College Harp Program Listings

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143 schools for harpists across the U.S.

It’s been nearly six years since Harp Column last compiled our guide to college harp programs, and it is high time for an update. The 2013 edition includes 114 schools across the United States. We include only four-year colleges, universities, and conservatories with a harp instructor on the faculty. We made every attempt to make this list as comprehensive as possible, but if you don’t see your school on the list, submit a listing  to be included in our update in an upcoming issue of Harp Column.

(Note: The following list includes 114 schools in our college listings article, as well as an additional 29 colleges added in an update of this list that appeared in the September-October 2013 issue of Harp Column. Read it here. These lists appeared in Fall 2013 print issues of Harp Column; please be aware that some information may now be out of date.)

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Mich.
type of school: university
harp instructor: Suzann Davids
degrees offered: B.A.,  M.A.
harp students last year: none
lessons available for non-harp majors: yes
harp minor: yes
number of school harps: none
space provided for personal harps: yes
program includes: orchestra, band, choir, chamber music

Appalachian State University
Boone, N.C.
type of school: university
harp instructor: Jacquelyn Bartlett
degrees offered: B.M., M.M.
harp students last year: 3
lessons available for non-harp majors: yes
harp minor: yes
number of school harps: 1
space provided for personal harps: yes
program includes: orchestras, pedagogy, chamber music, harp ensemble, choral
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Arizona State University
Tempe, Ariz.
type of school: university
harp instructor: Julie Ann Smith
degrees offered: B.A., B.M., M.M., A.Mus.D.
harp students last year: 6
lessons available for non-harp majors: yes
harp minor: yes
number of school harps: 3
space provided for personal harps: yes
program includes: orchestra, jazz, pedagogy, chamber music, music theory, musicology, digital arts, and arts, media and engineering

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Houston harpist MEGHAN CAULKETT received her masters degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Paula Page. Under the tutelage of Ann Hobson Pilot, Meghan received her Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude from Boston University. Meghan was a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston in 2011, and a Young Artist Fellow in 2013. Originally from Tahoe City, California, Meghan Caulkett received her Bachelor of Music Degree Summa Cum Laude from Boston University under Ann Hobson Pilots and her Master’s Degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with mentor Paula Page. An active performer and recitalist all over the southeastern United States, she is currently in her fourth season as principal harpist of both the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of Southeast Texas. She is regularly a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony, and has also performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera Tampa, as well as the modern group Musiqa. Meghan was a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston in 2011, and a Young Artist Fellow in 2013. She will also be joining the Dallas Opera for their performance of Iolanta in April 2015. In 2012, Meghan founded 47 Strings, an innovative music performance organization dedicated to music education that reaches out to underserved audiences with engaging and accessible harp music concerts. 47 Strings is the recipient of grants from the American Harp Society, Constellation Community Champions program, and Richter Fund for Music Outreach. The program has partnered with Houston homeless shelters to initiate the "Learning Through Music" Residency, and is a presenter with Young Audiences of Houston and the Arts in Medicine program at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. 47 Strings has been featured in Harp Column and Modern Luxury Magazines, as well as on the Boston University Citizen Artist Series. In 2014, Meghan was be a guest lecturer on arts entrepreneurship at Rice University. As a young trailblazer on the Houston arts scene, Meghan’s passion for music and performing is only rivaled by an extraordinary spirit for bringing people together and celebrating the joy and vibrancy of her community.

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