Artists and Scholars
Alexander has been playing the harp for over fifteen years and performing professionally for almost as long. Although his foundations are in classical technique, his true affinity lies with the Celtic music of his heritage. As a teen, he was fortunate to be mentored and influenced by musicians such as Barbara Magone, Alasdair Fraser and Deborah Henson-Conant. He is working on an album which will be released later this year. It will include some of the pieces to be played at the AHS performance. In addition to his solo work, Alexander and his two brothers perform as the Celtic group, Kirkmount. The trio have four CDs to their credit and have been featured performers at events across the country. They are working on a new recording to be released later this year.
Murray Boren (Composer, Salt Lake City)
Dr. Boren is prolific composer whose portfolio includes nine operas, dozens of songs and choral works, nearly one hundred chamber compositions and thirty-six large-scale works for band or orchestra. He also writes for the theatre, providing music for recent productions of Nathan the Wise, Wind in the Willows, Antigone and Macbeth.
In 2008 he retired after 18 years of teaching at Brigham Young University and joined Lyon & Healy West as “House Composer.” Dr. Boren has served as a judge for AHS competitions, the Ann Adams Award, and at the 2008 USA International Competition. His most recent harp composition, “Movements from the Liturgical Dance [35, 36, 37]” was commissioned and recorded by the Aurora Duo for their CD “Melodie” to be released by MRS Music in October 2009.
Sarah Bullen (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Sarah Bullen has been principal harp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the past decade, having held the same position with the New York Philharmonic from 1987 to 1997. She began her orchestra career in 1981 as principal harp of the Utah Symphony.
Sarah has been critically acclaimed as a soloist throughout her career, with more than fifty concerto appearances. She has served as soloist, chamber musician, lecturer, and judge at numerous American Harp Society conferences, the World Harp Congress and the USA International Harp Competition.
As a leading educator, Sarah has taught master classes throughout the world. She is currently professor of harp at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Several of her students enjoy major professional careers. During her tenure in New York, she served as chairperson of the harp department at the Manhattan School of Music, and she is the author of the best-selling book Principal Harp, A Guidebook for the Orchestral Harpist. She is currently working on Principal Harp Book II, soon to be published by Vanderbilt Music Company. Her solo and chamber music recordings include The Essential Harp and Lyon & Healy Hall’s Inaugural Concert.
Sarah is a student of Marcel Grandjany, Mildred Dilling and Susann McDonald. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s of music degree from The Juilliard School.
David Day (International Harp Archives)
David Day has served as Curator of the Pratt Harp Collection and International Harp Archives since 1987. Additional responsibilities at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library include Curator of Music Special Collections and Music and Dance Librarian. He also teaches the graduate research methodologies course for the BYU School of Music. He completed the Ph.D. in Musicology from New York University in 2008. He also holds a MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MA in Musicology from Brigham Young University and a BA in Music Theory from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Day currently serves as Chair of the Bibliography Commission of the International Association of Music Libraries. Past positions in the same organization include Founder and Chair of the Subject Commission for Archives and Chair of the Working Group on the International Registration of Music Archives.
In addition to the development of the International Harp Archives his research interests include music bibliography, ballet music, and 19th-century music manuscripts. His dissertation deals with manuscript violin conductors parts for early 19th-century ballet music with special annotations for stage action and pantomime. He has conducted extensive research in Brussels, Paris, London and Bordeaux.
Jaymee Haefner (University of North Texas College of Music)
Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Dr. Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006 after serving on the faculty at Indiana University Southeast and the Arts Institute in New Albany, Indiana for three years. She was recently featured in a performance with Chamber Music International in Dallas and as a concerto soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Jaymee Haefner has recorded with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, acclaimed baritone Daniel Narducci, and Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. Appearing regularly as a soloist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, she has also performed in Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She has received numerous awards, including the Lauréate prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow, and had the honor of performing for former President George H. W. Bush. During her doctoral studies, she dedicated much of her time to researching the compositional and performance techniques of French harpist and pedagogue Henriette Renié. She recently published the translation of a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié and presented a lecture on Renié’s compositions and transcriptions at the 2008 World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, which was based on her doctoral research at Indiana University. Additionally, Jaymee was recently appointed as the Southwest Regional Director for the American Harp Society, and Chairman of the 2011 Summer Institute and National Competition of the American Harp Society, which will take place in Denton. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald.
