Jaymee Haefner

Dr. Jaymee Haefner
University of North Texas
Harp, Music Theory
Director of Undergraduate

National Secretary and
Southwest Regional Director,
American Harp Society

World Harp Congress

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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 in 2006 after serving on the faculty at Indiana University Southeast and the Arts Institute in New Albany, Indiana for three years.

She was recently featured in a performance at the 50th Anniversary of the American Harp Society in New York City. She has recently performed with Chamber Music International in Dallas and as a concerto soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Jaymee Haefner has recorded with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, acclaimed baritone Daniel Narducci, and Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. Appearing regularly as a soloist, she has performed in Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She has received numerous awards, including the Lauréate prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, and had the honor of performing for former President George H. W. Bush. She was a winner of the President’s Concerto Competition in Tucson, Arizona, playing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. In 2003, Jaymee also won the Indiana University Harp Concerto Competition playing Debussy’s Danse sacrée et danse profane

During her doctoral studies, she dedicated much of her time to researching the compositional and performance techniques of French harpist and pedagogue Henriette Renié. She recently published the translation of a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié and presented a lecture on Renié’s compositions and transcriptions for harp at the 2008 World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. Dr. Haefner obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. 

The Legend of Henriette Renié
(written by Odette de Montesquiou, translated by Rob Kilpatrick, edited by Jaymee Haefner)
Available online at: AuthorHouse, Amazon.com, Vanderbilt Music, Harp.com, and other harp retailers

Virtuoso, Composer, and Teacher: Henriette Renié's Compositions and Transcriptions for Harp in Perspective
Doctoral document, Indiana University Bloomington
under the direction of Susann McDonald
Available online through : UMI ProQuest
Note: order number is 3251177