September 2018 Glissando


Greater Houston Chapter
September 2018





A Message From Our President



Henriette Renie with Harpo Marx c. 1935, at her studio in Normandy

We are preparing for our Saturday, September 22 event which will showcase AHS Artist Abigail Kent in master class and recital. Please plan to join us for a beautiful concert! Many thanks to Emily Klein for making the arrangements.

Kate Gabriele, GHC Vice-President, will host and present a program on copywriting in her home on Sunday, October 7. Please join us for light refreshments and learn about the interesting process and its influence on today’s industry.

Have you visited the new GHC website?  Many thanks to Elizabeth Webb for bringing this new resource to us. Check it out for events, photos, teacher listings, harps for sale, and a secure membership/donation portal. If you choose, you may mail your membership to our Treasurer, Alaina Graiser.

Remember these famous words: “As long as I have ASCAP, I won’t have to pass the cap.”—Ira Gershwin

See you in September!

Mary Jane Sinclair




September 2018 Events




2353 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005




See below for more information about these two exciting events!





inFLUX Recital

Thurs. Sept. 27, 11:30 am

Houston Methodist Hospital
6550 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030




Emily Klein and flutist Izumi Miyahara perform an informal lunchtime concert in the Crain Garden Lobby at Houston Methodist. Works by Eugene Bozza, William Alwyn, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, and G.F. Handel will be performed. Bring your lunch and stop by!





Gulf Coast Harpers Recital 

Sun. Sept. 30, 3:00 pm
1900 Bering Dr.
Houston, TX 77057




The Gulf Coast Harpers are presenting a fall program of folk music and original compositions, including solos, duets, and harp ensemble. The concert will take place at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church and a $15 donation is suggested to benefit the GCH Scholarship Fund.






Copyright Basics for Musicians




Our second event for the 2018–2019 season is scheduled for October 7, 2018 from 3:00–5:00 pm.

This is an interactive presentation of copyright in three parts:

  1. Basic definitions
  2. Changes in the music industry as a result of technology and innovation
  3. Common situations a performer may encounter
The event will take place in the home of board member, Kate Gabriele, at 309 Snover Street, Houston, TX 77007. There is parking on nearby streets, such as Dickson and Patterson. Please mark your calendars to attend this informative and entertaining meeting.





Save the Date: March 3, 2019



The winners from the 2017 Mildred Milligan Competition following their May performance

The 2019 Mildred Milligan Competition will be held March 3rd, 2019 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church.  The competition is open to Houston area students from first grade through college.  Students will perform for a panel of professional harpists and receive detailed feedback on their playing. Winners will receive cash prizes and a performance opportunity at a GHC meeting.  Registration and required repertoire will be available early September here.  Questions? Email Hope Cowan at





Houston Chapter’s Fall Kickoff Event



Abigail Kent, Concert Artist for the American Harp Society, will be in Houston on September 22, 2018.  Among her many awards, she was a finalist at the 2016 International Harp Competition (Hungary), a laureate finalist and senior division winner of the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, a semi-finalist in the Chief Musician category of the 3rd Wales International Harp Competition in 2014, and the winner of the “Play with the Pros” concerto competition at the Saratoga Harp Colony in 2013.

Made possible by the AHS, Abigail will perform a 2:00 pm recital with a masterclass to follow (at approximately 3:30 pm). Signups for the masterclass will be made available in August, and the event will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church (2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005). Overflow parking is available in the Greenbriar parking lot at Rice University.

Please note that this event is our chapter’s membership kick-off event.

Membership for 2018-2019 Greater Houston Chapter of the AHS:
  • $25 for adults
  • $15 for students
  • $15 for non members,
  • $10 for members
  • Free for students
  • $20 participation + $15 student membership fee
  • Free to audit

Questions? Contact Emily Klein at



Last Call to Join HYHE!




Calling all harp students in Houston: register today for the fall semester of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble! The inaugural season will feature music from students’ favorites movies and musicals, and it’s sure to be a fantastic time. Rehearsals start Saturday, Sept. 8, so this is your last chance to participate in the fall concert.

The details:

  • Geared towards middle and high school students
  • Two ensembles offered to students of varying levels
  • Rehearsals twice a month on Saturday mornings, with an end-of-semester concert
  • Both pedal and lever harpists welcome
  • Directed by Naomi Hoffmeyer and Stephanie Gustafson
  • A limited number of rental harps are available

Our December 1st concert will be at 14 Pews at 1:30 PM, and includes “Over the Rainbow,” “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, Themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, a Les Misérables medley, “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, and a medley of hits from Pixar’s Up.

Like HYHE on facebook or visit the website to learn more. Email with any questions.








  • Lyon & Healy Petite 85 for rent

  • Contact Emily Klein at

  • Style 100 Lyon & Healy for sale
  • 11-15 years old, selling for $18,000
  • Contact Bonnie Goodrich: 832.496.7302 or
  • Salvi Apollo CG for sale
  • Asking price $22,500, including matching bench, mahogany music stand, 6-wheel dolly, and travel cover set
  • Approximately 10 years old
  • Contact Barb Pytlewski at 435.669.4548.
  • Harp Benches for sale.
  • $175 each
  • Heights: 20.25″ and 21.25″
  • Contact Louise Trotter at 281.497.2986



Our 2018-2019 GHC Board



Mary Jane Sinclair, President
Kate Gabriele, Vice President
Alaina Graiser, Treasurer
Stephanie Gustafson, Secretary
Hope Cowan, Mildred Milligan Competition Chair
Elizabeth Webb, Webmaster



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