Anderson University harp program aims to help students develop individual artistry, as well as offer them boundless opportunities to perform in collaborative, orchestral, band, choral, operatic, and jazz settings. The curriculum includes studies in the instrument’s technique, repertoire, literature, audition preparation, competition skills, and pedagogy. It is the home of the annual Anderson University Harp Camp.
Described by critics as “captivating optimism and charm” and “virtuoso harp playing”, Dr. Heaven Fan has won competitions in Taiwan and the U.S., including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, the National Taiwan Music Competition, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Switzerland, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concert with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China.
As a harp scholar, she is the first person to publish an in-depth analysis on the New Method for the Harp by the early nineteenth century English harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, which was published in the 2011 Winter issue of the American Harp Journal. Dr. Fan has been elected as a member to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, and classified by the US Government as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts. She has served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition,
and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico 2016.
Dr. Fan has received her Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her Master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Fan is currently on the faculty at Anderson University and the MasterWorks Festival. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held principal orchestra positions.