Charting Your Course

Jaymee Haefner

Jaymee Haefner is Assistant Professor of Harp at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music, and co-chair of the UNT University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. This article is the final installment her year-long series that examines the fundamentals of playing the harp and provides strategies and tools to improve your playing.

Explore your musical landscape and elevate your performance

Enjoy the view. Take the scenic route. We’ve all heard this wise advice for making the most of life’s journeys. But have you considered how this mindset might relate to your time on the harp bench? To truly master the performance of a piece of music, whether it’s a classic or a new improvisation, we must be constantly aware of the structure of a piece and our moment-to-moment placement in the musical landscape. Are you ready to embark on a journey within your repertoire? Grab your pencil and your music, and let’s go!

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About Author

Jaymee Haefner’s 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 and was appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010. Recently featured at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in New York City, and the 2014 AHS National Conference in New Orleans, she has also performed throughout the Dallas‐Fort Worth area, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Her recordings include features with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, baritone Daniel Narducci and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. She published a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié and presented lectures at the 2014 World Harp Congress (WHC) in Sydney, the 2008 WHC in Amsterdam and the 2009 AHS Institute in Salt Lake City. Jaymee was Chairman of the 2011 AHS Institute and was recently appointed as the Treasurer for the World Harp Congress, she also and serves as the National Harp Associations Liaison for the WHC Review publication. Jaymee’s current projects include a “Better than One” duo with harpist Emily Mitchell and her “Crimson” duo with violinist Matt Milewski. Both ensembles are currently preparing CD recordings. When she isn’t practicing the harp, Jaymee trains in karate and is a first-degree black belt. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.

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