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Meet Our Program Mentors

Each student is assigned a mentor for the Program.  The mentors are graduates of our Program, have a wealth of experience as therapeutic musicians, and are dedicated to helping our students be successful.  Because they have been through our Program, they understand the benefits and challenges of independent study and are able to assist students in moving through their studies.  Mentors tailor their approach to each student, and may lend support as experts, cheerleaders, someone to share with, and/or organizational coaches, depending on the needs and style of each student.

Please click on a mentor's name to view a picture and short bio. While all of our mentors are shown with their harps, their collective musical journeys have included voice, flute, hammer dulcimer, piano, violin, viola, clarinet, hand bells and guitar; so they are able to help both harpists and non-harpists develop  their therapeutic music styles and repertoire.

  • Mary Stevens, MT

    Mary Stevens, MT

    Mary, the program manager for Harp for Healing, is certified through our program, IHTP and and VAHT and has been a church musician, private music instructor, hospice volunteer, and piano tuner. She provides therapeutic music, including Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy, to local hospice patients and the residents of two care facilities in north central Montana. She serves on the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM).

    Mary plays several instruments including harp, piano, organ, guitar, flute, marimba, and handbells. The Montana Health Care Association honored her as Montana’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2011.

    Healing with Harps on the Hi-Line https://www.havredailynews.com/story/2019/07/04/local/hi-line-living-healing-with-harps-on-the-hi-line/524521.html

  • Arlis Dowding, NE

    Arlis Dowding, NE

    Arlis Dowding is a Certified Clinical Musician, and has the honor to play for patients at the Josie Harper Hospice House on behalf of the Omaha Music Chamber Society, for 2 hospital systems, and has played for Reiki/Yoga practitioners. Arlis is also a freelance performer.  She and her husband, Greg hike, swim, and love road trips. They reside in Omaha, Nebraska and have a son who lives in Texas. 

  • Barbara Allen, NJ

    Barbara Allen, NJ

    Barbara is a Certified Clinical Musician and certified Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner.

    Since winning the 2nd prize in the 7th International Harp Competition held in Israel, Barbara Allen is active as a performer, recording artist and teacher. She has held the Principal Harp position with American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center since 1990, and has appeared with artists such as Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Doc Severinsen, and Sting. Recordings include movies such as Tower Heist, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Julie/Julia, Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Dog's Purpose, and The Greatest Showman on Earth.

    Barbara Allen teaches at Mannes College at the New School, Masters School, Hoff Barthelson. She completed the her internship in therapeutic harp at Joe Raso Hospice Facility, and was certified as a Certified Clinical Musician (CCM) through Harp for Healing's Clinical Musician Certification Program (CMCP) in 2017. She completed the training to be a Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner (VAHTP) in 2018.

    SUNY Purchase BFA 1978

    Juilliard School MM 1980

    Harp for Healing CCM 2017

  • Francesca Durham, Canada

    Francesca Durham, Canada

    Francesca is a harpist and is certified through our program and IHTP. In her practice she serves palliative care and hospice patients, those suffering from chronic pain, and clients challenged by Alzheimer’s, MS, Cancer and Stroke.  Francesca develops and offers recreational and therapeutic harp care programs supporting women’s personal development.  She is a Neurolinguistic Practitioner and worked in HR for 17 years.

    Francesca is a writer and has published two books.  She has a passion for color, and when not working, she is chasing her 4lb. Yorkie, Gracie at her home in Ontario, CN.

  • Jocelyn Obermeyer, AZ

    Jocelyn Obermeyer, AZ

  • Judy Friesem, WA

    Judy Friesem, WA

    Judy plays flute, harp, and guitar. She started playing harp a few years ago after her husband survived a stroke that left him sensitive to sound and flute was too shrill. Finding that harp was healing for both of them, she decided to delve into therapeutic music. She is a Certified Clinical Musician and is finding work in skilled nursing facilities, hospice, hospitals, and private patients in NW Washington where she lives.

    Judy is also a mediator for intergenerational and cross-cultural relationships and an environmental educator, facilitating healing between people and in our relationship with the natural world.

  • Laura Goldstein, NC

    Laura Goldstein, NC

    Laura is a graduate of our program. She has a master’s degree in harp performance and loves teaching and performing, including storytelling with the harp. Her experience in therapeutic settings includes hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices; and she has taught the harp privately, at universities, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Camp. .   

    She enjoys reading, calligraphy, and hiking with her husband in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. .  Her website iswww.lauragoldstein.info.

  • Pat Cloud, FL

    Pat Cloud, FL

    Pat is a graduate of our program and has played the piano for many years. She was busily writing original tunes when she decided to pursue the folk harp.  After seeing the harp’s effects on its listeners, she decided to seek further education on the healing effects of therapeutic music.  Pat currently volunteers at the local hospice, and finds that regardless of the client and/or family background, there are always some notes that seem to fit the current need.

     A retired School Media Specialist, Pat has a passion for research that goes hand-in-hand with finding the “right” tune for the moment. She enjoys reading, gardening, crocheting, and sharing music ideas and tunes with others. She lives with her husband in northeast Florida.

  • Silvia Maserati, Italy

    Silvia Maserati, Italy

    Silvia is a graduate of our program. She is a professional musician, music educator and CCM in Milan, Italy. She holds a master of music degree in piano performance and she has been teaching piano for over twenty years. Silvia provides therapeutic harp service on a weekly basis both in palliative and in critical care in the Milan area. Founder and director of Infinitamusica Onlus, a non profit organization promoting therapeutic harp music at the bedside, Silvia is also a drum circle facilitator in training. Deeply interested in the rhythmic roots of music and life, she has a passion for anthropology and ethnomusicology and she is currently studying djembe and West African music, with the aim to enrich her harp playing and her therapeutic tools.
  • Verlene Schermer, CA

    Verlene Schermer, CA

    Verlene has her certification through our program. She has been playing her double strung harp at Stanford Hospital, CA, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and the Stanford Cancer Clinic since 2003. In addition to harp, she sings, plays guitar, violin, piano, and several other stringed instruments. She teaches private students in her home studio in San Jose, California, and directs and arranges for the multi-level group, The Harpers Hall Ensemble. You can access her web site at www.verlene.com for additional information about her experience, recordings, and published arrangements.

    In her time away from her music career, Verlene enjoys hiking and reading, and has recently rediscovered her love for sewing.

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