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.