Harp Legacies

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Heather Cornelius is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, where she received her Master of Music with Kathy Kienzle. Cornelius studied with Judy Loman for her Bachelor of Music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. When she’s not practicing, she enjoys reading, photography, crocheting, and learning French.

Following the trailblazers

—by Heather Cornelius

In the last couple months, I’ve had fun discovering the history and heritage that all harpists share. As I read the books for the second article in our four-part series exploring good harp reads, I was intrigued by the breadth of cultures that the harp represents, and the creativity of harp mak­ers from all traditions. Famous harpists like Henriette Renié, Marcel Grandjany, and Carlos Salzedo became more real to me as I saw how the combined weight of their achievements created the opportunities that I and other harpists have today. I also found unexpected inspi­ration through the courage of one woman whose career paved the way for many others.

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