10 things you don’t know about Judy Loman

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Judy Loman performs on June 5 at the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival.
1 What was the moment you knew you wanted to become a harpist?
The minute I started playing.

2 What’s your absolute favorite piece to play on the harp and why?
Faure Impromptu; I never tire of it, there are so many beautiful and harpistic things to do in it, audiences love it, and it is always in my fingers!

3 Complete this sentence: If I weren’t a harpist, I’d be a…
Social worker, because I like people and can’t help giving advice!

4 Favorite food:
Used to be steak, but now I’d say fruit of any kind and deep green vegetables (I’ll still take a steak to go with them!)

5 Favorite city in the world:
Toronto, where the majority of my family is and my friends and students. It has the feeling of a small town within a big city.

6 The most important element of good harp technique is:
Fingers to the palms and thumbs up!

7 What was your first harp?
A Clark Irish harp.

8 Name something you’ve never done in your career that’s on your bucket list:
Played a concert in my 80th, 90th or 100th year.

9 What’s the career accomplishment that you’re most proud of?
The wonderful Canadian pieces that have been written for me.

10 What’s the best advice you can give an aspiring harpist?
Focused practice, singing your phrases, counting your beats, awareness of what your body is telling you, and listening to yourself.

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