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Saturday, March 17, 2018  –  Joan Holland (Interlochen, University of Michigan) will be giving a masterclass at NOVA Community College (Alexandria campus, Fine Arts building, room 118) on Saturday, March 17, from 10:00 am — 1:30 p.m.  There are 5 available slots and a break for lunch, during which time she will give information regarding programs at Interlochen.  Participants are $40, and observers are $25; fees include a box lunch.  A private lesson later in the day at a different location is available for $100.  Please contact Mary Jane D’Arville ( to register.
Abigail Kent in Concert
Date: Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Location: Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church

8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton, Maryland 21113

Abigail Kent is a versatile musician who has performed internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Among her many awards, she was Finalist at the 2016 International Harp Competition (Hungary), Laureate Finalist and Senior Division Winner of the 2015 American Strings Teachers Association National Solo Competition, Semi-Finalist in the Chief Musician category of the 3rd Wales International Harp Competition in 2014, and Winner of “Play With the Pros” Concerto Competition and performance with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the 2013 Saratoga Harp Colony.

Most recently, Ms. Kent was awarded 1st Prize in the 2017 American Harp Society’s Competition, Young Professional Division, earning her the title of “AHS Concert Artist” for 2017-2019. As Concert Artist, Abigail will be presenting recitals and masterclasses throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, Abigail was a featured harp soloist for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.

As an orchestral harpist, she is Principal Harpist of Symphony in C and is Guest Musician Harpist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. She has performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, and Ken Lam. An avid proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered multiple works for harp solo and chamber, including dahlianum by Andrew Hsu, The Star at Night by Ben Yee-Paulson, and Tolstoy Trio by Nicholas Bentz.

Ms. Kent studied for a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then was selected as the Maryjane Mayhew Barton Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she graduated with the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Mannes School of Music, studying under Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harpist of the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Dallas Harp Quartet Concert and Masterclass
Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Location: Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church 8424 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton, Maryland 21113

The Washington, DC chapter of the American Harp Society is thrilled to present the Dallas Harp Quartet in their Spring 2018 tour. The Dallas Harp Quartet will feature Grace Browning (The Dallas OperaSanta Fe Opera),Emily Levin (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Karen Abrahamson Thomas(Baylor University University faculty), and guest harpist, Dr. Jaymee Haefner(University of North Texas).

Following the performance, the quartet will conduct a very special ensemble masterclass/workshop for student harp trios or quartets, in the interest of nurturing young ensembles and furthering the genre of the harp quartet. The guidelines for signing up for the masterclass are as follows:

1) Students must prepare an ensemble piece for three or four harps, maximum duration 10 mins.
2) Students must have written confirmation from their teacher that their ensemble is prepared and has rehearsed as a group at least once prior to the masterclass.
3) Students must be ages *12 or older. (*Exceptions can be made with recommendation from teacher)
4) The participation fee for each student is $25; participants can bring a check for this amount to the event, made out to the “Dallas Harp Quartet”.
5) All interested parties may contact Grace Browning directly at to coordinate repertoire and group rosters.

To learn more about the Dallas Harp Quartet, please visit

AHS/DC Members: $20; $25 at the door
Non-members: $25; $30 at the door

 Saturday, May 19, 2018 – The DC Chapter Scholarship Recital will be on May 19.  Many thanks to Monika Vasey Rhodes for vounteering to organize this for us!  Please contact her directly ( for further details.