Reviving Old Warhorses

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Jaymee Haefner: Harmonic Curve

This article is part of a year-long series by Jaymee Haefner that examines the fundamentals of playing the harp and provides strategies and tools to improve your playing. Is there a topic you’d like to read about? Let us know. Email us at info@harpcolumn.com.

 How to breathe new life into stale standards.

I pull out my tattered and stained copy of the Mozart concerto or A Ceremony of Carols for what seems like the hundredth time. While I politely accept the terms of the performance, my inner 12-year-old voice whines “borrrrrinnnng,” to which my inner parental voice replies, “This repertoire is frequently performed for a reason—it is loved by audiences, so I need to make the most of this opportunity, even if it is the hundredth performance!” If you can relate to this inner-struggle when bringing back repertoire, I have a few techniques that can help your old repertoire shine like new.

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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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