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Chapter Events 2017-2018


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.
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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 http://studenteducationsessions.weebly.com. Email for more information: harpedusvcahs@gmail.com.


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