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Upcoming Events

Fall 2018:

  • Thursday October 11th, 4-6pm: rehearsal with Paul Patterson in harp ensemble time
    • Sunday October 14th, 3pm in Vortman: concert of Paul Patterson works for AHS in Dallas
    • Monday October 15th, 11am in MEIT:  Paul Patterson in Music Now (UNT composers)
    • Monday October 15th, 4-6pm in Recital Hall: masterclass with Paul Patterson 
    • Monday October 22nd , 4-6pm in Voertman Hall: masterclass with Abigail Kent 
    • Thursday October 25 evening and Saturday Oct 27th morning: HarpBeats performance for UNT Alumni awards
    • Nov 3-4th:  HarpBeats Performance for All Saints, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, TX
    • Dec 9th:  HarpBeats morning and evening concert at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, TX


Past events from Fall 2017-Spring 2018:

  • August 26th: Maria Luisa Rayan with the FWSO
  • Aug 28th: Rayan masterclass in Recital Hall 4-5:30pm
  • September 17: Jaymee Haefner and faculty recital, Winspear hall, 2pm
  • October 20-22: Harptacular (including HarpBeats performance Sunday 10am).  Starts Friday 7pm, all day Sat, Sunday morning.
  • Ocbober 28: Ruth Mertens Junior recital, 12:30pm, Recital Hall
  • November 11th: Danielle Cordray MM recital, 6:30pm Voertman Hall
  • November 18th: Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell recital, 2pm Recital Hall
  • November 18th: Leanna Johnson MM recital, 5pm Organ Recital Hall
  • November 19th: Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell recital for Mu Phi and AHS Dallas, 3pm: http://www.muphiepsilondallas.org
  • December 3rd 7:30pm: HarpBeats at Lake Highland church- holiday concert and fundraiser
  • January 20, 2018: Sasha Boldachev masterclass at UNT, 10am-noon Voertman Hall
  • January 26, 2018: Jaymee Haefner performs at Dallas City Performance Hall with UNT faculty
  • February 1st, 2018: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz rehearsal with HarpBeats (during ensemble time)
  • February 2nd, 2018: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz Latin American Rhythms clinic 5-7pm, Orchestra Hall at UNT
  • February 3rd, 2018: Ortiz workshops in Dallas for AHS
  • Feburary 4th, 2018: Ortiz concert with HarpBeats and mass ensemble, 3:30pm, tickets: www.thempac.com 
  • March 5th, 2018: Emily Levin (DSO principal harp) excerpt workshop, Merril Ellis Intermedia Theater, UNT College of Music, 4-6pm
  • March 24th, 2018: HarpBeats spring recital, 6:30pm, Voertman Hall
  • May 6th, 2018: HarpBeats at First Presbyterian Tyler- spring concert and fundraiser
  • June 8th, 2018: HarpBeats at Lyon & Healy Summer Concert Series, Chicago





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 Texas, currently with nine harp majors (BA, BM, MM, DMA and certificate program).
  • UNT recently 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.
  • Five of our harp majors (Danielle Harmon, Ann McLaughlin, Danielle Cordray, Ruth Mertens and Ula Rucka) have been UNT Concerto Competition winners.
  • 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 recently performed for the 9th American Harp Society Summer Institute
    • The ensemble was recently featured on CBS11
    • The ensemble normally performs 1-2 times per semester on or off campus
    • 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 now:
    • Teaching full-time for the high school harp program in Frisco, TX
    • Touring and performing harp throughout India
    • Performing with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
    • On the faculty of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi)
    • Leading choirs and performing harp as a full-time choir director
    • Publishing harp solos and arrangements
    • President of American Harp Society Chapter
    • Performing and teaching professionally
    • Recipient of Distinguished Fellowship (for graduate study in harp)
      at the University of Illinios (Urbana-Champaigne)