Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society

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Harp Teachers

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Karen Gottlieb (San Francisco)
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Ms. Gottlieb received her BA from the University of Washington and her Masters in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.   She performed with the San Francisco Symphony as Second Harp for more than 30 years, touring with them on their many national and international tours and she has recorded extensively on the Symphony label DVDs and CDs

Ms. Gottlieb also recorded multiple major film, television and video game sound tracks with the Skywalker Recording Symphony, and has performed with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras and Opera Paralelle.   
Ms. Gottlieb served as principal harpist for the SF Contemporary Music Players for more than 30 years and as principal harpist with many of the other Bay Area New Music ensembles.   

Since 1985 she has taught at San Francisco State University along with a private studio.  For 35 years she was the harp instructor at Mills College.   As a teacher, her focus is on adult hobby students and young professionals. She is very interested in working with adult students of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. Her emphasis is to get them to produce and sound more musical by enhancing their technique and thoughtfulness toward how they approach the instrument. Ms. Gottlieb also enjoys coaching/working with young professionals for competitions and auditions. With more than 40 years of performing experience and exposure to much of the harp repertoire, an experienced ear can be an invaluable addition to a performer's final preparation.   She finds that with several sessions, the student is able to get precisely focused with the necessary tools to perform optimally in a competition or for an orchestral audition.,
Jennifer R. Ellis (San Francisco and Walnut Creek)
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From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy. She enjoys helping harp students design and meet their own creative goals. in addition to the classical tradition, she welcomes the opportunity to teach electroacoustic harp performance and improvisation. She has given workshops and master classes at Interlochen arts Academy, International Harp Festival, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, CSU Sacramento, UC Davis, Bowling Green State University, Miami University, University of Hartford, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Nief Norf Summer Festival, Cleveland State University, Schenectady Community College, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While completing her DMA in harp performance, she also earned a University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Teaching Certificate, and was the first ever musician to be named a University of Michigan Engaged Pedagogy Fellow. She currently teaches privately, at Harps Etc., and tat the Pre-College and Adult Extension programs at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. and
Janice Ortega (San Francisco, Peninsula, East Bay)
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Janice has over 40 years' experience teaching harp to private students, university and college students, youth orchestras and Schools of the Arts high schools. She received her BA Music from CSU East Bay with Wenonah Govea, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, with Phia Berghout. She received her Master of Music from Indiana University with Susann McDonald. Following her Artist Diploma, Janice was second harp for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Janice believes that she was fortunate to have great harp teachers, and she chose to continue their legacy with her students.
Her studios are in San Francisco, on the Peninsula, and in the East Bay. Janice teaches all aspects of harp technique and a general knowledge of music. She teaches classical harp repertoire as well as Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, and orchestral training. Janice teaches music theory, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, and music arranging. Each lesson includes harp solos and technical exercises (etudes). Her students have options to perform as soloists and in ensembles.
Janice teaches students of all ages and experience in person and remotely on Zoom. Her private students range in age from preschool to seniors, and in ability from beginner to professional. She offers different sizes and models of both lever and pedal harps for rent, including small harps designed for preschool students., 415-378-3413,
Paul Hurst (Foster City)
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Playing, writing, and teaching music has been Paul's life work. He has maintained music studios for 40 years in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and lastly, the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a recognized master of harp, in both the popular and classical idioms as a concert artist, accompanist, composer/arranger, and teacher. He teaches students of all ages.,
Carol Holsinger (Menlo Park)
Carol has a love of teaching. She studied music from a young age, and has played harp since college. She teaches both lever and pedal harp to students of all ages from her Menlo Park studio. 650-326-3146, carol(AT),
