2016 AHS National Conference

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Schedule

  • 28 June
  • 29 June
  • 30 June
  • 01 July
  • 02 July
  • 03 July

Harp Pen Open

08:00 19:00

Executive Committee Meeting

18:00 21:00

Harp Pen Open

08:00 23:00

Group Coordinators Meeting

08:00 09:00

AHS Board of Directors Meeting

09:00 12:00

Grants Committee Meeting

12:00 13:00

New Board Member Orientation

13:00 14:00

AHS Board of Directors Meeting

14:00 17:00

Regional Directors Meeting

17:00 19:00

AHS Board of Directors Meeting

19:00 22:00

Harp Pen Open

07:00 23:59

Registration Open

08:00 19:00

Presidential Advisory Meeting

08:00 09:00

AHS Board of Directors Meeting

09:00 12:00

Exhibitors Brunch

10:00 11:30

Honors Ensemble Dress Rehearsal

10:00 12:00

Exhibits Open

11:30 18:00

AHS Foundation Award Winners Concert

13:15 14:05

Anya Garipoli

Anna Ellsworth

Anna Dunlap

Dana Schneider

AHS Concert Artist Recital

14:15 15:05

Reception: Urban Youth Harp Ensemble

15:00 15:45

The Urban Youth Ensemble

Grand Opening & Welcome - Annual Membership Meeting

16:00 17:00

Seating of the New Board

17:00 18:00

Exclusive Shopping Opportunity

17:00 18:00

All About the App: Bill Van Patten, Appmaster

17:00 18:00

Bill Van Patten

Buses from Hotel to Concert Venue

18:45 20:00

Spotlight on Youth Concert: Bridget Kibbey, Park Stickney, Indra Thomas, Honors Ensemble

20:00 21:30

Indra Thomas

Bridget Kibbey

Park Stickney

Joseph Young

Buses from Concert Venue to Hotel

21:30 22:15

Reception: Charles Overton Trio

22:00 23:30

Charles Overton

Harp Pen Open

07:00 23:59

Yoga for Harpists: Dr. Dawn Neely

07:00 07:45

Registration Open

08:00 19:00

Keynote Address: David Cutler - “A Life in Music: The Path to Success”

08:15 08:45

David Cutler

Exhibits Open

09:00 18:00

The Savvy Music Teacher: David Cutler

09:00 10:15

David Cutler

Tips & Tricks for Teachers: Lucy Scandrett

09:00 10:15

Lucy Clark Scandrett

Tracing the Legacy of the French Harp School: Angela Schwarzkopf & Sarah Crocker

09:00 10:15

Angela Schwarzkopf

Sarah K. Crocker

Create, Collaborate, Arpeggiate!: Catherine Case, Julia Kay Jamieson, Jacquelyn Venter, Kela Walton

09:00 10:15

Julia Kay Jamieson

Jacquelyn Venter

Kela Walton

Catherine Case

Chamber Music Concert: Vonda Darr, Duo Harpverk and Feiner Musicke

10:30 11:30

Mel Foster

Ellen Heinicke Foster

Duo Venandi

Duo Harpverk

Seven BIG Ideas On Career & Financial Success: David Cutler

10:30 11:30

David Cutler

The Susann McDonald Teaching Legacy

10:30 11:30

Carrol McLaughlin

Maria Luisa Rayan

Jaymee Haefner

Ann Yeung

Elizabeth Hainen

Naoko Yoshino

Linda Wood Rollo

Elzbieta (Ela) Szmyt

Create, Collaborate, Arpeggiate!: Catherine Case, Julia Kay Jamieson, Jacquelyn Venter, Kela Walton

10:30 11:45

Julia Kay Jamieson

Jacquelyn Venter

Kela Walton

Catherine Case

Adult Ensemble Rehearsal

10:30 11:45

Lunchtime Concert: Atlanta Harp Ensemble Reunion Concert

11:45 12:45

Executive & Officers Luncheon

11:45 13:00

Concert Dress Rehearsal

12:00 14:30

Chamber Music Concert: Aletheia Duo, Aspnes & Bruns

13:00 14:15

Justin Bruns

Lynne Aspnes

Aletheia Duo

Tech Tools for the Musician: Angi Bemiss

13:00 14:15

Angi Bemiss

The Mysteries of the Harp Repertoire: Elzbieta Szmyt

13:00 14:15

Elzbieta (Ela) Szmyt

Tracing the Legacy of the French Harp School: Angela Schwarzkopf & Sarah Crocker

13:00 14:15

Angela Schwarzkopf

Sarah K. Crocker

Kaleidoscope I: Lever Directions: Megan Metheney & Rebekah West, Nella Rigell & John Maschinot

14:30 15:30

Megan Metheney and Rebekah West

Nella Rigell

John Maschinot

Seven BIG Ideas On Career & Financial Success: David Cutler

14:30 15:30

David Cutler

Romantic Miniatures: Dominique Piana

14:30 15:30

Dominique Piana

Master Class: Susann McDonald

14:30 15:30

Susann McDonald

Kaleidoscope II: Contemporary Directions: Sprezzatura Duo, Cécile Schoonbroot, Elizabeth Huston, Kontra Duo

15:45 16:45

Cécile Schoonbroodt

Elizabeth Huston

The Sprezzatura Duo

Kontra Duo

Q & A with David Cutler

15:45 16:45

David Cutler

Master Class: Susann McDonald

15:45 16:45

Susann McDonald

Susan Allen Improv Tribute: Mia Theodoratus

15:45 16:45

Mia Theodoratus

Exclusive Shopping Opportunity

17:00 18:00

All About the App: Bill Van Patten, Appmaster

17:00 18:00

Bill Van Patten

Buses from Hotel to Concert Venue

18:45 20:00

Susann McDonald Tribute Concert: Maria Casale, María-Luisa Rayan, Aletheia Duo, Elizabeth Hainen, Naoko Yoshino

20:00 21:30

Maria Luisa Rayan

Ann Yeung

Susann McDonald

Elizabeth Hainen

Naoko Yoshino

Maria Casale

Buses from Concert Venue to Hotel

21:30 22:15

Reception: Logan/Walters Duo, Mason Morton

22:00 23:30

Jeff Walters

Mason Morton

Harp Pen Open

07:00 23:59

Yoga for Harpists: Dr. Dawn Neely

07:00 07:45

Registration Open

08:00 19:00

Executive Committee Meeting

08:00 09:00

Keynote Address: Noa Kageyama

08:15 08:45

Dr. Noa Kageyama

Exhibits Open

09:00 19:00

Mastering the School Audition Process: Agnes Hall

09:00 10:15

Agnes Hall

Jaymee Haefner

The Psychology of Performing Optimally Under Pressure - Part 1: Noa Kageyama

09:00 10:15

Dr. Noa Kageyama

You CAN memorize -- even if you can’t find your car keys!: Anne Sullivan

09:00 10:15

Anne Sullivan

Create, Collaborate, Arpeggiate!: Catherine Case, Julia Kay Jamieson, Jacquelyn Venter, Kela Walton

09:00 10:15

Julia Kay Jamieson

Jacquelyn Venter

Kela Walton

Catherine Case

Adult Ensemble Rehearsal

09:00 10:15

Gateways to Creativity: Elisabeth Remy Johnson

10:30 11:30

Elisabeth Remy Johnson

Master Class: Naoko Yoshino

10:30 12:00

Naoko Yoshino

Create, Collaborate, Arpeggiate!: Catherine Case, Julia Kay Jamieson, Jacquelyn Venter, Kela Walton

