I am a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience, an award-winning published composer, and an acclaimed arranger whose works are performed worldwide. But above all, I consider myself a harpist. What began as my childhood hobby, has evolved into a multifaceted career guided by my mission to reintroduce this ancient instrument to a modern world, and to challenge any misconceptions of what a harpist looks like or what the harp can do. Keep reading to learn more about my musical journey…
I am a freelance harpist based in Chicago, Illinois with regional principal harp credits that include Dubuque Symphony, Lakeview Orchestra, Evanston Symphony, South Bend Symphony, LaCrosse Symphony, Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony, Music Theater Works, and many more. Since 2014, as resident principal harpist of DePaul University, I have performed full-time in the school’s orchestral, opera, and choral ensembles. I have also performed extensively with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a recurring guest since 2014, where I’ve had the honor of working with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Ken-David Masur, Nicholas Kraemer, and Sir Andrew Davis. My career highlights include performing alongside the brilliant writer and comedian Jenny Slate; a concert with New World Symphony conducted by one of my favorite living composers, John Adams; and an incredibly transformative summer as harp fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, where I played under the baton of world-renowned conductors like Christoph von Dohnányi, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, and Christian Macelaru, and also premiered one of the last works composed by the great Elliot Carter.
I have appeared as featured soloist in performances of W.A. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, William Grant Still’s Ennanga, and Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. I can be heard on the 2012 Grammy-nominated recording of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4 with Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Mallory Thompson. As a historical harpist, I have performed continuo on Baroque triple harp for DePaul University’s productions of Claudio Monteverdi’s operas, L’Orfeo (1607) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642), and Francesco Cavalli’s L’Egisto (1643). I have also been a guest speaker at harp conferences across North America, including the 42nd American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta 2016, the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver 2011, and the 2010 Boston Harp Festival.
I earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from Boston University summa cum laude in composition and harp performance and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in harp performance. My instructors have included distinguished orchestral harpists Ann Hobson Pilot (Boston Symphony), Elizabeth Cifani (Lyric Opera Chicago), and Sarah Bullen (Chicago Symphony). I attended Interlochen Arts Camp, studying with Lynne Aspnes, and performed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. My instrument is a 2004 Lyon & Healy Ebony Style 85 Concert Grand.
In addition to orchestral performances and public appearances, I am available to play for private events. I regularly perform as soloist, and in a variety of duos including voice, flute, violin, and guitar. Let me know if you are interested in a certain instrumental combination, and I will do my best to accommodate. I gladly offer a $100 bereavement discount on music for funerals, wakes, and memorial services.
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In ten years of teaching harp, I have worked with student that range from beginner to college-level, and from ages eight to eighty. My high school students have performed with local youth orchestra programs including Chicago Youth Symphony, Elgin Youth Symphony, Midwest Young Artists, and Illinois Music Educators Association. Since 2016, I have been on the music staff as harp instructor at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
In addition to exploring solo harp repertoire, all of my students learn about music theory, harp history, and sight-reading. My more advanced students also focus on chamber music, practical orchestral skills, and how to prepare for auditions. Students especially interested in composing or arranging for harp may study proper music notation, composition techniques, and how to arrange music for harp. I encourage all of my students to pursue ensemble experience whether at school, summer music camp, or regional orchestras.
I teach lessons online, at my students' homes, or at Stevenson High School (for enrolled SHS students only).
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I earned my Bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from Boston University, where I studied with composers Richard Cornell, Ketty Nez, and Martin Amlin, and participated in masterclasses with Samuel Adler and Peter Maxwell Davies.
My solo harp composition, Awakening Stillnesses was awarded the grand prize in the composition contest for the 8th USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) at Indiana University. As the required contemporary work for the 8th USAIHC, all contestants performed Awakening Stillnesses during the solo recital round. The gold medalist of the 8th USAIHC, Agnès Clément, recorded it on her debut solo album, Dance, released in 2012. Awakening Stillnesses has since been performed by harpists worldwide and at harp conferences across North and South America including the 42nd American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta 2016, the 11th International Harp Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2016, the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver 2011, and the 2010 Boston Harp Festival.
Awakening Stillnesses is published by Lyon & Healy and can be purchased here
I have arranged, transcribed, orchestrated, and engraved over a hundred pieces for solo harp and various ensembles. I’ve also arranged for multiple harps, and have enjoyed hearing my ensemble works performed by the Dallas Harp Quartet, Armed Forces Harp Sextet, and harp studios at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Since 2010, I have arranged a collection of ten works by Astor Piazzolla, the preeminent composer of Argentine tangos. This project began as a collaboration with principal harpist emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot (also my teacher and mentor while I studied at Boston University). Pilot has since performed my arrangements across the country with violinists Lucia Lin, Tai Murray, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, flutist Leone Buyse, and most recently, in collaboration with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. In 2013, Pilot recorded six of my Piazzolla arrangements with Lucia Lin (violinist of the Boston Symphony and Muir Quartet) and J.P. Jofre (bandoneónist and Piazzolla specialist). Harmonia Mundi released their album, Astor Piazzolla: Escualo, in January 2015. My violin and harp arrangements of Piazzolla’s works currently include: Ave Maria (Tanti Anni Prima), Escualo, Libertango, Oblivion, Tanguango, Valsísimo, Milonga del Ángel, La Muerte del Ángel, and Resurección del Ángel, which are all currently being edited for publication and should be available for purchase in the coming years.
My popular solo harp arrangement of Chiquilín de Bachín is published by Lyon & Healy and can be purchased as a digital download here
Hear my other arrangements on Astor Piazzolla: Escualo
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