On Monday, January 21, 2013, we met in the lovely harp-strewn Beverly Hills home of Dorothy Victor for our annual membership meeting/New Year’s party.

During cocktail hour, many of us took turns playing for each other on Dorothy’s lever and pedal harps.

130121CharissaBargerTunesUp Above: Charissa Barger tunes up.

130121DorothyVictorAbove: hostess Dorothy Victor enchants us with her lovely arrangements.


We discussed our upcoming chapter events, and Ellie Choate, chair of the upcoming AHS Summer Institute being planned for June 2013 in downtown Los Angeles, told us about the exciting events that will be happening there (including master classes, performances, informative panels, and a competition.)

Our guest of honor was jazz harpist Carol Robbins, twice Grammy-nominated as a member of composer/pianist Billy Childs' group. Carol told us how she came to be interested in the harp and in jazz, how she learned by listening avidly to great jazz pianists, as well as by studying with the late great Dorothy Ashby, and shared the inside scoop on what it’s like to tour the world with a renowned jazz group!

Jazz harp summit! L to R: Stella Castellucci, Lori Andrews, Michelle Whitson Stone, Carol Robbins, Carol’s husband Buddy Halligan.

Guests socialize and enjoy the potluck dinner.


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