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Harpist

I am a freelance harpist based in Chicago, Illinois with regional principal harp credits that include Dubuque Symphony, Lakeview Orchestra, Evanston Symphony, Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Lake Shore Symphony, Music Theater Works, and many more. From 2014 to 2020, as resident principal harpist of DePaul University, I 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.

 

To check my availability and booking rates please contact me here