10:30 11:45

Julia Kay Jamieson

Jacquelyn Venter

Kela Walton

Catherine Case

Lunchtime Concert I: Calista Koch, Middle Georgia Harp Ensemble

11:30 12:00

Lunchtime Concert II: Emily Waggoner, The Chamber Harp Ensemble

12:30 13:00

The Chamber Harp Ensemble

American Contemporary Directions: Mario Falcao, Anne Sullivan, Susanna Campbell & Danielle Harmon

13:00 14:15

Mario Falcao

Susanna Campbell

Anne Sullivan

Danielle Harmon

Creative Practicing: Jessica Siegel

13:00 14:15

Jessica Siegel

Duo Scorpio & Atlanta Harp Sound

13:00 14:15

The Atlanta Harp Sound

Duo Scorpio

The Psychology of Performing Under Pressure - Part II: Noa Kageyama

13:00 14:15

Dr. Noa Kageyama

The Psychology of Performing Under Pressure - Part II: Noa Kageyama

14:30 15:45

Dr. Noa Kageyama

Bach Rhythm & Groove Lecture/Master Class: Laura Sherman

14:30 15:45

Laura Sherman

Crimson Duo & Fire Pink Trio

14:30 15:45

Fire Pink Trio

The Crimson Duo

Mentoring & Studio Setup: Kimberly Rowe & Susan Bennett Brady

14:30 15:45

Kimberly Rowe

Susan Bennett Brady

World Traditions: Zoe Vandermeer & Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

14:30 15:45

Zoe Vandermeer

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Exclusive Shopping Opportunity

17:00 18:00

Reception for Youth

17:00 18:30

Cocktail Party: Jan Jennings

17:00 18:30

Jan Jennings

Buses from Hotel to Concert Venue

18:45 20:00

Remy van Kesteren Concert

20:00 21:30

Remy van Kesteren

Buses from Concert Venue to Hotel

21:30 22:15

Reception: Ginger and Spice, Best News with Lucia Stavros

22:00 23:30

Lucia Stavros

Ginger & Spice

Harp Pen Open

07:00 13:00

It’s About Time: Felice Pomeranz

09:00 10:00

Felice Pomeranz

Worship Concert: Frank Voltz, Angi Bemiss, Sunita Staneslow, Rhett Barnwell

09:00 10:00

Angi Bemiss

Frank Voltz

Rhett Barnwell

Sunita Staneslow

Marketing for the Modern Musician: Alison Reese & Kim Rowe

09:00 10:00

Kimberly Rowe

Alison Reese

Leadership Insights & Chapter of the Year: Kathy McManus

09:00 10:00

Kathryn McManus

Master Class: Remy van Kesteren

09:00 10:00

Remy van Kesteren

Master Class: Remy van Kesteren

10:15 11:15

Remy van Kesteren

Contemporary Song Writing in a Rock Group: Lucia Stavros

10:15 11:15

Lucia Stavros

Rhythm Workshop: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

10:15 11:15

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Taizé Workshop: Rhett Barnwell

10:15 11:15

Rhett Barnwell

Combined Youth and Adult Ensemble Concert

11:30 12:30

Reception & Barbeque

12:30 13:30

Tour of the HIGH Museum

15:00 17:00

Tour of the Georgia Aquarium

15:00 17:00

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Artist Bios

Aletheia Duo

"Aletheia" means truth: truth as it first reveals itself, free of any judgment, yet also implying sincerity. The Aletheia Duo presents works to the audience in such a way - as if the works performed have just been invented anew. As the Aletheia Duo, Jonathan Keeble and Ann Yeung share a passion for bringing the creative possibilities of contemporary music to their audiences, and have inspired critics to describe their evocative performances as having "lyricism, and above all, magic” (Flutist Quarterly), and “A spectacular pairing” (Harp Column). Individually recognized as two of the leading performers and pedagogues of their generation with a commitment to advocating for the next generation of creative artists, they have performed together since 2002. Tours have led to venues in Asia, Europe, and throughout North America and include two critically acclaimed recordings on Albany Records; Voyage: American Works for Flute and Harp, called “achingly beautiful” by the American Record Guide, and Song of the Black Swan: Works inspired by Nature, “... the sound is marvelous ... this is my new favorite recording” also the American Record Guide. The Aletheia Duo is in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where they have individually received Campus Excellence in Teaching awards.

01 July

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson holds the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, with additional studies at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Salzedo Harp Colony. Catherine is a founding member (2006) of the New Orleans-based Musaica chamber ensemble; appears as solo harpist for the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton Tearoom, and enjoys performing with touring shows, which have included playing for Stevie Wonder, Johnnie Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Perry Como, and Natalie Cole. Ms. Anderson is on the music faculty of Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and serves on the boards of the American Harp Society, the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum, Musaica, and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She has toured internationally with the Boston Camerata, performing Medieval drama on historical harps, and is Area Coordinator for the Music for Healing and Transition Program. Catherine is married to composer David Anderson, with whom she has premiered a number of his works for double bass and harp.

Lynne Aspnes

Lynne Aspnes is Professor Emeritus of Harp from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She served the SMTD as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the String Department, and Director of the Center for Career Development, and at Arizona State University as Associate Dean for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. For the AHS Aspnes has been Chair or co-Chair for four National conferences and program consultant on one additional conference; director of the Concert Artist Program, and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors as regional director, director-at-large, and vice president. Teaching and performing has taken her around the world, providing incomparable opportunities, experiences, and friendships. She can be heard in recordings on the Collins Classics, Clarion, CRI, ProArte, ProOrgano, RCA Red Seal, SoundSet and Virgin Classics labels, but without a doubt, she counts the accomplishments and contributions to society of her former students as the most rewarding aspect of a life lived in music.

01 July

The Atlanta Harp Sound

The Atlanta Harp Sound is comprised of some of Atlanta's finest professional and aficionado harpists. Founded in 2012, its mission is to promote the harp by presenting the lush, incomparable sound of multiple harps, expertly played, to local audiences.

02 July

Rhett Barnwell

Rhett Barnwell is a composer, arranger, and performer, and the founder of Seraphim Music, which publishes sacred, classical, and meditative music for lever and pedal harp. Mr. Barnwell specializes in adapting classical and sacred music for the lever harp, and has concertized extensively in the United States, Italy, and Ireland. He is frequently invited to perform and teach at harp conferences throughout the U.S., as well as for American Harp Society chapter events. In 2007 Mr. Barnwell established the biannual Liturgical Harp Conferences, and he is regularly commissioned to write new works in the liturgical genre. Mr. Barnwell holds the MM degree in French horn performance, and has performed with orchestras in the U. S., Italy, Spain and Austria.  He is also a professional cellist and organist and has served various churches in the Southeast since 1983.

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Angi Bemiss

Angi Bemiss is a lifelong musician who is best known in the harp world as the arranger/publisher through her company Simply the Harp.  Within 15 books and 100 pieces of sheet music, there are arrangements of close to 500 pieces: popular, theater themes, worship, wedding, classical themes, and lullabies. In her popular Music of Friends series, she has compiled contemplative selections from favorite harpist-composers.  Other publications include Unforgettable Theatre Treasures (3 books), KISS Weddings - Keeping It Simple & Serene, Classical Selections (2 books), Lead Sheet Basics (3 books), Lullabies Collection, and Building a Beautiful Repertoire. Angi is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) and has played at Northside Hospital in Atlanta since 1998, plus in other hospitals, hospices, and healthcare facilities.  She is a popular workshop presenter at harp conferences, plays for weddings and church services, and gives presentations to community groups.  In addition to her various roles with the harp, she is a partner in a financial consulting firm.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband Kevin.

