Hope Cowan

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Learning to wear many hats to build a freelance career

Originally from the Midwest, Hope Cowan headed south to Texas for college about 10 years ago to study with Paula Page. She never left the Lone Star state, choosing to build her freelance career in Houston.

Tell us what you’ve been up to since graduating with your master’s degree in 2015.

My work can be generally divided into the following categories: teaching (private studio of around 30 students), orchestral playing (I am the principal harpist for three regional symphonies as well as a regular sub for several others), chamber music, arts education in area schools and hospitals (I work with Da Camera of Houston and Young Audiences of Houston as a teaching artist), gigging (weddings, events, funerals, etc.), and administrative (I am president of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Harp Society and do administrative work for the Houston Summer Harp Festival).

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