The UNT Summer Harp Masterclass is a one-day harp immersion event which takes place UNT’s Voertman Hall in the College of Music. The day includes masterclasses by Dr. Jaymee Haefner, and a performance wellness clinic by Dr. Sajid Surve.
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 faculty in 2006. A passionate teacher and performer, she has premiered several new harp works, including In Arkadia (Schocker, 2015), Better than One and Snow (Schocker, 2015), Et descendit (Hong, 2016), Music for Violin and Harp (Da Silva, 2016), Flutter (Broberg, 2017), and Still/Nervous (Schocker, 2017). Her performances were featured at several American Harp Society (AHS) conferences (New York City, 2012; New Orleans, 2014; Atlanta, 2016). She has performed worldwide (Los Angeles, Colorado, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, Hong Kong). Jaymee regularly writes for The Harp Column and has published two books: The Legend of Henriette Renié and One Stone to the Building: Henriette Renié’s Life Through Her Works for Harp. She presented lectures for the World Harp Congress (Amsterdam, 2008 and Sydney, 2014) and a chamber recital (Hong Kong, 2017). Jaymee was chair of the 2011 AHS Institute and serves as the Treasurer for the WHC and on the American Harp Journal editorial board. Her chamber projects include her “Better than One” duo with Emily Mitchell and her “Crimson” duo with violinist Matt Milewski, currently working on their second recording of works personally written for them. Her ensemble (UNT HarpBeats) will be featured in the 2018 Lyon & Healy Summer Concert Series in Chicago and were showcased in Hong Kong (2017). She has served on the jury for the Italy Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards, and will adjudicate 2018 Hong Kong International Harp Competition. When she isn’t on stage, Dr. Haefner trains in karate, and earned her first-degree black belt in 2015.
Sajid A. Surve, DO is a triple-board certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine, and pain medicine. He graduated from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. While completing his residency training in New York, Dr. Surve worked for three years with the Center for Sports and Osteopathic Medicine under the direction of Richard M. Bachrach, DO, FAOASM, the legendary performing arts medicine physician. In 2009, Dr. Surve returned to Rowan University as a faculty member. While there, he helped expand the newly formed Chateau Gardot Music Medicine Program to include Dance Medicine, and partnered with the Rowan University College of Performing Arts to create a Performing Arts Clinic. Dr. Surve left Rowan University in 2014 to join UNT Health Science Center, where he currently teaches and sees patients.