Copely appointed to Vanderbilt faculty


Kirsten Agresta Copely will begin her new teaching appointment at the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music in the fall.

The Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music has appointed Kirsten Agresta Copely to teach harp at its Nashville, Tenn., campus. Copely, who is an active performer and teacher in both Nashville and New York City, succeeds Marian Schaffer, who recently retired after teaching 25 years at Vanderbilt.

“I am deeply honored to join the esteemed faculty at the Blair School of Music and look forward to continuing the level of excellence in the harp department, while expanding the musical horizons of each and every student in my class,” Copely says.

Copely, who joins the Vanderbilt faculty in the fall, formerly taught harp at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., for 12 years. She studied harp with Nancy Allen at the Juilliard School and Susann McDonald at Indiana University.

Vanderbilt offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp. You can find out more at


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  1. Saul Davis Zlatkovski on

    If I remember correctly, she studied prior to that with Elyse Ilku of the Detroit Symphony and possibly other teachers in the Detroit area.

    • Kirsten Agresta Copely on

      Hi Saul,
      Actually, my very first teacher was Patricia Terry-Ross and then Mary Bartlett in the Detroit area. At age 11, I started studying with Susann McDonald and Nancy Allen.
      All the best,

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