Emily Laurance and Thomas Gregg (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)
Emily Laurance holds bachelor’s degrees in English and harp from Oberlin College, a M.M in Harp from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was a study of Gustave Charpentier’s opera Louise (1900) and its relationship to realist aesthetics in the operatic tradition. In addition to French opera and aesthetics, Dr. Laurance has research interests in 19th-century American music, the French romance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and historical performance. As a harpist, she co-founded the duo DoubleAction (with tenor Thomas Gregg), an ensemble that specializes in harp-accompanied song, particularly repertoire from 1770-1840, which they perform using an 1829 single-action pedal harp. Before coming to the Conservatory, she taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Catherine Michel (Zurich University)
World renowned artist Catherine Michel was born in the French town of Amiens where she began her studies of harp and piano. At the age of fifteen she won First Prize in the class of Pierre Jamet at the Paris Conservatory and took part in some of the world’s most prestigious International Harp Competitions in France, Israel, and United States winning a Gold Medal and two Grand Prizes.
In 1971, she joined the Orchestre National de Radio France. In 1978 she was appointed solo harpist with the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris. In parallel with this position she led a worldwide solo career. She is known as an outstanding harpist representative of the French School.
Catherine Michel was appointed teacher at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg and the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold (Germany). She was also the “Prince Consort teacher” at the Royal College of Music in London for many years. She is now leading the Harp Department at the Zurich University and holds Masterclasses all over the world.
Catherine Michel has worked all her distinguished career to extend the harp’s repertoire, editing and transcribing many pieces for harp. She is the only harpist who has recorded all the most prestigious harp concertos with orchestra and her discography of solo and chamber music covers virtually all the romantic and classical repertoire. With Michel Legrand, she is exploring a new type of concerto for harp with orchestra or big band accompaniment based on his most prestigious film music.
Anna Pasetti (Italy)
Anna Pasetti graduated at the conservatory in 1988 and attended harp classes with Giuliana Albisetti, Fabrice Pierre, Susanna Mildonian and Catherine Michel. She also attended for several years Mara Galassi’s historical harps classes at the celebrated Urbino International Ancient Music Festival.
Always very fond of chamber music, Anna won over a dozen of both Italian and international music competitions, such as First Prize in the 1st International Competition “Città di Ispra”, First Prize in the 2nd Italian Competition “Riviera della Versilia”, First Prize in the 10th Italian Chamber Music Competition “Città di Genova”, First Prize in the 3rd Spotorno International Harp Competition, First Prize in the 8th International Competition “Premio Acqui Musica”, First Prize at the 2nd “Piero Rogger” Competition; she also participated in the “First International Chamber Music Festa” (Japan), upon invitation of the “Japan Chamber Music Foundation”. In 1998 she performed in Perugia “4th European Harp Symposium”, and the following year in Praha “7th World Harp Congress” (Czech Republic).
Anna in the past years collaborated with several young composers (L. Gregoretti, H. R. Dominguez, M. Baldissera, U. Bellotti, R. Solci) and performed their original compositions. Together with the Venice Harp Quartet she recorded the CD Four Seasons for Four Harps (Fine Tune/Recording Arts, 2000), with the complete transcription of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Roberto Solci’s original piece for harp quartet: Le Muse danzanti. In 2000 she participated in the first world recording of Bruno Maderna’s Concerto for 2 pianos, 2 harps and percussion instruments (Stradivarius, 2001).
In 1996 Anna graduated in musicology at Pavia University (“School of Musical Palaeography and Philology”, Cremona), with the first dissertation ever presented in an Italian musicology department concerning the history of the harp, which was awarded Full Marks, Praise and Press Dignity. Thanks to her organological studies, she collaborated as a consultant to the restoration of the celebrated Renaissance double harp (better known as the “Este Harp” or “Laura’s Harp”), which is now in Modena, Galleria Estense. She is regularly invited to give lectures, lessons and classes, by the foremost Italian music institutions, such as the School of Musical Palaeography and Philology (Cremona), the “Scuola Civica di Musica” (Milano), the “Istituto per i Beni Musicali del Piemonte” (Saluzzo), the Conservatories of Udine, Parma, Milano, Cuneo, Trento and Castelfranco Veneto.