01 July

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Susan Bennett Brady

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Susan Bennett Brady performs extensively in the Southeast/Atlanta area. Ms. Brady is the principal harpist with the Atlanta Opera, the Columbus Symphony and the Macon Symphony orchestras. She has performed regularly as harp soloist with the Atlanta Boy Choir, across the US and Europe. Ms. Brady is the founder/director of the nationally acclaimed Atlanta Harp Ensemble, for which she also writes and arranges music. The Atlanta Harp Ensemble was selected and featured as one of the nations top student harp ensembles at the 2014 American Harp Society Conference. Brady currently has one of the highest regarded private harp studios in the country. She also teaches at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Many of her former students are now well-regarded professional harpists and teachers in their own right. With Kimberly Rowe, Susan Bennet Brady co-founded (2002) and teaches for the Young Artists Harp Seminar and Competition, where talented young harpists from around the world showcase their talents at the Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School every July.

02 July

Laura Logan Brandenburg

Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble, and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She has led the Octavia Harp Ensemble for the past 20-plus years. A highly regarded free-lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 - 2010 as well as Principal Harp with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995 - 1997. Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura was founder and director of the popular HarpFire summer camp from 2001 - 2010. She has conducted ensembles and presented workshops for the American Harp Society in Dallas, the AHS Summer Institutes of 2011 and 2014, the Harp in Worship Conference, Harp Journeys, and Harp Journeys Youth Festival. Laura has served as a long-time board member of the AHS, in the Dallas chapter and as Southwestern Region Director.

Justin Bruns

Justin Bruns is Assistant/Acting Associate Concertmaster with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Cabrillo (Santa Cruz, CA) Festival of Contemporary Music. Bruns maintains an active interest in bringing music to young and diverse audiences, assisting in the creation of Kids With Strings in Atlanta and as a featured collaborator in the ASO’s Artist-in-Residence Program. He is Director of Chamber Music at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA and teaches during the summers at Music In The Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO. As a graduate student at Rice University he co-founded the Hammond Outreach Program and participated frequently in Up Close and Musical presentations in Denver. Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he also received the Stanley Medal, the highest award given by the SMTD. He received his Master of Music degree from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has recorded with Pearl Jam, Faith Hill, and Bruce Springsteen.

01 July

Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell, a teacher and freelance harpist from Houston, TX, developed a passion for playing with other musicians during a performance of John Rutter’s Requiem when she was 12 years old. She went on to win first chair harp in the Texas All-State Orchestra her senior year in high school and later performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Pines in 2013. Performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles continues to energize her more than any other musical activity. She is principal harpist with the Houston Civic Symphony and Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra and recently formed a harp, flute, and cello trio. In addition to performing, Susanna maintains a private harp and piano studio and takes great delight in training and mentoring young musicians. She teaches music classes at Lone Star College, is on the Houston Summer Harp Festival faculty, and is a published arranger. Susanna holds a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Ms. Emily Mitchell.

02 July

Maria Casale

Maria Casale is the gold medal winner of the inaugural (1989) USA International Harp Competition, and has received numerous awards for her performances. Her New York debut Recital at Alice Tully Hall brought her critical acclaim. She has been a featured soloist at the World Harp Congress meetings in Prague, Czech Republic and in Paris, France. Ms. Casale had performed as a soloist throughout the world, across Europe, Israel Japan, Mexico, and in the United States. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Israel Philharmonic orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfonica National, Mexico City. She is currently the principal harpist with the New West Symphony, the California Philharmonic, and the Downey Symphony. She is on the faculties of Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA., and California State University, Northridge. Professor Casale began her harp studies with Sister Emerentia at Marylhurst College in Portland, Oregon. She holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Julliard School of Music, where she studied with Susann McDonald.

01 July

Catherine Case

Catherine Case has performed widely across the United States and abroad as a soloist and orchestral harpist. She currently plays for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and as substitute harpist for the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Tacoma Symphony. Ms. Case has served as Principal Harp for the Sarasota Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Singapore and Yucatan symphonies. As Assistant Principal Harp with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, she toured South America and recorded works of Villa-Lobos for BIS Records. Catherine is the newly appointed harp faculty at University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University, where she directs the harp ensemble. She has also taught on the faculties of the Marrowstone Music Festival, Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program and Hong Kong Harp Services. Catherine holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Rice University. She studied with Alice Chalifoux, Ann Hobson-Pilot, Joan Holland, Yolanda Kondonassis and Paula Page.

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The Chamber Harp Ensemble

The Chamber Harp Ensemble is one of several specialized small performing student groups from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Auditions are open to all University students regardless of program of study. Each member has the opportunity to use music to serve God and to reach individual technical and artistic potential within a program that pursues the highest level of musical excellence. The Chamber Harp Ensemble ranges from 8 –12 harps. Students study and perform chamber works for harp from the classical and sacred genres and perform on campus and at local events. Emily Waggoner, Director of Harp Studies at BJU, directs The Chamber Harp Ensemble. More information about BJU can be found at www.bju.edu

02 July

Marilyn K. Clark Silva

Percussionist Marilyn K. Clark Silva is an Arizona Teaching Artist through the Phoenix Center for the Arts and an active freelance percussionist in the Phoenix metroplex. She is a founding member of both Tandem Duo and Sugar and Carbs, chamber groups that commission and perform new works throughout the United States. She regularly performs with Island Steel, Salt River Brass Band, Phoenix First Assembly, and J.T.'s Mexican Marimba Band. Dr. Clark Silva received her masters in percussion performance from Arizona State University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.    

The Crimson Duo

The Crimson Duo, Jaymee Haefner harp, and Matthew Milweski, violin, made their New York City debut at the 2012 American Harp Society 50th Anniversary National Conference.  The duo has performed in Colorado, New Orleans and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Their inaugural compact disc single, Crimson, includes works by Piazzolla and Saint-Saens. Jaymee Haefner is the Assistant Professor of Harp and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the University of North Texas College of Music. Dr. Haefner holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Matthew Milewski joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He studied with Julia Bushkova at the Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana, for undergraduate studies in performance, earning a performance diploma studying with Yuval Yaron.  Mr. Milewski holds the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, New York. 

02 July

Sarah K. Crocker

Sarah K. Crocker, D.M.A., is a professional harpist and musicologist performing and lecturing throughout the United States. She is Adjunct Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University, and serves as President of the Nashville Chapter of the American Harp Society. Dr. Crocker made her debut performing Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, where she is the principal harpist. She also performs as principal harp with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Crocker’s dissertation, The Descriptive Miniatures of Alphonse Hasselmans and Henriette Renié: An Examination of the Pedagogical and Artistic Significance of Salon Pieces for Harp, was nominated for the University of Alabama’s 2013 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. The paper explores the relationship between these virtuoso harpists and examines the importance of their turn-of-the-century salon works. Dr. Crocker holds the Bachelor of Music, the Master of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Harp Performance with Musicology cognate from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. 

01 July

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Cheryl Dungan Cunningham

As a soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician, Cheryl Dungan Cunningham has performed extensively in the Eastern United States and Canada. She is Principal Harpist with the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic; a member of the chamber groups Les Meslange des Plaisirs; Fine Companions duo with flutist Amy Shimmin; and Voix seraphique with keyboardist Kathleen Scheide. In addition, she is a founding member of the resident ensemble of the Southampton Chamber Music Society series. Cunningham is Adjunct Faculty at Cairn University and maintains a busy private teaching studio. Her articles have appeared in Harp Column Magazine, American String Teacher, and the AHS Teachers Forum. She currently serves as American Harp Society, Inc. Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter; from 2006-2010 as First Vice President of the AHS; and in 2004 as Co-Chairman of the AHS National Conference in Philadelphia. Cunningham holds three degrees, the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music with High Distinction, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied with Susann McDonald and Peter E. Eagle.

