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AHS PHILLY CHAPTER                                            SPRING 2016

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Mark your calendars for 2016 Harp Day sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society.  This year we are excited to announce our featured performers and workshop hosts Addi & Jacq.  This year we plan to kickoff Harp Day with an introductory forum to give our workshop hosts a chance to introduce their offerings and attendees to ask brief questions in order to get a better understanding of the day's offerings.

The schedule is still being finalized.  However,  we are excited to be offering workshops including topics such as: harp maintenance,  modern marketing techniques, collaborative process, teaching techniques and more.  Temple Harp Ensemble directed by Sarah Javaux will be performing and we will conclude Harp Day with a performance by NYC's Best Emerging Band of 2015 ADDI & JACQ. Visit to find out more about our featured performers.

2016 Philly Harp Day is scheduled to be held at CAIRN University.  CAIRN is located in Langhorne, PA just minutes from I95, Route I and the PA Turnpike.  For more detailed transportation and driving instructions, please visit CAIRN's website:

We are excited to offer The 2016 Cairn University Discount Rate at Sheraton Bucks County Hotel at $94/night. (The rooms usually run $169-$199 per night, so this is a significant savings.) The entire hotel has undergone a major renovation, and every room has been refurbished within the past 12 months.


When people are calling to make a reservation, they should be aware of the following information:


Rep:      Nicole McDevitt, Sales Coordinator, Preferred Accounts

Phone: 215-269-3408 (M-F, 8:30-5) or

             Central reservations1-800-598-1753 at any time

Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA 19047


Rate:     $94/night ~ MUST ASK FOR CAIRN UNIVERSITY RATE when making reservations.

In addition, Liza Jensen will be scheduling Harp Regulations throughout the day.  If you have a harp or 2 that needs regulating, please email to arrange your harp(s)' reservation.

The fee for Harp Day to participate in all workshops and attend all concerts is $30 pre-registration, $40 at the door.  There is a special participation fee for members of the Temple Prep Ensemble of $30 for 1 Temple Prep Member plus 1 Parent admission. The ADDI & JACQ is included in the Harp Day fee.  However, this concert will be open to the public.  Tickets for non-harp day participants are $15 for adults $10 for students/seniors with valid ID.  A cafeteria lunch from CAIRN University is available for $6.50 at the door, or you may bring your own lunch.  For regulation fees, please email for more details.


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Philly Harp Chapter is excited to provide the opportunity for young harpists to play in front of professional 
Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.40.41 PM 4musicians other than their routine teacher(s) in order to receive helpful feedback.  A&E also allows harpists the opportunity to play for and observe their peers in a non-pressure setting.  If you or your student has not yet registered, please complete and submit the registration form.  Registration forms can be found on the Philly Chapter website or by emailing, there is also a registration form included at the conclusion of the newsletter. Please email all registration forms to  There is a $25 participation fee.


There’s something for everyone at the 2016 AHS National Conference in Atlanta.  Whether you are new to the harp or come from a long line of harpists, there’s sure to be plenty to inspire your creativity, celebrate your love of the harp and empower you to do your best work in the coming year.  Discounts still available till April 1st!  Visit the official website to find out how you can participate in an ensemble during the conference ;-)

A major worldwide transportation hub, Atlanta is a perfect conference location. The Emory Conference Center’s beautiful, wooded, campus (not to mention the gracious southern hospitality) will provide you an ideal location for the conference experience you need.

The 2016 American Harp Society National Conference is dedicated to bringing world class presenters and performers to Atlanta to captivate the next generation of harpists and to develop the talents and careers of our members. With dynamic workshops, concerts, and networking opportunities there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

To provide a coherent message, we have designed our programming around four themes:

  • Inspiring the Next Generation
  • Focus on Pedagogy
  • Remembering and Honoring our Past
  • The Best of the Southeast
For more information visit the official website :


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Armed  with  the  powerhouse  vocals  of  Addi  McDaniel  and  the  virtuosic  harp  of Jacqueline Kerrod, the duo has created a diverse and compelling body of music. They've taken the heart and soul of blues, jazz, and classical music, and skillfully placed  it  inside  of  a  pop  exterior.  With  the  help  of  looping  pedals  and  vocal processors, they create a sound that easily competes with a full band.

Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC” as winners of the 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs, Addi & Jacq (armed with nothing more than vocals and a harp) have created a diverse and compelling body of music. The variety in Addi and Jacq’s output can be partly attributed to their wide range of musical influences, which they said include everyone from Mozart to Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright to Paul Simon. While some buzz with quick vocals and smart rhymes, others bubble slowly with blended voices. All are grounded by skilled writing, singing, and playing.

The Los Angeles Times praised vocalist Addi McDaniel as a “a powerhouse with a brass-plated voice,” and paired with “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive harpist” Jacqueline Kerrod (Classical Source Online) they bring you a sound that "transcends genre, unlike anything you've heard before” (Bob Power, grammy-winning producer).

They perform regularly in New York and collectively their venues includeLincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Birdland, Carnegie Hall,The Apollo, WNYC's Greenespace, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera House.Check website for upcoming dates. 




Described  as  “exceptionally  virtuosic  and  sensitive”,  harpist  Jacqueline  Kerrod  maintains  a varied  career  as  soloist,  chamber  and  orchestral  musician.  She  has  played  as  a  member  of  the Metropolitan  Opera,  New York  Philharmonic,  New York  City  Opera, American  Ballet  Theater, American Symphony and the American Composers orchestras.  She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed for various Broadway and off-Broadway  shows  (Cinderella, The  Producers, Beauty  and  the  Beast, The  Fantasticks  and Donnybrook!). 

An  active  advocate  of  contemporary  music,  Jacqueline  is  a  member  of  the  American  Modern Ensemble  (AME)  and  has  performed  with  the  International  Contemporary  Ensemble  (ICE), Talea  Chamber  Ensemble,  Either/Or,  Wet  Ink  and  Argento  Chamber  Ensemble.  As  a  native South African,  she  is  passionate  about  commissioning  and  performing  music  written  by  South African composers and has performed over a dozen works written for her

Jacqueline has performed in some of the major venues in the US and Europe, including Carnegie Hall,  Lincoln  Center,  Radio  City  Music  Hall,  Madison  Square  Garden,  SF  MOMA,  the  Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms) and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  She has performed at Lincoln Center’s  Mostly  Mozart  festival,  the  Norfolk  Chamber  Music  Festival  (where  she  was  featured as  soloist  with  renowned  flutist  Ransom  Wilson),  Harare  International  Festival  of  the  Arts (Zimbabwe),  the Asphalt  Contemporary  Festival  (Düsseldorf,  Germany)  and  The  National Arts Festival  (Grahamstown,  South Africa).    She  was  also  part  of  the Yellow  Barn  residency  which focused  on  the  performance  of  George  Crumb’s  Madrigals  Books  I-IV  with  videographer  Bart Woodstrup. 

Jacqueline’s  discography  includes  Greg  Spears’s Requiem  (New  Amsterdam  Records),  Robert Paterson’s Star Crossing and Book of Goddesses (American Modern Recordings) and MAYA - In The  Spirit  (Perspectives  Recordings).  Other  notable  recordings  that  feature  Jacqueline  include Tristan  Murail’s Winter  Fragments  (AEON)  and  the  single Crazy  in  Love  by  Antony  and  the Johnsons (Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade Records). Her latest recording,   "Candlelight Carols" with Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire debuted at #11 on the Classical Billboard charts.

Described  by  Lucid  Culture  as  “an  eclectic  concert  harpist,”  Jacqueline  has  always  been passionate  about  exploring  new  ways  of  using  the  harp.   This  has  led  her  to  form  the  pop/folk duo, Addi & Jacq, who were recently crowned as NYC’s best emerging band by NPR-WNYC in the 2015 Battle of the Boroughs. 

