“The harp is the only instrument you cradle in your arms.”
Mary Jane Sinclair
Mary Jane (Osborn) Sinclair is a native Houstonian. In 1971, she was invited to attend the first year of HSPVA - the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Because of her appreciation of Harpo Marx, in 1972 Mary Jane began her harp studies with the esteemed Mildred Milligan.
After graduation from HSPVA in 1974, she played at The Brownstone Restaurant, located in River Oaks, for over 15 years. At that venue, she met and performed for a list of Hollywood notables including Gene Tierney Lee, Burt Reynolds, Dr. Jonas Salk and Debbie Reynolds. In her 45 year career, she has also performed for President George H.W. Bush and Senator Robert Dole.
Mary Jane is the author of “The Films of Leslie Howard”, a film anthology of the British actor. She began collecting Leslie Howard’s authentic film costumes and memorabilia in 1972. She also formed friendships with Leslie Howard’s son Ronald and daughter Leslie Ruth. Mary Jane has been invited to share her reflections about the life and career of Leslie Howard at numerous “Gone With the Wind” venues across the United States, and was also given the honor of performing at Howard’s estate outside London, England.
Mary Jane has produced and recorded two CD’s - “Songs From the Heart” and “A Christmas Tapestry”.
While serving as President of the San Jacinto Chapter of the American Harp Society, the predecessor of the Greater Houston Chapter, Mary Jane created and was responsible for funding the "Mildred Milligan Scholarship Fund” in honor of her teacher. The program was created to encourage and assist Houston harp students to continue their studies of this beautiful instrument.
Mary Jane has served as a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston museum house Rienzi, the former home of Harris and Carroll Masterson. She also produced and directed the “Hooray for Hollywood!” Gala held in 2013, the most successful fundraiser ever for the Houston Assembly of Delphians.
Mildred Milligan’s quote, “…the harp is the only instrument that you cradle in your arms”, has inspired Mary Jane throughout her career. Ms. Milligan’s “love of the harp” is the feeling that Mary Jane strives to convey to everyone who hears this magnificent instrument.
GHC Vice President
Kate Gabriele has played the harp since 2006. She is a lifetime member of both the National American Harp Society and the American Harp Society in Dallas. Kate served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas chapter from 2013-2016, where her responsibilities included organizing
student events and coordinating hospitality. Therapeutic music is one of Kate's many interests. In December 2016, she completed the Public Music for Medical Environments training, earning
the title of Healthcare Lobby Musician. Kate has been a member of the AHS Greater Houston Chapter since moving to Houston. She is honored to serve on the board and looks forward to working with members to offer programs and events to further educate and inspire local harpists and students.
Dr. Alaina Graiser
An avid performer, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Alaina Graiser (adjunct instructor of harp at Sam Houston State University), has shared her passion for pedagogy with harpists around the world, including recent engagements as adjunct instructor of harp pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and guest lecturer at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia; the American Harp Society Summer Institute in Logan, Utah; the Lexington Talent Education Association Midwinter Harp Workshop; and harp pedagogy courses around the midwest US and Toronto, Canada. Prior to her appointment at SHSU, Dr. Graiser served as President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Harp Society and directed an annual summer harp camp for local harpists for four years. Dr. Graiser has performed across the United States and Canada, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and regional tours with the REFLECT harp+percussion duo. Dr. Graiser received her DMA in harp performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Gillian Benet Sella, following her MM from the University of Toronto with Judy Loman and the BM from the University of Texas at Austin with Delaine Leonard. Dr. Graiser lives in Huntsville with her husband Brian, her son William, and their three rabbits. Her website is www.alainagraiser.com
Stephanie is an active performer, educator, and writer. An experienced orchestral musician, she has been Principal Harpist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since August 2015 and is a regular guest of the Houston Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. Prior to her move to Houston, she lived in Washington DC, where she was principal harpist of the Annapolis Symphony. As a teacher, Stephanie is co-founder and co-director of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble and is on faculty with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer program in Twin Lake, Michigan. She also held a fellowship with Da Camera of Houston from 2016-2018, which allowed her to teach in public, private, and charter schools all across Houston. Stephanie received her Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of the late Deborah Hoffman, Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 28 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied with the esteemed Dr. Ann Yeung. In her spare time, she writes for the Harp Column and is an avid reader.