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Welcome from the Board


Dear SVC AHS Members and other friends of the harp,

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a dynamic chapter, consisting of over 80 harp enthusiasts including professionals, teachers, students, amateurs, and fans. We were honored to receive the Chapter of the Year Award from the American Harp Society in both 2010 and 2014.

Every season we sponsor many wonderful concerts, details of which can be found on our Upcoming Chapter Events and Recent Chapter Events pages. As a harpist or parent of a harpist, you are invited to everything we do, and your participation is what makes it all worthwhile for us. If you are a harp enthusiast, please check back frequently to see the high quality performances we sponsor.

We were pleased to collaborate with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to bring Susann McDonald to our area for Master Classes in both San Jose and San Francisco in February.

Congratulations to our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble for their continued success and outreach, and now a very special "congratulations" for their acceptance to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in July! Nothing makes me happier than to see our young people take part in Harp Society activities; both as performers and as listeners. These young people are the future of the harp world and deserve all the nurturing, encouragement and support we can give them.

Watch for the date of our Fall Kickoff in September, which will be announced soon. We wish you all a very happy Spring and Summer.

Sincerely,

Linda Wood Rollo,
President


SAVE THE DATE!

2017 Fall Kickoff September 10, 2:00 - 4:30 pm in Palo Alto

Mark your calendars for our kickoff event at the home of Tamara Mead in Palo Alto on September 10. Our special guests will be members of our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, recently returned from their performance at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. This is a great chance to meet new harpists and reconnect with old friends. Feel free to bring any harp lovers to enjoy the afternoon. Please RSVP to Tamara if possible at svcahs@gmail.com to get directions and parking information.

Our 2017 Harp Extrvaganza Ensemble Concert Slated For November 18 in San Jose

Our 2017 harp ensemble concert will take place Saturday, November 18 at 2:30 pm at Cribari Auditorium at The Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose. More details to follow. The concert will feature our Silicon Valley Chapter ensemble and our excellent Youth Harp Ensemble. Invite your friends who love harp music!

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble Selected to Perform in Hong Kong

Our own Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble was selected to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in July, 2017. They performed a short program, including music from Totoro, Mission: Impossible, and Super Mario Brothers, arranged for harp ensemble by their director, Sonya Yu. Ensemble members who performed in Hong Kong included Li-Ting Lorraine Chiang, Tiffany Jia, Chih-Chi Kiki Kong, Elaine Liu, Judy Liu, Danielle Nam, Sophia Shan, Naomi Sun, Emily Twu and Tiffany Wong. Additional members who did not make the trip are Katherine Healzer and Kartika Santoso.

Silicon Valley Youth Harpists Selected to Perform at World Harp Congress
- Both Also Win Awards at AHS National Competition

Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam were two of only five US harpists selected for elite Focus on Youth concerts in Hong Kong

Two Silicon Valley Chapter harpists were selected to perform in the Focus on Youth concerts at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this July. Danielle Nam, 15 and Tiffany Wong, 16 were two of only five harpists from the United States chosen for these elite concerts.
Danielle (below, left) performed Absidioles by B. Andres, Fantasie on a Theme of Haydn by M. Grandjany, Sonata in A Major K208 by D. Scarlatti, and Whirlwind by C. Salzedo. Tiffany (below, right) performed Fantasie in C minor by L. Spohr, The Children's Hour by M. Grandjany and Féerie by M. Tournier.

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 15 and under division, and Tiffany Wong was the Second Place Winner in the 18 and under division. We are extremely proud of both of these young musicians. They are both members in our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble.
Below, left: Tiffany Wong and Danielle Nam after winning their prizes at the AHS National Competition. Below, right: Tiffany Wong after her performance at the World Harp Congress.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Our 2017 Fall Kickoff Event will take place on September 10, at the Palo Alto home of Tamara Mead. Details will follow via member email, or contact svcahs@gmail.com.


We have an ongoing calendar of exciting harp-related events, which can be viewed on our Upcoming Chapter Events page. Members can publicize their upcoming performances on our Member Events Page.

Past years' events can be viewed using the Events tab.

