Why and how did I get into taking harp lessons? Well, as a young girl, I remember being mystified by the harp in Fantasia and when I was in high school, my dad found a teacher. After the first lesson, I was hooked and the rest is history! My 10 years of piano study and 8 years of flute background helped me advance quickly at the harp while starting at the age of 16.
I began my higher education at Penn State University where I entered as a flute major because I was not quite at the advanced level of harp that was required at the college level. However, after playing principal harp with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, I realized harp to be my true calling and switched my major instrument. I graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a BA Music degree and concentration on harp. I stayed at Penn State for an additional year to complete a Professional Performance Certificate on the harp. This past spring, I received a Masters of Music in Harp Performance at Temple University, where I studied with the principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Elizabeth Hainen. I have been lucky to have played some of the best orchestral repertoire in some of the most amazing concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall, and the Kimmel Center.
I am a classically trained musician who loves playing around with pop and jazz in her spare time. My philosophy is that I will teach whichever genre will inspire the student to sit down and practice!
In addition to maintaining a private music studio, I also am currently the musical recreational therapist for RecCare. Through music, I support consumers who have special needs or disabilities and strive to emanate my passion to them. Please make me aware of any learning difficulties your child has as I believe my patience and dedication would make me a great fit to teach them.
I consider myself to be a harpist but most importantly, a great musician. I will encourage you to become the best harpist and musician you would like to become, and l will tailor my teaching to your learning style. Whether you are taking lessons for fun or are disciplined and serious, you will be continuously improving while feeling challenged.
I promise if you start taking harp lessons with me, you'll wonder why you hadn't started sooner!