Lisa Williamson LTCL (Piano), AIRMTNZ - DBM Anna Dunwoodie BMus(Perf), Dip Tchg, Dip ChLit.
Lisa studied piano first with Sister Mary Victor and then with Josie Flühler, both of Hamilton, New Zealand, and began teaching piano in 1978. Having passed her LTCL (Teaching) Diploma she studied harp with Delphine McAneney and later Rebecca Harris. Anna studied piano, guitar and voice as a child and began her harp studies with Rebecca Harris of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1988. She continued with harp performance at the University of Auckland gaining a Bachelor of Music, then a Diploma of Teaching (Music and English) and playing with local orchestras.
Since 1988 Lisa has maintained a private practice in Hamilton teaching harp (both lever and pedal), piano and theory at all levels, and has prepared students for university auditions. Lisa has been an active member of the Waikato Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand since 1991, and in 2013 was awarded Distinguished Branch Membership. Since 1995 Anna has taught classroom music and part time private harp lessons in Auckland. In 2002 Anna finished classroom teaching and now exclusively teaches harp and theory. In 2013, as a result of hugely positive feedback from Harpenz attendees, Anna formed the Auckland Harp Orchestra to continue regularly meeting and working on ensemble music together.
In addition to teaching, Lisa and Anna have attended many master-classes and seminars with visiting harpists and music educators in both New Zealand, Australia, USA and UK. Both have considerable performance experience as both solo and orchestral harpists. They have also published a series of sight-reading resource books for harpists from beginner to Grade 8 level.
Currently Lisa and Anna are working with NZ Music Examination Board to produce a syllabus for the Harp featuring NZ composers and arrangers, and NZ influenced works, and also working with other NZ harp teachers, and composers to produce a syllabus which reflects NZ harpists and music.
Anna and Lisa have co-directed Harpenz since its inception in 2001 (when they worked with 16 keen harpists from all over the North Island of NZ). While the format has changed and developed over the years the core concept is still the focus of developing ensemble skills and giving people the confidence to practise and perform together in a well-structured, safe and sociable environment. The blend of Anna and Lisa’s teaching qualifications and experience as teachers, composers, and as harpists, makes for an educational and fun set of workshops that encompass harpists of all ages and abilities.