Past Competitions

2017 Yvonne La Mother Schwager Harp Competition
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, 37 harpists between the ages of 6 and 18, converged upon the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) in Foster City, California, with harps and benches in tow to compete in the biennial Yvonne LaMothe Schwager Competition for Young Harpists.  An esteemed panel of judges, Celia Chan-Valero, Karen Gottlieb, and Madeline Jarzembek, listened thoughtfully, provided positive feedback and identified awards for these high-achieving young people.

The winners by division and their teachers are:

Award Level Winner Teacher
Preliminary Division-up to and including age 9
Gold Charlotte Trinh Dominique Piana
Silver-tie Emilie Campbell Jacqueline Venter
Silver-tie Anton Taffin Lynn Taffin
Harpiana Prize Emilie Campbell Jacqueline Venter
MusicWorks Prize Charlotte Trinh Dominique Piana
Level 1-up to and including age 12
Gold Sophia Shan Linda Rollo
Silver Aden Eva Barbuta Jacquelyn Venter
Bronze David Lin Dan Levitan
Harpiana Prize David Lin Dan Levitan
MusicWorks Prize Aden Eva Barbuta Jacquelyn Venter
Level 2-up to and including age 15
Gold Danielle Nam Linda Rollo & Sonya Yu
Silver Judy Liu Linda Wood Rollo
Bronze-tie Hannah Ewell Kristal Schwartz Barlaan
Bronze-tie Kartika Santoso Sonya Yu
Harpiana Prize Margaret (Meg) Larsen Dominique Piana
MusicWorks Prize Judy Liu Linda Wood Rollo
MusicWorks Prize-Honorable Mention Hannah Ewell Kristal Schwartz Barlaan
Level 3-up to and including age 18
Gold Tiffany Wong Linda Wood Rollo
Silver Elizabeth Vo – Phamhi Doug Rioth
Bronze Karissa Yau Sonya Yu
Harpiana Prize Shannon Zheng Dominique Piana
MusicWorks Prize Tiffany Wong Linda Wood Rollo

Congratulations to all who participated!

One week later, on Sunday, May 28, 2017, the winners, their families and an audience of harp enthusiasts celebrated the achievements of the young harpists and heard beautiful music when the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society presented the winners of the biennial Yvonne LaMothe Schwager Harp Competition in recital at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville.

This concert, “Romancing the Harp” was featured as part of the International Harp Festival sponsored by Diablo Valley Arts Academy at San Damiano Retreat, in Danville, CA 94526.

Participants performed compositions by harp pedagogues Susann McDonald and Linda Wood Rollo, harpists-composers Andrès, Godefroid, Grandjany, Hasselmans, Pratt, Renié and Salzedo, as well as composers such as Albeniz, Dussek, Liszt, Purcell and others.

Guest artist Madeline Jarzembak crowned the recital with two brilliant virtuoso works, Die Moldau by Smetana, as arranged for harp by Hans Trneček, and Carlos Salzedo’s Variations sur un thème dans le style ancien. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Madeline is Principal Harp of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and studies currently at the San Francisco Conservatory with Doug Rioth of the San Francisco Symphony.

To download a copy of the recital program, click here.

Many thanks go out to the teachers who worked so hard with their students to help them prepare for the competition.

Also THANK YOU to our team of volunteers:  Aruna Bhasker, Constance Koo, Daphanie Lin, Janice Ortega, Krista Strader, Melinda Chinn, Sarah Goss, Silvia Pratt, Sonya Yu, and Suki Russack.  This competition could not happen without you!

And finally, gratitude goes to the Competition Committee:  Dominique Piana, Artistic Director and Chairperson, Alice Yothers and Susie Spiwak.

2015 Yvonne La Mother Schwager Harp Competition
The third bi-annual Yvonne La Mothe Schwager Harp Competition took place Sunday, May 24, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Twenty-two harp students, from seven different teachers, performed beautiful and challenging repertoire in order to hone their performance skills and receive valuable feedback from a panel of judges, comprised of top harp professionals in California. Cash prizes and an opportunity to perform in the winners recital on Sunday, June 7, were awarded to the following students:

Preliminary level
IMG_0168Gold: Charis Woo, student of of Doug Rioth and Jessica Siegel
Silver: Hannah Chen, student of Jessica Siegel
Bronze: Hailey Tan, student of Kristal Barlaan Schwartz
Special MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize: Charis Woo

 

Level 1
IMG_0176Gold: Naomi Sun, student of Linda Wood Rollo
Silver: Hannah Ewell, student of Kristal Barlaan Schwartz
Bronze: Phoebe Lin, student of Sonya Yu
Special MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize: Naomi Sun
Special Harpiana Prize: Hannah Ewell

 

Level 2 and Level 3
IMG_0186Gold: Tiffany Wong, student of Linda Wood Rollo
Silver: Danielle Nam, student of Sonya Yu
Bronze: Elizabeth Vo-Phamhi, student of Doug Rioth
Special MusicWorks-Harp Editions Prize: Tiffany Wong
Special Harpiana Prize: Shannon Zheng, student of Dominique Piana

Gold (level 3): Jenny Vo-Phamhi, student of Doug Rioth

The judges were Alexandra Perdew, Claudia Valsi, and Celia Chan Valerio.

The Winners’ Recital will be held Sunday, June 7, at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton to hear these students perform and support their harp endeavors. Download the 2015 Harp competition winners recital flyer for details .

 


The 2013 YVONNE LaMOTHE SCHWAGER COMPETITION FOR YOUNG HARPISTS

ORGANIZED AND PRODUCED BY THE BAY AREA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN HARP SOCIETY

The competition was held May 26 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, from 12 noon to approximately 8 pm. The Winners’ Recital was held at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton on June 2, 2013, at 2 pm. The area of eligibility covers the entire “Western Region”, (that is, Northern California and Nevada, zip codes 93600 to 96199).

Click here for a copy of the recital program.

2013 Competition Winners
back row, L-R: Sunny Wu, David Ren, Arielle Herman, Eileen Gao, Emily Mader, Jenny Vo-Phamhi, Elizabeth Vo-Phamhi
middle center, L-R: Charis Woo, Carter Williams
front row, L-R:Tiffany Wong; Erin Kim; Aria Delgado; Hannah Ewell; Danielle Nam
Therese Nguyen is not shown.

2013 Competition Winners
back row, L-R: Sunny Wu, David Ren, Arielle Herman, Eileen Gao, Emily Mader, Jenny Vo-Phamhi, Elizabeth Vo-Phamhi
middle center, L-R: Charis Woo, Carter Williams
front row, L-R:Tiffany Wong; Erin Kim; Aria Delgado; Hannah Ewell; Danielle Nam
Therese Nguyen is not shown.