College Harp Program Directory

Youngstown State University






Marissa Knaub

Program summary

Harp studies at YSU are for those students seeking an intense performance experience as a harp major or for those who want to continue harp while pursuing other majors.  The Dana School of Music places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances musical and cultural development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world.

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Type of school


Music and arts degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Music Education

Number of harp students


Lessons available for non-majors?


Harp minor offered?


Number of school harps

Space provided for personal harps?


Youngstown State University

This program is best suited for students who:

"harp majors and minors."

What sets this program apart from others is:

"YSU integrates teaching & learning, scholarship, and civic engagement."

Students who graduate from this program go on to:

"perform professionally and teach."

The three words that best describe this school's environment are:

"engaging, ethical, intellectual."

Harpist, Marissa Knaub, is a frequent soloist and orchestra member throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Marissa completed the Performance Studies program at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Yolanda Kondonassis. She holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Jeanne Chalifoux.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where her studies included jazz harp under the tutelage of Felice Pomeranz. She spent many summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, ME studying with the legendary harp teacher, Alice Chalifoux. She began the harp at age ten with Lucy Scandrett.

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