New York harpist Allegra Lilly will begin as Principal Harp with the St. Louis Symphony in September, following a final round of auditioning that took place on April 29, 2013. A preliminary round took place earlier in the month. “I would really like to acknowledge what a talented group of harpists this was and how honored I am to have been offered a position with one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the country, with a fabulous music director who’s such an ardent promoter of new music,” says Lilly. “It was also one of the most well-run audition processes I’ve ever been through—they even had a harp technician on call all day in case we had any instrument issues!” Allegra has previously appeared with the New York Philharmonic; Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Charlotte Symphonies. She is a graduate of Juilliard with B.M. and M.M. degrees as a student of Nancy Allen. A Detroit native, Lilly studied previously with Ruth Myers.