UNT's HarpBeats announce fund-raising performances

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 17:55

DENTON, Texas (UNT) —HarpBeats, the harp ensemble at the University of North Texas and the largest harp ensemble in Texas, will be playing a set-list this semester that includes hits by Led Zeppelin and Sting as part of a series of performances to raise funds for a conference trip.

The harp ensemble is a part of the College of Music and is led by Dr. Jaymee Haefner, the director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Music and UNT harp instructor.

“I joined the faculty in 2006, and when I came I really formalized the harp ensemble and the studio started to grow immediately,” Haefner said. “That meant we could start to do bigger performances.”

The HarpBeats performed for more than 500 harpists who attended the American Harp Society Summer Institute hosted by UNT in 2011. This fall, the HarpBeats will be fundraising for their trip to the 2014 AHS Summer Conference in New Orleans where they will perform for hundreds of fellow harpists this summer.

“Attending and performing at the AHS Summer Conference in New Orleans in 2014, the students will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the skills needed to be a professional musician on tour,” Haefner said.

The HarpBeats will accept donations for their trip at their performances and online. They will perform several times in Denton and the DFW area. Many of the performances will be at the Denton Golden Triangle Mall where the group will perform in smaller ensembles.


HarpBeats Performances this semester:

  • Oct. 20 (Sunday) 4 p.m.—Performance for the American Harp Society in Dallas at Kessler Park United Methodist Church (1215 Turner Ave., Dallas)
  • Oct. 26 (Saturday) 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. — Ensemble performance featuring Beckie Arden, Lib Harris, Haley Hodson and Claire Yingling at the Golden Triangle Mall in the Center Court (2201 I-35E South, Denton)
  • Nov 9 (Saturday) 5 p.m. – Performance for the UNT College of Music at Recital Hall in the Music Building (415 S. Ave. C)
  • Nov 16 (Saturday) 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. — Ensemble performance featuring Jennifer Betzer, Danielle Cordray, and Marisa Spengemanat the Golden Triangle Mall in the Center Court (2201 I-35E South Denton)


Find HarpBeats on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/UNT-HarpBeats/246986638691256



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