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2016, Harp Day

Harp Day 2016
April 23rd, 2016
Cairn University 

Online Registration: $30
At the door registration: $40
Addi and Jacq only: $15

This year we are excited to announce our featured performers and workshop hosts Addi & Jacq.  We plan to kickoff Harp Day with an introductory forum to give our workshop hosts a chance to introduce their offerings and attendees to ask brief questions in order to get a better understanding of the day's offerings. We are excited to be offering workshops including: harp maintenance,  modern marketing techniques, collaborative process, perfecting your glissandos, Alexander Technique, lessons for parents, and more! We will also have a vendors hall where you can purchase all of your harp needs.  Temple Harp Ensemble directed by Sarah Javaux will be performing and we will conclude Harp Day with a performance by NYC's Best Emerging Band of 2015  Addi & Jacq. Visit to find out more about our featured performers.

In addition, Liza Jensen will be scheduling Harp Regulations throughout the day.  If you have a harp or 2 that needs regulating, please email to arrange your harp(s)' reservation.

2016 Philly Harp Day is scheduled to be held at CAIRN University.  CAIRN is located in Langhorne, PA just minutes from I95, Route I and the PA Turnpike.  For more detailed transportation and driving instructions, please visit CAIRN's website:

We are excited to offer The 2016 Cairn University Discount Rate at Sheraton Bucks County Hotel at $94/night. (The rooms usually run $169-$199 per night, so this is a significant savings.) The entire hotel has undergone a major renovation, and every room has been refurbished within the past 12 months.

When you are calling to make a reservation, you should be aware of the following information:

Rep:      Nicole McDevitt, Sales Coordinator, Preferred Accounts
Phone: 215-269-3408 (M-F, 8:30-5) or
            Central reservations: 1-800-598-1753 at any time
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA 19047

Rate:     $94/night ~ MUST ASK FOR CAIRN UNIVERSITY RATE when making reservations.

Harp Day Schedule of Events

 Holmes HallClassroom AClassroom B
8:30 amRegistration   
 9:00 amWelcome   
 9:30 am      Alexander TechniqueHarp Column Music "How To"  Marketing Workshop
 10:30 amAlexander Technique  Harp MaintenanceMasterclass with Jacqueline Kerrod

 12:00 pmLUNCH   
1:00 pm    "Glissandos Galore" Anne Sullivan  New Music Showcase with Virginia Harp Center's Maryanne Meyer
 2:00 pm Parent Lessons Collaboration Techniques
 3:00 pmTemple Prep Concert   
 7:00 pmAddi + Jacq   


Armed  with  the  powerhouse  vocals  of  Addi  McDaniel  and  the  virtuosic  harp  of Jacqueline Kerrod, the duo has created a diverse and compelling body of music. They've taken the heart and soul of blues, jazz, and classical music, and skillfully placed  it  inside  of  a  pop  exterior.  With  the  help  of  looping  pedals  and  vocal processors, they create a sound that easily competes with a full band.

Recently crowned the best emerging band in NYC as winners of the 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs,Addi & Jacq (armed with nothing more than vocals and a harp) have created a diverse and compelling body of music. The variety in Addi and Jacqs output can be partly attributed to their wide range of musical influences, which they said include everyone from Mozart to Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright to Paul Simon. While some buzz with quick vocals and smart rhymes, others bubble slowly with blended voices. All are grounded by skilled writing, singing, and playing.

The Los Angeles Times praised vocalist Addi McDaniel as a a powerhouse with a brass-plated voice, and paired with exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive harpist Jacqueline Kerrod (Classical Source Online) they bring you a sound that "transcends genre, unlike anything you've heard before (Bob Power, grammy-winning producer).

They perform regularly in New York and collectively their venues includeLincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Birdland, Carnegie Hall,The Apollo, WNYC's Greenespace, Joes Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera House.

Described  as  exceptionally  virtuosic  and  sensitive,  harpist  Jacqueline  Kerrod  maintains  a varied  career  as  soloist,  chamber  and  orchestral  musician.  She  has  played  as  a  member  of  the Metropolitan  Opera,  New York  Philharmonic,  New York  City  Opera, American  Ballet  Theater, American Symphony and the American Composers orchestras.   
She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed for various Broadway and off-Broadway  shows  (Cinderella, The  Producers, Beauty  and  the  Beast, The  Fantasticks  and Donnybrook!). 