David Cutler

David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur. In all these pursuits he works to push boundaries while connecting with new audiences. One of the world’s leading voices on arts career and entrepreneurship training, Cutler has offered ground-breaking seminars for organizations including the Julliard School, Dutch Classical Music Meeting, the New World Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Music America. In 2013, Cutler founded The SAVVY Musician in Action, an unrivaled experiential workshop that trains artists to increase income and impact. In June 2016, he directed a College Music Society Summit focused on the future of 21st Century college music schools. Cutler’s acclaimed book The Savvy Musician helps musicians of all types build their careers, earn a living, and make a difference. His 2015 publication The Savvy Music Teacher unveils a step-by-step blueprint for independent teachers to generate $50,000-100,000 annually while increasing impact. Cutler serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina, Columbia SC.

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Anna Dunlap

A native of Maryland, Anna Dunlap is currently a student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Kathleen Bride. Anna has performed as concerto soloist with the Peabody YouthOrchestra, Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (MD), and the Graduate ChamberOrchestra at Eastman. She has performed in masterclasses for Courtney Hershey Bress, Douglas Rioth, Elizabeth Hainen, Ina Zdorovetchi, and Yolanda Kondonassis. Anna has participated in the Saratoga Harp Colony, “The PracticalHarpist” Seminar at Eastman, and the Young Artists Harp Seminar. Her previous teachers are Michaela Trnkova and Rebecca Anstine Smith.

30 June

Duo Harpverk

Duo Harpverk was formed in 2007 by harpist Katie Buckley and percussionist Frank Aarnink. The duo’s intention is to commission and perform music for harp and percussion. Since beginning they have commissioned over 100 pieces from composers in Iceland and all over the world. Although they have many works from more experienced composers, the main focus of Harpverk is to commission and perform the music of both young Icelandic composers and young composers worldwide. They have toured Denmark, the Netherlands and the Faroe Islands and taken part in the Danish OpenDays festival, the Icelandic Music Days in Amsterdam, and the Summartónar Festival in the Faroe Islands (2012, 2014). They performed in Washington D.C.‘s Kennedy Center in March 2013 as a part of the Nordic Cool Festival. In June of 2015 they premiered Stewart Copeland’s Poltroons in Paradise with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

01 July

Duo Scorpio

Duo Scorpio, comprised of harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade, is a New York City based harp duo on a mission to expand the duo harp repertoire by commissioning new works and discovering existing masterpieces. Duo Scorpio has been awarded three AHS grants, as well as a grant from Chamber Music America. With these grants, they have commissioned pieces from composers Nico Muhly, Andy Akiho, Robert Paterson and Paul Patterson. Duo Scorpio recorded their first album, Scorpion Tales, in the spring of 2012. It was released on the American Modern Recordings label and was on the ballot nomination for the 2013 Grammy® awards. The Duo has performed with Florence + the Machine; for the NYC, Denver, and San Diego Chapters of the AHS; and has been presented by the Virginia Harp Center. Duo Scorpio performed at the AHS National Conference in NYC in 2012 as well as at the World Harp Congress in Sydney in 2014. Coincidentally, Katie and Kristi were both born on November 5, 1982, making them both Scorpios. www.duoscorpio.com

02 July

Duo Venandi

Duo Venandi, harpist Vonda Darr and flutist Wendy Cohen have been performing together for over 15 years, as principal harpist and principal flutist of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and began playing together as a duo in 2011. What started as an idea to play one piece on a chamber program has blossomed into a wonderful partnership. Vonda and Wendy have performed a duet recital on Augusta's Chamber Music Concert Series, and are annual performers on the Chase Concert Series in Augusta. Although Wendy now lives in Virginia and Vonda in North Carolina, the duo continues to perform with concerts scheduled this season in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. Their inaugural CD will be released in 2016. Vonda continues as principal harpist for Symphony Orchestra Augusta and performs regularly as principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony. Wendy holds principal positions with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the South Carolina Philharmonic.

01 July

Anna Ellsworth

Anna Ellsworth is currently an undergraduate student at The Boston Conservatory, where she studies with Ina Zdorovetchi. She has won prizes in The Boston Harp Festival Soloists of Tomorrow Competition, the New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition, The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, and most recently, the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards competition. Anna has performed with renowned artists such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), soprano Tony Arnold, and violinist Hilary Hahn, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Hemenway Strings and the Boston Conservatory Conductor’s Orchestra. In 2015, Anna became a substitute member of the Boston Lyric Opera.

30 June

Mario Falcao

Mario Falcao has enjoyed an extensive international career as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician. He has collaborated in festivals of contemporary music in Lisbon, Orleans, Madrid, and Buffalo, N.Y., as well as for International Harp Festivals in Portugal, Spain, Holland, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, and China. Winning the Special Prize for performance of a contemporary work at the Fifth International Harp Contest in Israel inspired his commitment to forwarding the cause of commissioning and performing new compositions. Frequent collaboration in the U.S., and South America have produced many new solo, chamber and concertos. As a member of the Creative Associates of
SUNY at Buffalo he has worked closely with John Cage, Lukas Foss, and Morton Feldman, among others. As a member of the American Harp Society, he is a Past Chairman of the AHS Board of Directors and a current member of the AHS Board. He is a founding member of the World Harp Congress and member of its Board of Directors. Mario Falcao is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Visiting Professor at Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Portugal. He was a pupil of Phia Berghout in Holland and Eileen Malone at the Eastman School of Music.

02 July

Fire Pink Trio

The critically acclaimed Fire Pink Trio was formed in 2008 by flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, violist Sheila Browne, and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett. Classical Voice of North Carolina writes, “These artists showed the type of genius that explains the plenteous praise and awards each one has received. It is good for the world of chamber music that they have seen fit to pool their talents." The trio released their inaugural CD, Poetry in Motion, in 2015. Of the CD, Fanfare Magazine noted that, “The Fire Pink Trio plays with great lyricism, generous coloration and shading, and a lovely balance of blended tone and individual voice.” Each of the members of the Fire Pink Trio brings to the group a multitude of accolades, including top prizes in international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, the Pro Musicis Award, and the Louise D. McMahon competition; lauded performances across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa, and recordings on the Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Naxos, Nonesuch, and Sony labels. The members of the Fire Pink Trio are also dedicated professors, presently teaching at Salem College and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem North Carolina. They are alumnae of the Juilliard School, the Musikhochschule Freiburg, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.

02 July

Ellen Heinicke Foster

Ellen Heinicke Foster, has performed with symphonies, chamber groups, opera and ballet orchestras, in the United States, Canada and Europe. She earned the Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude, in Harp Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music; a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the Artist’s Diploma from Yale University. Foster has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, and was instructor of the Harp Program at Carver High School, Atlanta. Foster is a past president of the Georgia chapter of the American Harp Society and maintains a private harp studio in Atlanta. She directs The North Atlanta Harp Ensemble, a group made up entirely of adult students from the metropolitan Atlanta area, and the Student Harp Ensemble (SHE), comprised of middle and high school-aged students who currently study with Mrs. Foster. For Feiner Musicke, Mrs. Foster transcribes all accompaniments not originally written for harp.

01 July

Mel Foster

Tenor Mel Foster is an Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Morehouse College, Atlanta. Dr. Foster holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Foster attended the Brevard Music Festival as a teenager, a decision he attributes to influencing his commitment to making a career in vocal performance. Foster has appeared in opera, oratorio, and recital performances in the United States and Europe. For the last decade Dr. Foster has been a company member of and board member for the Americolor Opera, an Atlanta-based opera program promoting challenging roles for the African-American operatic tenor. He joined forces with his wife, harpist Ellen Heinicke Foster to create Feiner Musicke, a company dedicated to the publication and performance of music for voice and harp.

