Upcoming Member Events 2016-2017

Harpists Carol Holsinger and Mary Pless perform with the California Pops Orchestra at Flint Center:
April 2 - Gold Standards - Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Friends
May 21 - The Best of the Pops
See for more information

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Jalisco Harp Workshops and Concert presented by Multicultural Music Fellowship in Berkeley. Workshops on the traditional style of playing the Jalisco harp taught by Jalisco virtuoso, William Faulkner, both in a mariachi style and as a soloist in the style of southern Jalisco. All harps and harpists welcome, and auditors also welcome. Private lessons with Mr. Faulkner will be available on April 30. To register and for more information contact: 510-548-3326;;

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - The 2017 Yvonne La Mothe Schwager Competition for Young Harpists will be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Registration information is available at Presented by the Bay Area Chapter of the AHS. The area of eligibility for entrants covers the entire "Western Region" of Northern California and Nevada, zip codes 93600 to 96199. There are five levels, up to age 25.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Winners Recital for the La Mothe Schwager Competition for Young Harpists will be held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Madeline Jarzembak, new principal harp for the Santa Cruz Symphony, will be the featured professional performer at the recital, along with the student winners.

The 2017 International Harp Festival will be held May 25-29 at the San Damiano Retreat Center. The website is now open for you to register. This year you can come for a session, concert, a day, or the entire weekend.
May 25th and 26th will feature the new Teaching the Harp Seminar. This is perfect if you are teaching the harp or thinking of teaching.
The Up and Coming Harpist Seminar on May 26-27 is for students and teachers with topics to help you manage performance butterflies, finding work, playing chamber music and more. We have organized the workshop classes according to Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Harpists. You can stay in one track or switch between the tracks.
Clinicians and Performers include:
Frank Voltz on arranging
Felice Pomeranz from the Berklee College of Music, teaching Improvisation and Jazz
Julie Ann Smith, Principal Harp with the San Diego Symphony, on teaching the harp and how to best prepare for a career in music
Jennifer Ellis with rhythm classes and more to keep you on your toes
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen on Mindfulness in Music
Kim Robertson, world renowned Celtic harpist and singer
Early Bird Registration ends February 28, 2017. Find complete information at Presented by Harps Etc. and the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.


Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES) is an ensemble under the sponsorship of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. It is directed by Sonya Yu, and meets in the northwestern part of San Jose. Current ensemble members are ages 8-16. For more information about joining, contact Sonya Yu at or visit the website at

San Jose Youth Symphony has a new harp ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, with bi-monthly meetings at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. The ensemble is open to students from ages junior high through age 22 and with playing ability of level two and above. For more information, visit If interested in auditioning, email

New Harp Ensemble at Harps Etc. The last Sunday of each month from 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning September 27. Open to all ages and abilities. Learn to play along with others, improve your sight-reading skills, follow a conductor and just have fun making music with others. Fee $20 per session and music. Call 925-937-4277 or email

The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble is auditioning new members in January and February. BAYHE focuses on multicultural harp music played on a variety of harps. See the BAYHE website or contact Diana Stork, director, for more information at

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society has an informal adult harp ensemble open to all chapter members, playing either lever or pedal harp. Please contact Sue Dinwiddie for details or email

More to Come!
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Chapter member, Katherine Healzer, plays harp for a San Jose Dance Theater benefit gala event in August, 2015.