High-Pressure Rehearsal

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A harpist’s story of a rehearsal surprise.

—by Susan Brady, Kennesaw, Ga.

Many years ago, when I was a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, I was always excited to see what my next orchestral assignment would be. There were four of us harpists who rotated on parts, with priority given to upperclassmen. I knew a lot of orchestral excerpts, but had never heard of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms when the harp 1 part was assigned to me. I was an underclassman and was always excited to be assigned to the harp 1 part of anything.

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