Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa is founding director of Houston Summer Harp Festival at Houston Baptist University, Harp Journeys Youth Festival and Harp Journeys for adults. She teaches privately from her home studio in the Lake Dallas area and is harp teacher for McKamy Middle School in Lewisville ISD. Her students have won numerous competitions and acceptances into prestigious Universities and Conservatories. Her priority is to approach each student individually to nurture his/her love for music and the harp while building confidence and polish. Ms. DeRosa performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. She is a member of The New Houston Harp Ensemble and Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble. She has played on occasions with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, TUTS, Fort Worth Sym. and Dallas Wind Sym. She earned her Bachelor of Music in harp performance at Southern Methodist University with Susan Dederich-Pejovich and completed her graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the direction of Judy Loman. CD recordings: ”Tidings of Joy” and “Zero Hour”. Former affiliations include Affiliate Artist at Houston Baptist University, Adjunct Harp Instructor at Sam Houston State University and Howard Payne University. She currently serves the American Harp Society as Chair of the Chapter Committee.
Therese Honey is a specialist in Celtic and Early harps, with a background in classical pedal harp. She began her harp studies with Houston Symphony harpist Beatrice Rose. Ms. Honey furthered her harp skills by studying at the Irish Music Summer School in Ireland, Amherst Early Music Workshop, Historical Harp Conference and the University of Houston. In 2008, Therese became a registered Suzuki Harp Teacher. Ms. Honey 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 develop strong musicianship skills and good harp technique in all styles of music. Her teaching studio is located in the Rice Village where she enjoys teaching both children and adults on pedal and lever harps. Teaching credits include Houston Summer Harp Festival at Houston Baptist University (13 years), High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Historical Harp Society, North Texas Irish Festival, Washington Area Folk Harp Society, National Scottish Harp Society Championship, International Society for Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, Inc., American Harp Society Southwest Regional Conference, Dusty Strings Harp Symposium, Seattle, WA, Mississippi CelticFest, Music for Healing and Transition Program, and O’Flaherty’s Irish Music Retreat. www.theresehoney.net
Susanna Campbell’s enthusiasm for all things harp-related prompted her to share the joy of music with others as a teacher and performer in Greater Houston. She is currently principal harpist with the Round Rock Symphony 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. Ms. Campbell earned a Master’s Degree 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, harp faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, a published arranger, music director at King’s Cross Cypress and a proud alumnus of the Houston Summer Harp Festival. www.harpandpiano.com
A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Hope Cowan currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. Ms. Cowan has a Master’s of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Bachelor’s of Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, both under the instruction of Paula Page.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Cowan is the principal harpist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with various orchestras including the San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Victoria, Lake Charles, Brazos Valley and Southeast Texas Symphonies. Recently she was featured as a soloist with the Brazosport Symphony in Southeast Texas. An avid chamber musician, she has appeared with SYZGY: New Music at Rice, The Foundation for Modern Music, AURA, MUSIQA, and her own performing ensemble: The Deciduous Trio. An advocate for new music, Ms. Cowan frequently performs contemporary solo and chamber music and enjoys working with composers to expand the repertoire for the harp.
Ms. Cowan has also participated in a number of music festivals including the Chautauqua Festival Institute, Roundtop Festival Institute, the Texas Music Festival, The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and the Avaloch Farm Institute. A teacher as well as a performer, Ms. Cowan teaches in the Alief and Fort Bend school districts, at the University of St. Thomas Preparatory School, and out of her home in Katy, TX.