The first time Kathleen ever saw a harp, she was attending her aunt's wedding at six years of age. Her family was horrified because she defied normal etiquette and was so enthralled with the instrument that she paid more attention to the harpist then to the bride. That fascination led first to piano lessons, and eventually, at age fourteen, to harp lessons. She began harp lessons with Dayton area harpist, Joan Seymour. Her teachers have included Jude Mollenhauer, principal harpist of the Columbus Symphony for 20 years, and Leslie Stratton Norris, principal harpist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Kathleen pursued harp in her higher education and has a B.A. in Music from Thomas Edison State College and M. M. in Harp Performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Gillian Benet Sella, principal harpist with the Cincinnati Symphony.

Kathleen has performed with many area ensembles including the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Yellow Springs Community Orchestra and Chorus, Middletown Youth Symphony, and with various choirs and musicians in the Dayton area. Kathleen was been a member of the Harps of Grace Ensemble for over ten years. She frequently performs for weddings, rehearsals, receptions, memorial services, and other events in the Dayton area.

Kathleen enjoys teaching students of all ages beginning and intermediate level harp music. She is the founder and director of a Dayton area youth harp ensemble, and frequently performs as a soloist for events in the greater Dayton area. When presenting programs and performing concerts she plays a wide variety of musical styles and loves to answer questions about the harp.

Harp Lessons

Kathleen teaches harp lessons to students of all ages. She gives private lessons on both pedal and lever harps. If you are interested in taking harp lessons, contact Kathleen to set up an initial lesson  to discuss interests, musical experience, and teaching methods.

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