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Chapter Events 2016-2017


Naoko Yoshino in Concert July 26-29, 2017

We had the wonderful opportunity to hear Naoko Yoshino in concert this summer. She performed the Debussy Danses and other chamber works for the harp in the Musical Days Festival at Forest Hill, San Francisco from July 26-29, 2017.
Ms. Yoshino began harp studies with Susann McDonald at age 6 and later won First Prize at the 9th International Harp Contest in Israel. She has 5 album releases on Sony Classical and has performed extensively throughout the world as a soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras as well as in solo recitals.

Katherine Siochi, AHS Concert Artist Master Class and Recital, June 11, 2017

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Katherine Siochi, AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017 gave a Recital and Master Class . Katherine is the 2016 Gold Medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, one of the world's most prestigious harp contests, and is only the second American to win the prize since the competition's inaugural year in 1989. Katherine has also received many awards in national harp competitions. As AHS Concert Artist, Ms. Siochi is presenting recitals and master classes over 20 cities across the US. Her performances have been featured on NPR's radio program, "From The Top", on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase", and on "Performance Today".
Both events were held at Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco.

Bay Area Weekend with Susann McDonald

February 25-28, 2017

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Susann McDonald, renowned harpist, recording artist, and teacher, came to the Bay Area for three spectacular events from February 25-28, 2017. Many talented harpists attended Master Classes and a lunch discussion with this trailblazing artist who has elevated the harp and inspired harp students around the world through a performing and teaching career that spans more than five decades.
The weekend included a Master Class in San Jose on February 25, a Master Class in San Francisco on February 26, and a "Recharging Your Passion" luncheon on February 28. The Luncheon and discussion with Ms. McDonald and
Linda Wood Rollo was given for teachers and adult students, and took place at the home of Linda Rollo.
In total, there were 24 participants and 70 auditors at the two Master Classes, with some harpists having traveled a long distance to attend. Over twenty professional harpists and teachers (pictured at left) attended the luncheon, which featured questions and answers, as well as inspiring conversations.

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Susann McDonald, renowned harpist, recording artist, and teacher, is coming to the Bay Area for three spectacular events taking place February 25, 26 and 28, 2017.  Sign up now to attend Master Classes with this trailblazing artist who has elevated the harp and inspired harp students around the world through a performing and teaching career that spans more than five decades.

The weekend includes Master Classes in both San Jose and San Francisco, as well as a luncheon and conversation for teachers and adult students.




Registration Information and Event Details:


San Jose Master Class
Saturday, February 25, 2-17, 2:00 to 5:00 pm,
Foothill Center at The Villages Golf and Country Club, San Jose

Participants: SVC and BAC members $75, Nonmembers $90

San Francisco Master Class
Sunday, February 26, 2-1-8, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Green Room, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (entrance on Oak Street)

Participants: SVC and BAC members $75, Nonmembers $90

Recharging Your Passion - a conversation and luncheon for SVC and BAC Member Teachers and Adult Students with Susann McDonald and Linda Rollo in San Jose
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm,
Foothill Center at The Villages Golf and Country Club, San Jose

Free Admission, Potluck luncheon, RSVP Required.


Fall Kickoff Event in Los Gatos

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.

Harp Live!

Most Recent Harp Live Gatherings:


Sunday, April 3, 2016
in the beautiful Moss Beach home of Gwen Halterman, overlooking the ocean.
Held jointly with our friends from the Bay Area Chapter of the AHS

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Second Annual St. Patrick's Day Harp Live
CB Hannegan's Irish Pub, Los Gatos

Sunday, February 21, 2016
at the Los Gatos home of Jennifer Hurley

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 hairs are provided. It is a great time to rekindle your harp spirit.


Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble Performance at SJ Museum of Art

Our own Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (Y.E.S.) performed holiday music at the San Jose Museum of Art from 5:00-8:00 pm on December 17, 2015. By all accounts, the performance was outstanding and the ensemble has already been invited back to perform in the future. The "Christmas in the Park" event took place just outside the museum, making it a very festive time of year to celebrate in downtown San Jose. The performance was the third annual ensemble performance by SVCAHS at the SJ Museum of Art and the first for our Youth Ensemble. The ensemble also delighted guests of a private Christmas party in December. For information about the ensemble's upcoming concert appearances, please visit: www.harpyes.org.
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"String Fever"
Annual Harp Ensemble Concert

6th Annual Event featured our talented
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble


On Saturday May 2, 2015, the Silicon Valley Harp Ensemble performed at our chapter's sixth annual "String Fever" harp ensemble concert. This year's special guests were our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (also called Y.E.S., for Youth Ensemble Success), under the direction of Sonya Yu.
The youth ensemble is improving by leaps and bounds and gave a wonderful performance. They performed
Fengyang Drum Dance, The Songs My Mother Taught Me, Music from Totoro, Polka, and a medley from Frozen. Most of the arrangements were done by Sonya Yu.
The adult ensemble joined with the Youth Ensemble on
Frozen and also on Tamara Mead's new harp ensemble arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner. The adult ensemble also performed the five movements of Handel's Water Music Suite, a Scott Joplin Montage for harp, Carolan's Concerto, Spring Daze, the hauntingly beautiful Recuerdos de la Alhambra (originally written for classical guitar), Clog Dance, Canon in D and Offenbach's Can-Can. Video recordings of each piece can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

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2014 Student Education Sessions

On February 9 and March 16, SVCAHS again hosted the popular Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Seventeen students participated this year. They performed first for adjudicator Meredith Clark, and then 4 weeks later in a public recital at the beautiful Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos Hills. The recital was given to a packed house, and the students' performances were outstanding.
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.
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Harp Live! Sessions

Our Most Recent Harp Live was held Sunday, October 11, 2015
at the San Jose home of Lynn and Martha Bailey


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.





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