In 1996 Anna also started her collaboration with the publishing company “Ut Orpheus” (Bologna), as the director of the harp music series “Magadis”, now presenting over 200 urtext editions of original harp music. In 2004 came out her first book, Non arguta sonant tenui psalteria chorda (Ut Orpheus ed.), concerning the history of the harp from pre-classical antiquity to the early middle-age, followed in 2008 by the monography L’Arpa (L’Epos ed.), concerning the history of the harp from the middle-age to the 20th Century.
Anna Pasetti is the president of the Italian Harp Society (Associazione Italiana dell’Arpa).
Dominique Piana (Harpiana Publications)
Dominique Piana grew up bicultural (French and German) in Belgium, where she studied harp at the Brussels Conservatory of Music. After moving to Southern California to study with Susann McDonald, she earned an M.A. in harp performance at Claremont Graduate University. From 1986, she taught at the University of Redlands and at La Sierra University in Riverside; since 2001 she is on the faculty of Holy Names University in Oakland. She maintains a private studio and has given lectures and master classes nationally and in Europe.
As a performer Dominique has made a specialty of historical recitals. She has presented “The Romantic Spirit,” a program of 19th century music and poetry, in concert tours throughout the United States and
abroad. She has also explored the duo repertoire with flute, violin, voice or organ and founded the Pleasanton Chamber Players (a flexible group of 10 or more musicians and singers) in 2003. She has premiered works written specifically for her by Alexandra Pierce (Caryatids), by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz for her harp ensemble (Venezolana), by Helena Michelson for her chamber group (“softly through the night…memories of music…”), or works she has chosen to revive, such as Liszt’s Liebesträume (the set of 3), the Concerto by Joseph Jongen (five performances in one season) and her own edition of the Ballade by
Alberstoetter (with the Livermore-Amador Symphony in December 2007).
Dominique has released 3 CD’s, writes frequently on harp literature, and has edited and published over 70 titles of music ranging from baroque to modern through her company Harpiana Publications. She is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music since 1990.
Floraleda Sacchi (Como, Italy)
Floraleda Sacchi, from Como, graduated in harp at Como Conservatory, and then studied with Alice Giles (Frankfurt), Alice Chalifoux (Salzedo School, Camden, USA) and with Judy Loman (Toronto University).
From 1996 to 2003, she won the remarkable number of 16 international competitions, both as soloist and in chamber music ensembles (Concours UFAM, GMI, Premio Galbiati, TIM, Rovere d’oro, F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition, etc.).
Interested in the solo repertoire and in harp chamber music, she started her concert career when she was very young, performing as soloist all over the world in major halls and festivals: Klang-Bogen – Wien, Perugia Classico, Amici del Teatro alla Scala and Sala Verdi – Milan, Teatro Valle – Rome, Lamspringer September, Hypo-Kunsthalle – Munich, Matsuo Hall – Tokyo, Prefectural Hall Alti – Kyoto, Teatro di Lima – Peru, Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi, Salle Varèse – Lyon, Concerts de la Croix Rouge – Geneva, Rosengart Stiftung – Lucerne, Gessler Hall – Vancouver, Glenn Gould Studio – Toronto, etc.
Some composers who dedicated original pieces to her include: Peter Machajdik, Nicola Campogrande, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer.
She recorded for Decca, Philips, Tactus, Aulia, Stradivarius, Adnarim, Multimedia, Cni. The most recent CDs, “Suite en duo” with Claudio Ferrarini (Philips) and the monographic one on Sophia Corri Dussek (Tactus), were praised by the public and critics alike.
Since 2008 Flora records for DECCA (Universal Music). Recently DECCA published “Minimal Harp” an original project for solo harp.
Floraleda Sacchi regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Canada (Parma Conservatory, Accademia Europea di Musica, British Columbia University etc.). Since 2006 she is the promoter and artistic director of the LakeComo Festival a series of chamber music concert located in historical villas of Lake Como.
She studied musicology, and from 1999 to today she has written several articles appeared on the main specialist journals (American Harp Journal, Harpa, World Harp Congress Review), and she has managed dozens of music editions for Amadeus Arte and Ranieri e Alfieri Publishing. When she was 21 years old, she won the Harpa Award (Prague, 1999) for her book on Elias Parish Alvars (Odilia Publishing). Still in the literary field, some of her writings have been published by editor PulcinoElefante.
Florence Sitruk (Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva)
„One of the finest artists in her field“, according to late pianist György Sebök, Franco-German Florence Sitruk has done pioneering work to the harp as a soloist, a teacher and festival director.