Jacqueline  began  playing  the  harp  at  the  age  of  nine  in  Johannesburg,  South Africa,  where  she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in performance with distinction from the University of the  Witwatersrand  under  the  tutelage  of  Ventura  Rosenthal  and  Pauline  Nossel.     She  was  a finalist in the Jim Joel Music Prize and ATKV National Music Competitions.   In 1999 she was invited by Nancy Allen to study at the Yale School of Music.   After receiving the Oppenheimer Memorial  Trust  Foundation  Scholarship  and  a  scholarship  from Yale  University,  she  moved  to the US where she completed her Master of Music and Artist Diploma.   It was during this period that  she  spent  her  summers  at  the Aspen  Music  Festival  as  the  Fellowship  recipient  and  where she  was  the  winner  of  the  harp  competition  (2001).  After  completing  her  degrees  at  Yale  she moved  to  New  York  City  where  she  resides  with  her  husband  and  their  two  Abyssinian  cats, Hasani and Nanu.


  • We met performing in the world’s longest running Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks.!!
  • We were named “the best emerging band in New York City” by NPR-WNYC in 2015!!
  • Jacq is from Johannesburg, South Africa and moved here to study at Yale!!!
  • Addi is from the oldest city in the US (St. Augustine, FL) and her dad makes vodka, gin and rum there!!!
  • We love gummy bears and give them away at every live performance!!!
  • We wrote a color rap (it’s a rap about 35 colors- listen to Pink Phone!)!!
  • We like to play the harp with unexpected objects (like a screwdriver and viola bow!) !!
  • We love playing with orchestra (we’ve got some really cool arrangements!) !!
  • We love to travel! (Yes, harps can travel!)!!
  • We’ve been praised as being the most versatile duo! (first-rate entertainment for audiences large and small, young and old) !!
  • We printed thousands of business cards only to realize that our slogan made us sound like hookers! (we’ve since re-printed )!!
  • What we hear (over and over): “This is a breath of fresh air. I’ve never heard anything like it!” (this is not an exaggeration)



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Chapter member Kathy DeAngelo and her husband Dennis Gormley were inducted into the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame at the Irish Center (Commodore Barry Club)  in Philadelphia in November. Kathy is the director of the Somerset Folk Harp Festival and the annual Harpers’ Escape Weekend. She and her husband have been performing traditional Irish music together since 1978 as McDermott’s Handy. They had already been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann  in April 2014.


Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony

June 19—June 25, 2016 | Limited space available


Where good harpists become great musicians
The Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony is an advanced training ground for the world’s next generation of professional harpists. The colony is a true pedagogical institution, with emphasis on individual development for promising young harpists as well as professionals. The distinguished faculty conducts an intensive program of master classes, ensemble playing, and orchestral training.

Harpists looking for a rigorous program will benefit from an intensive week of orchestral training through mock auditions, master classes with Elizabeth Hainen, and harp ensemble with Nancy Lendrim, culminating in a performance in the final concert. Whether looking to enter competitions or merely seeking a greater knowledge of the repertoire, students will benefit from a full exploration of harp literature.

Build friendships, share ideas, and enrich your musical talent in an intimate atmosphere—and enjoy yourself thoroughly in the process.


The 16th annual Somerset Folk Harp Festival takes place July 22-24 at the Hilton Parsippany, Parsippany NJ. There are 4 full days with 100+ workshops from 34 presenters spanning the diversity of the lever harp world.   

There is also a full-day Sunday program  added this year with the Blues Harp Immersion with Deborah Henson-Conant, who is also presenting 4 other workshops at Somerset during the weekend. 

The full slate of weekend workshops is augmented at the festival by 4 major concerts as well as the largest harp and music showroom on the East Coast. The early-bird discount is $100 on the full festival and $50 on Deborah’s Sunday event until May 1. Check out the website for all the presenters and workshop and event details plus registration information:


The 24th annual Harpers Escape Weekend will take place Oct. 7-9 in New Brunswick, NJ at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center with Grainne Hambly, Eileen Gannon, Debbie Brewin-Wilson and Kathy DeAngelo teaching all-day workshops in traditional Irish and Scottish music in this multi-level, friendly environment.  The $499 registration includes 2 nights hotel plus all the meals. Advance registration is required. For all the details, see  Commuters are also welcome!


On Sunday April 24 at 3 PM the Curtis Harp Studio will present a tribute concert to honor the late Danny Dannenbaum. Danny was widower to Marilyn Costello, Principal Harpist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 50 years. 

