Inside the Practice Room
with members of the Dallas Harp quartet: Grace Browning, Emily Levin, and Cheryl Losey Feder
“As you mature your ideas of [a] piece change…”
“You want to find something that is comfortable for you—and musically appropriate.”
Grace Browning, Emily Levin, and Cheryl Losey Feder are members of the Dallas Harp Quartet, and also top audition winners. Listen to their “inside the practice room” discussions on learning, interpreting, and performing standard harp repertoire. (Scroll down to read more.)
Discussing the standards
In our “Inside the Practice Room” series, our panel of top audition winners perform and discuss standards of the harp repertoire. Look for discussions on these standards coming in 2019:
Impromptu, by Faure
First Arabesque, by Debussy
Fantasie on a Theme by Haydn, by Grandjany
Sonate, by Hindemith
Concerto for Flute and Harp, by Mozart
Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style, by Salzedo
Song in the Night, by Salzedo
Au Matin, by Tournier
“Andante-Allegro” from Concerto in B-Flat, by G. F. Handel
Danses Sacrée and Profane, by Claude Debussy
Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style, by Carlos Salzedo
Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, K. 299, by W. A. Mozart
Meet the musicians
About the artists
“Inside the Practice Room” at Harp Column Academy features Emily Levin, Grace Browning, and Cheryl Losey Feder, who along with Karen Abrahamson Thomas comprise the Dallas Harp Quartet. As principal harp with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Levin now calls the city her home. Browning performed with the Dallas Opera before winning the audition to become principal harp with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. After performing with the Sarasota Orchestra, Losey-Feder was recently named principal harp with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
After spending three years with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Grace moved to Dallas in 2014 to join 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 2018 she became principal harp with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Grace has also performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as guest principal harp, and she 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. Learn more about Grace at gracebrowningharpist.com.
Emily Levin is the principal harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. Her playing has been praised for its “communicative, emotionally intense expression” (Jerusalem Post) and the Herald Times commended her “technical wizardry and artistic intuition.” As a soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber collaborator, Levin brings the harp to the forefront of a diverse musical spectrum, using her instrument to connect with all audiences. She is a 2016 Winner of the Astral Artists national auditions, and a top prizewinner at the International Harp Contest in Israel. Learn more about Emily at emilylevinharp.com.
Cheryl Losey Feder
The newly appointed principal harp with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cheryl Losey Feder has earned distinction as one of America’s leading young harpists. Top prizes include the Alice Rosner Prize at the Munich International Competition; First Prize and Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society’s National Solo Competition; and First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. In addition to serving as principal harp with the Sarasota Orchestra for eight years, Losey-Feder has also performed with As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Learn more about Cheryl at clfharp.com.