Born in 1974, she studied at the Paris Conservatory, and gained the Artist Diploma from Indiana University/USA with Susann McDonald and legendary pianist György Sebök, both of whom she considers decisive in her musical development. In addition, she holds degrees in musicology and philosophy from Freiburg University, and studied historical performance practice with Robert Hill, harpsichordist. Since her debut at the age of 15 with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Végh, she concertizes regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Freiburg Baroque Soloists, the Lithuanian Philharmonic and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Neusser Kammerakademie, the Festival Orquestra da Paz/Brazil, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra or the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with which she gave her live broadcasted debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and has since been returning every year. Solo recitals have taken her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Rudolfinum Prague, Opéra Bastille Paris, the Tower 101 Taipei or the Teatro da Paz/Belem, the Musikhalle Hamburg, to name a few; as well as in the season 2009/10 to the Glinka Hall/St. Petersburg, to Hongkong, Shanghai, the Muséiques Festival Basel/CH on invitation of Gidon Kremer, to Hobart/Tasmania, to the Niedersächsische Musiktage, with partners such as Albrecht Mayer, oboe, Daniel Hope, violin or Hartmut Rohde, viola, and as a soloist to the Gewandhaus Leipzig, to mark the musical friendship between Mendelssohn Bartholdy and harpist Elias Parish Alvars.
Florence Sitruk won more than seven national and international top prizes (Paris, Brussels, Indiana University), among which the 1st prize in the Rome International Competition Valentino Bucchi for Music of the 20th century put her immediately on the international platform. She went then on to win the selection of the “Debüt at the DeutschlandRadio” at the Berlin Philharmonic as first German harpist ever. She was also the first harpist to be nominated for the Eurovision Contest of Classical Music in Brussels by the European Broadcasting Union. It is especially the music of the 20th and 21st century which is strongly supported in her repertoire and to which she is a dedicated and intelligent advocate.
At the same time she is at the head of the revival of virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849), the so-called Liszt of the harp, and consequently founded a festival in the composer’s native town in Devon/England. She is also a festival director of the long-established St. Christopher Festival in Vilnius/Lithuania.
Florence Sitruk is professor of harp at the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva, and since her appointment in 2005 the youngest professor in her field. It is a position she also holds at the Lithuanian Music Academy Vilnius/Lithuania since the age of 26, where she has established in pioneering work a succesful harp department. Her talent class comprised one third of the international young top players at the Xth World Harp Congress 2008 in Amsterdam.
Julie Spring (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
After a four-year national and international search, Julie Spring won the coveted position of Principal Harp of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, starting in the 2008/2009 season. Julie was previously Principal Harp with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed as Principal Harp with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as many orchestras throughout Illinois. She has also performed in many chamber music appearances in Rochester and Chicago. Julie Spring maintains a studio of private students.
A native of Lombard, Illinois, Julie Spring counts Sarah Bullen (Principal Harp, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Kathleen Bride (Professor of Harp, Eastman School of Music) as her mentors. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and her Masters Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Jessica Suchy-Pilalis (Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam)
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Jessica Suchy-Pilalis holds degrees in performance and music theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Currently, as a Professor of Music at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, she teaches harp and music theory, directs the Crane Harp Ensemble and is a master teacher for the National String Project, specializing in harp pedagogy. In addition, she serves as Chair of the Music Theory, History and Composition Department.
Dr. Suchy-Pilalis’ professional life has embodied the philosophy that performance and historical/theoretical research mutually inform and enrich each other. This is shown in her two primary areas of specialization, harp and Byzantine chant. Regarding the first, she was named a Master Fellow by the Indiana Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts and has toured Greece as a soloist under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State while also representing the United States at an international music festival and giving performances for Greek National Radio-Television. She has worked closely with composers and has recorded new music for the harp. She is Principal Harpist of The Orchestra of Northern New York and is a concerto soloist on their CD, Invitation to the Dance. In 2005, she presented a paper on the chamber music of Arnold Bax at the International Harp Congress in Dublin. Regarding her research on Madame Delaval, Dr. Suchy-Pilalis has written an updated biographical entry for New Grove Dictionary of Music Online and an extensive article that will appear in the next two issues of the American Harp Journal. She is preparing editions of Madame Delaval’s compositions.
