Chapter Events 2017-2018

US International Music Competition August 2018, Stanford University

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the AHS is a proud co-sponsor of the US International Music Competition at Stanford University. Harp is included in the competition in even years and was held August 18-19, 2018. See for more details. This year's competition included both pedal harp and Celtic harp divisions for harpists up to age 30. The competition is sponsored by the US International Music Foundation and the Chinese String Teachers Association of Northern California.

There was a Winners Concert on August 26, 2018 in Palo Alto. Many of our chapter members competed and won prizes in the competition. A complete list can be found on our Honors and Awards page.

SVCAHS Members Shine at AHS National Conference

Our own Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble presented a forty-five minute concert at the American Harp Society National Conference in June, 2018 at University of Redlands in southern California.

In addition to our Youth Ensemble, our chapter was represented by a number of other performers at the National Conference. Dominique Piana gave a presentation/performance on the harp music and contributions of Alfred Kastner and Kajetan Attl to the harp world. Paul Hurst gave an hour-long tribute to DeWayne Fulton. The San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, performed pre-concert music before the Concerto Competition. Many other non-performing chapter members attended the conference.
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Panel Discussion: Putting Your Harp Passion To Work For You: College and Beyond - May 6, 2018

If you have questions about applying for college as a music major, want to know options for using your harp talent while in college in a different major, or want to know how to parlay your (hidden) talent on the harp into public performance, this is the event for you. Our distinguished panel includes:

Douglas Rioth, San Francisco Symphony Principal Harp, San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty, SF Symphony Youth Orchestra harp coach
Ann Yeung, Professor of Harp, University of Illinois (biography)

Linda Wood Rollo, renowned harp instructor with many students who have become professional harpists (biography)
Jennifer Ellis, D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin - dynamic Bay Area harpist (biography)
Denise Olson, K-12 educator and Juilliard harp parent (biography)

Ann Yeung Master Class - May 5, 2018

Ann Yeung, Professor of Harp at the University of Illinois, held a master class for harpists at the home of Linda Rollo in San Jose. Auditors and those seeking private lessons were welcomed.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Harp Extravaganza Ensemble Concert

Members of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society once again presented a Harp Ensemble Concert, in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The concert took place at the Cribari Auditorium at The Villages in San Jose. The auditorium was packed and the audience was very enthusiastic. The ensembles have been invited to perform again in this venue in the future.

2018 Student Education Sessions

SVCAHS held our annual Student Education Sessions (SES), part of the AHS curriculum, on February 11 and March 11, 2018. This year's adjudicator was Lynn Taffin. Eighteen of our chapter members participated and received an AHS certificate. The program is formally known as the AHS Auditions and Evaluations Program.

Participating students each performed for Ms. Taffin on February 11 and received verbal and written feedback about how to improve their performances.
On Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2018, the students performed a polished version of their pieces in a recital setting at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, CA.

Jacqueline Trager and Gwen Halterman provided a lavish buffet reception for the performers and guests following the recital. Elegant food, multiple bouquets of flowers, roses for the participants and a congratulatory cake were included. Thanks so much to Jacqueline and Gwen for their hospitality, to Lynn Taffin for her time and expertise, and especially to Sonya You for organizing the entire event!

About Lynn Taffin: Lynn graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with Lucile Lawrence and earned her master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Marcella DeCray. Her studies in Paris with Mari-Claire James were granted by a prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship. She studied at the Salzedo School under Alice Chalifoux and began studies with a protege of Marcel Grandjany. She maintains an active free-lancecareem in the Bay Area while continuing international concert work through her network of colleagues around the world.
Lynn has been actively involved in teaching in the Bay Area for 20 years. As a member of the American Harp Society Bay Area Chapter she chaired Workshops for the National Conference held in San Francisco in 2006. She has previously served on the board of the Bay Area Section of ASTA and is a trained adjudicator for the Certificate of Merit Program of the Music Teachers' Association of California. She keeps international ties through the World Harp Congress and the Association Internationale des Harpists et Amis de la Harp.

SES is an annually recurring event usually held in February and March. Online registration for the 2019 sessions will be available in January on the SES website at Email for more information:

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