Jaymee Haefner’s harp 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, serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2010-2018. Jaymee has premiered several new harp works by Libby Larsen, Gary Schocker, Sungji Hong, Patricio Da Silva, Kirsten Broberg and Paul Patterson, some of which were made possible by grants from the American Harp Society (AHS), Inc. Jaymee’s violin and harp duo, Crimson, has released two compact discs. Her performances have included premieres at AHS national conferences and World Harp Congresses (WHC), and she has performed throughout the United States, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. She has worked with renowned conductors including Jaap van Zweden (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Roger Nierenberg (Music Paradigm), David Syrus (Royal Opera), and David Stern (Israel and St. Gallen Operas). Her recordings include the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Daniel Narducci, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and James Boldin; she has joined notable musicians on stage, including Johnny Mathis, Ben Folds, the Canadian Tenors, and a performance for George H. W. Bush.
A passionate teacher, Dr. Haefner leads the UNT HarpBeats who perform innovative harp arrangements from Bach to Led Zeppelin, featured at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago and the Center for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Highly sought as a masterclass teacher, Jaymee has worked with students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center and has served on national and international harp juries for the AHS, the Lyon & Healy Awards, the Italy Harp Competition and the Hong Kong International Harp Competition. Jaymee’s writing in The Harp Column, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and her books (The Legend of Henriette Renié and One Stone to the Building: Henriette Renié’s Life Through Her Works for Harp) have received critical acclaim. Dr. Haefner chaired the 2011 AHS Institute and serves as the Treasurer for the WHC, board member of the AHS Foundation, and member of the American Harp Journal editorial board. She holds her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona, and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.