We hear your voice!
Rachel Christensen, Program Director
Rachel Christensen, Harpist, CTHP, BIS describes herself as a lifelong musician, but after several years study as a music major at the University of Minnesota, she changed course to a business focus. Her professional career was spent in banking and business management. After selling her business in 2014, she refocused her involvement in music and harp. She enrolled in the IHTP in 2007 and was certified in 2010. Since that time she has remained active as a mentor of the program and an occasional workshop teacher. Rachel is a private lesson and Skype instructor, performs with several symphony orchestras and choral groups, and solo harp performance. She has been an active volunteer with numerous organizations, and currently serves as the Secretary of the NSBTM board. In addition to playing for
people, Rachel enjoys playing therapeutically for animals. She lives in Minnesota and Florida with her husband, and three cats and a dog.
Jocelyn Obermeyer, Program Director
Jocelyn Obermeyer, Harpist, CTHP, CCM, B. Mus. is the Program Director for the Therapeutic Harp Foundation (THF) and Community Liaison of the Phoenix Chapter-American Harp Society. Ms. Obermeyer has served as a therapeutic harp practitioner for the past 10 years. She began her music career at six and quickly earned a spot as her church organist by age 12. She went on to Northern Illinois University, where she won a full scholarship as a classical clarinetist at the prestigious music school and went on to a degree in music, where she toured nationally and internationally as the baritone saxophonist for Mode Show, headed by Ron Modell. Later in life, after a personal experience where she saw first-hand its therapeutic effects, Ms. Obermeyer chose to learn how to play the harp, studying with some of the finest classical, jazz and therapeutic harpists in the country such as Suzanne Balderston, Lisa Lynne Franco, Dr. Heidi Hernandez, Alla Yashneva, Diana Rowan, and Mariano Gonzalez.
Jocelyn serves on the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians, International Harp Therapy Program Arizona Director, Secretary for the Institute for Healing Through Sound and Music, and sits on the Board of Therapeutic Harp Foundation. Jocelyn has been heard at Marshall Gallery in concert with Lynn Haessler and Daga Suchon and is a regular at Carstens Fine Art Gallery. She performs at various churches around Arizona and plays weddings, parties, memorial services and other corporate events.