Honors and Awards
Naomi Sun won 2nd place in the San Jose Youth Concert Orchestra concerto auditions. She will perform the Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with the SJYS Concert Orchestra in the Fall.
Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam have been accepted to the Young Artists Harp Seminar and Competition in July/August in Rabun Gap, Georgia.
Danielle Nam performed the Debussy Danses in Carnegie Hall in April 2016 with the Mountain View Chamber Orchestra.
Katherine Healzer was honored to perform at the Los Altos Hills 60th Anniversary Gala celebration with the mayor of Los Altos Hills in attendance. Her upcoming performances include Loyola School's annual Greek Banquet in June and the annual Ovarian Cancer Treatment fundraiser, Toasting for Teal, in August.
The BACAHS third bi-annual Yvonne LaMothe Schwager Harp Competition took place Sunday, May 24 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Twenty-two harp students, from seven different teachers, performed beautiful and challenging repertoire in order to hone their performance skills and receive valuable feedback from a panel of judges, comprised of top harp professionals in California. Cash prizes and an opportunity to perform in the winners recital on June 7, were awarded to the following students:
Gold (and winner of the MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize): Charis Woo, student of Doug Rioth and Jessica Siegel
Silver: Hannah Chen, student of Jessica Siegel
Bronze: Hailey Tan, student of Kristal Schwartz Barlaan
Gold (and winner of the MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize): Naomi Sun, student of Linda Wood Rollo
Silver (and winner of the Harpiana Prize): Hannah Ewell, student of Kristal Barman Schwartz
Bronze: Phoebe Lin, student of Sonya Yu
Gold (and winner of the MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize): Tiffany Wong, student of Linda Wood Rollo
Silver: Danielle Nam, student of Sonya Yu
Harpiana Prize: Shannon Zheng, student of Dominique Piana
The judges were Alexandra Perdew, Claudia Valsi, and Celia Chan Valerio
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 Sand Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Madeline was also accepted to the Saratoga Harp Colony in New York for summer study in August 2013.
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.
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!