Harpist Jaymee Haefner is returning as part of the Festival Symphony Orchestra for her ninth summer! Her 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.” Jaymee joined the University of North Texas (UNT) faculty in 2006 and was appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010. Recently featured at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in New York City, and the 2014 AHS National Conference in New Orleans, she has also performed throughout the Dallas‐Fort Worth area, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia.
How many years have you been coming to the Crested Butte Music Festival?
I have performed at CBMF since the summer of 2007.
What do you like most about the festival and/or Crested Butte?
The musicians are exceptional players and are also some of the kindest people I have worked with. I can honestly say that the other musicians are friends, and we keep in touch during the other seasons. It always feels like a homecoming when returning to Crested Butte. Of course, I enjoy immersion in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. I enjoy the outdoors, and often bring my kayak and mountain bike.
It always feels like a homecoming when returning to Crested Butte.
What are you most excited about this year?
One of the highlights is working with Maestro David Stern, and performing La bohème— this is an opera that I always enjoy performing.
Do you have any recent or exciting news you’d like to share with us?
I was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Harp at the University of North Texas (previously, I was Principal Lecturer). As a harpist, it is rare to hold a full-time teaching position at a university, particularly as a professor, so I’m particularly honored. This year, I have released a CD recording with Matt Milewski called Crimson. We commissioned a new work for violin and harp which is based on imagery in Crested Butte. We are excited to share this music during the festival and will also premier the full work at the American Harp Society national conference in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2016. Last June (2015) I received my first-degree black belt in American Karate.
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