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Welcome from the President

Dear SVC AHS Members,

Last year was a wonderful and unique year of very creative programs for which we were honored by being the Chapter of the Year of the American Harp Society for the second time. 

We began our new year of 2015 with a very interesting and informative panel discussion about professional etiquette for harpists. This was a great way to start the year as there are so many harpists in our area who are invited to perform.  The harp is, indeed, a wonderful and unique instrument and issues, including the difficulty of moving harps was discussed.

We are off and running into a great new year.  The YES youth ensemble has a fabulous year ahead with many creative programs.  They are led by Sonya Yu and, in my opinion, have to be one of the best in the country. 

We also will have some harp performances by Alexandra Katelyn Mullins, the American Harp Society Young Concert Artist.  And, we once again will have our annual "String Fever" concert in May.  There will be some very fine musical performances.  But we also will be having some fun with some of our chapter members playing a St. Patrick's Day program at an Irish Pub in Los Gatos. 

So, we continue to explore and present the harp in many ways so that many people will experience the joy of hearing harps strings.  Yes, the new year for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society has begun, and it will indeed be a time of very happy harping!



Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. C. Lynn Bailey


President, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society

Upcoming Chapter Events

We have an ongoing calendar of exciting harp-related events, which can be viewed on our Upcoming Chapter Events page.

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

2014-2015 Chapter Events


Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES)

The SVCAHS has formed a student youth harp ensemble called Youth Ensemble Success (Y.E.S.), under the direction of Sonya Yu and assistants. The ensemble rehearsals are held in San Jose. Performance and community service opportunities will be provided through this ensemble experience. The ensemble is open to harpists of all levels, and appropriate repertoire will be chosen to match the harpist's level. 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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"String Fever"
6th Annual Harp Ensemble Concert
slated for May 2, 2015

5th Annual Event featured our new
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble


On Saturday May 17, 2014, the Silicon Valley Harp Ensemble performed at our chapter's fifth "String Fever" harp ensemble concert. This year's special guests were our newly formed Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (also called Y.E.S., for Youth Ensemble Success), under the direction of Sonya Yu and Linda Wood Rollo.
The youth ensemble performed
Triptic Dance, Little Waltz, Angry Birds Theme, Two Guitars and Dona Nobis Pacem. Several of the arrangements were done by Sonya Yu and Linda Wood Rollo, and the additions of the young vocalists on Dona Nobis Pacem, as well as flute on two of the selections was charming.
The adult ensemble performed the first and fifth movements of Handel's
Water Music Suite, a Scott Joplin Montage for harp, Salzedo's Chanson dans la nuit, Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5, a jazzy Cindy Horstman arrangement of Wade in the Water, Paul Simon's Cecilia, Flower Duet by Delibes, and a Puccini Medley. The finale was Salzedo's Tango and Rumba, with Dan Levitan and Meredith Clark featured on the Rumba. Video recordings of each piece can be viewed on our Youtube channel.
Our next performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mark your calendars and bring your friends!

Student Education Sessions

On February 8 ad March 8, 2015, SVCAHS will once again host the popular Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Seventeen students participated last year. They performed first for adjudicator Meredith Clark, and then 4 weeks later in a public recital at the beautiful Maryknoll Seminary in Los Altos Hills (photo). The 2015 adjudicator will be Dominique Piana. Registration is open from January 12-February 1. Registration and complete information is available at: http://studenteducationsessions.weebly.com.
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Have you renewed your 2014-2015 Membership yet?

Silicon Valley Chapter AHS Membership Form

Silicon Valley Chapter named AHS Chapter of the Year!

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The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society designated the 2013-2014 year as "Year of the Youth", a year in which we provided special opportunities for our young harpists, who are the future of our chapter and the American Harp Society. While concentrating on the young, we also continued to provide opportunities for our adult members to socialize with each other, learn together and play music with each other. It was a busy year, but also a year of variety and excitement, and a year of building the local harp community.
For all of our diverse events and offerings to harpists, our chapter was honored once again by the American Harp Society as Chapter of the Year. (We shared Chapter of the Year honors with the Seattle Chapter in 2010.)
You may read about all of our 2013-2014 Chapter Events using this link, and can also see previous years by using the Events tab.
And you can click to find out about all of our Upcoming Chapter Events!

American Harp Society Concert Artist, Alexandra Mullins, in Concert, March 21 in San Jose

Alexandra Katelyn Mullins, 20, a junior at Indiana University studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald, and recently prizewinner in the the USA International Harp Competition, has performed throughout the US and Europe in many venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has received awards, including Frist Place in the Advanced and Young Professional Divisions of the American Harp Society, First Place in the Lyon and Healy Awards, First Place in the 18th Petar Konjovic Serbian International Harp Competition, First Place in the Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as numerous regional awards. Performances have included appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, the IU Orchestra, and the Radio and Television Orchestra in Belgrade in 2014.

Participation in AHS competitions since 2005 has contributed greatly to her success as a musician, and she is thrilled to serve and perform in the capacity of Concert Artist for the next two years. The AHS Concert Artist Award is the highest level award granted by the American Harp Society. Alexandra's former and current teachers and coaches include Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Dan Yu, Sivan Magen, Dr. Maria Luisa Rayan-Forrero, Bette Roth, Christine VanArsdale and Jaqueline Bartlett.

Alexandra Katelyn Mullins in Solo Concert
    
Saturday March 21, 3:00 p.m. - Immanuel Lutheran Church,
1710 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA 95128.

Alexandra is a rare and brilliant harpist.
Please support this concert and encourage your students
to attend and bring their families.  You won't be disappointed.

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Harp Live!

Next Harp Live dates:

March 15 2:00pm at C.B. Hannegan's Irish Pub, 208 Bachman Ave., Los Gatos, CA. This will be a special St. Patrick's Day Harp Live. Join us for the fun and bring your friends to listen to great Irish harp music played by members of the SVCAHS.

On April 12, 2015, we will return to the wonderful Halterman home in Moss Beach, overlooking the ocean. 3:00 pm. More details to follow. This special Harp Live will again be held in conjunction with our friends of the Bay Area Chapter AHS.


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.

2014 Fall Kick Off Event,

"Getting To Know You"
September 14, 2014
3:00 p.m.
at the home of Linda Rollo,
Saratoga

For a review and photos of last year's wonderful event, see the Chapter Events Page


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 Chapter President Lynn Bailey, johannes48@aol.com, or Lynne Rovin, Scholarship Committee Chair, rovinhse@sbcglobal.net.


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

Our most recent April 2014 Chapter newsletter can be viewed here:

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