Jaymee Haefner, harp
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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.” Dr. Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2006 and was appointed as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010. Previously, she served on the faculty at Indiana University Southeast. Appearing regularly as a soloist, she has performed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. Her recent recordings include features with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, acclaimed baritone Daniel Narducci, and Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz.
Jaymee received the Lauréate prize at the Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, and has also performed for former President George H. W. Bush. She recently published a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié and presented lectures at the 2008 World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and the 2009 American Harp Society (AHS) Institute in Salt Lake City. Jaymee serves as the National Secretary and Southwestern Regional Director for the AHS and Chairman of the 2011 AHS Institute and National Competition, which brought over four hundred harpists to the UNT campus in June 2011.
She was recently appointed as the Treasurer for the World Harp Congress, and also serves as the National Harp Associations Liaison for the organization. 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.