01 July

Anya Garipoli

Anya Garipoli resides in West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently studies harp performance under Yolanda Kondonassis at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where she will be a sophomore this fall. She previously studied harp under Joan Holland at Interlochen Arts Academy as well as Elizabeth Hainen, Kimberly Rowe, and Barbara Biggers. Anya received an Emerson Scholarship and Fine Arts Achievement in Harp from Interlochen Arts Camp in 2014, 1st Place in the Senior Pedal Division from the American Harp Society Philadelphia Chapter’s competition in 2013, and Honorable Mention at the Young Artist’s Harp Competition in 2012. Anya has performed in numerous local civic and religious venues gigging and performing concerts.

30 June

Ginger & Spice

Prepare for the unexpected! Ginger & Spice, comprised of fellow redheaded harpists Ann McLaughlin and Molly O’Roark, is a crossover harp duo combining harp playing, singing, acting, dancing, and comedy into lively, romping-good-time shows. Besides performing an eclectic range of repertoire from Gershwin to Coldplay, McLaughlin and O’Roark have championed the four-hands-one-harp technique. The duo’s shows mix up the concert tradition, interweaving classical and popular music into a fun, multisensory rush. With a focus on bringing harp to unexpected places, Ginger & Spice has performed in a wide variety of venues and contexts from the Illinois Public Media’s radio show Live & Local with Kevin Kelly, and the Illinois Summer Harp Class, to the Beckman Institute and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This past February, the duo guest lectured and performed for a physics course titled Where the Arts Meet Physics. For more about Ginger & Spice, follow the duo on Facebook and YouTube @gingerandspiceduo.

02 July

Jaymee Haefner

Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Jaymee joined the University of North Texas (UNT) faculty in 2006 and was appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010. Recently featured at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in New York City and the 2014 AHS National Conference in New Orleans, she has also performed throughout the Dallas‐Fort Worth area, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Her recordings include features with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, baritone Daniel Narducci and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. She published a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié and presented lectures at the 2014 World Harp Congress (WHC) in Sydney, the 2008 WHC in Amsterdam and the 2009 AHS Institute in Salt Lake City. Jaymee was Chairman of the 2011 AHS Institute and was recently appointed as the Treasurer for the World Harp Congress (WHC), she also and serves as the National Harp Associations Liaison for the WHC Review publication. Dr. Haefner’s current projects include a “Better than One” duo with harpist Emily Mitchell and her “Crimson” duo with violinist Matt Milewski. Both ensembles are currently preparing CD recordings. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. When she isn’t on stage, Dr. Haefner trains in karate with her son, and recently obtained her first degree black belt.

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Elizabeth Hainen

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” Elizabeth Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity and virtuosity of the harp. As Solo Harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1994, she has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “her ability to blend and color the musical line,” and “to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere.” In addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra, she has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestras across the globe, and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York City. A champion of new music, Ms. Hainen gave the US, China, European and Australian Premieres of the Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women, written especially for her by Tan Dun. Hainen serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University and has provided educational outreach to hundreds of school children in urban Philadelphia through her nonprofit foundation The Lyra Society.

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Agnes Hall

As a veteran of numerous undergraduate and graduate school music auditions, Agnes Hall has learned a thing or two about the university admissions process. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Florida State University, where she was teaching assistant to Professor Mary Brigid Roman. While at FSU, Dr. Hall played harp on the inaugural recording of Ernst von Dochnanyi’s Symphony No. 2 and was also featured playing Tzigane and the Scottish Fantasy with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell. She also holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied harp performance, pedagogy, and harp literature with current AHS President Dr. Ann Yeung. As a student of Dr. Carroll McLaughlin’s at the University of Arizona, Agnes appeared in over seventy concerts with HarpFusion, including performances in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Mexico, and Brazil. Recent performance highlights include playing principal harp with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Panama City POPS!

02 July

Danielle Harmon

Danielle Harmon is an active performer, composer/arranger, and harp teacher currently based in Houston, Texas. She holds both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas. Danielle has performed with regional ensembles including the Pine Bluff Symphony in Arkansas, Brazosport Symphony, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas/Fort Worth from 2006-2014, and, since 2012, has been the ​Principal harpist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana. Danielle has a few Christmas harp arrangements and original harp compositions published through Afghan Press out of Houston, Texas.

02 July

Chilali Hugo

Chilali Hugo is Director of Harp Studies in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. She holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in harp performance from the University of Michigan, and the highly coveted Diploma (DipRAM), from the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has performed with an eclectic range of artists, including Dave Brubeck, Josh Groban, and the Celtic singing group Anuna, with whom she toured the US and recorded the television special Christmas Memories. She has contributed to recordings of Detroit bands Nomo, His Name is Alive, and Saturday Looks Good to Me. Chilali is also certified as a Music Practitioner (CMP), providing therapeutic bedside music. Her principal teachers include Lynne Aspnes and Skaila Kanga.

Elizabeth Huston

Elizabeth Huston (née Morgan-Ellis) received her Master of Music degree from Temple University where she studied with Elizabeth Hainen. Huston has been a participant in the National Orchestra Institute and the Saratoga Harp Colony. Elizabeth is currently the principal harpist for the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. She has also been a guest artist for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Vulcan Lyric Opera Festival, and regularly performs with the Andrew Lipke ensemble, FringeArts, and the Wilmington (Delaware) Ballet. In her solo career Huston specializes in multi-media productions of new music. The Philadelphia Inquirer called her production 14 Sequenzas, 2014’s Most Daring Presentation of Classical Music. Harp Column editor Kimberly Rowe credited Huston with “Bringing the harp into the 21st century.” As an educator Huston teaches harp through the El Sistema program Play on, Philly!, and in her private studio. She is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AHS.

01 July

Julia Kay Jamieson

Julia Kay Jamieson is an energetic performer, teacher, and composer. She has been featured as a clinician, composer, and concert artist for the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute, The High Cascade Harp Retreat, and the Illinois Summer Harp Class. A passionate advocate for new music, Julia is the principal harpist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. She has been commissioned to compose harp ensemble works for events including the Illinois Summer Harp Class and the University of Oregon, Eugene, Harp Day. She is a founding member of and arranger for the harp quartet HarpCore 4, recently featured at the Midwest Harp Festival. She studied with Jocelyn Chang in Cleveland, where she performed regularly with the Jocelyn Chang Harp Ensemble. Julia holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she served as a teaching assistant. Julia is currently serving on the AHS Board of Directors and is chair of the Music Education Auditions Committee.

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Jan Jennings

Jan Jennings is a past first-prize winner in the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Harp competition. She has written two instructional books, The Harpist’s Complete Wedding Guidebook, and Effortless Glissing, and has been a Music Review Editor for Harp Column magazine since 1993. Jennings has five published recordings and numerous arrangements for both pedal and lever harp. Jennings founded the Central Florida AHS Chapter in 1987, has served two terms as a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the American Harp Society and two terms as Treasurer; and two terms on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the World Harp Congress. Jan studied harp with Marie Mellman Naugle in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but pursued a career in banking. Jennings left her position as Vice President of Operations to become a full time harpist. For almost ten years, she performed nightly at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando. Currently a free-lance harpist based in Orlando, she has been the featured artist at prestigious venues in both the U.S. and Europe.

02 July

Dr. Noa Kageyama

Performance psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is the performance psychology coach for the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. A conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard, Dr. Kageyama specializes in working with performing artists, teaching them how to utilize sport psychology principles and more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. Dr. Kageyama has conducted workshops at institutions ranging from the New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, Northwestern University, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, to programs including the Starling-Delay Symposium, The Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations including the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Kageyama’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. He maintains a private coaching practice and authors the performance psychology blog The Bulletproof Musician, with over 100,000 monthly readers.

