Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa is founding director of Houston Summer Harp Festival and Harp Journeys for Adults. A passionate teacher, she approaches each student individually to nurture his/her love for music and the harp while building confidence and polish. In addition to presenting workshops and master classes, she teaches privately from her home studio in the Lake Dallas area, at McKamy Middle School in Lewisville ISD and via Skype/FaceTime. Her students have won numerous competitions and earned acceptances into prestigious Universities and Conservatories. Previous affiliations include Affiliate Artist at Houston Baptist University, and Adjunct Harp Instructor at Sam Houston State University and Howard Payne University.
Ms. DeRosa performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. She has performed in the US, Canada and Australia. In 2019, she performed solo recitals sponsored by the Gulf Coast Harpers Chapter of the International Society for Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, and American Harp Society’s North Jersey Chapter and Greater Houston Chapter. In 2018, Ms. DeRosa appeared performed as Guest Artist in Residence for the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society. Ms. DeRosa is a member of Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble. She also offers presentations on music’s role for well being and relaxation and performs for these settings. She has played on occasions with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, TUTS, Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony and various celebrity concerts including Frank Sinatra Jr., Bernadette Peters and the Moody Blues. CD recordings: ”Tidings of Joy” and “Zero Hour”.
Ms. DeRosa completed her graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the direction of world-renowned harpist Judy Loman. She earned her Bachelor of Music in harp performance at Southern Methodist University with former Dallas Symphony harpist Susan Dederich-Pejovich.
Active within the harp community, Ms. DeRosa serves as Chair for the American Harp Society Chapter Committee. She previously held officer positions in three local chapters of the AHS as well as serving as a Board Member of the AHS. She has organized and volunteered in countless events bringing harpists together for the sake of elevating the instrument and nurturing fellowship within the harp community.
Childhood fascination with the harp blossomed into an exciting and successful career as a professional harpist and recording artist for this Houston native. As a self-proclaimed “crusader for music of great heritage”, Therese Honey draws on her vast knowledge of early music history and her stunning virtuosity to bring alive for her audiences the incredibly beautiful music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Honey’s unique specialization keeps her in demand for lectures, concerts and festival engagements across the United States. With a vast and varied repertoire that includes familiar classical and popular favorites, she is a first choice for performances at social occasions as a soloist or with chamber groups.
Therese Honey delights and entertains her listeners when she performs on any one of her collection of harps, which range in size from the modern gold Concert Grand harp to the ancient Celtic harp. She is a specialist in Celtic and Early harps, with a background in classical pedal harp. Therese tours throughout the United States and in 1997 she performed at the 20th Annual Carolan Festival in Keadue, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Therese performs early music in the Houston area as well as with the Texas Early Music Project (TEMP). She presents concerts of Medieval and Renaissance music on copies of historical harps and wire-strung and other folk harps of ancient design. She performs traditional music solo and as a member of Wyndnwyre, with an emphasis on the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 13th-century Medieval music and occasionally joins forces with Istanpitta for performances of Medieval music.
She has an active teaching studio in the Houston area and tours throughout the US as a clinician and adjudicator. In addition to her private studio, Therese teaches workshops on Medieval, Renaissance and Celtic repertoire, arranging and style, and Harp Ensemble. She is a dynamic teacher who inspires and motivates her students to learn more about the harp: its technique, repertoire and history. www.theresehoney.net
Susanna Campbell is a passionate and experienced music educator and performer based in Houston, TX. She is currently principal harpist with the Central Texas Philharmonic and founding member of AURORA – a harp, flute, and cello ensemble embracing classical repertoire while championing contemporary music by emerging composers – and Shoso Duo – a harp and shakuhachi ensemble fusing eastern and western music and culture. She received a Master’s in Harp Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Ms. Emily Mitchell. In addition to performing, Ms. Campbell maintains a private harp and piano studio and takes great delight in training and mentoring young musicians. She is an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College, a published arranger, music director at King’s Cross Cypress and a proud alumnus of the Houston Summer Harp Festival. www.harpandpiano.com
Harpist Hope Cowan performs and teaches throughout the greater Houston area. An active orchestral player, she performs with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Mississippi Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Cowan is a founding member of the Deciduous and Lynx Trios. She is also currently part of Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artist Program. Through Da Camera, Ms. Cowan performs in schools and community venues across Houston. Ms. Cowan also teaches students of all ages at her home studio in Katy. She is on the faculty for the Houston Summer Harp Festival and is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Houston. She is also the current President of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Harp Society. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University, both under the instruction of Paula Page. www.hopecowanharp.com