About the Artist

Degrees Earned

Bachelor of Music - Capital University
Master of Arts in Music - Ohio State University
Doctor of Music - Indiana University
Practical Nursing Diploma - Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (RN) - Maria College
Master of Science in Nursing - Excelsior College

Harp Journey

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher was initially trained as a classical vocalist and pianist. After moving to Upstate New York, she developed asthma which derailed her singing career. She began harp studies because she "did not need to breathe well to play the instrument," the instrument is self-contained, the harp has a beautiful sound, and it is a very "Celtic" thing to do.

Special Awards

Mrs. New York State Pageant - First Runner-Up
Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales - Third Place Soprano
Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association - Travel Grantee for Study in Wales
Patricia McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship

Performances

Darhon's performing life has taken her from the most formal orchestra concerts to very intimate chamber performances. Please see the "Performances" link at the top of this page for more details.

Teaching/Lessons

Darhon has been a teacher of something-or-other since her teens. Her specialty for private lessons is teaching adult beginners. Please see the "Lessons" link at the top of this page for more details.

In addition, Darhon also served as a Nursing and Healthcare instructor in higher education for many years.

Published Articles

Harp Column Magazine (2019) - Featured article about her work as an arranger/composer.
Folk Harp Journal (1999) - Special article on "Recording the Celtic harp."
http://www.dragonflower.com/FHJ1999.html
Gloversville Leader-Herald (1990) - Weekly column for one year about a theatre restoration project.
Gloversville Leader-Herald (1990s) - Lengthy travel article about her trip to Scandinavia.
Folk Harp Journal (1990s to 2000s) - Several miscellaneous short articles.

Recordings

Darhon has one solo harp recording called Strings of the Spirit, which is a collection of 20 hymn tunes arranged by the composer for Celtic harp, available on CD. http://www.dragonflower.com/recordings.html

In addition, her harp playing has been heard on various recordings with ensembles.


Publications

Darhon has published approximately 300 harp arrangements and/or original compositions. Please see the "Publications" link at the top of this page for more details.

Why Dragonflower Music? (DFM)

The owner of DFM was tired of playing "cheap little ditties" on her folk harp, and was frustrated by the lack of really substantial published repertoire for the lever harp. So she decided that the only solution to this problem was to start writing her own arrangements of such. This was the birth of Dragonflower Music in late 1989. The name Dragonflower was chosen because it combines two Welsh symbols: the dragon and the daffodil. Being of Welsh and Irish heritage, Darhon wished to honor her Celtic past and the great harping tradition associated with both Wales and Ireland.