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Jonathan Keeble

As the flute professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jonathan Keeble is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicianship. Dr. Keeble is in high demand as a performing artist and master class clinician. His flute playing has been described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” and he is among the leading performer/pedagogues of his generation. He is a regular performer, adjudicator, and presenter at National Flute Association conventions, and is a Past President of the Association. The past years’ tours included appearances on concert series and festivals in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, South Korea and throughout the United States. Jonathan is the flutist for the award-winning Prairie Winds and the Aletheia Duo, and Principal Flute of the Sinfonia da Camera. He spends summers performing and teaching at Aria International, Madeline Island Music Camp, and at the University of Illinois Pre-College Flute Seminar. Dr. Keeble’s students populate the globe as recording artists, faculty at universities and colleges, and orchestra members.

Bridget Kibbey

Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, Bridget Kibbey produces and enjoys projects that expand the scope and platform of the harp. She is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, and a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Sony Recording Grant. Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the top ten releases by Time Out New York. She has recorded with Placido Domingo, The National, The Knights, Dawn Upshaw, and Gustavo Santaollala, among others. She is featured annually as a soloist and chamber musician with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica, and in various festivals and venues across the United States. Over the next five seasons, Bridget will be releasing a shower of music video, audio, and surprise content- all showcasing cross-genre collaborations with some of today's top performers. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram for updates!

30 June

Kontra Duo

Kim Diehnelt, Artistic Director of the Sounds of the South Loop (Chicago) concert series, describes the Kontra Duo--harpist Kristina Finch and saxophonist Dannel Espinoza -- as “Energetic, sweet, sassy, graceful, & muscular.” Dedicated to the exploration of both traditional and contemporary music the Kontra Duo works tirelessly to create spectacular transcriptions that showcase the color spectrum and expressive capabilities of this unique ensemble. Through collaborations with living composers the duo is expanding the repertoire for harp and saxophone, an effort, which has resulted in stunning new works by composers Sarah Horick, Eric Moe, Everette Minchew, and upcoming projects by Rodrigo Bussad and Alan Theisen. The Kontra Duo has performed recitals throughout the continental United States and is known for creating programs that integrate accessible, new, or recently composed music, and new takes on standard repertoire. Based in southern Florida, the Kontra Duo performs extensively in the region, continuously seeking to expand audience engagement and education.

01 July

Kate Loughrey

Kate Loughrey performs and teaches throughout Southern California. Some notable honors have included placing as a finalist twice in the American Harp Society Foundation Awards national competition; placing as a semi-finalist in the National Alliance for Excellence in Performing Arts competition; and being selected to perform for the Beverly Hills Consortium concert series, the Museum of Making Music's "Harps in the City" concert series, and at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada. Her first solo album, Dawn to Dusk, features classical and jazz standards as well as original arrangements for the harp. She can also be heard on the soundtracks for several television shows, most recently Fargo on the FX Network and Togetherness on HBO. Ms. Loughrey holds a master’s degree from The Peabody Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in London.

Sandra Lutters

Sandra Lutters has accompanied singers, instrumentalists, and choirs in concerts throughout the USA, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East in a career spanning forty years. Many of these appearances have been with soprano Indra Thomas, with whom Ms. Lutters has recorded a CD of spirituals. Sandra received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia. Post-graduate studies included operatic conducting with Alberta Masiello of the Metropolitan Opera; Benton Hess of the Eastman School of Music; and Vincent La Selva, conductor of the New York Grand Opera and conducting professor at The Juilliard School for many years. Ms. Lutters lives in Gainesville, Georgia, where she joyfully oversees the training of a musically gifted grandson!

Graham Lynch

Graham Lynch was born in London. He has a PhD in composition from King’s College London. His music has been commissioned and performed in over thirty countries, has been frequently recorded and featured on radio and television. He has worked as an arranger for the Belcea Quartet qne his works have been played in venues as diverse as Merkin Hall New York, the Freiberg Jazz Club and a cake shop in Japan! In 2009 his orchestral work, Invisible Cities, was used as the modern test piece in the Leeds Conductors Competition, and the same year saw the release of the CD Undiscovered Islands devoted entirely to his music. Graham’s interest in a myriad of musical styles has resulted in compositions spanning a broad genre base, including complex classical forms, tango nuevo, flamenco, jazz, and café music. Graham has been the recipient of numerous awards including support for his compositions from the Arts Council England, the Britten-Pears Foundation, PRS, RVW Trust, and the Lyn Foundation.

Michael Maganuco

Composer and harpist Michael Maganuco is based in Chicago, IL. He holds dual Bachelor of Music degrees in composition and harp performance from Boston University, and the Master of Music degree in harp performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  His work, Awakening Stillnesses (2009), was awarded the grand prize in the 4th composition contest of the USA International Harp Competition. USAIHC winner Agnès Clément recorded Awakening Stillnesses in 2012. Michael has received commissions from and had works premiered by Boston based contemporary ensembles ALEA III and Time’s Arrow. He was a guest speaker at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC, and performed his own compositions on a new music recital at the 2010 Boston Harp Festival. Michael describes his compositional style as “eclectic” being comprised of “elements of jazz and blues improvisation, popular contemporary, Appalachian folk, Brazilian pop and folk, Argentine Tango, Balinese Gamelan, and the modern and classical harp repertory.” He is a tireless advocate for the harp, often working alongside other composers in service to promoting composition for the harp.

John Maschinot

John Maschinot, Uilleann piper and Irish wooden flutist, is a founding member of several Irish music ensembles including Celtic Fire and the Buddy O’Reilly Band, and founder of The Celtic Company, which produces traditional music programs in the Southeast, including Atlanta’s annual Celtic Christmas concert. John has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and is the recipient of the “Stars of the South” award from the Irish-American Magazine for outstanding service and dedication to Irish culture in the Southeast.

01 July

Susann McDonald

Susann McDonald is Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She is the artistic director of the World Harp Congress, the honorary president of the Association Internationale des Harpistes, and founded and is the music director of the USA International Harp Competition which held its’ tenth anniversary competition in June of this year. Ms. McDonald studied at the Paris Conservatory and was the first American to receive the prestigious Premier Prix de Harpe. Her teachers included Marie Ludwig, Lily Laskine, and Henriette Renie. McDonald is a former faculty member and chair of the harp departments at the Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, the University of Arizona, and California State University at Los Angeles. Her recordings and publications include much of the major harp literature. Ms. McDonald teaches frequent master classes in leading conservatories throughout the world, including Amsterdam, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. She served as President of the jury of the 2015 Israel International Contest as well as serving on many other international competitions.  Her students hold important orchestral and teaching positions as well as having brilliant careers as concert artists.

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Carrol McLaughlin

Award winning harpist Carrol McLaughlin has performed extensively throughout the world. Carrol is the Distinguished Professor of Harp at the University of Arizona and director of the renowned harp ensemble HarpFusion. Carrol presented the opening recital at the World Harp Congress, Copenhagen, and the American Harp Society Conference, Denver, Colorado and has been on the judging panel of many international competitions including in Bloomington, IN., Russia, Japan, Serbia, the Isle of Man (UK), and Brazil. A prolific composer and writer, Carrol has published books, music and 15 CDs. Her book Power Performance is used worldwide, helping musicians to perform without stage fright. Her most recent book, Manifest Moment To Moment is published by Hay House. Carrol has done extensive research on the impact of the harp in healing, including studies done in heart surgery and Neonatal Intensive Care units. She holds the Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, both with Susann McDonald. She also studied with Maria Korchinska in London.

