Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble, and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She has led the Octavia Harp Ensemble for the past 20-plus years. The ensemble has released two recordings on the Traditional Sounds label and has commissioned and premiered several new works for harp ensemble. A highly regarded free-lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010. For many summers during that time, she enjoyed returning to New Orleans to play Principal Harp with the acclaimed Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. She also served as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (1995-1997) and has played second harp numerous times with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera and with The Dallas Opera, where she was privileged to perform the entire Wagner Ring Cycle. Her recent adventures on harp include concertizing with Jeff Walters as The Logan/Walters Harp Duo, performing all original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps.
Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura was founder and director of the popular HarpFire summer camp from 2001 – 2010. She has conducted ensembles and presented workshops for the American Harp Society in Dallas, the AHS Summer Institutes of 2011 and 2015, the Harp in Worship Conference, Harp Journeys, and Harp Journeys Youth Festival. Laura is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Harp Society. She previously served as a long time board member of the AHS in Dallas chapter and has served numerous times as Chair of the AHS in Dallas Student Scholarship Competition. She is currently the AHS Southwestern Regional Director.
Laura has been privileged to work closely with many fine contemporary composers and has been the honoree of two commissioned works for harp and organ: Passacaglia by Joel Martinson was premiered in 1995 and Legend by Charles Callahan was premiered in 2000.
Laura is married to Allen Brandenburg, a 25 year R.N. with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. She considers her most significant lifetime achievement to be her two sons, Ethan and Luke, who have fallen asleep to the sound of harp music their entire lives and never once complained.
Classically trained harpist Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa is a concert and recording artist, a freelance performer and music educator. As a soloist and a chamber/orchestral musician, she performs many genres of music. After earning her Bachelor of Music at Southern Methodist University under the direction of Susan Dederich-Pejovich and completing her graduate studies with world-acclaimed harpist Judy Loman at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, Ms. DeRosa accepted an invitation to be a private instructor for harp, piano and theory at The Royal Conservatory in 1991-1992. From 1992 through 2006, she was a leading Houston free-lance musician and teacher. In 2006, she performed and taught in the Northeast until she returned to her home state of Texas in 2010. Her freelance concert work in the United States and Canada has included Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Opera in Concert, Mississauga Symphony, Waterloo-Kitchener Symphony and touring with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band among others. Performances in various celebrity concerts include Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bernadette Peters, Connie Francis, Ray Charles and the Moody Blues.
Ms. DeRosa is currently developing a unique style and a series of workshops using harp music for relaxation and wellness. “I’ve always been in awe of the spirit of music and its affects on the performer and the listener. It is my intent to share the essence and awareness of music and the harp specifically for relaxation and wellbeing.” As a part of her ongoing free-lance adventures in the Dallas – Fort Worth and Houston areas, she performs with the Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble and The New Houston Harp Ensemble. Her partnership with guitarist Marc Garvin, known as the Snaufer-Garvin Duo, spanned over 20 years and produced numerous new arrangements for harp and guitar of Spanish & South American music. The Duo’s CD recording “Zero Hour” and her self-produced Christmas CD, “Tidings of Joy”, featuring harp with guest musicians on flute, cello, guitar, oboe and violin are both available on www.cdbaby.com.
A passionate educator and presenter, Ms. DeRosa instructs all ages and levels at her studio in the Lake Dallas area. Her priority is to nurture each student’s joy and love for music and the harp while building confidence and polish. Her students have won competitions and earned scholarships and acceptances into prestigious universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Canada. A respected presenter, she offers various workshops, coaches harp ensembles and conducts master classes. In 2000, Ms. DeRosa established the reputable Houston Summer Harp Festival (www.HoustonSummerHarpFestival.com ). This festival offers a unique experience for middle school and high school students on lever and pedal harps. In 2006, Ms. DeRosa founded Harp Journeys offering a format specifically designed for the adult student. This festival provides opportunities for participants to hone their skills, further explore the world of harp and enjoy the fellowship of other harpists while learning from local and nationally acclaimed guest presenters. Harp Journeys expanded to include a Youth Festival in 2011 and 2012 in Lewisville, Texas. Her current affiliations include Howard Payne University (Adjunct Instructor), Houston Summer Harp Festival (Founding Director) and McKamy Middle School in Flower Mound (Harp Instructor). Previous affiliations include Affiliate Artist at Houston Baptist University and Adjunct Instructor at Sam Houston Sate University, Harp Instructor at School of the Woods Montessori School (Houston).
Throughout her career, she has served her harp community on local and national levels through the American Harp Society and is the current Chair of the Chapter Committee, AHS. In addition to her own career, Ms. DeRosa assists in managing the professional ventures of her husband, Grammy nominated composer and arranger Richard DeRosa.
Harp Journeys 2017 Featured Artist, Cindy Horstman has been performing, recording, writing, and arranging for the past four decades. Classically trained, she is the first recipient of a Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a prize winner in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz Harp Competition.
Cindy co-founded the jazz duo,“2tone”, with bassist Michael Medina, the producer of 2tone’s 10 CDs. 2tone has toured nationally for 20 years and their recordings have received critical acclaim on Amazon.com and CD Baby. Horstman’s jazz theory workbook for harpists and her jazz-oriented arrangements and compositions for harp ensembles are very popular with harpists both nationally and internationally, becoming best sellers on the Harp Column Music website. She has given clinics nationwide and recently conducted her ensemble arrangements for the youth ensemble at the American Harp Society convention in New Orleans, the TMEA harp ensemble in Round Rock, TX, and the UT Longhorn Music Camp in Austin, TX.
Cindy is currently teaching harp at Brookhaven College and Commercial Music Theory at Collin College with an emphasis on arranging, particularly in the jazz idiom. Cindy’s latest composition for flute and harp, “Life Aquatic”, won 2nd place in the 2017 Composition Contest sponsored by the American Harp Society – Los Angeles Chapter.
Bassist Michael Medina, a native of Beeville, Texas, moved to Dallas in 1978 and graduated from the University of North Texas. Michael owns “First Bass Productions”, a recording production company that produces projects for a wide variety of artists including 2tone’s CDs. In addition to his work with Horstman, Medina has done extensive studio work, national and local television and radio spots, and recordings and performances with various artists including Luis Conte, Andy Timmons, Ignacio Berroa, Alex Acuna (Weather Report ), Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette, and Lou Marini. Michael is part of the research and development team at Mesa Boogie involved in creating and perfecting amplifiers for the bass guitar. Michael is currently teaching Audio Engineering at Collin College.
Debbie Simon, teaching since 2007, came to yoga out of a need for balance in her life. For years she taught high impact group fitness classes, was a runner and avid indoor cyclist. As she aged she began to notice achy joints and slower recover time. She knew she needed a change to help her remain active but with less trauma on her body. She found yoga and began to practice almost daily.
Intrigued by the depth of the practice, she began yoga teacher training. She is certified through Blue Anjou’s Breathe into Awareness teacher training, Yoga Bridge Yoga for Cancer training and is a yoga therapist. She is especially fond of yin yoga, meditation and breathing practices.
Debbie and her husband are recent empty nesters of two college boys and though she misses them, she is enjoying new found freedom to travel and have adventures…and a lower grocery bill!
Debbie teaches restorative, gentle, hatha, yin, Kundalini and believes meditation is the cornerstone of yoga and incorporates meditation in every class she teaches.