2016-2017 Chapter Events


SVCAHS Adult Harp Ensemble

The Silicon Valley Chapter has a new, informal Adult Harp Ensemble, formed in 2016. The group rehearses regularly and welcomes new members.
The next meeting will be held Saturday, August 26 from 3:00-5:00pm, at the home of Lynne Robin. All harpists are invited to participate. Both pedal and lever harpists are welcome, and there often maybe an extra harp or two for those who cannot bring one. The ensemble is currently working on three pieces to perform at the Harp Extravaganza concert November 18: Canon in D, A Scott Joplin Montage, and Nachtmusik Serenade, as well as working on music from previous sessions. If you have questions or would like to join the group, please contact Sue Dinwiddie, or svcahs@gmail.com. All SVCAHS members are welcome.
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2017 Student Education Sessions

On March 5 and April 2, 2017, SVCAHS held our annual Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Nineteen students participated, performing for adjudicator Karen Gottlieb. After their first performances on March 5, they received substantial oral and written feedback from Ms. Gottlieb, who was extremely generous with her time. Seventeen students performed their pieces a second time in public recital at the beautiful Los Gatos Shan residence on April 2. .

This is an annually recurring event usually held in February and March. Online registration for the 2018 sessions will be available in January on the SES website at http://studenteducationsessions.weebly.com. Email for more information: harpedusvcahs@gmail.com.

Our 2017 SES adjudicator, Karen Gottlieb, has performed with the San Francisco Symphony as second harpist for more than 25 years. She toured extensively with them on their USA, European and Asian tours as well as performed on their many Grammy Award-winning recordings and DVD's. For 20 years she served as principal harpist with the California Symphony and also as a member of the SF Symphony 'AIM' ensembles, including 4 Sounds, Strings & Things, THAT! Group, and Silver and Gold Plus.

In 2015, Ms. Gottlieb released an acclaimed CD called Music for Harp written by Bay Area composers Lou Harrison, Wayne Peterson, John Cage and Dan Reiter, with harp, cello, flute and percussion.

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Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES)

The SILICON VALLEY YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society, has gained recognition and become sought after for community performances since its inception in January, 2014. The ensemble has performed in the chapter's String Fever concerts, the 311 Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert, the annual Christmas Celebration of the San Jose Museum of Art, Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, Chinese New Year Celebration, and many retirement communities. Having received high praise and excellent feedback from recent performances, it was decided to record a CD to more widely share the performances of this group of outstanding young harpists in our chapter. The first piece the ensemble has recorded is Christmas Combo, arranged by its director, Sonya Yu. A sample of the Christmas recording may be heard at this link: Jingle bells

Recent performances have included a 40 minute concert at the Annual Conference of the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and as part of a 2 hour-long concert for the Annual Convention of the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.

The young ensemble members (aged 8-16) not only play the harp well, but also learn the qualities of leadership, management, technology skills, and the discipline to work with professional recording specialists. There is a huge amount of teamwork involved in the project, which seeks to promote the harp and its music. The funds raised will also be saved and used for the chapter's events or scholarship programs to benefit those in the community. You can find more information about joining the Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, and about its future performances at www.harpyes.org
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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, rovinhse@sbcglobal.net.


Silicon Valley named Chapter of the Year 2009-2010 and 2013-2014!

Harp Live!

Next Harp Live TBA


What is Harp Live!?

Harp Live!, formerly called “Performance Practice”, is a quarterly gathering where chapter members are invited to bring their favorite pieces to share or play for the group. Sessions include solos, harp duets, and/or chamber ensemble pieces. All are welcome to bring music they are working on, or just come to listen and enjoy the company of other harpists. Remember, you do not have to perform; you can participate by coming to hear others play. You will always hear or learn something new. Most participants give a history of the piece or the composer, how they found the piece, or why they enjoy playing it. And, if you do play, it does not have to be a polished performance! Wonderful refreshments are served and harps are provided. It is a great time to rekindle your harp spirit.

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SVCAHS is proud to be a member of the
Silicon Valley Arts Coalition.
www.svarts.org