Young Artist’s Harp Seminar
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.
Kimberly Rowe is best known as founder of Harp Column, a publication read by harpists around the world. She has taught young harp students and performed for ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including frequent concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra. She currently resides in Brno, Czech Republic, where she has performed with the Brno Filmarmonie and the Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinů in Zlín. A 2014 finalist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s music education Ovation Award, Kimberly has been on the faculty at Temple University, the National Music Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest program, and the Saratoga Harp Colony. Kimberly has been a featured performer and presenter at the American Harp Society’s National Conferences, the World Harp Congress, and at festivals sponsored by Camac and Lyon & Healy Harps. Kimberly attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 1987 and 1989 as a student of Alice Chalifoux. Read more about her at www.harpist.com.
Emily Levin is the new 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 is currently doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Nancy Allen. She finished her Masters at Juilliard in 2015 and graduated from Indiana University, where she studied with Susann McDonald. Upcoming concerts include orchestral performances with the New York Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and solo recitals in the Northeast United States, including her first DMA recital at Juilliard.
Kathryn AndrewsFaculty, 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, American Idol Clay Aiken, the Irish Tenors, Marvin Hamlisch, Joe Lovano and Jane Monheit. She currently plays on the Broadway productios of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Wicked and The Fantastick’s. She is the principal harpist of the Chelsea Symphony and the Bronx Opera and performs regularly with the Queens Symphony and the West Point Band. In 2009, Kathryn was a prizewinner at the Bel Canto Institute Opera Festival in Florence, Italy. Kathryn studied with Susan Jolles and holds a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in orchestral performance. She also earned a Master’s degree from Mannes: The New School for Music in classical harp. Read more about her at www.kathrynandrews.com.
Kristi ShadeFaculty, 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.