Recent Chapter Events 2015-2016

Dr. Carrol McLaughlin Workshops and Master Classes
January 9-10, 2016

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the AHS and the Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California (CMTANC) teamed up to bring renowned harpist and teacher, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, to Silicon Valley in January for two workshops and Master Classes.

The first workshop was: “Healing Harps and Improvisational Skills”. The workshop was sponsored by SVCAHS and will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Trinity Church, Menlo Park, CA. Dr. McLaughlin has researched the amazing power of the harp to heal. In this workshop, participants learned to “tap into” the pitches and harmonies the patient needs to hear so they may relax, balance and heal. This was a “Hands On” workshop, where participants brought their own harps.

The second workshop was: “Overcome Stage Fright and Perform at Your Best, Using Neuro- Linguistic Programming Skills.” Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Berryessa Branch, San Jose Library. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) examines the way the brain works and how you can program your mind to help you perform better and be at your best in any situation. This information will not only affect your musical performance, but also impact many areas of your life where you wish to achieve at a higher, more creative level. Sponsored by the Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California (CMTANC).

Dr. McLaughlin also conducted a Master Class at the home of Linda Rollo.

Dr. McLaughlin has performed extensively as a soloist and with orchestras throughout the world. She holds a Master of Music degree from The Julliard School and a Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Arizona where she has been Professor of Harp since 1982.
Carrol is the founder and director of the internationally acclaimed touring ensemble, HarpFusion, one of the world’s largest harp ensembles, which is recognized for its innovative and creative programming. Carrol also combines classical harp repertoire on the concert stage with original pop and jazz arrangements...a skill she learned while performing at a young age with her father’s jazz bands.
An inspirational speaker, Dr. McLaughlin offers insights and techniques to impact all aspects of life.
The Bay Area and Silicon Valley Chapters of the American Harp Society in partnership with Peninsula Jewish Community Center presented in concert:

Yuying Chen, the 2015 First Prize Winner of the most prestigious harp competition in the world, the 19th Israel International Harp Contest. Yuying performed works by Renie, Grandjany, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Bach.

This was a special one-night-only concert, followed by a "meet the artist" dessert reception. The concert was sold out and was standing-room-only.

Yuying Chen also gave a very well attended Master Class on Wednesday, June 15, at a private home in Hillsborough.
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Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble

The Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (Y.E.S.) is in its second year under the direction of Sonya Yu. The acronym Y.E.S. stands for Youth Ensemble Success. The nine members performed at the San Jose Museum of Art in December as well as other venues (photos below), and have an ongoing calendar of performances scheduled for the coming year. Ms. Yu arranges the majority of their performance music.

Information about joining the ensemble and a list of their upcoming performances can be found at
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Student Education Sessions (SES)

On April 3 and May 1, 2016, SVCAHS again hosted our popular Student Educations Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. The first session was held in San Jose, and the second session will be in the form of a public recital. In 2015, there were twenty-one students who participated with adjudicator, Dominique Piana.

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2014 SES students with adjudicator Meredith Clark and Linda Rollo, at beautiful Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos Hills.
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2013 SES Students with Adjudicator Karen Thielen at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose.

2015 Fall Kick Off Event, "Getting To Know You"
September 6, 2015 at the Saratoga home of Linda Rollo,

featuring Ricky Rasura

The SVCAHS had another great start to the coming year with our Kick-off meeting, which featured San Jose High music teacher and harpist, Ricky Rasura with his wife and vocalist, Amber.

Ricky performed several solos as well as duets with Amber – all original music in their own special style. Ricky enjoys bringing the harp to the club scenes where they perform to enhance the experience of the listeners and show them that the harp belongs just about anywhere.

We had almost 30 members in attendance and well over 40 people altogether – everyone from children to grandparents. The food was fabulous, thanks to our hosts, Linda and David (master griller) Rollo and all the people who brought appetizers, munchies and desserts. Thanks also to our wonderful hospitality chair, Sue Dinwiddie and all of her helpers. And finally, thanks to all of those who renewed their memberships and a big welcome to our new members!

Annual String Fever Harp Ensemble Concert

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The String Fever harp ensemble concerts offer something new every year. Our sixth annual concert was held Saturday, May 2, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. We will soon be choosing new repertoire for our 2016 concert. If you would like to perform, please contact Linda Rollo or Debbi Ricks.

Harp Live

Harp Live! Sessions

What is “Harp Live!”?

“Harp Live!” or “performance practice” are quarterly gatherings 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.

Our next Harp Live gatherings will be:


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