The Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Harp Showroom
















STAFF


 Owners

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.  

Maryanne Meyer
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.


Richmond Showroom Staff

Amy Roberts, Manager
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.
Diana.Elliott@vaharpcenter.com

Hilary Ely
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 Dechent
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.




 
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