01 July

Kathryn McManus

Kathryn McManus joined the American Harp Society, Inc. as Executive Director in 2015. Prior to shifting into non-profit management, Ms. McManus enjoyed a 25-year career as a professional harpist which included the principal chair of The Florida Orchestra, Visiting Artist for the State of North Carolina, Assistant Professor of Harp at the University of South Florida, Artist/Faculty at the Brevard (NC) Music Center, and private teaching including the development of an adult beginner harp curriculum. She performed extensively in chamber music and solo recitals, and as an orchestral soloist. Ms. McManus holds a Master of Music in harp performance, summa cum laude as valedictorian of the Cleveland Institute of Music & Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Music in harp performance, summa cum laude from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her second career in non-profit management included positions as Executive Director of The Florida Orchestra, Director of The Florida Air Museum, and chief development officer for Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, and The Able Trust.

03 July

Megan Metheney and Rebekah West

A dynamic Americana duo, Megan Metheney and Rebekah West deliver a creative set of original music from their current residencies in Southern France. Strengthened by West's rhythmical prowess and Metheney's world-class artistry, the women showcase their craft with simple vocals, stellar harmonic interplay, and a magnetic onstage chemistry. Metheney is a classically trained harpist with a unique, inspiring style that resists the labels of traditional classical music. Her fresh approach to the Celtic harp reflects a love for jazz, rock and roll and acoustic world music, and showcases her ear for invention. Tasteful and accomplished, Metheney has truly cultivated a style all her own. Rebekah West is a Boulder, Colorado artist whose musical influences include two decades performing Flamenco dance and the Peruvian cajon, theatre, and vocal and body rhythm. Her wondrous site-specific compositions, where she tunes into inherent nuance and rhythm, have lit up airplane hangars, sacred places, and digital spaces. Les Audides was composed with wonder and response within a tiny medieval chapel in Cabris, France.

01 July

Mason Morton

Mason Morton is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he was a member of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble of Atlanta, and the first harpist to participate in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program. Mr. Morton is a member of the Sons of Serendip. An eclectic quartet of BU alumni, the Sons of Serendip placed fourth in season nine of America’s Got Talent. Mr. Morton has performed live on WGBH (Boston) public radio; as a part of the PBS documentary A Harpist’s Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the sound of Change; and on CBS Sunday Morning. Mason is principal harpist of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Master of Music and Performers Diploma in Harp from Boston University studying with his mentor Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

01 July

Carolyn Munford

Carolyn Munford is the Artistic Director of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a non-profit organization that provides free harp instruction to 85 students in the Atlanta Public School system. Carolyn has helped her students earn college scholarships, national awards, and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning. The Ensemble’s concerts are frequently broadcast on local Atlanta television, and regularly attract sell-out audiences. Carolyn studied with Vonda Darr in Augusta, Ga., before earning the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona (Dr. Carrol McLaughlin). Carolyn has performed around the world, in Japan, Russia, Belgium, Austria, and Brazil. She is a past winner in the Anne Adams Awards and the American Harp Society National Competition. Carolyn performs frequently with symphonies in Augusta, Charleston, Savannah, and Atlanta, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio.

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz first performed for the American Harp Society at the 1976 conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Born in Cuba, Ortiz immigrated to Venezuela, where he began studying Venezuelan harp in 1961 and Paraguayan harp with Alberto Romero in 1962.  He began performing and recording in 1964 in Colombia, where music supported his medical studies until his graduation in 1970. In 1978, when his wife Luz Marina became pregnant, he decided to dedicate his life solely to his family and the harp. His workshops have been attended by hundreds of pedal and lever harpists. His compositions, frequently performed and recorded by pedal and lever harpists, are required study around the world.  In 2015 Ortiz dedicated his Cuban Dream After the Storm, for four pedal harps, to Susann McDonald. After the Premiere at Carnegie Hall, The Chicago Harp Quartet performed the work for McDonald in Bloomington. Alfredo has lived in the US since 1975, and considers his most important concerts playing in the delivery room during the births of one daughter and two grandsons!

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Charles Overton

Charles Overton is a Boston-based performer of classical, jazz, and world music. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and currently studies with Felice Pomeranz and Jessica Zhou. Charles has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Bowdoin International Music Festival orchestra, the Castleton Festival orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival orchestra, and will this coming summer be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Charles attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Joan Holland. Additional studies have been with Nancy Allen, Sarah Bullen, Yolanda Kondonassis and Judy Loman. As a member of the American Youth Harp Ensemble, Charles performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and at the Salle Gaveaux in Paris, France. He began his study of the harp at age ten under the direction of private instructors Lynelle Ediger-Kordzaia and Jeanne Chalifoux.

30 June

Dominique Piana

Dominique Piana started her lifelong quest for the harp literature at the same time as her studies at the Brussels Conservatory. She has explored the romantic repertoire of the harp in concert as a soloist and chamber musician; in writing in many articles for the American Harp Journal; and as a publisher of over 250 titles. She has taught at several California universities and served the AHS as a Conference Program Chair, Chapter President, and regional competition organizer.

01 July

Anastasia Pike

Anastasia Pike has delighted audiences including European royalty, US legislators, and celebrities.  She has performed on national and international television, and in venues including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Boston's Jordan Hall, and Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House.  She has also performed with members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the English Philharmonic, Europa Galante, the London Mozart Players, L’Orchestre des Champs- Elysées, and the Metropolitan Opera. Dr. Pike is on the performance faculties at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Teachers College/Columbia University, and Christopher Newport University.  She earned a doctorate from Columbia University, and serves as president of the Washington, DC chapter of the American Harp Society.

Felice Pomeranz

Felice Pomeranz is a performer, teacher, entrepreneur, and recording artist. She holds degrees in both classical and jazz harp and is the only harpist to receive the Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Pomeranz is Professor of Harp at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. Her arrangements are widely available, as are her teaching materials, Jazzy Beginnings, and Harp in the Band. Her newest book, Berklee Harp, scheduled for release in 2016, serves as an etude and exercise book on pedaling, chord symbol reading, and improvisation skills. Ms. Pomeranz directs The Gilded Harps, organizing events throughout New England and beyond. She served the AHS as New England Regional Director, Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award committee, Chair of Conference Evaluations, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Her AHS Foundation Award, Kids for Camp, provides a summer camp experience for needy and underprivileged youth.

03 July

Maria Luisa Rayan

Described by the New York Concert Review Inc., as "Clearly an extremely talented, accomplished, experienced performer who can keep an audience listening with rapt attention", Maria Luisa Rayan is a highly sought-after artist. She performs in major venues around the world, including in Australia, the British Isles, China, Europe, South America, and the USA. Highlights of her chamber music performances include the Brevard Music Festival where she served on the faculty; the Cartagena Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Chicago. Ms. Rayan is the recipient of Silver Medal awards in the USA International Harp Competition and first prize in the Young Professional Division of the American Harp Society, Inc., national competition.. Her publications include arrangements for solo harp of the music of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. A native of Argentina, Ms. Rayan holds the Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Susann McDonald.

01 July

01 July

Alison Reese

Early in her career as a freelance harpist, Alison Reese brought her training in newspaper reporting and experience in broadcast journalism to Harp Column, becoming the magazine’s managing editor in 2003. She now serves as the magazine’s editor and also enjoys an active freelance career in West Michigan where she teaches and performs. Reese graduated from the University of Michigan where she studied with Lynne Aspnes. She is vice president of the West Michigan Chapter of the American Harp Society.

