Honors and Awards
April 22, 2018. She played Impromptu-Caprice by Pierné.
Tiffany Wong was a winner in the San Jose Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and will perform the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by A. Boieldieu during the next season. Tiffany was also accepted to the Professional Division of Harp Masters Summer Academy in Basel, Switzerland, for July and August.
Sunny Wu received early acceptance to Stanford University and is excited to begin her Freshman year at Stanford this Fall (2015).
Seika Dong will spend her Fall semester abroad in Vienna, Austria, in a program sponsored by Indiana University. She will study harp with Annaleen Lenaerts, principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Hannah Ewell, student of Kristal Barman Schwartz, was the 3rd place winner of the ASTA San Francisco Solo Competition for Stringed Instruments on May 10, 2015. Hannah was also recommended by the judges for the next California ASTA State Solo Competition in October 2016.
On May 31, 2014, the Grand Prize of the Carmel Music Society's 38th Annual Music Competition was awarded to 20-year-old harpist Noël Wan, a native of San Jose California who will be attending Yale University’s School of Music in the fall of 2014 as a DMA candidate. The Grand Prize included a cash award of $5000, and an opportunity to perform in 2015 as part of the Carmel Music Society’s subscription series,The competition was open to instrumentalists between the ages of 18-30, who were born, live or study in California, Oregon and Washington. Noël is a longtime member of the SVCAHS who has just graduated from University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne, with highest honors.
Recent SVCAHS Scholarship Recipient, Nicole Robinson, used her award to compete in the Ms. Elite United States of America Women of Achievement (WOA) Pageant in November, 2013. She played harp for the talent portion of the competition and was crowned Ms. Elite United States WOA 2014. Congratulations Nicole!
SVCAHS member and scholarship recipient, Sunny Wu, won 2nd prize in the Advanced Division of the Young Artists Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia in August 2012.
Vivian and Wesley Hsu toured Europe with the San Francisco Youth Orchestra in June 2012. Vivian is a double major in Harp and Psychology at UCLA and will study with Louanne Neill, principal harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Seika Dong received a full scholarship to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music as a Harp major and student of Susann McDonald.
Madeline Olson won the principal harp position with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Madeline was also accepted to the Saratoga Harp Colony in New York for summer study in August 2013.
Young Artists Harp Competition 2010
The Young Artists Harp Competition took place from July 8 -10, 2010 in Rabun Gap, Georgia. There were two divisions: Senior (Emerging Artist) Division (ages 11-19) and Junior (New Artist) Division (ages 11-14). Participants auditioned in April with a preliminary video- tape, and the final rounds took place in Georgia.
The First Prize winner of the Senior Division was Madeline Olson, age 15, from Ripon, Ca. Madeline is home-schooled and studies harp with Linda Rollo. Madeline also tied for first place for the Fatrock Ink Special Prize for the best performance of a work written after 1900, with her performance of Absidioles by Bernard Andres.
The First Prize winner of the Junior Division was Sunny Wu, age 13, from San Jose, Ca., and the Second Prize winner was Wesley Hsu, age 14, from Saratoga, Ca. Both Sunny and Wesley study with Linda Rollo.
The First Prize gold medalist winner was Callie Ding of Saratoga, Ca. Callie studies konghou with Cui Junzhi and pedal harp with Linda Rollo.
Jeremy Keppelmann was awarded a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute, where he will begin study Fall 2011. His teachers will be Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman.
Anna Lorenz won the Livermore-Amador Symphony’s “Concerto Competition for Young Musicians”. She won with her performance of the Debussy Danses: Sacred and Profane. She will perform them again with the orchestra on February 12, 2011. Anna is also the harpist with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra.
Linda Rollo and Susann McDonald gave master classes and private lessons for the Espoo International Harp Symposium in Helsinki, Finland from October 22-25, 2010. Over 25 harpists between the ages of 9 and 30 attended from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Switzerland.
Student Scholarship Program
The Silicon Valley Harp Society is devoted to helping harp students with special financial needs. If you are a harp student with a special financial need and would like to apply for scholarship funding, please provide the following information: 1) Name, 2) Address, 3) Telephone, 4) Email Address, 5) A description of your financial need, your family support, and for what purpose the funds would be used. Please tell us why you would like scholarship assistance and what your goals are as a harpist.
Send this information to Lynne Rovin, Scholarship Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org or Chapter President Linda Rollo, email@example.com.
2010 SVCAHS Student Scholarship
David Ren, the first recipient of the SVCAHS scholarship, was diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic child when he was four and a half years old. His fine motor skills were so weak that he had a hard time holding a pencil, even with a special grip. David began learning the harp at age eight, and thus began his journey of overcoming his disability. Through his musical training, David has advanced his cognition and coordination. David performed beautifully at the September 2010 Chapter Kick-off Event. His continued transformation serves as a reminder that hard work helps overcome any obstacle.
Silicon Valley receives Chapter of the Year Award 2009-2010!
The Silicon Valley Harp Society is very honored to have been chosen as one of the chapters of the year. We have had a very progressive year, changing our name and logo, but also respecting the original Santa Clara Chapter and its founders. Our logo now includes a silicon chip, representative of the progressive Silicon Valley. We have preserved “Harp Live” programs which happen four times a year.
Our concerts this year have included Destiny, Harpist from the Hood, Deborah Henson Conant, and Cheryl Ann Fulton with her triple string harp ensemble. Our first annual “String Fever” concert by the Silicon Valley Harp Ensemble showcased Dan Levitan accompanied by Lynn Bailey on the organ. We began our Student Scholarship Program and we awarded our first scholarship to David Ren. We sponsored AHS Student Auditions with Ellie Choate as adjudicator. Twelve students participated and everyone learned from this fine program. We also updated our website and our newsletter format.
Martha Bailey, SVCAHS Vice President, compiled a beautiful notebook detailing all of the chapter’s events and activities during the 2009-2010 season, and was instrumental in the chapter receiving the award. This award was a tribute to the quality and quantity of events that were sponsored by the chapter, and the way they were chronicled and presented. Thank you to Martha and all of our chapter members and volunteers that contributed their time and efforts towards the receiving of the award.
All in all it has been a very busy, productive and fun year.
Thank you, American Harp Society, for recognizing us!