Upcoming Member Events 2016-2017

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;;

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30 pm. Honors Concert featuring San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble. St. Joseph's Cathedral, Downtown San Jose 
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Sunday, April 10, 2017. Katherine Healzer will perform works of Bach, Corelli and Mozart with the Beach Honor Orchestra and the Heritage National Festival of Gold, National Invitational Band and Orchestra Festival. The program will feature award winning music ensembles on stage in Davies Symphony Hall, and the concerts will honor American veterans of the Vietnam War.

Sunday April 23, at 2:00 pm. San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra performs at Valley Medical Hospital, featuring harp ensemble and solo harp.

Saturday, April 29, 1:00-1:40pm. Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble
(YES) performs for a Tea Ceremony Party at the Berryessa Library, 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, CA 95132

May 1, 2017 is the Application deadline for the Yvonne LaMothe Schwager Competition for Young Harpists. Students up to age 25, get ready for the competition to be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This is a great opportunity to practice your performance and competition techniques and earn cash prizes. The winners of each age group and special prize winners will perform at the Winners' Recital that will take place Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the San Damiano Retreat Center at 2:00 pm. Madeline Jarzembak, new Principal Harp with the Santa Cruz Symphony, will be the featured performer, in addition to the student competition winners. Repertoire, Guidelines and Registration are available at Entries must be received by May 1, 2017.

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES) Performance at Merlion Restaurant, Cupertino for the LCI Centennial Celebration of the San Francisco Bay Area Lion and Leo Club Installation

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 pm. The San Jose Wind Symphony (Stephanie Janowski, harp) presents “California Dreamin'”, a concert of music by and about Californians, including Alfred Reed’s El Camino Real, medleys of songs by the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, and Jerry Brubeck’s sparkling arrangement of The Music of Disneyland.  McAfee Performing ArtsCenter, 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga.

Sunday, May 14, 2:00 pm. Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES) Concert at Caanan Church, 4405 Fortran Ct, San Jose, CA 95134. Concert supports the program 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.

Harpists Carol Holsinger and Mary Pless perform with the California Pops Orchestra at Flint Center: May 21 - The Best of the Pops. See for more information

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:
Teaching the Harp Seminar.
May 26-27:
The Up and Coming Harpist Seminar.
Clinicians and Performers include:
Frank Voltz, Arranging, Felice Pomeranz, Improvisation and Jazz, Julie Ann Smith, Teaching the harp and how to best prepare for a career in music, Jennifer Ellis, rhythm classes and more, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen on Mindfulness in Music, and Kim Robertson, world renowned Celtic harpist and singer.
Find complete information at Presented by Harps Etc. and the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Friday, June 9, 7:30pm. San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble performs at Santa Clara University's Recital Hall. More info:

Sunday, June 11, 2017. Recital and Master Class with Katherine Siochi, AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017, and 2016 Gold Medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, one of the world's most prestigious harp contests. Katherine 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 masterclasses in over 20 cities across the US. Her other honors include first prize in the junior division of the American String Teacher's Association, winner of the Anne Adams Awards, winner of the Aspen Music Festival harp competition, and first prize in the Advanced Division of the American Harp Society competition. Her performances have been featured on NPR's radio program, "From The Top" in 2009 and 2010, on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase", and on "Performance Today". Location and Master Class information will be forthcoming.

Summer Harp Seminars 
Angelic Harp will host our second weekly summer harp seminars by gust harpist from June-August with culminating  with end of summer concert.
Location: San Jose (tba)  Dates
: Monday's 6:30-8:30pm, June 11-August 13th Tuition and registration: TBA. Harp Professionals are welcome to submit a proposal to teach an hour seminar.
Students/ participants are welcome to request seminar ideas. More details coming. Contact: 

August 26th 2017 ASTACP Testing at San Jose Academy of Music. All students welcome to enroll in our yearly certification program. Levels P-10. 
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The nonprofit
Multicultural Music Fellowship, directed by Diana Stork, has launched its second Youtube video of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble's (BAYHE) Save the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California Tour. This video features BAYHE playing Sylvia Woods' beautiful composition "Dialogue With a Brook" (from her "The Harp of Brandiswhere" suite) playing on a rainbow of Harpsicles. To help them spread their message, go to: They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities.


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 harp ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, with bi-monthly meetings from September - May at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and 3-5 concerts per year. The ensemble is open to students from ages junior high through age 22 and with playing ability of level two and above. Auditions are ongoing for the 2017-2018 season. 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.