Honors and Awards

The United States International Music Competition was held August 18-19, 2018 at Stanford University, and was co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the AHS. This year's award-winners included many of our young chapter members:
Celtic Harp A: First place - Sahyii Lozano
Harp A: First place - Hannah Chen / Second place - Sophia Shan / Third place - Melody Chien
Harp B: First place - Judy Liu / Second place - Naomi Sun / Third place - Katherine Healzer / Hon. Mention - Kartika Santoso
Chinese Music Award - Harp B: First place - Judy Liu / Second Place - Kartika Santoso / Honorable Mention - Haley Park
Special Theme Award (Johann Sebastian Bach) - Harp B: First Place - Judy Liu
Former SVCAHS member, Madeline Olson, was the first prize winner of the 29th Nippon Harp Competition in Japan. The three-round competition took place from November 15-19, 2017. Olson is currently living in New York City. She recently completed her bachelor's degree at The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Nancy Allen, principal harpist with the New York Philharmonic.
Tiffany Wong won 2nd prize in the Intermediate Level at the Korean International Harp Competition in Seoul, South Korea March 25-31, 2018. There were 17 harpists in the Intermediate division and the level of playing was very high. Tiffany performed Gabriel Pierné's Impromptu-Caprice and Elizabeth Hainen's arrangement of Hugo Reinhold's Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor. Tiffany is currently a high school junior at the Harker School in San Jose.
Danielle Nam won 4th prize in the highest ("Emerging Artist" division of the Young Artists Competition in Ohio in July. She also won 2nd prize in the 2018 Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition on April 28, 2018. A youtube video of her final performance is available. Ion addition, she tied for the First Place prize in the James Ramos International Video Competition in October, 2017, co-hosted by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She shares the scholarship award with a pianist in Category C for ages 13-15. Danielle was also a Merit Winner in the 2018 National YoungArts Competition (sponsored by the National YoungArts Foundation. Danielle is a member of the California All-State Ensemble (Wind Symphony 2018) for the third year.
Naomi Sun was a Grand Prize winner at the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition in New York, and performed with the other winners at Carnegie Hall on
April 22, 2018. She played Impromptu-Caprice by Pierné.
Katherine Healzer performed the Handel Harp Concerto with the Blach Honor Orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco on April 9, 2018, as part of the Festival of Gold adjudicated competition. They won first prize at the competition and repeated the performance in Anaheim, California, where Katherine won the Maestro Award for her performance. Katherine also represented our chapter and delivered a superb performance-lecture for the San Jose Noon Arts and Lectures on April 13.
Kartika Santoso was an Honorable Mention winner in the James Ramos International Video Competition in October 2017, for Category C; ages 13-15.
In July 2017, Danielle Nam and Tiffany Wong were two of only five harpists from the United States chosen to perform in the Focus On Youth concerts at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, In addition to their performances in Hong Kong, both harpists were chosen as finalists in the American Harp Society's 22nd National Competition in Northfield, Minnesota. They each played exceptionally well and were prize winners in their respective divisions. Danielle Nam was the Second Place Winner in the 18 and Under division. We are extremely proud of both of these young musicians, who are also members of our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble.
In 2016, Naomi Sun won 2nd place in the San Jose Youth Concert Orchestra concerto auditions. She performed the Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with the SJYS Concert Orchestra in Fall, 2016.
Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam were accepted to the Young Artists Harp Seminar and Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia in July/August 2016.
Danielle Nam performed the Debussy Danses in Carnegie Hall in April, 2016 with the Mountain View Chamber Orchestra.
Katherine Healzer was honored in 2016 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, 2015 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:
Preliminary level: 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.
Level 1: 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 Barlaan Schwartz / Bronze: Phoebe Lin, student of Sonya Yu.
Level 2: 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 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.
2010 Chinese Instrument International Competetion World Cup, USA
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, development@siliconvalleyharp.org or Chapter President Linda Rollo, president@siliconvalleyharp.org.
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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.
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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.
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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!