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Welcome from the President

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 last year to receive the Chapter of the Year Award from the American Harp Society for the second time. This past season we sponsored many wonderful concerts, details of which can be found on our Recent Chapter Events page. This Spring we concluded on a high note with a fun, casual St. Patrick's Day "harp live" event at a local Irish Pub, a stunning concert by American Harp Society Concert Artist, Alexandra Mullins, and our always-festive annual concert, "String Fever", featuring our terrific chapter-sponsored Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Sonya Yu.

We hope you will join us for our Fall Kick-off event on September 6, featuring a recent addition to the California harp scene - popular artist, Ricky Rasura. We have some exciting programs lined up for the Fall and Spring, including workshops presented by esteemed jazz harpist and teacher, Carrol McLaughlin, on January 9/10, 2016. We encourage you to join us and participate in our events, and we welcome your suggestions and ideas for new programming.

I'd like to conclude with a big thank you to Lynn and Martha Bailey, who are retiring from the board. Their leadership, energy, and inspiration were truly remarkable, and they led us into new and exciting musical adventures.

Have a good summer, and we hope to see you in the fall.


Mary Pless

President, Silicon Valley Chapter 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
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"String Fever"
6th Annual Harp Ensemble Concert
May 2, 2015

6th Annual Event featured our talented
Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble

On Saturday May 2, 2015, the Silicon Valley Harp Ensemble performed at our chapter's sixth annual "String Fever" harp ensemble concert. This year's special guests were our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (also called Y.E.S., for Youth Ensemble Success), under the direction of Sonya Yu.
The youth ensemble is improving by leaps and bounds and gave a wonderful performance. They performed
Fengyang Drum Dance, The Songs My Mother Taught Me, Music from Totoro, Polka, and a medley from Frozen. Most of the arrangements were done by Sonya Yu.
The adult ensemble joined with the Youth Ensemble on
Frozen and also on Tamara Mead's new harp ensemble arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner. The adult ensemble also performed the five movements of Handel's Water Music Suite, a Scott Joplin Montage for harp, Carolan's Concerto, Spring Daze, the hauntingly beautiful Recuerdos de la Alhambra (originally written for classical guitar), Clog Dance, Canon in D and Offenbach's Can-Can. Video recordings of each piece can be viewed on our Youtube channel.

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Student Education Sessions

On February 8 ad March 8, 2015, SVCAHS once again hosted the popular Student Education Sessions, part of the AHS curriculum. Twenty-one students participated this year. They performed first for adjudicator Dominique Piana, and then 4 weeks later in a public recital. This will be an annually recurring event in February and March.
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2015 Fall Kick Off Event,

"Getting To Know You"
September 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.
at the home of Linda Rollo,
featuring Ricky Rasura

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

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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, Gave a Stunning Concert on March 21 in San Jose

Called, "a rare and brilliant harpist", 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, gave a wonderful solo performance in San Jose on March 21. Alexandra 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 - Immanuel Lutheran Church

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Harp Live!

Next Harp Live Date 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.

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 Mary Pless,, or Lynne Rovin, Scholarship Committee Chair,

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

Our April 2014 SVCAHS Newsletter can be viewed here:

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