Sadie Turner (Rice University)
Sadie Turner, 1st prize winner of the American Harp Society’s National Competition, made her solo debut at age 18 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as winner of their High School Concerto Competition. As a recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States. In the orchestral arena she has performed with the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Rice University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. During the summers, she has also participated in several acclaimed festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center for two summers, the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas Music Festival and the Salzedo School for Harp.
Ms. Turner has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest musicians, having received coachings from the great soprano, Dawn Upshaw and principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot. She has also played under the batons of James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, and Sir Andrew Davis and performed with greats such as Renee Fleming and James Dunham. As an advocate for new music, she performs frequently in groups such as 20/21, a contemporary music ensemble at Rice University, as well as new solo music for the harp. Ms. Turner has had the great privilege of not only performing Elliott Carter’s music, but performing it for the composer himself.
The recent winner of the Young Professional division of the American Harp Society’s National Competition, Ms. Turner is now the current American Harp Society Concert Artist. As the Concert Artist for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons, she will be giving solo recitals across the country. She has performed in Dearborn, Michigan, Dallas, and Houston, and has upcoming recitals in Clinton, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. In addition, she will be giving a master class in San Francisco for students in the area. She has also won numerous competitions such as the Ruth Burr Awards Competition, the Texas Association of String Orchestras Concerto Competition, the Houston Symphony’s High School Concerto Competition and the Houston Young Artist Award.
Ms. Turner completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance at Rice University, where she is currently pursuing her Master of Music. Sadie was one of eight Rice music students invited to perform in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C, which features musicians from the nation’s leading conservatories and universities. Only five schools in the nation were invited to participate; Rice’s Shepherd School of Music was a founding participant and has been invited every year since the program began in 2004. She has been a long time student of Paula Page, Principal Harp of the Houston Symphony, and has also studied with Susan Dederich-Pejovich and Alice Chalifoux.
Marguerite Lynn Williams (Chicago, IL)
Harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. Ms. Williams has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions including the American Harp Society National Competition, the National Endowment of the Arts Artist Recognition Talent Search, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the American Opera Society, Sigma Alpha Iota and two-time award winner of the Anne Adams Award.
Among other solo engagements, Marguerite Williams has been featured as soloist with the International Chamber Artists, New World Symphony, Handel Society, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Roosevelt University Chamber Orchestra; has premiered numerous compositions including Augusta Read Thomas’ …The Soul is Light…; and is under high demand for her performances of contemporary music including Berio’s Circles for voice, harp and two percussionists. Recent performances have included collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Maxim Vengerov, Kanye West and appearances as royal entertainment for H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam.
An experienced orchestra musician, Ms. Williams has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and San Diego Symphony. She is currently substitute Principal Harp for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2008-2009 season), as well as Principal Harp of the Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO). She was previously Principal Harpist of the New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyn Ellyn, IL), and DuPage Opera Orchestra. Ms. Williams is a founding member of the International Chamber Artists, Project Copernicus and Fifth House ensembles.
Marguerite Lynn Williams attended the Eastman School of Music where she received both a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate studying with Kathleen Bride. She then attended Roosevelt University to study with Sarah Bullen, where she received a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Studies. Previously on faculty at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami from 2006 until 2008, Ms. Williams maintains a small private harp studio in Chicago. Along with being a passionate pedagogue, she is an avid arranger of harp music including two volumes of harp ensemble music published by Lyon & Healy.
Ann Yeung (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Known for her bold and personal interpretations and her dedication and success as a teacher, Ann Yeung has performed and taught throughout the world. 2008 included visits to England, Serbia, The Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and she was a jury member of international harp competitions in the United Kingdom, Serbia, and Japan. Winner of numerous international and national competitions, her musical career was launched when she became the only person to simultaneously win First Prize in the two highest divisions of the American Harp Society’s National Competition. Dedicated to the expansion of the harp’s repertoire, she premiered her transcription of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall as a winner of Artists International and has given numerous world premiere performances, most recently of interactive multi-media works for harp. Her students include international and national prizewinners, a Fulbright Scholar, and the innovative and edgy ensemble, The HarpCore 4. Editor of the World Harp Congress Review since 2002, author of scholarly articles published in the American Harp Journal and the Association Internationale des Harpistes et des Amis de la Harpe in France and a contributing author to the American String Teachers Association’s book A Harp in the Schools, she is the harp professor and Chair of the String Division at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she conducts an annual Summer Harp Class at Illinois in early June. (www.music.uiuc.edu)