Faculty 2018-02-06T17:11:02+00:00

Young Artist’s Harp Seminar

Susan Brady

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.

Kimberly Rowe

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.

Angela Schwarzkopf

Faculty, YAHS

Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she has also served as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society since 2012. Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of Music. She also maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. Angela works regularly with many top chamber music, choral, and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the London Symphonia, the Talisker Players, and at the Stratford Festival, among others. As an advocate for new music, Angela has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. Most recently, Angela received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for her recording project.

Emily Levin

Faculty, YAHS

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.

Katherine Siochi

Special Guest, YAHS and Prep

Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she has also served as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society since 2012. Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of Music. She also maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. Angela works regularly with many top chamber music, choral, and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the London Symphonia, the Talisker Players, and at the Stratford Festival, among others. As an advocate for new music, Angela has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. Most recently, Angela received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for her recording project.

YAHS Prep Division

Kathryn Andrews

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, 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 Shade

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.