I am a classically trained musician experienced in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance based in Chicago, Illinois. My current principal harp credits include the Symphonies of Dubuque and Evanston, and the pit orchestra of Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works). Since Fall 2014, I have also performed with DePaul University’s Symphony Orchestra as resident harpist. Please check out my EVENTS page for this season’s upcoming performances.
Previously, I have performed with orchestras across the country including principal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New England Philharmonic (Boston), second harp with the New World Symphony (Miami), and in summer festival orchestras at Tanglewood Music Center (MA), Chautauqua Institute (NY), and Eastern Music Festival (NC). I have been honored to perform under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, and composers Oliver Knussen and John Adams.
I enjoy performing new music, and have premiered orchestral works by many composers including Elliott Carter, Gunther Schuller, Theodore Antoniou, Peter Child, Malcolm Peyton, Anthony Paul de Ritis, and others. I also played harp in the 2012 Grammy-nominated recording of David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4 with Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Mallory Thompson. I have been a guest speaker and panelist 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 have appeared as featured soloist in performances of W.A. Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto (with flutist Kristin Jackson), William Grant Still’s Ennanga, and Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. While earning my Bachelor’s degree in Boston, I studied Baroque triple harp and participated in an historical performance of G.F. Handel’s Harp Concerto. Recently, I have performed triple harp in the continuo section for DePaul University’s productions of Claudio Monteverdi’s operas, L’Orfeo (1607) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642).
I earned a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in harp performance and a dual Bachelor’s degree with highest honors in both composition and harp performance from Boston University. My instructors have included renowned orchestral harpists Ann Hobson Pilot (Boston Symphony), Elizabeth Cifani (Lyric Opera Chicago), and Sarah Bullen (Chicago Symphony). I attended Interlochen Arts Camp in 2004 where I studied 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 a variety of private special events. I regularly perform solo and in duos with voice, flute, violin, or guitar. I have an extensive network of colleagues in Chicago, which allows for virtually any instrumental combination. I gladly offer a $100 bereavement discount on music for funerals, wakes, and memorial services.
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My harp students live across the city of Chicago and its suburbs to the North and West. They have performed with local youth orchestra programs including Chicago Youth Symphony, Midwest Young Artists, and Illinois Music Educators Association. I am also on the music staff as private harp instructor of both Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, since 2016) and New Trier Township High School (Winnetka/Northfield, since 2014). I teach lessons at my students' homes or, for enrolled high schoolers, at the campuses of Stevenson and New Trier.
In addition to exploring solo harp repertoire, music theory, and harp history, my students learn practical orchestral skills and how to prepare for auditions. I encourage all of my students to pursue ensemble experience whether in school, summer music camp, or regional youth orchestras. Students especially interested in arranging or composing for harp may also focus on music theory, composition techniques, and proper music notation.
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I earned a 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 works have been commissioned and premiered by several colleagues and by two of Boston’s contemporary music ensembles, ALEA III and Time’s Arrow.
My best known composition, Awakening Stillnesses for solo harp (2009), has been performed 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 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.
My eclectic and diverse musical taste encompasses elements of Jazz, Blues, Appalachian folk, Brazilian pop, Argentine Tango, Balinese Gamelan, and the modern and classical harp repertory. I am dedicated to promoting new compositions for harp, and enjoy working alongside other composers to educate about writing for the instrument. I have collaborated on many premieres in my advocacy of expanding the harp's role in today’s music.
Awakening Stillnesses is sold by Lyon & Healy West and Vanderbilt Music
Agnès Clément’s recording of Awakening Stillnesses can be
I have arranged, transcribed, orchestrated, and engraved over a hundred pieces for solo harp and various ensembles. I also arrange for multiple harps, and have enjoyed hearing my ensemble works performed by harp studios at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I am currently collaborating in an ongoing commission of solo and chamber music arrangements for Boston Symphony harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot, my teacher and mentor while I attended Boston University. At her behest, I have arranged a growing catalog of works by Argentine tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, including his Escualo, Tanguango, Libertango, Oblivion, Valsísimo, Ave Maria (Tanti Anni Prima), Chiquilín de Bachín, Milonga del Ángel, La Muerte del Ángel, and Resurección del Ángel.
In 2013, Pilot recorded six of my Piazzolla arrangements, along with the popular Histoire du Tango, with Lucia Lin (violinist of the Boston Symphony and Muir Quartet) and J.P. Jofre (Argentine bandoneónist and Piazzolla specialist). Harmonia Mundi released their album, Astor Piazzolla: Escualo, in January 2015.
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