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-MellonUniversity 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.
VHC Philadelphia Staff
A graduate of IndianaUniversity’s Jacobs School of Music and TempleUniversity’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.
As an active harpist in the greater Philadelphia area and along the east coast, Diana maintains a diverse performance schedule ranging from orchestral and chamber music performances to solo recitals and special occassions. 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 Academy of the Vocal Arts Opera Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Diana is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.
VHC Richmond Staff
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 CamdenMaine. Past principal harpist with the Roanoke Symphony and former instructor of harp at the University of Virginia, LibertyUniversity and HollinsUniversity, she is in demand in the area as a freelance harpist. Mrs. Dechent maintains a studio of private students at the VirginiaHarpCenter 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.
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 VirginiaHarpCenter, and was fortunate to have Mary Jane D’Arville for her first harp teacher. The HarpCenter opened, and Hilary soon took on the Sisyphean task of organizing the music and keeping it in stock, which she does to this day.
Amy Roberts has a BM in French Horn performance from VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity. Amy came to the VirginiaHarpCenter 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.