) who provided the harp transportation, and Kiki Kang, who offered her brand new 85 CG for the use in the recital. David Ren's mother, Jennifer Chen, was the photographer. You can view her beautiful photos from the following link: http://goo.gl/HEVbLJ.
On Sunday, April 6, members of the SVCAHS and BACAHS (Bay Area Chapter of AHS) joined together at the beautiful Moss Beach home of Gwen and Chuck Halterman. The weather was ideal and the music and snacks were as varied was the harpists and guests. The Halterman home has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and the sun on the water was breathtaking. Harp Live performances are varied and different on every occasion. At this one, we learned a little about riffing on Amazing Grace from Laura Simpson. Harp Technician Karen Gottlieb was on the spot to help Beverly Gaines fix her harp that had fallen the day before. Linda Rollo played tantalizing parts of her new volume 4 of Spanish Music for the Harp. Debbi Ricks played a medley of Misty, Jamaica Farewell and Never on a Sunday, and Ken and Sue Dinwiddie played a jazzy rendition for flute and harp.
We also got the chance to play on some Heartland carbon fiber harps, as well as Gwen's two harps. We met three new friends who live and play harp right in the Half Moon Bay area. And you just never know who is going to show up, like special guest, Malcolm McAfee, widower of the late, great harpist, Marcella DeCray.
Harp Live is a wonderful, friendly experience and we invite you to join us for the next one. Check on the upcoming events page for future Harp Live dates
Several other wonderful Harp Live gatherings were held throughout the year at homes from Los Gatos to Palo Alto.
"Pedals, Pipes and Strings" Harp and Organ Concert
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, a program of Harp and Organ Duets was given by SVCAHS harpists and members of the American Guild of Organists, at Trinity Cathedral, in honor of the late Anne Adams.
Playing harp were Debbi Ricks, Celeste Misfeldt, Martha Bailey, Linda Wood Rollo, Dr. Brian Swager and Gwen Halterman. Gwen's sister, Mary, contributed the beauty of the cello with harp and organ. Organists accompanying harps were Dr. Brian Swager, Rev. Dr. Lynn Bailey, and Michael Joyce, organist and choir master at Trinity. Compositions by Pergolesi, Richter/Stearns, Franck, Schubert, Manz, Bach/Gounod, Holy, Busser, and Grandjany sent beautiful vibrations throughout the cathedral.
Thanks to all who performed and put in an enormous amount of effort and rehearsing. Thanks, also, to Debbi Ricks, who provided her harp for everyone to play.
The program was enthusiastically received by a sizable audience. All of the performances were filmed and uploaded to YouTube. They can be viewed on our SVCAHS YouTube channel at: http:goo.gl/8GoKFJ