Music Director Janet Jackson Witman

Janet's love of harp ensemble was fully realized in 2000- when she formed the Brandywine Harp Orchestra, named after the beautiful Brandywine Valley of PA where she resides.
The ensemble is the fruition of years of teaching students in her private studio, Brandywine Harps. Janet desires a unified "orchestral" look and sound in the harps- most members play on Faulkner and Morgan Harps, which are made of cherry or walnut wood from PA trees. Janet arranges music for the ensemble and has produced two Cds and DVD with them. She looks forward to another CD project and many more wonderful concerts! She lives in Chester County, PA with her husband, Kevin.
Learn more about Janet HERE.

Jeanette Bergstrom

After being captivated by the beautiful sound of the celtic harp, Jeanette began her journey with the harp in 2005.  Two years later she joined the BHO.  She continues to be inspired by all the talented musicians in the orchestra and Janet's professional leadership.  Jeanette is an accomplished pianist.  Presently, she is musical director and pianist at Kemblesville United Methodist Church where her husband is the pastor.  Jeanette still teaches piano and stays busy with her 11 grandchildren.    

Pam Dimeler

Pamela has been playing harp with the BHO since 2001. She enjoys being part of a "family" of harpers- and the joyous music we create together! She owns and directs the Parkside Academy of Music and Dance. Pam choreographs and dances in many of BHO performances- and thrills the audience each time! She lives in DE County with husband, Scott and mother in law, Kit- and her beloved pets. Their two daughters are off doing what they love. Visit her website and blog:  www.parksideacademy.com, www.pamdhawktalk.wordpress.com

Marilyn Hertler

Marilyn has been harping since 2003, and loves her two lever harps! Before retiring, she worked as a chemist/analyst/manager and also taught and played the violin. Currently she does adminstrative work for Green Master, Inc (her son's landscaping business). She enjoys weight-lifting, yoga, Tai Chi and harp, Harp, HARP! Her passion for the harp is best summed up by Liszt, "Music is the heart of life. She speaks love; without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful."

Mary Loielo

Mary grew up in the Midwest- where her mother found a used harp for sale in the newspaper. Mary has been a New Jersey resident for over 30 years- plays both pedal and lever harps and works as a Physical Therapist.

Margaret Love

Margaret has been playing harp since 1997- and also plays flute, organ, piano. She is Handbell Director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wilmington, DE. We are fortunate to have her direct handbells on our first CD, "Christmas Crossings". She is also a band director at a Lifelong Learning Institute and teaches Early Childhood music and lever harp at the Music School of DE. She and her husband, Thom Remington have a son, Eric.

Carole Smith

Carole is a founding member of the BHO and enjoys playing with the other members to make "out of this world" music!  She and her husband, Rick live in Wilmington, DE, have three young grandchildren- all who like to play her harps (while she supervises!). She loves the harp for its wonderful sound- and to prove that it's never too late to learn something new!

Kenna Tozzo

Kenna is a home schooler and lives in Oxford, PA with her large family of 8! She loves the harp because of its lovely sound and elegant appearance. She also studies piano and organ. She joined the BHO in 2013 and enjoys the "amazing harpers" that share her love of music.

Ann Warner

Ann grew up in Denver, graduated from Northwestern University in Journalism, married a Navy submarine officer and got started on the harp in 1991 while living in CA! She's been a resident of DE since 1997 and has two sons- both engineers. We are glad she found her way East!

Guest performers

Deb Mackie

Deb started harp lessons with Janet in 1996. She performed as harper and vocalist with the orchestra for several years, and participated in several scottish harp competitions, attended the Ohio Scottish Arts School for harp, and the WAFHS Harp Getaways in Harper's Ferry, WV. She now makes occasional guest appearances most notably as vocalist and character "Mad Margaret" at the annual Halloween Harps Spooktacula shows. Deb lives in Elkton, MD on a small farm with her husband and several critters.

Thom Remington