Catherine Anderson

Catherine A.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With 30+ years teaching experience, I have the tools and expertise you need to help you succeed with your harp goals. My background includes studying with world renowned harp teachers Alice Chalifoux and Susann McDonald, and I share with my harp students the unsurpassed harp skills passed down to me, with additional certification in Suzuki Harp Method and Therapeutic Music. In addition to harp performance, I have taught courses in music theory, composition and arranging for harp, harp pedagogy (teaching methods), harp maintenance and orchestra/ensemble. From beginners to veterans seeking additional skills, I'm here to help, and am happy to give instruction, advice and guidance on any harp topic.

About Catherine A.

Cathy teaches private harp lessons online as well as in her home studio, working with students of all ages, levels, and harp types. She is on the faculty at Tulane University School of Music and the University of New Orleans, and has presented Spring and Fall student recitals every year since 1996.

Cathy received a BM and MM in harp performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with additional studies at Oberlin Conservatory and the Salzedo Harp Colony, and has her Book 1 Suzuki Harp Teacher Certification. Cathy is an active professional freelance harpist and has performed as the solo harpist for the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton tearoom for 20 years, is charter member of the acclaimed chamber music group Musaica, and first call for shows at the Saenger Theater, Jefferson Performing Arts, The Beau Rivage, and Tulane Summer Lyric Theater. Also a Certified Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, she plays live, interactive music at the bedside to bring beauty and healing to those suffering from illness.


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If you have an opportunity to study harp with Catherine, jump at the chance and count yourself fortunate! I have taken lessons with Catherine for over 10 years and she has guided me from a relative newcomer to the harp all the way into my professional career (playing for symphonies, opera, ballet, concerts, etc..). Catherine shares her vast knowledge and beautiful musical artistry in the most patient, kind and nurturing way I can imagine. It's a joy and an inspiration to study with Catherine and I always eagerly look forward to any time spent working with her!

Posted Apr 26, 2020
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I have known Mrs Cathy for over 8 years. She has always been very understanding and you can see how much she loves the harp. Our lessons are productive and challenging, but Mrs Cathy still makes it fun! I look forward to our lessons and feel like I’m learning a lot.

Posted Apr 21, 2020
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Cathy is a gifted musician and an excellent teacher. For me, an adult student with a limited background in music, taking lessons with Cathy (both online and in person) has been the perfect fit. She is patient, makes lessons fun and interesting, understands my musical interests, and helps me find music that I enjoy playing. She has taught me not only technique but also some music theory, which has been very helpful. I am so pleased with my progress. Also, when I first started lessons, I had so many questions about caring for my harp. Cathy taught me how to tune my harp properly, transport it, and even change strings. She also taught me how to position myself properly when playing. Cathy is a wonderful resource for all things related to harps. I highly recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Apr 14, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I've been taking lessons with Ms. Anderson for a year and have been very happy with her teaching style and my progress!

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Talented teacher who inspired me to play my harp again. She helped me develop my skills and supported me while working on my clinical musician certification. Very grateful for her guidance.

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Professor Andersen is patient and very helpful. She teaches more than just technique - she helps you learn how to practice, how to maintain your harp, etc.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
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Cathy has really helped my harp skills improve. The lessons are structured well with a focus on what the student wants to work on as well as as Cathy’s input. She offers a lot of opportunities for performing with frequent recitals.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
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Cathy is an excellent teacher. I would highly recommend her to students of all levels. Cathy truly loves her instrument, and is a master at her craft. She was open to teaching me songs that I wanted to learn, and also recommended some great songs which helped me build the essential skills I needed to play more complex music. I especially love how Cathy organizes several opportunities for her students to play in public recitals. It gave me a goal to work toward in our lessons.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Ms. Cathy is a phenomenal harpist and the most caring, knowledgeable, informative, and understanding harp instructor out there. She taught me for 13 years and I haven’t had a teacher as amazing as her since (moved cities) ! She has a plethora of different harps in her at-home studio to play during lessons, and she is really invested in helping each student find the right harp for them! Ms. Cathy spends a lot of time setting up fun performance experiences for her students, from studio recitals to volunteer performances around New Orleans. She’s also really well connected around the city and can help you get setup with gigs. During lessons she devotes time to teaching music theory, as well, and has worksheets and drills for students to work on to build their understanding of music. Simply, she is an amazing instructor and her students adore her like she is an additional mother!

Posted Apr 11, 2020

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Founder and Co-Owner
Jun 2015 - Present

Quintessential Harp Duo

Touring harp duo with professional harpist Rebecca Todaro, giving performances of new and loved favorites for harp throughout Louisiana and beyond.

Past President and Harp Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present

Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum

The Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum exists to promote the Suzuki Method in the Greater New Orleans area, to the edification of children, parents, and teachers. Forum students perform throughout the Greater New Orleans area in music festivals and concerts, as well as for schools, charitable organizations, and rest homes, during the school year. Celebration in the Oaks, Zoo-to-Do for Kids, the Preservation Resource Tour, Japan Fest, and Jazz Fest have all featured Forum students performing classical and fiddle music. Some Forum students have played in local orchestras, notably the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. Many have gone on to have their own teaching careers and become professional performers!

Founder and Harpist
Sep 2006 - Present

Musaica Chamber Ensemble

Musaica is a non-profit chamber music ensemble founded in the fall of 2006 by eight devoted professional musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic, several of whom are also faculty members at Loyola and Tulane Universities and the University of New Orleans. Our mission is to promote and foster chamber music performance; to encourage the composition of new music; and to increase the awareness and appreciation of chamber music. Musaica presents a variety of eclectic and entertaining chamber music to audiences throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. Each year three diverse programs are performed several times in different venues in metropolitan New Orleans, including surrounding parishes. The Musaica concert series presents familiar and accessible works alongside those which are new or less often performed.

Harp Instructor
Jan 2006 - Present

Tulane University School of Music

Faculty member at the Tulane University School of Music, teaching private harp course, coaching harp ensembles, and providing support for the Tulane orchestra and band.


Therapeutic Music
Sep 2013 - Sep 2015

Music for Healing and Transition Program

Bachelors and Masters of Music in Harp Performance
Jan 1984 - May 1988

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Music Practitioner
Sep 2015

Music for Healing and Transition Program

A graduate of MHTP is called a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP). This specially-trained musician provides live acoustic music at bedside, one-on-one, for therapeutic purposes. A CMP’s work is focused on the patient with the aim of bringing in-the-moment comfort to the patient’s whole being—emotional, spiritual, mental, and physiological—simply by having the patient be in the presence of the music. A CMP uses only live music, and has no goal other than addressing a patient’s immediate needs to provide a healing environment.
Suzuki Harp Teacher Book 1
Aug 2001

Suzuki Association of American

Suzuki approach to teaching is based on the belief that musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.


American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1981
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
American Harp Society
Jun 1972
The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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