Meet the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's
new Principal Harpist

 

This coming season, Grace is joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as their new Principal Harpist. After spending three years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Grace moved to Dallas in 2014 to begin her tenure with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. A year later, she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Santa Fe Opera, where she continues to perform each summer.

 
 
 

In addition to Opera, Grace’s 2017-2018 season included several performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as Guest Principal Harp including during their 2018 European Tour. She also appears regularly as Second Harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Grace has enjoyed participating in music festivals around the world including the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

 
 

As a soloist, her most notable performances include concertos with the Pacific Symphony, New World Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In 2015, she was also a winner of the Young Texas Artists Competition and the Aspen Music Festival Harp Concerto Competition. As a Chamber Musician, Grace is a founding member of the Dallas Harp
Quartet which features four of the country’s premiere harpists and for whom she enjoys arranging new works. As a pedagogue, she maintained a thriving harp studio at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas where she taught 14 students of all ages and skill levels.

Originally from New Jersey, Grace began studying the harp at age nine. After spending two years at the Eastman School of Music, she finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 2009, followed by her master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2011. She is excited about joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and always grateful for her teachers and mentors: Nancy Allen, Lynne Aspnes, Elizabeth Blakeslee, Kathleen Bride, Elizabeth Hainen, Joan Holland, and Anneleen Lenaerts.

 
 
 
 
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View Grace's Upcoming Performance Calendar

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