Jocelyn Obermeyer, CTHP, B. Mus. is the Program Director for the Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF). In that role, the popular therapeutic harpist and accomplished musician had kept up an incredible pace that regularly sees her working upwards of sixty hours each and every week. Those weeks are jam-packed, serving patients as a certified therapeutic harp practitioner in 38 locations across the valley, performing at a wide variety of concert venues, (just finished a weekend at the MIM) collaborating with her fellow harpists and serving on the THF Board. She has been serving as a therapeutic harp practitioner for the better part of nine years, ever since she first observed another therapeutic harpist and decided to expand her musical talents to add the harp to her already heady resume of musical accomplishments. Jocelyn was elected to the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians where she serves with others from around the country to promote the field of therapeutic musicians and works to uphold the quality and integrity of programs and practitioners. She has also served on the American Harp Society Phoenix Chapter Board for the past decade and is a candidate for the role of President this year.
Jocelyn began her musical career at the tender age of six and quickly earned a spot as her church’s organist. From there, she garnered a full scholarship to attend one of the nation’s finest music schools, Northern Illinois University. She went on to major in classical clarinet.- all the woodwinds, really – earning her Music Performance degree. During her time there, she distinguished herself, by earning a highly coveted spot in the school’s premier jazz ensemble, the award-winning “Mode Show,” guided by the hand of Ron Modell as the ensemble’s baritone saxophonist. While in the band, she toured all over the country and overseas, performing with such legendary jazz musicians as Phil Wilson, James Moody, Clark Terry, Louie Belson and Jon Faddis.
However, her experience is hardly limited to just music. For eight years, Jocelyn first planned for and then implemented the program she designed to establish an elementary school with full state accreditation. All throughout the process of applying for and receiving accreditation – not once but through fully three rounds of investigation – she not only successfully launched the school, but also secured ongoing and self-sustaining funding through rigorous grant-writing efforts, an aggressive promotions effort and a personal appeal that earned her the accolades of her peers in education management, throughout the State of Arizona. Because of her outstanding achievements, she was asked to serve as a trainer of elementary school educators on behalf of the State of Arizona.
In addition to her administrative responsibilities at the Therapeutic Harp Foundation, Jocelyn maintains a studio of award-winning students, who play a variety of instruments, ranging from piano to harp. Not one to slow down, Jocelyn is not only certified by one of the nation’s therapeutic music programs, but is currently enrolled to earn certificates in other accredited certification programs as well. In the meantime, Jocelyn has studied Celtic and pedal harp under such legendary performers and educators as Frank Voltz, Dr. Heidi Hernandez, Suzanne Balderston, Alla Yashneva, Deborah Hanson-Conant and Tina Tourin.
Finally, Jocelyn is in the studio hard at work recording her first CD as a solo artist on harp with Heart Dance Records Label, working with manager Sherry Finzer and producer John Herrera of Clamsville Studio.