Local musician Rebecca Hilary Smith invites the Sisters community to join her for a concert on Sunday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.

This year’s concert is entitled “Dancing Strings,” and features Smith and her longtime friend Laura Zaerr of Corvallis on harp. They will be joined by ArpeggiEight Harp Ensemble and Celli Belli Cello Ensemble from Cascade School of Music, and Sisters favorites Renaissance Sister Lola Knox on recorder, and vocalist Julie Cash.

The suggested donation for the event is $15 and all proceeds will benefit Sisters Opportunities for Unified Living (SOUL). SOUL is a new non-profit dedicated to developing and maintaining affordable, long-term independent living for adults experiencing developmental disabilities in Sisters. This includes advocating for affordable housing, as well as working to support employment and community involvement.

Zaerr began her harp studies at a young age with Sally Maxwell of Eugene, received her B.A. in Music Performance from the U of O, and her masters from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

After cutting her teeth (and a few albums) in the classical genre she branched out, and hasn’t stopped branching since. In the harp world she is known for her category-busting musical abilities; she is equally at home in the classical, Celtic, historical and jazz fields, and has recorded numerous CDs that demonstrate just that. She lives in her hometown, where she continues to be active as a composer, teacher, and performer.

Smith went to grade school in Sisters, high school in Redmond, and started college at Central Oregon Community College before hopping the Cascades and completing her music degree at the University of Oregon, where she and Laura first met while studying with Mrs. Maxwell.

After wandering the world a bit teaching music in public and private settings, she wound up in Hawaii for a decade freelancing as a teacher and performer. While there she recorded an album of Hawaiian music. She is on the faculty of Cascade School of Music in Bend as a harp and piano instructor, and also has a private studio in Sisters. Smith lives in Sisters with her husband.