HARPIST

 

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.

To check my availability, booking rates, and other information,

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