Young Artist’s Harp Seminar
Co-Founder and Artist Faculty
Susan Bennett Brady performs extensively in the Atlanta area as a classical free-lance harpist and soloist. As principal harpist in the Atlanta Opera, Macon Symphony, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, she is also co-founder and faculty harpist at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar and founder/director of the Atlanta Harp Ensemble, for which she writes and arranges music. She is a prizewinner in the American Harp Society National Competition, Young Professional Division, and the Elizabeth Herbert Hobin Harp Competition and attended Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. Brady currently teaches at the Schwob School or Music at Columbus State University and at Reinhardt University. She also maintains one of the highest regarded private harp studios in the country, and writes regularly for Harp Column.
Co-Founder and Artist Faculty
Kimberly Rowe is best known as founder of Harp Column, a publication read by harpists around the world. A Philadelphia native, she taught harp students and performed for ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including frequent concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Following a move overseas in 2015, Kimberly traveled throughout Europe to film lessons for Harp Column Academy, an online learning website she launched in 2016, while also performing with orchestras in the South Moravia region of Czech Republic. Kimberly has served on the faculty at Temple University, the National Music Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest program, and the Saratoga Harp Colony. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a student of Alice Chalifoux.
Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. As a soloist, Emily has performed at the World Harp Congress in Ireland and the Netherlands, with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Players, and Indiana University and the Aspen Music Festival as the harp concerto competition winner. She was a Harp Fellow at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Guest Artist of the USA International Harp Competition concert series. Emily has degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Nancy Allen, and Indiana University, where she studied with Susann McDonald.
Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” YAHS alumni Katherine Siochi is an award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra. She holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with NY Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. Katherine is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious harp contests, and is only the second American to win the prize since 1989. Katherine has also received many awards in national harp competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society’s Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. Read more about Katherine at www.katherinesiochi.com.
YAHS Prep Division
Faculty, YAHS Prep
Kathryn Andrews is an active performer and educator in New York City and has performed with a wide range of artists including Florence + the Machine, Warren Haynes, Il Divo, American Idol Clay Aiken, the Irish Tenors, Marvin Hamlisch, Joe Lovano and Jane Monheit. She is currently the principal harpist for the Broadway revival of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel starring Renée Fleming. She has played on the Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly!, Wicked, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Fantastick’s. Kathryn performs regularly with the Manhattan Camerata, Bronx Opera and The West Point Band. Kathryn has recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in New York City including albums with Dan Weiss and Matthew Mitchell (Pi Records). Kathryn is a founding member of Duo Scorpio who has commissioned many notable living composers to write pieces to enhance the harp duo repertoire. Duo Scorpio has performed all around the world including the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong (2017) and Sydney (2014). In 2009, Kathryn was a prizewinner at the Bel Canto Institute Opera Festival in Florence, Italy. Kathryn holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music/Orchestral Performance), Mannes: The New School for Music (Master of Music) and University of Delaware (Bachelor of Music). Read more about her at www.kathrynandrews.com.
Faculty YAHS Prep
Kristi Shade is a harpist based in New York City, where she maintains an active performing schedule and a private teaching studio. Kristi is the Principal Harpist with The Chamber Orchestra of New York, with which she has recorded three albums on the Naxos record label. She has performed on Broadway for several shows, including Cinderella, Wicked, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, and The Apple Tree. She has collaborated and performed with artists such as Florence + The Machine, The All-American Rejects, The Killers, Sigur Rós, John Legend, Carlos Santana and Patti LaBelle. Along with fellow YAHS PREP Faculty, Kathryn Andrews, Kristi is a founding member of the harp duo, Duo Scorpio. Duo Scorpio were featured performers at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City as well as The World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in July 2014, where they premiered their commissions by composers Nico Muhly and Andy Akiho. Kristi holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music) and the University of Miami (Bachelor of Music). She has been on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division since 2007. Read more about her at www.kristishade.com.