Calendar of Chapter Events 2017-18

2018 Student Education Sessions

SVCAHS will hold our annual Student Education Sessions (SES), part of the AHS curriculum, on February 11 and March 11, 2018. This year's adjudicator will be Lynn Taffin.

Registration will open on January 8, 2018.

Fees: SVAHS members - $30; Non-members - $40 ($30 registration + $10 membership)

SES I: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Sonya Yu's studio in West San Jose.
SES II Recital: Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Rd., Los Altos, CA 94024.

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 2018 sessions will be available in January on the SES website at Email for more information:

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Ann Yeung Master Class - May 5, 2018

Ann Yeung, Professor of Harp at the University of Illinois, will hold a master class for harpists at the home of Linda Rollo in San Jose. Auditors are welcome and private lessons are available. The time will be 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Please contact Ms. Rollo for information and to register.

Dr. Yeung received her B.M. (highest distinction with honors), M.M., Performer's Certificate, Artist Diploma, and D.Mus from the Indiana University School of Music. Known for her bold artistry and diverse repertoire, Ann Yeung is recognized as one of the leading teachers and harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has performed in festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, judged international harp competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America, and enjoys a multi-faceted career. She has won top international prizes (France, Japan) and numerous national harp solo competitions. "A dynamic performer with considerable flair" - Harp Column, her performances have been described as "splendid and cast a powerful spell" - New York Concert Review. She is Immediate Past President of the American Harp Society. Full biography.

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)

Admission to this event is free and open to the general public, as well as SVCAHS and BACAHS members. All harp students and parents are encouraged to attend. Come armed with all of your questions! The event will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 6.

43rd American Harp Society National Conference - June 27-30, 2018

The 43rd American Harp Society National Conference will be held June 27-30, 2018 at the University of Redlands, Redlands, California. Our chapter is proud to be sending a number of featured performers.

Dominique Piana is giving a presentation/performance on the harp music and contributions of Alfred Kastner and Kajetan Attl to the harp world.

Our own Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Sonya Yu, will perform a 45-minute set, including four arrangements by Kajetan Attl (The Swan, Moonlight Sonata, Liebestraum and the Blue Danube Waltz.) They will also perform Two Guitars (Wood, arr. Yu), Beauty and the Beast (Menken, arr. Yu), Take Five (Brubeck, arr McLaughlin) and Harp Symphony (Lee).

Paul Hurst is giving an hour-long tribute to DeWayne Fulton, titled "The Atomic Harpist".

The San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, will perform pre-concert music before the Concerto Competition on Friday, June 28. The theme of their program is "inspiring students to become musicians; blending the classical with contemporary to empower students with their legacy."

We urge all harpists to attend the inspiring national conference, which is rarely held in California. A full schedule of events and registration information is available at this link.

For any harpists interested in entering the 23rd National Competition of the American Harp Society in the summer of 2019, the require repertoire has been released at this link.

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 which was last held at Stanford University August 13-14, 2016. Harp is included in the competition in even years and will return August 18-19, 2018. See for more details. This year's competition will include both pedal harp and Celtic harp divisions for harpists up to age 30. Registration will be open from April 1 - June 1, 2018. The competition is sponsored by the US International Music Foundation and the Chinese String Teachers Association of Northern California.

There will be a Winners Concert on August 26, 2018 in Palo Alto.

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble

The Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (Y.E.S.) is in its fourth 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.

2017-18 performances include:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 "Tea Ceremony Party" at the Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, CA 95132

Saturday, May 6, 2017 Performance at Merlion Restaurant, Cupertino, for the LCI Centennial Celebration of the San Francisco Bay Area Lion and Leo Club Installation.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 Concert at Caanan Church, 4405 Fortran Ct., San Jose, CA 95134. Concert supports the programs given by the Rosyclouds Foundation for Education, from Taiwan. Rosyclouds Foundation supports underprivileged minorities and Taiwan folk music. The Youth Ensemble will play a 20 minute program during the concert.

July, 2017. Performance at the World Harp Congress, Hong Kong.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 SVCAHS Fall Kickoff in Palo Alto

Saturday, September 16, 2017 Concert at The Villages in San Jose.

Sunday, November 18, 2017 Harp Extravaganza concert at The Villages, San Jose. 2:30 pm.

Various performances during the 2017 Christmas Season

March 4, 2018. 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Background music for the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce San Francisco Bay Area New Year Celebration. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union City, CA.

May 5, 2018. Kids Help Kids Benefit Concert at West Valley College.

June 28-30, 2018 AHS National Conference: SVYHE will perform a 40-45 minute program, including 4 arrangements by Kajetan Attl.

Information about joining the ensemble and a complete list of their upcoming performances can be found at
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The String Fever harp ensemble concerts offer something new every year. Our sixth annual concert was held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. Our harp ensemble concerts for the future will be called Harp Extravaganza.

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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