Adjunct Faculty of Music Theory and Lecturer in Harp
Dr. Jaymee Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006. She was the harp instructor at Indiana University Southeast and the Arts Institute in New Albany, Indiana from 2003 to 2006. She has held the position of Principal Harpist with several orchestras, including the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky and the Bloomington Pops Orchestra in Indiana. Dr. Haefner was recently featured on the Bloomington Pops Orchestra’s compact disc, Hoagy’s Songs, and has also recorded with the acclaimed baritone Daniel Narducci, and the renowned Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. She appears regularly as a soloist and has performed in San Carlos, Mexico; in Moscow, Russia; and at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. She also had the honor of performing at a reception for President George H. W. Bush. Beginning her harp studies in South Dakota with Anna Vorhes, Jaymee continued her education, obtaining her Bachelor of Music (2000) and Master of Music (2001) degrees from the University of Arizona with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, and her Doctor of Music (2007) degree from Indiana University, studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. She recently published the translation of a biography about the famous French harpist and pedagogue, Henriette Renié entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié. Dr. Haefner has also been the recipient of numerous honors, including a first place Lauréate prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, Russia. She was a winner of the President’s Concerto Competition in Tucson, Arizona, playing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. In 2003, she also won the Indiana University Harp Concerto Competition playing Debussy’s Danse sacrée et danse profane.