Sonya Yu (San Jose)
Sonya is a certified and experienced harp teacher who has dedicated her life to sharing her gift and love of music and the harp. She received her Master's degree in harp performance from the University of Arizona, under Dr. Carrol McLaughlin. She previously studied with Sophie Clavel at the National Taipei University of Education, and has performed internationally. Her west San Jose studio is fully equipped to teach students of every level, and she offers online lessons as well. Sonya is the director of the acclaimed Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble. 408-666-7899 -,
Stephanie Janowski (San Jose)
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Stephanie is an experienced professional harpist who has been teaching since 1998, the year in which she co-founded Harpeggio Music. She takes harp students of all ages and abilities, including adults, and enjoys sharing her love of the harp with all her students. Her curriculum includes customized lesson plans to suit each student's background and interests, music theory, regular recitals, a yearly holiday concert, and the opportunity to participate in the ABRSM exams and/or the Certificate of Merit exams through the MTAC. In addition to the harp, Stephanie has played piano and french horn since grade school.
Stephanie is a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), the American Harp Society, the American String Teachers Association, and the International society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. Stephanie's non-musical background includes and MS and PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a BA in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from UCSD., or contact Stephanie at or 4008-366-8810
Celeste Misfeldt (San Jose)
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Linda Wood Rollo (San Jose)
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Harpist and teacher, Linda Wood Rollo, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She has taught on the harp faculties of Indiana University, The Ursuline School of Music and Drama, San Francisco State University, Dominican College and San Domenico School for Girls. She toured under the auspices of Columbia Artists both with orchestra and as a soloist for many years. Her numerous honors and awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Harp Society (2016), the World Harp Congress Award of Recognition for Service to the International Harp Community (2002), and the Distinguished Alumni Award (Univ. of Redlands, 1987). She has published over 15 volumes of music and teaching materials for the harp, many in conjunction with Susann McDonald. She has had numerous award-winning harp students, and teaches privately in San Jose. 408-622-6405 -
Kristal Barlaan (Saratoga)
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Kristal has a BA in Music from San Jose State University and a Masters of Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her Angelic Harp Academy teaches the Salzedo Performance Method, emphasizing solid technique, proper use of the entire body, and professional presentation, with support in music theory and music history. All levels of instruction, including pedal, lever and Celtic harps.
Angelic Harp Academy. 408-316-3365 -,
Daphanie Lin (Saratoga)
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Lynne Rovin (Los Gatos)
Lynne Rovin has a BA with a minor in music and has been teaching both children and adult students for 30 years. She loves the harp and seeks to instill that love in all of her students. She teaches both folk harp and pedal harp and is affiliated with Harpeggio Studios. Lynne teaches in Los Gatos. 408-370-7728 -
Dan Levitan (Fremont)
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Dan Levitan is a virtuoso solo and orchestral harpist, who also gives private lessons in Fremont. Dan is the Principal Harpist for the Marin Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. 510-304-1515 -,
Jessica Siegel (Walnut Creek)
Jessica Siegel opened Harps Etc. in Walnut Creek, to try to make the harp more visible and accessible to a wider audience. She received her MA in Music Education and Harp Performance from the Cleveland School of Music. She has dedicated herself to teaching the harp, and has a studio of more than 40 students. 925-937-4277 -,
Dominique Piana (Livermore)
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Dominique Piana has taught at the University of Redlands from 1985 to 2001 and at La Sierra University in Riverside from 1982 to 2001. After moving from Southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area, she joined the faculty of Holy Names University in Oakland. All along, she has also taught privately in Claremont, Redlands, Pleasanton, and now in Livermore. While studying harp at the Brussels Conservatory (Belgium), she taught solfege classes (sight-singing and ear training) at local music academies, and, upon her arrival in the US, at Susann McDonald Master Classes. She holds an M.A. in Harp Performance from Claremont Graduate University and specializes in harp history, literature and pedagogy.. Dominique has trained numerous harpists from 6-year-old beginners to Master's degree students. Whether future professionals or passional amateurs, she loves to empower her students with technical and cognitive facility, with enjoyment of the process and a feel for singing expression at the harp. 925-455-5333 -,,