David and Mary Jane D’Arville
For 20 years, David D'Arville was the owner of Southern Music Center, a successful Richmond-based music store. Mary Jane D'Arville graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a Masters of Music in Harp Performance. A harpist in both Richmond and Charlottesville Symphony Orchestras, she has over 20 years of free-lancing and teaching experience at all levels. Their marriage in January 1996, brought them together in realizing many dreams, including the fruition of The Virginia Harp Center. They live in Richmond, VA with their two children.
Philadelphia Showroom Staff
Megan Landfair, Manager
Megan Landfair completed her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in 2014, studying with Distinguished Professor
of Music Susann McDonald and is the former Executive Director of
the USA International Harp Competition.
Throughout her career, Landfair
has received honors in several national competitions, including the Advanced
and Young Professional divisions of the American Harp Society’s National
competitions and Indiana University’s 11th Spanish and Latin American Music
Competition. Before moving to the
Philadelphia area, she frequently performed with regional orchestras throughout
the Midwest and maintained a private teaching studio.
A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, Maryanne Meyer is an active performer in the Philadelphia area. She serves as Principal Harpist with Symphony in C in Camden, New Jersey, plays frequently with the Delaware Symphony, is a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio, and has recently expanded her musical activities to include teaching.
Amy Roberts, Manager
Richmond Showroom Staff
Amy Roberts has a BM in French Horn performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amy came to the Virginia Harp
Center ten years ago with an extensive music industry retail background
and has enjoyed managing the shop ever since. In addition to keeping
up with her professional performing engagements, Amy likes hiking,
biking swimming and front porch sitting with her husband and two
teen aged boys.
Diana Elliott, Manager of Marketing
Diana Elliott maintains a diverse performance
schedule ranging from orchestral and chamber music performances to solo
recitals and special occasions. Diana made her debut as Guest Soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen. She has
performed with a variety of ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux Orchestra, and the Richmond
Symphony Orchestra. Diana received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and a Master of Music from Temple University's Boyer
College of Music and Dance.
Hilary began her career as a medical librarian, before
deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to 2 children. Her daughter began to
play harp before there was a Virginia Harp Center, and was fortunate to have Mary Jane D’Arville for her first harp teacher. The Harp Center
opened, and Hilary soon took on the Sisyphean task of organizing the
music and keeping it in stock, which she does to this day.
Beth has a BM in harp performance from Shenandoah Conservatory where she studied with Alyce Rideout. Mrs. Dechent has also studied with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Past principal harpist with the Roanoke Symphony and former instructor of harp at the University of Virginia, Liberty University and Hollins University, she is in demand in the area as a freelance harpist. Mrs. Dechent maintains a studio of private students at the Virginia Harp Center and she is the director of the James River Harp Ensemble. Mrs. Dechent enjoys life at home with a husband and three sons, (one still living at home) a dog, a cat and a bearded dragon named Spock.