Cindy Qin

Cindy Q.

Houston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A graduate from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Cindy is a passionate harp teacher and performer who loves to interact with students. She has taught students in all levels in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Cindy first started harp with her grandmother, a well-known harpist in China, at their home in Beijing. Since she was young, she was greatly influenced by watching her grandmother teach at home. Cindy believes in giving young harpists a well-rounded music education, and she focuses on technique and musicality through her teaching.

About Cindy Q.

Cindy is an active harpist in the Houston area. She is a substitute harpist with the Houston Symphony, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Cindy was an orchestral fellow for the Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute and the Round Top Music Festival during the summers.

On top of orchestral festivals, Cindy can be found performing around the world in the summers. Last year, she attended the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, where she performed in a masterclass with Alice Giles and was a winner of the mock audition. She also performed chamber music, in Nantucket, MA, as a part of the Rossini Club. In 2014, Cindy attended and performed at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia. Cindy was a participant of the Saratoga Harp Colony and the Young Artists Harp Seminar in 2013.

In 2014, Cindy made her solo debut with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Concerto Competition. She was also the first prize winner of the Houston Tuesday Musical Club’s Ruth Burr Competition for Instrumentalists in 2017, the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club’s Young Artists Competition in Strings in 2016, the college division of the 2017 American Harp Society Greater Houston Chapter Mildred Milligan Scholarship Competition, and she was a finalist of the American Harp Society's Anne Adams Awards in 2018.

Cindy was offered a full-tuition scholarship throughout her undergraduate studies at Rice University. This past May, she received her Bachelor of Music degree with "Distinction in Research and Creative Works". Cindy is currently in her graduate studies with a full-tuition scholarship. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, sewing, and discovering good food with family and friends.

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Amy
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In general, Great experience with Cindy! She is the best harpist and great instructor!
I feel lucky that I find Cindy on TakeLessons as first harp teacher, she really knows how to level you up based on your situation, no matter how much knowledge you know about harp or music and what kind of equipment you have at home, she will totally work things out with you. Don’t worry about the remote classroom when learning an instrument, Cindy can change your mind and make lessons functional and fun. Already looking forward to my next lesson this weekend. :)

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Laura

Cindy is very thorough, kind, and encouraging.

Posted Nov 1, 2019
Alexis
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Loved the lesson, Cindy kept my daughter engaged and made sure she was not overwhelmed.

Posted Sep 20, 2019

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Education

Master of Music
Jul 2018 - Present

Rice University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Rice University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Harp Society
Jan 2014
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.
World Harp Congress
Jan 2014
The World Harp Congress vision is promote the performing arts with special emphasis on harp composition, education, appreciation and performance. Sponsor an international harp congress with exhibits every three years. Encourage young harpists; in particular through the Focus on Youth concerts at each congress. Establish international communication by publishing the World Harp Congress Review twice a year with a network of correspondents throughout the world. Ensure support of the harp through the World Harp Congress Phia Berghout Endowment Fund. Provide opportunities to promote the harp and support harpists of all levels throughout the world for better mutual understanding, support and friendship.

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