Meet the Harpists

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501(c)3 public charity
Serving Arizona
Located in Phoenix, AZ | 
Reducing Pain & Anxiety
Delivering live therapeutic music with nationally certified harpists.

Jocelyn Obermeyer, Program Director, Therapeutic Harp Foundation

Jocelyn Obermeyer, a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, began her musical interests in 3rd grade with the organ and piano. Shortly thereafter, she took up the clarinet and continued on to graduate from the Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet. Also, having studied the flute and saxophone with an emphasis on jazz, she had the opportunity to tour with some greats of the world's greatest jazz musicians; Louie Bellson, James Moody, and Phil Wilson.

Just about six years ago, one of Jocelyn’s friends was touched deeply by therapeutic harp music and shared her experience with Jocelyn. Being touched by the profound peace and calm her friend experienced, Jocelyn decided to learn the harp so she could do this type of therapeutic work. She studied with Suzanne Balderston, Alla Yashneva, and Christina Tourin. She graduated from The International Harp Therapy Program. She now mentors others in the program worldwide.

Jocelyn serves the harp community as a Board Member of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation, President of the Phoenix Chapter, American Harp Society, and a Board Member of the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians. She plays therapeutic harp at many locations across the Valley.
Jocelyn Obermeyer

Alla Yashneva

Alla Yashneva was born in Tuapse, a small town located on the Black Sea in Southern Russia. She became interested in music at the age of 8 and studied at a musical college. Later, at the Rachmaninov Conservatory, she earned her Master's in Music Education and Harp.

With her MA and BA in Performing Arts and Education, she began her teaching career at the College of Music and Performing Arts, located in Russia. She was promoted to the Dean of Students and worked in that capacity for the next 10 years. 

In 2002, she was invited to teach and perform at the Music and Drama Institute in Hong Kong. She performed and taught music there until 2005, before coming to America. Alla currently serves as the Vice President of the Phoenix Harp Society. 

For more than 10 years, Alla has been teaching and performing all over the Valley while providing soothing therapeutic music for the patients and staff of local hospitals and hospices including Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center.
Alla Yashneva

John Marshall

John has worked in the therapeutic music profession for over 35 years. His experiences include in many areas.
  • Music therapy
  • Energetics
  • Mind and body connections
He developed an interest in natural approaches to healthcare after pursuing his Bachelors of Music Therapy degree from Florida State University in 1981, with the guitar and harp as his principal instruments. 

Performance Harp teacher, Mary Roman, directed John's studies before he went on to become the Director of Music Therapy for the A.R.E. Clinic.

John was inspired by Helen Bonney’s Guided Imagery through Music (GIM), and studied extensively with Kay Ortmans in the early 1980’s. Kay's training incorporated music, movement, and massage. 

He later went on to learn the Art and Spirit of the Native American Flute from John Vames at Scottsdale Community College. 

John creates music in connection with relaxation processes, exploring deep levels of consciousness. Jocelyn Obermeyer has mentored John on the therapeutic harp. 

Since 2010, John has been a member of Therapeutic Harp Foundation and the Phoenix Chapter of the American Harp Society.

John serves the patients and staff at Cardon Children's Medical Center.
John Marshall

Shannon Schumann

Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, Shannon Schumann, plays Valleywide for the Therapeutic Harp Foundation.

Shannon is recognized for her skilled flute and harp playing and is active in the Irish folk group Begged and Borrowed. Shannon is also a math professor at Grand Canyon University.
Shannon Schumann

Daniela Tauchmann

Daniela is a certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner with a Master’s Level Research Analyst degree specializing in Alzheimers and Parkinson's. She is fleunt in German.

She holds both a Master’s of Music Education and Psychology degrees from the University of Munich.
Daniela Tauchmann

Danielle Franklin, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Danielle Franklin has earned her degree as a Master of Music, Board-Certified Music Therapist, and as a Neurologic Music Therapist. 

Danielle has practiced music therapy for over 20 years and has worked with a variety of clientele.
  • Adult and pediatric hospice patients
  • Memory care
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Children and adults with disabilities
  • Children and adults with life-limiting illness
  • Behavioral health
She is currently a clinical supervisor for the Music Therapy Department at Arizona State University, and has studied harp and early music under Roland Hutchinson. 

She has extensive experience performing early and world music, playing a variety of harps, string instruments, winds, and percussion. 

She is a classically trained vocalist with experiences in opera, oratorio, early jazz, rock, and blues. 

In her role as a music therapist, Danielle plays the piano, guitar, and the harp and performs regularly with the local early music group, Bartholomew Faire.
Danielle Franklin

Annie Baxter -
Certified Clinical Musician

Music has been a part of Annie's life since she was a child. Her parents gave her piano lessons starting at age 8, which she continued throughout her high school career. 

After college and starting a family, a choir director asked Annie to accompany her choir on the piano. Many other doors opened as an accompanist which led to playing the piano and synthesizer in worship bands at several churches.

Several people have asked her to play piano for memorial services and she also plays the harp for Grief Share. 

Annie's current job includes accompanying a choir, playing for productions, playing the piano, and playing the harp. Along with playing different instruments for work, Annie also teaches piano and harp lessons.

Annie has played the harp for the past 15 years and was honored when she was asked to play in the West Chester University Harp Ensemble for a year in Pennsylvania. 

Annie studied with Sarajane Williams, who publishes the Harp Therapy Journal.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology with 18 years of work experience in hospitals including Mt. Sinai in Cleveland. That profession has fostered a heart for Annie to serve people who are suffering or grieving. Therefore, the combination of music and medicine has led to a great blend for becoming a therapeutic harpist. Annie knows that it is a great honor to serve in this profession.
Annie Baxter

Joyce Buekers

Joyce's journey began as both Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor for Hospice of the Valley. Joyce is passionate about healthcare ministry that specializes in integrative therapies and spiritual healing practices. Find out more information on her here.
Joyce Buekers
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