As a singer-songwriter, Verlene performs at Bay Area coffeehouses, bookstores, and other concert venues, including Freight & Salvage, Don Quixotes, Barnes & Noble, The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Cuppa Joe's, Borders, and Gryphon Stringed Instruments, accompanying her versatile singing voice on folk harps, guitars, and keyboards. She has also been featured several times on live radio at KKUP-91.5 FM as well as KALW. Her repertoire includes her own original songs as well as songs by her favorite artists from jazz and pop, and Celtic harp music. Below is an overview of performance and workshops as a solo artist as well as in several of her ensembles.
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In 1996, she performed a solo concert at New Pieces in Berkeley, and also for two Bay Area Folk Harp Society concerts -- one in Berkeley, and one in Palo Alto. Reviews of the two Berkeley concerts were published in The Fling.
In 1998, Verlene performed in the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen bi-annual conference in Galveston, Texas using her Triplett Celtic harp, her O'Loughlan cross-strung chromatic harp, and her brand new, bright blue Camac electro-harp.
In 2000, Verlene toured the Pacific Northwest with concerts and workshops in Oregon and Washington,
and also performed at HarpCon 2000 in Monterey, California.
In 2001, Verlene toured the Pacific Northwest a second time, and toured Europe with harpist Kyle Wohlmut, giving concerts and workshops in the Netherlands and Germany.
In 2002, Verlene's touring schedule included Southern California, and Seattle.
In 2003, Verlene was a workshop presenter at HarpCon 2003 in Indiana, and toured with a new group called "Call Us Crazy" in Northern California.
In 2004, Verlene performed and presented workshops at the Somerset Harp Conference in New Jersey, and was also the featured performer and teacher at regional conferences in Texas and Illinois.
In 2005, Verlene toured Europe for a second time, with workshops and concerts in Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands. She also toured with harp colleague, Aryeh Frankfurter twice in the Northwest, and performed and taught workshops at HarpCon 2005 in Montana, and the LePine Harp Retreat in Oregon.
In 2006, Verlene toured the Northwest with her sister and Silverwood duo partner, Linnette Bommarito. She also presented workshops and performed at the Somerset San Jose Harp Conference. The Verlene Schermer Band was formed in the spring, and the band performed in the Bing Concert Series at Stanford Hospital, at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, and also at Don Quixote's in Felton.
In 2007, Verlene performed in the Bay Area with The Verlene Schermer Band and Silverwood.
in 2008, Verlene performed in Neal Hellman's CD release concert on nyckelharpa, and started performing with a new trio "To the Moon."
In 2009, Verlene traveled again to Big Sky, Montana to present workshops for the Big Sky harp festival. She also traveled throughout Northern California with her trio "To the Moon."
In 2010, Verlene performed with her trio "To the Moon" at HarpCon 2010 in St. Louis. She also presented her Cool Chords and Groovy Rhythms class in a three day format.
In 2011, Verlene formed a Scandianvian music trio with Enid Bennion and Barbary Grant called "Nykken." She also formed a duo playing harp and fiddle, and singing, with guitarist Jim Nichols.
In 2012, Nykken released their debut CD, and Kris Yenney joined the trio.
In 2013, Verlene performed concerts with Nykken, Silverwood, and her duo with Jim Nichols. With Harpers Hall, she organized and led a "flash mob" on St. Patrick's Day.
In 2014, Verlene presented her Cool Chords and Groovy Rhyhtms workshop and performed a solo concert for the Denver Harp Circle. She also performed concerts with Nykken, Silverwood, and solo for the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Harp Society. She also entered three of her original songs in a video competition called "Masterpeace" and place all three within the top 10 out of over 200 entries.
In 2015, Verlene formed a new jazz group, "Parlez-vous Jazz", in which she plays violin and tenor banjo and sings traditional jazz. She also performed concerts with Silverwood, and pressented workshops for the Harp for Healing certification program.
Throughout, since 1996, Verlene has led the Harpers Hall Ensemble for Scottish games, "Gifts from the Harp" concerts, the Season of Hope Series, and has presented harp workshops for the monthly gatherings three to five times a year.
If you're interested in booking Verlene for a concert and workshop in your area, here's how to contact her.
Be sure to browse her current performance schedule.