The program will include the Salzedo Quintet with their instructor Elizabeth Hainen and a performance of the Introduction et Allegro by Maurice Ravel performed by Curtis student Helen Gerhold. 



Temple Prep Harp Ensemble under the direction of Sarah Javaux will be presenting a concert at Temple University's Rock Hall Auditorium located at 1715 N. Broad Street at 4:00pm on Saturday April 30th. For more information, please contact Matthew Schillizzi at 215-204-7609.


Harps for sale or rent. New Lyon and Healy harps all styles pedal and lever available, rent to own options, also gently used lever harps, Lyon and Healy, Dusty Strings, Jack Faulkner Celtic harps, Triplett harps for sale and rent. Harp lessons , Main Line area, harpist for weddings, cocktail hours , events, harp solo, harp/flute, harp/violin, harp CDs. Please contact Martha Clancy Kob, 
Phone: 610-783-5686

Pedal and non pedal harps for rent.  Concert size,  small Lyon &
Healy 14.  Also available, a Pilgrim Clarsach non pedal harp with big
firm sound.  Delivery and pickup possible.
Phone: 609.992.9336


For harps, music, and accessories, visit your local supplier the
Virginia Harp Center in Haddonfield, NJ. Located at 425 N. Haddon
Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 with street parking and easy access by
PATCO high speedline at the Westmont and Haddonfield stops. For phone
orders call 856.428.1430, and stay tuned for the opening of our
online ordering option!

Visit for harp sales and rentals, harp music,

For information about harp therapy, please visit:  -


Auditions and Evaluations 2016

“Auditions and Evaluations” is a two-part program for students of all ages and levels sponsored 
by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society. It consists of two auditions held six 
weeks apart.

The word “audition” comes from the Latin [audio] which means “to hear.” We must not confuse 
our Harp Society “Auditions” with the more common usage of the word audition; for this is not 
a competition and there are no prizes awarded. Participants come specifically to be heard and 
to hear one another.

Because this is a unique two-part program, the focus is especially on the improvement that can 
be made by participating on both days.

On the first day, April 2nd at 5:00, participants play two pieces (or movements of pieces) of their 
own choosing for an advisor and for one another. A simple theory test is given on the first day.

On the second day of the program, June 11th at 5:00, participants show their improvement by 
playing the same two pieces again. Both of these events will take place at the Settlement School 
at 416 Queen Street in Philadelphia. There is a free parking lot at this location.

Participants are encouraged to stay and listen to as many other participants as possible during 
both auditions. Everyone who participates in both Auditions receives a “Certificate of 
Participation: from the Music Education Committee of the American Harp Society.

Any questions can be directed to Phillyharp Vice President Elizabeth Huston at There is a $25 fee to participate in this program. Please make all checks payable to: Philadelphia Chapter AHS.  Please detach the bottom of this form and mail it with your check to:

Philly Harp
4817 Cedar Ave #1
Philadelphia PA 19143

Name of Participant: _________________________________________________________

Number of Years taking lessons _______________________________________________

Name of Participant’s teacher: _________________________________________________

Contact Email or Phone for participant: _________________________________________

Mailing Address (for certificate): _______________________________________________

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Fun Facts!
We met performing in the world’s longest running Off-Broadway musical
The Fantasticks.
We were named “the best emerging band in New York City” by NPR-WNYC in
Jacq is from Johannesburg, South Africa and moved here to study at Yale!
Addi is from the oldest city in the US (St. Augustine, FL) and her dad makes vodka,
gin and rum there!
We love gummy bears and give them away at every live performance!
We wrote a color rap (it’s a rap about 35 colors- listen to Pink Phone!)
We like to play the harp with unexpected objects (like a screwdriver and viola
We love playing with orchestra (we’ve got some really cool arrangements!)
We love to travel! (Yes, harps can travel!)
We’ve been praised as being the most versatile duo! (first-rate entertainment for
audiences large and small, young and old)
We printed thousands of business cards only to realize that our slogan made us
sound like hookers! (we’ve since
What we hear (over and over): “This is a breath of fresh air. I’ve never heard
anything like it!” (this is not an exaggeration


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