Jaymee Haefner, DMA
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Academic Area: Harp
DMA in Harp Performance, Indiana University
MM in Harp Performance, University of Arizona
BM in Harp Performance, University of Arizona
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.” She was recently featured in a performance with Chamber Music International in Dallas and as a concerto soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. 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.
During her doctoral studies, Haefner 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 at the 2008 World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. Additionally, Haefner was recently appointed as the Southwest Regional Director for the American Harp Society, and Chairman of the 2011 Summer Institute and National Competition of the American Harp Society, which will take place in Denton. She studied with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin and Susann McDonald. Haefner taught at Indiana University - Southeast and the Arts Institute in New Albany, Indiana for three years before joining the faculty of the University of North Texas.