Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society

A dynamic group of professional and amateur harpists

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Updated October 20, 2020
Student Education Sessions Were Held via video submissions in March and May 2020 with Adjudicator Beverly Wesner-Hoehn. We had a record 23 participants this year.

Our 2021 SES will also be held online via video submissions in Spring 2021. More information to follow.


The adjudicator for the 2019 and 2020 SES was Beverly Wesner-Hoehn. Her bio can be viewed
here. SES is an annually recurring event usually held in Winter/Spring. For more information: harpedusvcahs@gmail.com



July 18-19, 2020. USIMC (United States International Music Competition) again included the pedal and Celtic harp categories for 2020. *The USIMC Competition, originally scheduled to be held at San Jose State University, was moved online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. www.USIMC.org. Our chapter had many winners in the various harp categories.
Kristal Schwartz would like to announce that San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble auditions are currently taking place. The ensemble will practice virtually 3x/month using Jamkazam technology. For complete information, please see this flyer.
14th World Harp Congress will be held in Cardiff, Wales. Our own chapter member, Katherine Healzer, was selected to be a presenter in July, 2020. * NEW: "Due to health and safety concerns linked with the Coronavirus, we announce the postponement of the World Harp Congress 2020. As an international organization, we send best wishes to our colleagues and their families throughout the world in this difficult time. However, we are pleased to announce that the Congress will now take place in summer, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales, UK. An exclusive ONLINE event will take place in 2021." More information at www.worldharpcongress.com.

Member News

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Janice Ortega has created a fun 11 x 17" poster, suitable for framing, reflecting on what the Harp has taught her about life. The poster is based on the book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten".
This is a tabloid-size, 11 x 17 inch poster printed in color on 32 lb. premium, heavyweight, 100% cotton paper, recommended for use with graphics solids, and strongly saturated colors.
The poster is suitable for framing or for affixing it to poster board for upright display.

You may order it for $25 each from her website at this link.
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Krista Stephens, harpist, artist and calligrapher, has created beautiful harp stationery, which can be ordered plain or personalized with your choice of calligraphy style. The note cards may be ordered from her Flourish and Dot website on this page.


Diana Stork is very happy to announce the release of her new book of original Celtic-style tunes, "California Celtic" is now available for sale in both print and digital versions. The music is very accessible, fun, lively, and easy to play. Please see https://harpdancer.com/shop/
California Celtic - From California to the Celtic Lands and Back Again: Jigs, Reels, Slip jigs, Hornpipes, Marches, Airs and other tunes in the traditional Celtic style with some twists and turns inspired by the land and people of California.
For over half a century, California has been a center of Celtic harp-playing. In this collection of all-original tunes, California folk harpist and composer Diana Stork, offers a new spin on the old traditions. Solo arrangements are suited for all styles of harps and for piano. The melodies can be played by instruments such as fiddle, flute, concertina and other melody instruments. Duets can be played by 2 harps, or any combination of instruments.



Diana Stork has also released a new book, entitled, Harp Crossings - From North to South America and Back Again, which is a collection of Diana's compositions inspired by traditional Latin-American harp styles. You may hear the recordings of the Sibelius transcriptions online. Link for more information.

Jennifer Ellis has joined the lesson instructor staff at Mills College in Oakland.

The album,
Launch by the Admiral Launch Duo (Jennifer R. Ellis, harp, and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone) was released December 1, 2018 on Albany Records, featuring music by Marcel Tournier, Ida Gotkovsky, Angelica Negron, Stephen J. Rush, and others. More information.


Internationally renowned harpist,
Cheryl Ann Fulton, has produced a beautiful new documentary film, The Harps in the Trees. In the film, Cheryl Ann leads her ensemble of medieval harp students, Angelorum (including chapter member Jennifer Hurley), on a journey to the highlands of Scotland, where they serenade the very trees that provided the wood from which their harps were made. With filmmaker Ezio Taranto, they bring an inspired message of hope and harmony to the world by telling the story of their pilgrimage and illuminating a special relationship between harps, trees, music, nature and the human spirit.

14 minute documentary film / Short music video / Soundtrack plus bonus tracks

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 view the beautiful video and help them spread their message, go to this link. They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities. Short documentary about the project.

Chapter member,
Diana Stork, has published a gift book entitled, Holiday Harps. A charming gift for all your friends and family who deserve more than a card. This beautiful new little full color 50-page book features over 40 photographs of precious miniature ornaments of harps and other musical instruments, with Words of Warmth, Wisdom, and Peace for the season and throughout the year. For more information, see this flyer.
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Dominique Piana has a new collection of harp arrangements of Baroque music, including old tunes that are now hard to find, as well as some surprising finds that are perfect for harp arrangement. They are presented in scholarly and ready-to-perform style, with fingerings, pedaling, explanation of ornamentation and historical background. The collection includes Solfeggietto and La Caroline by CPE Bach, Toccata by Paradies, Allegro and Sonatina by Handel, Aria and Gavotta by Martini, La Gemissante and La Cavalcade by Dandrieu, La Joyeuse by Rameau, Prelude and Almand in A minor by Purcell, Intrada by Graupner, Rondeau by Fischer, Le Rossignol en Amour by Couperin, Aria by Scarlatti, and Toccata in C by Seixas. The price is $25 for 36 pages of music. Contact dominiquepiana@comcast.net, www.harpiana.com