Influenced by Great Harp Teachers

I studied Harp Performance on scholarship with Julliard Professor Nancy Allen, Principal Harpist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

I completed graduate studies in harp performance on several scholarships and was awarded Artist Diploma, the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.  I studied with Phia Berghout, Principal Harpist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in Amsterdam.

 

The Independent newspaper of the UK, Saturday 27 March 1993 01:02, described Phia Berghout in an obituary as “arguably the most influential harpist this century.”

I earned the Master of Music degree in harp performance with a Pedagogy Minor from Indiana University, Bloomington. I studied with Susann McDonald, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University.

 

My training with Ms. McDonald at Indiana University was extensive, including improvisational jazz harp, pedagogy, advanced theory and ear training, open score reading, keyboard facility, figured bass reading.  

 

The American Harp Journal, Winter 2017: "Susann McDonald is one of the great harpists and harp teachers in the world. She has been a teacher and a role model to an amazing number of the most prominent harpists of our time…”  ("Susann McDonald: A Harpist's Life".)

I graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in Music, California State University East Bay with harp professor Wenonah Govea.

 

As a CSU student, I was the Harpist for the New Music Ensemble directed by Nathan Rubin, Concertmaster of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra.

European and American Performance

Highlights

Harpist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, the world's leading orchestra, under the direction of a legendary Russian emigre conductor, Kiril Kondrashin.

See: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/article/the-world-s-greatest-orchestras

 

While in Europe, I was the Harpist with symphony orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Germany, and later in the US, with festival orchestras in Tanglewood and Aspen.

 

In the San Francisco Bay Area, my credits include performances at Skywalker Ranch, Third Baptist Church San Francisco,  St. Francis Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Sheraton Palace, Legion of Honor, DeYoung Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, the Symphony Orchestras of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, the Peninsula Civic Light Opera, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and Stanford University Lively Arts Chamber Recital.

 

I frequently perform at Mission Dolores, the Legion of Honor, the San  Francisco City Hall Rotunda, the San Francisco City Club, Cole Mansion and Ralston Hall (Burlingame), City of Palo Alto Gamble Garden Foundation, Thomas Fogarty Winery, and wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, and Bay Area golf and country clubs.

American Harp Society & World Harp Conference Contributions

  • American Harp Society, Bay Area Chapter, Co-President.

  • Chapter sponsor, World Harp Conference, San Francisco. Chapter sponsor, international harp competition for exceptional students, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

  • American Harp Society Conference, San Francisco. Invited guest speaker and concert artist.

  • American Harp Society, National Competition, Co-director.

  • American Harp Society, Hayward Chapter, President, since 1991.

  • Authored several publications and conference presentations