Upcoming Chapter Events 2017

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

Join us on Sunday, June 11, 2017 for a Recital and Master Class with Katherine Siochi, AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. 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 will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 301 14th Ave, San Francisco, California. The Master Class will take place from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and the concert willl start at 6:30 pm. There are many nearby restaurants to catch a bite to eat between the master class and recital. This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the AHS. Online registration is available here. Let your friends know, and don't miss this great opportunity to hear an exceptional harpist.
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Naoko Yoshino in Concert July 26-29, 2017

We will have the wonderful opportunity to hear Naoko Yoshino in concert this summer. She will perform 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. More information to come.
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.
This performance will appeal to all classical music lovers, as well as harpists.

US International Music Competition August 2018

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the AHS is a proud sponsor of the US International Music Competition which was held at Stanford University August 13-14, 2016. Harp is included in even years and will return in August, 2018. See for more details.

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble

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

Upcoming 2017 performances include:

Saturday, April 29, 1:00-1:40 pm. "Tea Ceremony Party" at the Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, CA 95132

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Performance at Merlion Restaurant, Cupertino, for the LCI Centennial Celebration of the San Francisco Bay Area Lion and Leo Club Installation.

Sunday, May 14, 2:00 pm. 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.

Information about joining the ensemble and a complete list of their upcoming performances can be found at
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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.

Student Education Sessions (SES)

On January 22 and March 5, 2017, SVCAHS will again host our popular Student Educations Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. The first session will be held in San Jose, and the second session will be in the form of a public recital. Registration for the SES will open in January. Students and their teachers must be SVCAHS chapter members. (The annual membership rate for students is only $10, and students may include the membership fee with registration fee.) More information and registration link is available at 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.

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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