This is the home page for Verlene Schermer -- singer, songwriter, harpist and recording artist! On this site you will find information about Verlene's recordings, books, perfomances, and classes.
You can hear sound clips of her music, and read her song lyrics
and reviews of recordings and performances. Verlene plays Celtic harp, double-strung harp, guitar, piano, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, and Swedish nyckelharpa.
Verlene performs both solo and in several ensembles including her newest band, Parlez-vous Jazz! Take a look at the band's webpage and watch videos from two recent performances at Stanford Hospital To learn about her solo performances and her other groups, click on the performance link in the left column. She also leads the Harpers Hall Ensemble.
Verlene's independent recording and publishing company are both under the name Karmalu Productions. Use the links on the left to navigate to the recordings and music books pages to see what is available. You can use PayPal to purchase any of her books or recordings. Many of the books are now available in PDF downloadable form to save on shipping!
New! There has been a lack of good beginning books for lever harp, and after many years teaching piano, guitar, violiin, and lever harp, Verlene has created a series for beginning lever harp that follows a similar track as books that are available for piano, guitar and other instruments. Most of the books that had been available up until now have moved too quickly for a student to really learn to read well, and to develop good technique.
Verlene's new beginning harp series "Harp Newbies" has three books per level: The Lesson Book, The Tune Book, and The Activity Book. If you are a harp teacher and would like to have a sample PDF copy, click on the link to any of the books in the series (under "music books" at the left) and then click the link to email a request for the sample copies. Levels 1, Harp Newbies, and 2, (Not Quite) Harp Newbies, are available now, and level 3, (No Longer) Harp Newbies), will be available in the spring of 2018.