An  active  advocate  of  contemporary  music,  Jacqueline  is  a  member  of  the  American  Modern Ensemble  (AME)  and  has  performed  with  the  International  Contemporary  Ensemble  (ICE), Talea  Chamber  Ensemble,  Either/Or,  Wet  Ink  and  Argento  Chamber  Ensemble.  As  a  native South African,  she  is  passionate  about  commissioning  and  performing  music  written  by  South African composers and has performed over a dozen works written for her

Jacqueline has performed in some of the major venues in the US and Europe, including Carnegie Hall,  Lincoln  Center,  Radio  City  Music  Hall,  Madison  Square  Garden,  SF  MOMA,  the  Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms) and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  She has performed at Lincoln Centers  Mostly  Mozart  festival,  the  Norfolk  Chamber  Music  Festival  (where  she  was  featured as  soloist  with  renowned  flutist  Ransom  Wilson),  Harare  International  Festival  of  the  Arts (Zimbabwe),  the Asphalt  Contemporary  Festival  (Düsseldorf,  Germany)  and  The  National Arts Festival  (Grahamstown,  South Africa).    She  was  also  part  of  the Yellow  Barn  residency  which focused  on  the  performance  of  George  Crumbs  Madrigals  Books  I-IV  with  videographer  Bart Woodstrup. 

Jacquelines  discography  includes  Greg  Spearss Requiem  (New  Amsterdam  Records),  Robert Patersons Star Crossing and Book of Goddesses (American Modern Recordings) and MAYA - In The  Spirit  (Perspectives  Recordings).  Other  notable  recordings  that  feature  Jacqueline  include Tristan  Murails Winter  Fragments  (AEON)  and  the  single Crazy  in  Love  by  Antony  and  the Johnsons (Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade Records). Her latest recording,   "Candlelight Carols" with Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire debuted at #11 on the Classical Billboard charts.

Described  by  Lucid  Culture  as  an  eclectic  concert  harpist,  Jacqueline  has  always  been passionate  about  exploring  new  ways  of  using  the  harp.   This  has  led  her  to  form  the  pop/folk duo, Addi & Jacq , who were recently crowned as NYCs best emerging band by NPR-WNYC in the 2015 Battle of the Boroughs. 

Jacqueline  began  playing  the  harp  at  the  age  of  nine  in  Johannesburg,  South Africa,  where  she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in performance with distinction from the University of the  Witwatersrand  under  the  tutelage  of  Ventura  Rosenthal  and  Pauline  Nossel.     She  was  a finalist in the Jim Joel Music Prize and ATKV National Music Competitions.   In 1999 she was invited by Nancy Allen to study at the Yale School of Music.   After receiving the Oppenheimer Memorial  Trust  Foundation  Scholarship  and  a  scholarship  from Yale  University,  she  moved  to the US where she completed her Master of Music and Artist Diploma.   It was during this period that  she  spent  her  summers  at  the Aspen  Music  Festival  as  the  Fellowship  recipient  and  where she  was  the  winner  of  the  harp  competition  (2001).  After  completing  her  degrees  at  Yale  she moved  to  New  York  City  where  she  resides  with  her  husband  and  their  two  Abyssinian  cats, Hasani and Nanu.

We met performing in the worlds longest running Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks
We were named the best emerging band in New York City by NPR-WNYC in 2015
Jacq is from Johannesburg, South Africa and moved here to study at Yale
Addi is from the oldest city in the US (St. Augustine, FL) and her dad makes vodka, gin and rum there
We love gummy bears and give them away at every live performance
We wrote a color rap (its a rap about 35 colors- listen to Pink Phone!)
We like to play the harp with unexpected objects (like a screwdriver and viola bow!)
We love playing with orchestra (weve got some really cool arrangements!)
We love to travel! (Yes, harps can travel!)
Weve been praised as being the most versatile duo! (first-rate entertainment for audiences large and small, young and old)
We printed thousands of business cards only to realize that our slogan made us sound like hookers! (weve since re-printed )
What we hear (over and over): This is a breath of fresh air. I've never heard anything like it! (this is not an exaggeration)