03 July

Elisabeth Remy Johnson

Elisabeth Remy Johnson is principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. With the ASO, she has performed concertos by Debussy, Handel, Mozart, and Ginastera. Winner of first-place awards in competitions of the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, she is also a NFAA/ARTS awardee. Ms. Remy Johnson gives solo and chamber music recitals throughout the country, and has been guest soloist at the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro. Recordings include the Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols with Robert Shaw; Encantamiento, with flutist Christina Smith; and solo recordings Whirlwind and A Christmas Collection. Ms. Remy Johnson teaches harp at Emory University, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia State University. She was co-founder and artistic director (2000-2010) of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, serving students from the Atlanta Public Schools. She has received Atlanta's Channel Eleven Community Service Award, the TBS Pathfinder’s Award, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Up & Comers Award". She studied with Alice Chalifoux and Ann Hobson Pilot, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a double major in Music and French.

02 July

Nella Rigell

Nella Rigell, principal harpist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, enjoys an active and multi-faceted career, from soloist to orchestral and Broadway shows harpist, chamber musician, recording artist, teacher and music practitioner, playing bedside for patients at Emory Hospital. She performed the Southeastern premiere of Zaerr’s “Celtic Harp Concerto” with the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, has performed with the legendary Irish group, “The Chieftains” & played on the “Celtic Women” DVD, “Believe”.

01 July

Kimberly Rowe

Kimberly Rowe’s multifaceted performing career includes numerous appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and other top ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Rowe has served as resident harpist at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Hotel, Tokyo’s Palace Hotel, and onboard the ocean liner QE2. Kimberly has been featured at numerous conferences of the AHS and the World Harp Congress, along with festivals sponsored by Les Harpes Camac, and Lyon & Healy Harps.  Best known among harpists as founder of Harp Column magazine and Harp Column Music, Kimberly now serves as web editor from her current home in Brno, Czech Republic. A co-founder of the Young Artist's Harp Seminar, Kimberly continues to serve as co-director and Artist Faculty; she is a mentor at the National Music Festival, and has served on the faculty at the Saratoga Harp Colony, Curtis Summerfest, and Temple University. Kimberly Rowe received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in harp performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Alice Chalifoux. Visit Kimberly’s website at www.harpist.com

02 July

03 July

Dr. Jack Scandrett

Dr. Jack Scandrett recently retired after thirty four years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he taught French horn and Music Technology.  He has a doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and has presented at Music Educator conferences in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Instructor for TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) and on the faculty of Valley Forge University, where he teaches an online summer class in the Master’s Program in Music Technology.

Lucy Clark Scandrett

Lucy Clark Scandrett has over 40 years experience as a harpist and teacher.  For many years she was Principal Harpist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra, and the Butler, Johnstown, McKeesport, Westmoreland, and Wheeling symphony orchestras.  She taught extensively at Chatham University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, Geneva University and the Chatham College Music and Arts Day Camp.  She taught at The Ellis School and for the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 (CAPA) Public Schools, and for the Musik Innovations School of Music.  Lucy maintains a private studio at her home and a weeklong harp camp. She chaired the 1987 AHS National Conference and served on the Board of Directors as Regional Director, Vice-President, and President. She received the AHS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  She presently serves as the National Conference and Summer Institute Co-Coordinator, and Chair of the Interview Series.

01 July

Dana Schneider

Dana Schneider is from Harmony, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance at the New England Conservatory, where she is a student of Jessica Zhou. Dana completed her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Political Science and graduated with distinction. While at Yale, she was a student in the studio of June Han and played with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Dana was a winner of the Yale Friends of Music Honors Recital Competition. She has attended summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Saratoga Harp Colony, and the Castleton Festival led by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Dana credits her love of the harp to her lessons with Gretchen Van Hoesen.

30 June

Cécile Schoonbroodt

Upon her London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cécile Schoonbroodt became the first Foyle Future First Harpist at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After five years in London and recording for Universal Music France, Cécile moved to the US where she made her debut at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Cécile holds a Diplôme Supérieur and four First Prizes from the Brussels Royal Conservatoire where she studied with Jana Bouskova, Francette Bartholomée, and Susanna Mildonian.

01 July

Angela Schwarzkopf

Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf, concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harp performance in Canada, Schwarzkopf is also President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society. Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. She maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. Angela works regularly with many top musical organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony, the Talisker Players, and at the Stratford Festival, among others. Dr. Schwarzkopf’s doctoral dissertation The Life of Marcel Tournier and a Guide to the Performance Practices of His Music presents new biographical details in the life of celebrated harpist-composer Marcel Tournier, as well as addressing performance concerns and interpretation elements of his music. Angela is a frequent contributor to the international publication, Harp Column. http://www.harpist.com

01 July

01 July

Laura Sherman

Laura Sherman enjoys a diverse and well-traveled career. Currently the harpist for Wicked on Broadway, she is also the founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, which specializes in historically informed transcriptions of early music and new works by contemporary composers for harp. Equally at home in the classical, commercial, and academic worlds, she has toured internationally with Barbra Streisand and three Broadway shows, and as a lecturer, performer and teacher of her work with J. S. Bach’s music on the harp. In New York City, she has performed with many of the top freelance orchestras, subbed on numerous Broadway shows, recorded on diverse films, commercials, and sound recordings, and performed solo and chamber music recitals. Laura has been featured on the cover of Harp Column magazine, and has written historical and scholarly articles for The American Harp Journal and the World Harp Congress Review. Laura holds four degrees, three in harp performance and one in music theory. She currently teaches both privately and at Hunter College/CUNY. Her website is www.wickedharp.com


02 July

Jessica Siegel

Jessica Siegel earned the Master of Arts and the Master of Science in Music Education degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University studying with Alice Chalifoux. Ms. Siegel has performed extensively and is the Founder and CEO of Harps Etc., based in Walnut Creek California. Most recently Jessica founded the Diablo Regional Arts Academy to promote the harp.

02 July

Katherine Siochi

Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” 22-year old Katherine Siochi is currently the AHS Concert Artist, a result of winning the Young Professional division of the 2015 AHS National Competition. She has appeared on NPR’s radio program From The Top, and has competed successfully in numerous American competitions. Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Siochi has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theater (Chicago), and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). Ms. Siochi performed the Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp on American Public Media's radio program Performance Today, broadcast from the Aspen Music Festival, and the Ravel Introduction and Allegro in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Ms. Siochi began her musical studies with the piano at age 5 and the harp at age 9. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from The Juilliard School, and is continuing to pursue graduate study in the harp at Juilliard as a proud recipient of The Kovner Fellowship. On June 18th of this year, Ms. Siochi received first prize in the USA International Harp Competition.

The Sprezzatura Duo

Kate Loughrey and Anastasia Pike formed the The Sprezzatura Duo while they were students at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Sprezzatura is an eloquent concept of the Italian Renaissance that means "the art of making something difficult look effortless." The duo demonstrates the art of sprezzatura in their pioneering, creative, and entertaining concert programs that appeal to diverse audiences. Some past performances include concerts at Salvi Harps USA, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, and the Hermitage Museum; they will tour the East Coast in 2016. Their debut album, featuring original arrangements and compositions, including today’s performance of Peyi-a chanje, by cellist/composer Caleb Vaughn-Jones, will be released in 2016.

01 July

Sunita Staneslow

Sunita Staneslow is a native of Minnesota but has made Israel her home for the past 16 years. She is widely known for her accessible arrangements for the harp and has fourteen books published by Afghan Press, Mel Bay, and Sylvia Woods. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Sunita’s primary teachers were Frances Miller, Lucile Lawrence, and Judith Liber. Classically trained but with a passion for traditional music, Sunita’s career has been rich and varied and has spanned many genres. She has recorded CDs of Jewish, Celtic, and classical music. Since 2007, Sunita has been working as a therapeutic harpist at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel. Sunita is a frequent performer and instructor at major North American folk harp festivals. You can find Sunita walking her dogs by the sea or playing in a session at a local Irish pub. Last year she spent six months with her husband cycling across Europe with her harp! www.sunitaharp.com