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Professor Haefner

Upcoming Events

Fall 2023:

August 24 & September 7  
arranging class Willi Huber

September 11, 6:30pm Voertman Hall
Jaymee Haefner Villa Lobos Quatuor faculty recital

September 30, 2pm Recital Hall
Zoe O'Shaughnessy and Kathryn Horton non-degree recital

October 9, 8pm, Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater
Jaymee Haefner/ Crimson Duo faculty recital

October 15, 2pm St. Andrew Church, Plano
Jaymee Haefner/ Crimson Duo recital (free!)

October 17, The Dallas Star
HarpBeats performance at Kheune VIP reception

October 20, 6:30pm, Voertman Hall
Margaret Anne Gunter, junior recital

October 23, IU Jacobs School Auer Hall
Jaymee Haefner/ Crimson Duo guest recital
USA International Harp Competition concerts

October 24
Lever harp workshop with Amelia Romano

October 25, UNT Ballroom
HarpBeats performance for Alumni Awards

November 5, Mu Phi Concerts and AHS Dallas
Margaret Anne Gunter recital

November 12, Concerts on Carter Creek (Bryan, TX)
HarpBeats recital 

November 14
Masterclass with composer Caroline Lizotte

Spring 2024:

January 26, 7:30pm Lewisville Symp Chamber Series
7:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church 5500 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound, TX (free admission)
Zoe O'Shaughnessy chamber recital

February 5, 6:30pm, Voertman Hall
Caroline Wilkins (prev. AHS Concert Artist) guest recital

February 6, 4-6pm, Recital Hall
Caroline Wilkins, guest artist masterclass

February 20, 4-6pm, Recital Hall
Parker Ramsey, guest artist masterclass

March 5, 6:30pm, Recital Hall
Park Stickney, guest artist recital

March 6, 10am and 3pm, Recital Hall
Park Stickney, guest artist workshops

March 22, 4pm, Choir Room
Elisabeth Plank, guest artist masterclass

March 23, 2:00pm, Voertman Hall
Elisabeth Plank, guest artist recital

April 13, 2pm, Voertman Hall
Kaitlin Miller, alum and 2023-25 AHS Concert Artist recital

April 20, 2:00pm Voertman Hall
UNT HarpBeats spring recital

June 2024
UNT HarpBeats perform at AHS Orlando conference!










Read the October 2023 issue of Harp Column magazine.

In addition to weekly lessons, harp majors at UNT participate in harp masterclass, harp ensemble, and large ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.

For further information about harp studies at UNT, please contact Dr. Haefner at jaymee.haefner@unt.edu or call 940-565-3739.

  • UNT has one of the largest harp programs in the United States, currently with fourteen harpists (BA, BM, MM, DMA and certificate program).
  • UNT hosted the American Harp Society Summer Institute (June 2011), which brought over 400 harpists to the UNT campus. NBC5 did a feature story about the event.
  • Harp students participate in orchestra, band, chamber music, harp ensemble and weekly harp masterclass.
  • Six of our harp majors (Margaret Anne Gunter, Danielle Harmon, Ann McLaughlin, Danielle Cordray, Ruth Mertens and Ula Rucka) have been UNT Concerto Competition winners.
  • One of our students (Kaitlin Miller) was a winner in the national Anne Adams harp competition (2020) and was selected as the 2023-2025 American Harp Society Concert Artist (Young Professional Division Winner).  In 2023, Margaret Anne Gunter also received first prize in the Advanced Division and Kathryn Horton won fifth prize in the Intermediate 2 Division .  Our students have received accolades at state, national, and international music competitions.  Additional students have been finalists in national competitions (Paulina Delgadillo, Zoe O'Shaughnessy, and Marti Moreland).
  • Three of our students (Halie Hodson, Anna Jalkeus, Danielle Harmon) have gone on to publish their original harp compositions and arrangements with Lyon & Healy Harps and HarpColumn.com.
  • About the UNT HarpBeats:
    • Students compose, arrange and lead most of the music for the harp ensemble (UNT HarpBeats); we have performed pieces ranging from Bach to Radiohead (and many in between)
    • The ensemble performed for the 9th American Harp Society Summer Institute (2011, Denton) and National Conference (2014, New Orleans)
    • The HarpBeats were featured at the World Harp Congress 2017 in Hong Kong
    • The HarpBeats gave a concert at the Lyon & Healy Summer Concert series (Chicago) in 2018.
    • The ensemble was featured on CBS11 Dallas
    • The ensemble has recordings available for purchase on the UNT Music Store!! All proceeds go toward UNT Harp Studio expenses.
  • What our harp graduates are doing:
    • Performing (principal harp) with the Arkansas Symphony
    • Faculty at Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
    • Featured in the Washington Post and TEDx (Annie Rey)
    • Faculty at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden
    • Faculty at Trinity University, San Antonio
    • Harp faculty, Urban Youth Ensemble
    • Teaching full-time for the high school harp program in Frisco, TX (100+ harpists in the program)
    • Touring and performing harp throughout India
    • Writing articles published in the American Harp Journal
    • Performing with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
    • Faculty of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi)
    • Leading choirs and performing harp as a full-time choir director
    • Recording and publishing harp solos and arrangements (Lyon & Healy, Harp Column Music)
    • President of American Harp Society Chapter
    • Performing and teaching professionally
    • Recipients of distinguished scholarships for continued study